Published at Monday, January 30th 2017, 23:52:23 PM by kirby. Cupboard. 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 Tuesday, January 24th 2017, 00:49:23 AM. Cupboard By kirby. Kitchen Cupboard Buying Tips I think it is safe to say that it is common knowledge that a kitchen cupboard can serve different purposes, depending on the kitchen where it is used. This is the first thing that you need to take into account when going out to buy one, or more for yourself. Generally, people look for a pleasant design in these items. A kitchen cupboard can come in a wide variety of styles and designs. The cost will also range depending on the style and the material that the cupboard will feature. It is very important that the design of the kitchen cupboard will go well with the décor of your kitchen. The majority of people prefer kitchen cupboard that are flexible in both functionality and design. People now prefer kitchen cupboards that feature quality wood materials. If youre choosing to go with this design, then it is best that you choose a cupboard that features more exotic wood materials since it offers the best look. Durability shouldnt be ignored, thus it is recommended that you get a kitchen cabinet which features stainless steel edges. Be sure to lay out all of your necessities before actually purchasing or designing one! Once you know what you need, be sure to pick a kitchen cupboard that will fulfill these needs. The best strategy is to make a small list with all the things that you will be using it for, things such as wine storage or utensil storage. Such a list will be of great help when going out to buy the right kitchen cabinet for you. A great cupboard will add a lot to the functionality of your kitchen by helping you keep things more organized and be more productive. A good cupboard will provide all of these things no matter the size of your kitchen! Keep in mind that deciding on the kitchen cupboard that you wish to purchase will be yours only and you need to put some thought into it if you want to ensure that you will buy a quality and useful product. If youre not sure about which design to go for, then you should consider buying something that goes well with the existing décor. A pleasant look is also important and you should make sure that your kitchen looks right. There are a lot of styles that you can go for, then main ones being modern, classic and contemporary.
Published at Monday, January 23rd 2017, 23:42:23 PM. Cupboard By tommy. Kitchen Cupboards - Decorative Organizational Options For Any Kitchen If you are planning to replace your kitchen cupboards, you should know that they come with a very large price tag. They are available in a very large variety of designs, materials and styles in both the cabinets themselves and the doors also. To gain a good visual of the final look of your updated kitchen with the selected cupboards, you can obtain computer visualization from your local home improvement stores. The first thing to do in the planning for new cupboards, is to take very detailed and complete measurements of the areas within the kitchen space, including the areas for the appliances and the counter top measurements. With this information, the home improvement store will be able to design a plan of the kitchen area you are planning. A sales man from the store will make a physical visit to your home to verify the measurements of the kitchen; this will not only ensure that the new kitchen cupboards will have the correct space that they require, but also the correct pricing will be possible given the exact measurements. There are many options for kitchen cupboards, the types are stock cupboards, semi-custom, and also custom cabinetry. Stock one are available in standard sizes only and can be purchased in a limited number of color and style options. The stock cupboards are simple drawer and styles only. Semi-custom cupboards can be purchased in standard sizes although there are more options available with these cupboards in regards to storage units, design details and style. They come in a number of wood and colored varieties. Their quality and cost by far exceeds that of the stock cupboards. The storage choices available in the semi-custom cupboards are quite extensive. When considering this type of cupboard, pay particular attention to your most urgent storage issues to be able to determine the best solution in the semi-custom cupboards. The costliest cupboards are the custom cupboards. These are made specifically for your kitchen only. You are free to choose the design, style, and size for your custom kitchen, but you will pay for the ability to specially order your kitchen cupboards in this way. With a custom design you are getting a quality of fit and wood that far exceeds that of the semi-custom and the stock cupboards. The most important consideration in kitchen cupboards design is the setting of the budget. Before you purchase a design service, you must set a budget for the work. Your costs will vary greatly depending on whether you choose, custom, semi-custom or stock cupboards. The usual standard is that when designing a new kitchen, 50% of the new budget will go towards the cost of new cupboards. One effective way to determine how much you should spend on the new cupboards is to consider how much longer you will remain in the home. If you will be moving within the next two years, then you should spend less that if you plan to be in the house for several more years. If staying for many more years, you should not economize but instead go all out to design the highest quality kitchen you could afford.
Published at Monday, January 23rd 2017, 22:16:23 PM. Cupboard By kirby. Preparation Is the Key to Painting Cupboards Successfully In thirty years of remodeling cabinets, Ive learned that preparation is one of the most important aspects of painting kitchen or bathroom cupboards. In this article, we will explore a few of the things that can really make a difference in how the painting project will look when it is all done. IMPORTANT: DO NOT RUSH through this renovation. Allowing plenty of time to do it right is essential to the success of having your kitchen or bathroom cupboards look new again. Cleaning the Cupboards Mix a solution of Dawn dish washing detergent and water to wash your cupboards with. The areas around the stove and hood should be gone over several times to ensure that all of the grease buildup is removed. If you are preparing Formica surfaces, you can use lacquer thinner on them to remove grease build-up. Using Wood Putty and Caulking You are going to have to remove the cabinet doors and you should replace all of the hinges, handles or knobs while renovating the cupboards. This is probably going to leave a few holes that will need to be filled with wood filler. You should sand the areas down before placing the filler in the holes and allow sufficient time for it to completely dry. Use the wood filler on every crack and crevice that you can find. You should also caulk around all areas where the cupboards meet the walls, ceiling and floors. Be sure to wipe the access caulking off really well with a damp rag. You only want to fill the void areas. If it is necessary to rinse the rag out a few times because of all of the caulking thats OK. Just get it all off of the cupboards, walls, floor and ceiling. Sanding the Cabinets Once the wood putty is thoroughly dry, sand those areas first so that they are nice and flush. If you need to add more filler, DO NOT omit this step. Every inch of the cupboards should be sanded that will be painted. There is an optional product that can be used here, but you must check with your local paint supply company to ensure that it will work with the materials that your cupboards are made of. You can apply a liquid deglosser that will work almost as good as sanding the cupboards. Granted, you will still need to use sandpaper for the places you applied the putty to. Repeating the Process Once you have cleaned the cupboards, filled all of the blemishes and thoroughly sanded them, repeat all of these steps again. This is known as going over them with a fine-toothed comb. Trust me, this is what makes the difference between the do-it-yourself look or obtaining professional results. Applying the First Coat of Primer Painting the cupboards with a thin coat of primer is the next step. Allow the paint to completely dry. Fill any blemishes with filler and sand them out again. Repeat this process of applying the paint primer, filling flaws and sanding them out until the cupboards are literally "spotless." Now the process of painting the finish coats on the cupboards can begin. Its important to realize that the final coats of paint will only look as good as the surface is underneath. If theres a run, dip, depression or scratch anywhere in the primers surface, the exact same flaw will be seen when the finish coats of paint are applied to the cabinetry.
Published at Monday, January 23rd 2017, 21:10:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. Cleaning Kitchen Cupboards: Eliminate the Grease, Bring Back the Shine Cleaning kitchen cupboards can be a tough job especially if there is a lot of grease and built up grime. Greasy build-up cannot be avoided in your kitchen and it is actually the worst kind of dirt build-up to clean. Simple wiping will not completely remove it but using certain solutions will help you efficiently clean your cupboards. You know its time to create that solution if your kitchen cupboards look dull, dirty and more importantly feel sticky when touched. Here are some concoctions you can try to help you in cleaning the cupboards. On top of the list is a degreasing dishwashing soap. Dont just use a liquid dishwashing soap but get the one that has a degreasing agent. Ordinary liquid dishwashing soap lacks the ability to remove the cake-on grease on your kitchen cupboards. Do not pour the degreasing dishwashing soap directly to the cupboard as it may damage the finish of your cupboards. When you use it, make sure that you dissolve the dishwashing soap in hot water then use a cleaning sponge to wipe the cupboard. Follow it up with a clean, dry and soft towel. Another option you can use is a washing soda. When you are cleaning kitchen cupboards with washing soda, take the necessary precaution of wearing gloves. Washing soda is made up of sodium carbonate which can be harmful on the skin because of its pH level. This pH level 11 solution is extremely basic and your skin simply cant handle it. You can use a mixture composed of a bucket of warm water and half cup of washing soda to scrub the cupboards. If you dont want the risk of burning yourself with washing soda, you can use a white vinegar solution instead. Aside from degreasing your kitchen cupboards, the white vinegar also has the ability to kill bacteria and germs. You will need a spray bottle when cleaning kitchen cupboards with a white vinegar solution. Spray the cupboards with a mixed solution containing equal parts of warm water and white vinegar. You then have to wipe the cupboard using a sponge or scrub brush it (but not too hard). Do not rinse the white vinegar solution that has been applied but leave it to be air-dried. If your kitchen cupboards are made of wood, make sure that you are brushing or wiping in the same direction of the wood. You also have to polish the wooden cupboard after degreasing it. You can use a wood polish to make the cupboard shine like new again. There are kitchen cleaning products specially formulated for degreasing wood cabinets. You may want to use those products to make sure that you are not using a solution that can end up damaging the quality of your wood. For the heavy grime on your kitchen cupboards, you can make use of common baking soda. But when you do, make sure that you dont mix it with white vinegar as this causes a chemical reaction. If you mix both then you will end up cleaning kitchen cupboards with a bubbly mess.
Published at Monday, January 23rd 2017, 20:54:23 PM. Cupboard By kirby. Kitchen Cupboards: The Excellent Alternative to a Disorganized Kitchen Elegant kitchen cupboards can be created from a varied palette of natural materials to achieve a sense of height and depth. It is also important to take careful consideration of interconnecting areas and available spaces when planning to build and install cupboards for your kitchen. In order to establish a sense of height choose to install cupboards that are tall and choose materials that has an intentionally horizontal grain such as wood. Talented kitchen designers have designed modern kitchens utilizing wood beams to create a point of difference. Wooden cupboards come in a variety of stains that exudes a certain depth and warmth. Kitchen cupboards with cigar box style are mostly preferred for wooden kitchens. Most designers also use the layered materials technique to create a beautiful texture and colours that shows fantastic craftsmanship. Doing a make-over for a large and roomy kitchen is easier than working in a smaller room, but you also have to look at the long list of requirements and specifications where it would seem a daunting task to achieve aesthetically cohesive plan. A lot of effort is needed in designing a perfect layout that would fit several furnishings and appliances and substantial storage space and at the same time shun a warehouse effect or feeling. Another pertinent factor is to see to it that all the elements relate to each other in order to give a functional and user-friendly kitchen space. The most adept kitchen design results from a joint effort from the designer and the homeowner during the early stages of construction. Your kitchen cupboard maker should also collaborate with your kitchen designer so they can agree on the best type of design, materials and style. Their wise planning assures you and your family of having the kitchen that you have been dreaming of. Kitchen cupboards are the excellent alternative to disorganized kitchen and cluttered counters. An intelligently planned kitchen cabinetry will help you accomplish that objective of getting well-organized kitchen at all times. Ensure that accurate measurements are taken since sizes and spacing should be a primary concern in order to come up with cabinets that are not too confined or too far apart and difficult to work with. It should come out interesting and practical. Perfectly designed and well thought of kitchen cabinets can be the focal point of a kitchen. Whatever design you have in mind when it comes to your kitchen cabinet, have it installed taking into consideration every inch of that empty wall space. Like most homeowners, you should give some thought on your requirements in order to come up with the ideal kitchen cupboards that will suit your indoor or outdoor kitchen. Its also nice to use decorative hardware for your cupboards but make sure to pick something that perfectly matches the colour and texture of the cabinets. Whether you want a clean and timeless appearance, conventional or modern, the important factor to consider is to have a functional and organized kitchen. Dont forget to set yourself a budget for this project to avoid overspending.
Published at Monday, January 23rd 2017, 19:47:23 PM. Cupboard By kirby. Reviving Your Kitchen Cupboards You may never know the number of times you open and browse through your kitchen cupboards, but if they are more of a hindrance than a help, you probably wish it were less often. Everybody needs to eat sometime, and most people visit their kitchen every day. You need to feel good about that space. Maybe even without money for a remodel, or without changing homes entirely, you can find a way to make yours a lovable space again. For those who dwell in apartment settings, adding storage may seem like the impossible dream. You are probably not allowed to nail anything to the walls. Free standing kitchen cupboards are the answer you need. There are plenty of shapes, styles and sizes of these cabinets to choose from. Your local hardware or department stores will have what you need, but remember too furniture stores, antique shops, flea markets and garage sales. Just keep your measurements handy in your wallet for when you are out and about. One of the best ways to find exactly what you need for cupboard space in your kitchen is to clean out the cabinets and truly analyze what you use the most and where you use it. Before you begin, take a look around. If there are bags of potatoes, two liter bottles of pop and boxes of cereal sitting out, then you need more food storage space. If you have pots and pans lining the floor or all over the counter tops, then it is dish storage that you seek. Consider also what you buy on a weekly basis in groceries and what happens when you really stock the pantry. Knowing your shopping and cooking habits helps a great deal when searching for any type of kitchen storage piece. Along with having efficient storage space, another point to consider is appearance. There is something to be said for a space that looks beautiful as well as it functions. Perhaps your kitchen needs spruced up. Not everyone has the cash to start again with brand new cabinets and for some of those who do have it, not everyone wants to. There may be nothing wrong with your current setup except for the need for a little face lift. It can be friendlier for the environment and the budget if you simply learn how to paint kitchen cupboards. Refacing cabinets in this manner does require time and patience on your part. It leaves much room for your own personal touch. Color options for paint are endless. Just be sure to use something durable for this high traffic area, prime first and really take your time with it. Kitchen wall cupboards may need a little extra attention in the painting process, but they do not need to come off the wall to get a good paint finish on them. With a little research into the way you use your kitchen and some added time and attention to the appearance of your kitchen cupboards, you can create a space that remains beautiful for many years to come.
Published at Monday, January 23rd 2017, 18:31:23 PM. Cupboard By steven. 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.