Published at Friday, December 23rd 2016, 23:35:23 PM by justin. Cupboard. The Reinvention of Kitchen Cupboards Home buying involves many choices. People could make a decision on a house because of one option or choice, but more often than not, it is determined by several factors. Most choices come down to a house being well designed and fitting a families needs. From this an individual or family will expect the house or "investment" to grow in value over time. Some elements of the house are a bonus. Yes a well designed house makes the choice easier, but then with this choice will come other features that are nice additions. Smaller features of a house are not the deciding factor of home buying, but often help with the decision. One of these smaller features that could go along way is the kitchen cupboards or in other words the kitchen cabinets. Cabinets are not the first thing you think about when entering a house, but once you get to the kitchen, this feature becomes a noticeable and important attribute. A kitchen cupboard is an old term that has slowly transformed over the last half century. Many homes built before the nineteen fifties had the traditional kitchen cupboards. These cabinets were large solid wood fixtures that were often custom built for each individual house. The kitchen cupboard has transformed over the years and has become smaller in size. Of course this transformation has already started to go in a cycle and the traditional kitchen cupboard, once out of date, is showing up again. The housing boom in the nineteen fifties, largely brought on by the prosperity after the war caused a large demand for new housing. Tract housing developments called for new ideas for the kitchen. Traditional kitchen cupboards were no longer practical; instead, smaller, sleeker cabinets were needed to fit into these new houses. Houses were smaller and a large kitchen now became obsolete, so the kitchen cupboard was now substituted with the modern kitchen cabinet. For the next forty to fifty years these cabinets were the dominate feature in the kitchen. Of course there are always exceptions, but for the most part, the kitchen cupboard was downsized in height and width, made less appealing, and mostly was there for usage not design. Fortunately the cycle of design has changed and kitchen cabinets have come full circle. There are more choices today and actually a style of the kitchen cupboard is back in fashion. Large pantry cabinets have come back into a house and from this the renaissance of the kitchen has begun. Another sign of a "throw back" kitchen is the return of the taller kitchen cabinet. Most cabinets are around thirty inches high; however a forty two inch kitchen cabinet or kitchen cupboard had now become an option. Of course if youre going to buy these larger (forty two inch) kitchen cupboards, you will need a higher ceiling, but if you have that higher ceiling, these kitchen cabinets fill the space nicely. The kitchen cupboard has come a long way. Once a piece of furniture, it was then reduced to a no-frills, practical use, but now it has made its way into the kitchen as a furnishing with style.
Published at Monday, November 07th 2016, 07:50:23 AM. Cupboard By tommy. Pros and Cons of Kitchen Cupboard Resurfacing There are many benefits to having your kitchen, bathroom or office cupboards remodeled by resurfacing them. There are a few things that are not so good. My views on the pros and cons of renovating cabinets in this way come from thirty years of custom kitchen fabrication and home renovations. The process I will be discussing is recovering old Formica plastic laminate with new Formica. One of the most common questions people ask is; "does the old Formica get peeled off?" My answer is almost always; "no". The process involves roughing up the existing surface with sand paper and covering over the top of the existing plastic. Buying and Flipping Houses One of the things that I have noticed is that contractors, Realtors and people looking to make a few dollars from buying and selling houses, oftentimes will get estimates on resurfacing cupboards. Covering over the old laminate and installing new doors is a reasonably priced, quick fix way of remodeling an ugly kitchen or bathroom in comparison to installing new cabinetry. One of the BIG PROS of resurfacing is that a contract can be signed today and the cabinets be completed within four days. That is if there are not special order doors involved and the plastic laminate is available for next day delivery. Some Old Cupboards Still Have Wrinkles Even though your kitchen may get a face-lift on the outside, many things will still "mark" the cabinetry as being old. Things like water damaged areas around the sink, drawers that just dont move smoothly and dated materials used on the interiors of cabinets years ago will be noticeable. Even though the outside will look like brand new-the inside of the cabinets almost always show signs that they are older cupboards. How Good Will the New Surface Adhere? If your existing Formica laminate is adhered really well, then the chances of the new plastic staying secured to the old are really good. If you have several areas that are coming loose, then you will have problems down the road. Sure the installer can glue the loose areas down before gluing the new covering on top, but this is not going to stop the process of the old mica letting loose over the course of time. I would say that this is one of the biggest cons of recovering plastic laminate cabinets. Design Limitations What you see is what you get. There is not much that can be changed with an existing set of cupboards that are getting resurfaced. Sure, you can add a few drawers, maybe cut something down to make a new appliance fit and install a new cabinet or two, but the basic layout of the kitchen stays the same. Money Savings Comparisons There are several things that make kitchen cupboard resurfacing appealing to the home-owner seeking to remodel on a budget. For the most part, several thousand dollars can be saved. It is less expensive to resurface cabinets for several reasons: • Less materials are needed • Appliances do not need to be removed and re-installed • Electricians and plumbers may not be necessary • The amount of labor needed is a lot less when compared to fabricating a new set of cupboards In my experience, it seems like the pros and cons people get hung up on are the price savings and the design change limitations. They want to switch their kitchen cupboard layout a bit, but do not want to spend a lot of money for new cabinets. As previously mentioned, resurfacing does not allow for a lot of layout design changes. So, people have a tendency to find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. Very often, what happens in these situations is that the customer, rather than choosing to replace or reface, decides to wait until they can afford to get everything new.
Published at Monday, November 07th 2016, 06:48:23 AM. Cupboard By tommy. Kitchen Cupboards: Cupboards That Are Easy to Work With We rely so much on our kitchen cupboards for storing different items that we dont need everyday. These cabinets arent opened frequently like a curio cupboard. Other types of cupboards are far more efficient, functional and at the same time very attractive. If you are tired of your old style cupboards the good news is, there are tons of ideas and ways to give your old cabinet a new life. There are numerous manufacturers and dealers of kitchen cabinets that keep the pulse on every style in kitchen cabinetry. Whether you own a sleek loft apartment or a Mediterranean inspired villa, an under cabinet wine glass rack is perfect. Installing them would give a fresh new life to your kitchen or kitchen bar. Keep your wine glasses smoothly and creatively organized and flaunt your lovely collection of wine glasses. Martini glasses are becoming popular again and you can find a lot of contemporary glasses for martini to add to your collection. They are perfect, too if you have a color theme for you kitchen since new martini glasses are now splashed with colors. Some of them are given artful designs by talented glassware artisans. Today, martini glasses are not only used to enjoy fresh and cold drinks, they are now available in different styles and sizes and are widely use for decoration. Martini glasses are part of a large group of cocktail glasses. The shape of these glasses is functional. Cocktail glasses are also called stemware. Wine connoisseurs say that the stems keep your drink cold as it allows you to hold the glass without warming its contents with your hands. Martini glasses are distinguished from other cocktail glasses by their conical shape that functions to keep ingredients from separating. If you love hosting parties for friends and family, you will definitely love the idea of installing under cabinet wine glass rack so you can take your wine glasses for them to see beautifully organized and always ready to use. Every type of drink requires a different type of glass. So, if you want to entertain and use the correct drink etiquette have a display of different selection of glasses for your cupboard or china cabinet. You can also hang water glasses or goblets and other types of glasses that you will mostly need frequently. So, when you are looking to upgrade your cupboards in your kitchen ensure that you decide on its functionality before considering having one with a distinctive design. Make sure it is not only creative but flexible as well. Make a list of what you intend to do with it: would it be for storing wines, cutleries, utensils, etc. The cupboard should be designed in such a way that it meets your and your familys needs. By getting a good and well thought of cupboard, you will be able to get organized effortlessly in the kitchen regardless of how small the area may be. You can choose from a wide range of functional kitchen cupboards with many compartments and drawers as well as storage of different materials made easier.
Published at Monday, November 07th 2016, 06:43:23 AM. Cupboard By kirby. Built in Bedroom Cupboards Design Ideas Having a large room to install your dream wardrobe in is easy. Just add more cupboards than you need but what if youre staying in a flat or a small apartment with a space of only 2.5 meters to work with? Well theres a solution for that as well. The key here is to utilize every inch of space that you possibly can and to do that you need to make your bedroom cupboards wider. Instead of installing five 5mm units next to each other rather fit two 1 meter cupboards and one 500mm cupboard. This will widen the space you need to utilize in your 1 meter units and prevent you from wasting that valuable space you so badly need. Benefits of wider shelving units The benefits of using a 1 meter unit instead of using two 500mm units is that you can fit three items next to each other whereas with a 500mm unit you can only fit one item on a shelf. There will be a bit of space next to each clothing item in the 500mm shelf but it will be wasted space. Creating more space with drawers Drawers are also a great way to great more space when it comes to designing built in bedroom cupboards as all the clothing items stored in a drawer are fully accessible. Like wardrobes drawers are also better utilized when made wider. This obviously doesnt apply to socks and underwear but when using it to store other clothing items like t-shirts and pants or other bigger and wider clothing items it does. Hanging unit design ideas Most bedroom cupboards consists of more hanging space than packing space as most men wear shirts more often than t-shirts. I mean men do spend more time at work than at home these days so it would probably only make sense to have more shirts. Women overall use much more hanging space than packing space as women mostly wear pants suites, dresses, skirts and other items that need to be hung up. Most women also poses a night gown which demands for more hanging space in the cupboard. When designing a mens hanging wardrobe you only really need to place two hanging rods in a unit above one another as a mens shirt or suite jacket is usually short. A womens hanging bedroom unit will have a bit of a different design where the hanging rods will be slit on half. This means that on the left side of the cupboard there will be one hanging rod and on the right side two hanging rods with a divider between the two sections. This will allow the one side to be used for shorter items and the long side for night gowns and longer dresses.
Published at Monday, November 07th 2016, 05:21:23 AM. Cupboard By kirby. Inner Bedroom Cupboard Design Ideas Most bedroom cupboards consist of some basic shelving units to pack socks, underwear and t-shirts and some hanging units to hang up shirts, gowns and jackets. Some wardrobes will on the odd occasion even have a unit thats half shelving and the other half hanging. This type of unit is called a combination unit or combo unit for short. While the basic wardrobe cabinets are perfect for packing solutions there are many other ideas you can incorporate into the design of your cupboards. Lets look at a few ideas that will make your life both much easier and luxurious when using your bedroom cupboards. Adding Drawers There are two types of drawers you can fit into your wardrobe units. The inner drawer and the external drawer. The inner drawer is fitted inside the bedroom unit behind the door and can only be pulled out once the door is open. The external drawer can be opened from the outside of the cupboard and has a drawer front with handle thats flush with the doors of the cupboard.The inner drawer runner has to be fitted with drawer runner spaces so the drawer misses the doors hinges when it is opened. Drawers are ideal for packing socks, underwear and other clothing items that are often used as its easy to access those item. Open the door and pull out the drawer, its that easy. No more digging behind a pile of shirts to get to the one that you want to wear, every item in the drawer is visible at a birds eye. Fitting A Shoe Drawer Rack A Shoe drawer rack is very handy to store shoes on and slides out when you want to get a pair. It is fitted with a ball bearing extension runner so that the entire shoe rack protrudes out the cupboard when pulled out. Shoe drawer racks are usually manufactured out of stainless steel but can be made out of chipboard as well to match the interior color of your wardrobe. Install Pullout Hanging Rod Although most bedroom cupboards are fitted with fixed aluminium or stainless steel hanging rods pullout hanging rods are far better to use. A pullout hanging rod is used to hang clothes on but the rod itself is spring loaded to pull back up into its original position when pulled down to access clothes. The rod has a pole attached to it which is used to pull the rod down from its fixed position and push it back up again when youre finish using it. Pullout hanging rods are useful for accessing clothes hanging up that are hard to reach. It also makes your cupboard look super modern inside and although its quite an expensive asset to have in your bedroom its worth every penny.
Published at Monday, November 07th 2016, 04:06:23 AM. Cupboard By steven. Painting Kitchen Cupboards With Formica Doors One of the fastest ways to brighten up the most used room in the home is by painting the kitchen area. For years people who buy and flip homes have remodeled cupboards on the fly by applying a new coat of paint to them. When done correctly, this can be a great way upgrade the look of things. You may want to consider replacing your existing flat doors with raised panel ones. I would recommend that you find a cabinet manufacturer in your area to order them from. It would be a good idea to consider having them install the new ones because there are a few tricky things involved in the process. Tools & Materials Needed -Putty Knife -Drop Cloths -Airless Industrial Paint Sprayer (obtained from a rent-all business) -Paint Designed to Adhere to Formica Surfaces (primer & topcoat) -220 Grit Sand Paper -Wood Filler -Masking Tape -Paint Brushes and Roller -Phillips Screwdriver -Plenty of Rags -Paint Respirator Mask Be sure to set aside plenty of time to complete the project without being rushed. The more time you spend in the preparation process-the better your Formica kitchen cabinets will look when you have finished painting the cupboards. Steps for Repainting Formica Kitchen Cabinets and Doors 1. Put the drop cloths in place. Remove all of the hardware (handles or Knobs) from the cupboard doors. 2. Take the doors off of the cabinets. If you have European hinges, you may NOT even need the Phillips screwdriver for this step. Check to see if there is a release tab on the backside of the hinge. If so, pull up on the tab and the hinge should release from the mounting plate. 3. Remove the hinges from the doors. 4. Clean all surfaces with a mild solution of soap and water that are going to be painted. Thoroughly dry off all of the areas that you have washed. 5. Fill all holes that you intend to eliminate and chipped areas with the wood filler. Allow the filler to completely dry before sanding. 6. Lightly sand all of the surfaces of the cupboard door and cabinets with the 220 sandpaper that will be painted. Wipe all of the dust off of the cabinets and doors. 7. Set up an area where you can spray the primer on the backside of the cupboard doors, preferable outside. Give them one mild coat of primer. 8. While the back of the doors are drying, apply primer to the Formica cabinets using the roller and brush. When you are finished, the doors should be ready for a second coat of primer. 9. Repeat the process of painting the kitchen cupboards and doors with the primer until all areas have had two coats applied. Once the primer is completely dry, you may lightly sand all areas where ever necessary. 10. Paint two finish coats on the cupboards and the doors. 11. Hang the doors on the cabinets and insert the drawers back into their proper locations. 12. Install the old or new handles/knobs on the cabinet doors. It is advisable to not clean the kitchen cupboards for at least four days to allow plenty of time for the paint to completely cure. Our company has used a product called Cabinet Rescue for painting plastic laminate cabinets on many occasions. As previously mentioned, just check with your local hardware store professionals to find a product that is designed for refinishing Formica cupboard surfaces.
Published at Monday, November 07th 2016, 02:56:23 AM. Cupboard By steven. Kitchen Cupboards Provide Strategic Storage Spaces and Harmony to Kitchens In the 21st century, the design and style of kitchen cupboards have evolved from large, solid types to lighter, more flexible and versatile ones. Today, you can see in many kitchens various wall cupboards positioned higher. Storage facilities are better now with the present lines of cupboards being offered in the market. Traditional cupboard dimensions are being modified by manufacturers and the possibilities are limitless. Your taste, budget and likes play important part in determining the style of kitchen cupboard you will end up with. So many brightly colored cupboards are out there made of exotic wood, modern plastic, stainless steel or aluminum to really arouse your desire. You can choose from a wide range of models to suit your needs. A tropical wood specie with laminated finish and stainless steel edging can truly wet your taste. There are granite countertops but if it is not within your budget, a granite looking laminated model is available. You can choose a totally custom-built look and shape or the traditional square with different handles to match your kitchen cupboards. But before you buy your new set of cupboards, concretize first your visualized kitchen cupboard design and objective. Everything depends on how you plan to organize and layout the kitchen cupboards you intend to buy. The kind of things you plan to store per drawer or shelves have to be decided in advance. Harmony and storage spaces are what you should aim for. If your kitchen is only small, think of all space saving strategies. If you inspect the things you store in your kitchen area, you will find many things which should be transferred and stored somewhere else. Make it your goal to provide more space for kitchen related items you need daily. Store in your cupboard shelves things which are commonly for kitchen use. Choose a compartment near the stove for pots and pans. You can try putting dishes on shelves in front near the cupboard doors for better access. If your kitchen is spacious, where you locate your cupboards to harmonize with the rest of the kitchen ambiance gives you a lot of options. You are not limited to items necessary for kitchen use only. In fact, the cupboards are functional in character but can be a pleasing sight for sore eyes. One way to have an organized cupboard system is to have a printed list of things inside each shelf or cupboard drawer for ready reference and faster accessibility. It may require constant revision but the beauty is you have always an updated inventory of all important and miscellaneous things stored in an orderly fashion. There are homeowners who have the inclination to repaint their kitchen cupboards for some reasons instead of ordering new ones and nothing is wrong with that. As a matter of fact, it is a noble project if they have the necessary technical skills. They can end up with brand new looking and more attractive kitchen cupboards with their high quality type of solid hardwood. By choosing the right type of color, finish and design edging mix and match, the repainted cupboards can enhance the beauty not only of the kitchen but also the rest of the house. Whether you decide to repaint your present kitchen cupboards or buy a new set, upgrading your kitchen with a new kitchen cupboard system will not only add value to your home but also provide a more convenient and better looking kitchen space for you to work in, relax and entertain!
Published at Monday, November 07th 2016, 01:30:23 AM. Cupboard By justin. Using An Office Cupboard In The Home A Variety of Different Office Cupboards With there being such a vast selection of office cupboards to choose from it can be hard to know which one is the best to choose for your personal needs. Cupboards can be used for many different uses around the home from the traditional kitchen cupboard to a tool cupboard or cabinet. In the workplace though the most ideal and realistic is the office cupboard which can be used to store and file office essentials. A cupboard is a great way of being able to keep your office in order and is a perfect solution to an untidy office. There are many different types of cupboard to choose from and these vary from the traditional compartment cupboards to glass and wooden cupboards and even mobile cupboards which you can move as you please. Great for the Home or Office Great for the home or office, an office cupboard is important as it is the home to all your essentials whether it be stationery and files in the office or books, files and childrens toys in the home for example. The cupboard is also a fantastic organised storage system in the home as well as the office as its many shelves and compartments mean that theres plenty of room for all that you need to store. Why not even consider using your cupboard in school if you are a teacher? Office cupboards are very versatile so you can use them in many different places in different situations. Importance of an Office Cupboard in Your Life A cupboard is a fantastic necessity for any office, home or school. It will not only keep your items stored safely it will bring organisation into your life from the minute it steps foot in your home. They are great for the home as they come in so many different shapes and sizes they can be fitted into many different rooms perfectly.With a wide range and variety of cupboards to also choose from you are bound to be able to find a cupboard perfect for your all of your needs. You can even purchase a First Aid cupboard which is fantastic for any workplace and will keep all your first aid necessities in one place. An office cupboard doesnt need to be of a large size either, wall cupboards can be less than half the size, fixed to the wall and will store organise a room perfectly.