You have so many options available to you when remodeling or building a new kitchen. Probably the most expensive component will be your kitchen cabinets. So what are some of the cabinet features available to help create a truly unique, new space?
Soft Close: Every time I hear my neighbors cabinets slam I think about this one. Most higher end cabinets now come with a soft close feature that keeps the cabinet doors and drawers from banging. Ask your supplier if they come standard. If not, you will probably want to add them.
Dovetail Drawers: You will find dovetails (interlocking finger-like joints) on the drawers of most quality cabinets. Most discriminating buyers look for these. They are a symbol of quality as they hold up better over the long haul as apposed to nails and glue.
Plywood Cabinet Boxes: The first thing we see when looking at cabinets are the pretty doors and drawer fronts. However, don’t forget to look at the actual cabinet box. The higher quality cabinets come with plywood rather than particle board. The particle board will deteriorate over time…especially in moist areas.
Light Rail: This piece of trim goes at the bottom edge of the wall cabinets to hide the undercabinet lights. You can also add a cabinet skin to cover the bottom unfinished area to provide a custom look.
Crown Molding: You can create a really nice contemporary look with a three piece crown. It takes a little more material and effort, but adds a tremendous quality look.
Refrigerator Cabinet: Ever try to use the 12″ deep typical standard cabinet above the refrigerator? It takes some seriously long arms to get to them. Instead, incorporate a refrigerator cabinet to hide the ugly sides of your unit and provide usable storage above. Just make sure to check with your refrigerator manufacturer on proper space around the unit for ventilation.
Michael Luckado has built, remodeled, and repaired thousands of homes throughout the United States over the past sixteen years. He founded ArmchairBuilder.com to help people save money and get exactly what they want on their new building projects.
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Take a moment to consider your kitchen cabinets: think about how many times a day you open and close them with grimy hands, and how often you splash them with cooking grease as you are preparing meals. Every day your kitchen cabinets take more and more abuse and before long, they are going to start looking worn down. You may eventually need to replace your cabinets, but until then you can make them look as good as new with a fresh coat of paint.
Depending on the complexity of your project, your list of needed materials may vary, but a great place to start is with a paint tray, drop cloth, painter’s tape, rollers and brushes, stir sticks, and paint. It is of course possible to paint your cabinet doors while they are still attached to your cabinets, but to make things easier on yourself you will probably want to remove them before you begin and prepare a flat, clean surface where you can paint them and leave them to dry.
Next you’re going to want to thoroughly clean your cabinets with a sponge, mild soap, and warm water or a household cleaning solution. Remember to make sure the cabinets are well rinsed and dry before you begin painting. Inspect your cabinets for any scratches or nicks, and fill them using putty and a putty knife if necessary. You may also choose to lightly sand the area you will be painting to help the primer and paint adhere to the surface. As an alternative to sanding, you may instead apply an even coat of primer-sealer. To do this, simply use a disposable foam brush and begin in the center, following the wood’s grain as you move to the outside of your surface.
Now you are ready to begin painting. Use a nice brush to apply the paint (the better the brush the better the finish). One of the best ways to achieve a professionally finished look is to apply a few very thin coats. You may want to do one thick coat to get the process done faster, but you will actually use fewer brush strokes and have a shorter drying time if you apply multiple thin layers of paint. The end reult will also look much nicer and will be a lot more durable. Allow the paint to completely dry between coats. When the paint is dry and you are happy with the results, reattach your cabinet doors and enjoy!
This guest blog post was written by Tracy Tesmer, founder of Tracy Tesmer Design • Build • Remodel • Repair, a Gainesville, GA residential remodeling company specializing in kitchen remodeling. Tracy has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and hosts a weekly home improvement radio show in WDUN in north Georgia.
When it comes time to remodel your kitchen, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with decisions, questions and stress. With many things to consider, such as floors, appliances and counters, cabinets can be one of the most difficult, and expensive, decisions you will make about your kitchen. Study the cabinets you already have to see if they can be integrated into your new design. In most instances, you will be given the choice of replacing or refinishing your cabinets. There are certain advantages and disadvantages to replacing and refinishing cabinets. Make sure you understand them both before you make the final decision.
If one of the goals of your remodeling is to add extra storage space, replacing your cabinets is likely the best option.
If the wood, frames or joints are bad, replacing cabinets will be able to fix these issues.
Replacing cabinets is time consuming because it requires a demolition of the current cabinets. When you go to choose cabinets you will be able to choose between three different types:
Stock cabinets - These are mass produced but have a wide variety of options.
Semi-custom cabinets - The cabinets are pre-made but you can help choose moldings, trims, finishes, etc. These are typically more expensive than stock cabinets.
Custom cabinets - These are specifically made for your wishes and style choice. This the most expensive form of cabinets. You can create just about anything you dream up, with any type of finish, design or material.
Replacing cabinets allow you full control of the design and look you want for your cabinets.
A disadvantage may be that you will be without cabinets throughout the replacing process.
If you currently like the style and/or layout of the cabinets you have, this may be the best alternative because you can change up the look of your cabinets without having to replace them completely.
Refinishing your cabinets is a less expensive, more economical alternative to changing things up. You will not have full control or as much flexibility when refinishing cabinets as you will with replacing them.
Budget - If you have a modest budget, cabinet replacement may not be an option. However, if you are willing to spend a few extra dollars on sprucing up your kitchen, replacing cabinets can certainly allow room for more creativity and personalization. Remember that out of all line items in a total kitchen remodel, cabinets typically take up the largest percentage of your budget.
Needs - This will depend on whether you need more storage space. If you need more space and want to build them up vertically, then simply refinishing the cabinets will not add this. Replacing cabinets can add more storage and allow for a different kitchen workflow.
Time - Time constraints will definitely help make a decision for this process. Full kitchen overhauls typically involve several weeks or months of work. You will need to make other accommodations for storing kitchen supplies while it is being remodeled.
No matter which form of cabinet refinishing you choose to use, you will be able to make it unique and your own. Whether you choose a simple DIY re-paint, polish and hardware change, a more complex professional refinishing, or a complete demolition and re-do, you will finish the process with a revitalized kitchen!
A kitchen can go centuries (well, maybe not that long, but pretty long) without being remodeled. Ask yourself, in what year your house was built – you might end up with shocker news. In many ways, your kitchen is the most important part of your house as the heart of your living situation. Think about it for a second. Where do you cook, eat and spend most of your time anyway?
If your kitchen is in need of a clean and improved look, don’t neglect it. Begin the kitchen remodeling with a first step: the cabinet makeover. The first impulse when considering a kitchen cabinet remodeling is to replace all of the old cabinets. But that idea can not only be expensive but also time consuming. more »
One of the largest installations you probably currently have in your kitchen are the cabinets. They oftentimes are overlooked as a true appliance or an intregal piece of your overall home decor. They serve a very utilitarian function – housing everything you can throw at it.
There are a lot of cabinet choices to pursue out there, but what might look best with your kitchen when it comes time to think about some home remodeling? The decision is a tough one, as you’ll be pulling dishes, glass, pots, and pans out of those cabinets for the forseeable future. A mix of sturdy construction and attractive design must be found. Here is a list of possible cabinet types that could potentially revamp your kitchen, making it the cooking and gathering space you’ve always wanted.
Some frosted glass cabinets.
Glass Windowed Cabinets – These can be accomplished in two ways. You could have a clear glass door with window-like panels, requiring a small amount of additional woodwork, that can create something of a classical, farmhouse look. The other way a glass-faced cabinet might appear is with a frosted look. Added a frosted large, typically vertical rectangle shaped frosted glass pane to the front of a lighter colored cabinet or a white or black face can add a fashionably modern appearance.
Are you one of the millions of Americans who have cabinets missing nobs? Or perhaps you fall under the ‘my cabinets don’t close all the way’ category. And then there’s a slim, but still possible, chance that you might even be (say it ain’t so!) missing cabinet doors all together. If any of these dire kitchen-based scenarios sounds like you then it might be the time for some action. Don’t be alarmed! We’re not talking about a full demolition here; just a facelift, so to speak. Thinking of replacing cabinets can be a little overwhelming and, on its face, can appear to be a pricy endeavor.
Off-kilter, off-hinge, or just plain ugly? Are these your cabinets?