By steven. Cupboard. At Wednesday, May 31st 2017, 12:26:23 PM.
The Timeless Kitchen Cupboard For as long as meals have been prepared in kitchens, there have been kitchen cupboards in most of those kitchens. Yet, in recent years there has been a new emphasis placed on the role of the kitchen cupboard. This is a positive development given that there may be no other cabinet in the home, which is used quite as much as the cupboard. Cupboards must be built in a solid fashion since they are accessed so much. One part of the standard cupboard, which must be able to handle high traffic, is the handles themselves. The reason this is so is because kitchen cupboard door handles are touched, turned, and grabbed throughout the day. What is it that constitutes appropriate handles? First, solid construction with both the correct material and the right size will make for good use. Second, are the pleasing to the eye and consistent with the rest of the room? Third, are they agreeable to the hands that touch them throughout the day? The handles being ergonomically safe will go a long way to make the handles useful for many years. There are currently six styles that kitchen cupboards are being designed and built in for consumers to enjoy. Within each design there is a wide scope of quality, which everyone needs to be aware of when shopping for this product. Some cupboards are hand built and others are not. Painting kitchen cupboards is also either done by hand or by some form of technology. No doubt those built and painted by hand will cost more, but the quality of the product is heads above the rest. The six styles shoppers can expect to find are traditional, Outdoor, Country, Old World, Contemporary, and Transitional. What consumers will also find is that these styles mirror those found in other kitchen cabinets as well. The Traditional style is one that fills the kitchen with a more formal, dressy feel due to the colors and wood grains incorporated. This design will remind many of early American and European architecture. At the other end of the style scale is the Contemporary look. This design has none of the formal sense about it, opting instead for geometrics and more of a random feeling. The Transitional style is a melting together of the Traditional and Contemporary to create a more warm and inviting environment. With the Transitional we have a pleasant match between two opposites found in the Traditional and Contemporary. The Outdoor design pretty much says it all on its own. Next is the Country design with its brighter and more upbeat color schemes. Also in the Country design consumers will enjoy the more comfortable setting this style attempts to foster. The last style is the Old World, so labeled because of its common use of hearths, which are reminders of Europe centuries ago. Most recognize cupboards for their use in the kitchen as a food storage and preparation necessity, but cupboards also serve another role. Cupboards can also be excellent decoration spots for prized family pieces. Since cupboards often have glass doors or fronts they offer a place to put these items for easy viewing by all.
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.
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.