07/18/15

Proposed Title: As Easy As 1-2-3: DIY Cabinet Refacing Project

Every home needs a set of well-maintained and functional pieces of furniture. But keeping the quality of a particular furniture is difficult. Usually, the quality deteriorates as time passes. So, more often than not, the family just lets the furniture stay as is, finding it too hassle to even have it fixed.

But this is the DIY  (do it yourself) era, instead of having someone else fix something which is broken, people feel the need to do it themselves. Same can be said for fixing or even upgrading the furniture at home. Questions like, “Do we really need to replace the kitchen cabinets? Or can we just repaint them ourselves?” often surface among the household. And for most, the more practical option would be to just do it themselves.

Maintaining Cabinets at Home 

Cabinets, in general, are highly functional in a common household. Hence, they are the ones which break down more easily since they are used a lot. So, in trying to maintain/fix the cabinets at home, it is best to ask a couple of question first. Are we repainting the cabinets? Do we want the cabinets to have a wood finish? Etc. But, as a reminder, simply repainting the cabinets is way simpler than having to achieve a wood finish on them.

DIY Cabinet RefacingIn trying to maintain/fix broken cabinets, the concept of refacing is often taken into account. In aiming for a painted finish, one can either choose to just replace all existing cabinet doors or to just continue in repainting the existing ones. But for most, DIY cabinet refacing involves replacing the cabinet doors, and replacing them with entirely new ones.

However, in aiming for a wood finish with the DIY cabinet refacing, the need to replace the cabinet doors becomes more apparent. Rest assured this do-it-yourself cabinet refacing project is not as easy as simply repainting the cabinet doors, instead, it involves a couple more steps along the process.

The DIY cabinet refacing process involves the replacement of the old cabinet walls with new ones. Adding a solid wood veneer to the cabinet frames or to other exposed areas of the cabinet is also an option. The veneer is cut in order to fit the given surface area of the cabinet walls. Overall, the process might seem daunting at the start, but at the end of the day, it is still considered to be a DIY cabinet refacing project, something that virtually everyone can accomplish.

To Buy or Not to Buy Cabinet Doors? 

DIY Cabinets RefacingIn deciding on whether to simply repaint the cabinet doors or to stick with the wood finish look, new cabinet doors are very much essential for the whole do-it-yourself cabinet refacing project to work. Although constructing custom-made cabinet doors is considered to be not within the scope of do-it-yourself projects and far beyond this article, many have still resorted in building their own cabinet doors. But it is important to keep in mind that the construction process of the cabinet doors entails the use of a variety of specialized carpentry tools and equipment as well as a relatively huge chunk of lumber.

But nowadays, the cost of the already-made cabinet doors has been made more affordable (without sacrificing quality of course) for the average DIY-er. There is quite a number of companies which specialize in manufacturing high quality yet affordable cabinet doors. I have included a list below of these reputable companies which offer the best of quality, price, and selection of cabinet doors and refacing materials that I found up to date.

Easy Steps to Cabinet Refacing

Step1: Measuring Cabinet Doors And Hinges

Cabinet RefacingBefore purchasing new cabinet doors, the exact measurements of the old cabinets must be taken note of. To save money, the existing cabinet door hinges that are still in good shape can be reused. While ordering the new cabinet doors, the DIY-er must keep in mind two conditions: A. Did the existing cabinet doors have rabbets or notches that run all the way around the door? B. Will the measurements of the newly ordered cabinet walls fit the existing hinges that are to be reused? But some hinges can be quite tricky. Sometimes, the use of the wrong type of hinges can cause gaps between the cabinet doors. Therefore, it is best to make sure that the newly purchased cabinet doors will work with the reused hinges.

Typically, in do-it-yourself cabinet refacing projects, people simply decide on buying new hinges for less hassles. Having the correct measurements of the existing cabinet doors is still needed, but also, the addition of the appropriate overlay for the hinges are needed as well. Commonly used hinges are usually 0.5” in size, but 0.25” and 0.75” are also commonly used by most. On the other hand, for 35mm European style hinges, these are oftentimes determined by the mounting plate that the hinges use. In European style hinges, part of the hinge that gets drilled into the door remains the same. There are numerous types of European hinges that suit almost all kinds of applications. It is just a matter of finding the correct one that fits perfectly.

Step 2: Types of Cabinet Doors

Once the correct dimensions of the old cabinet doors are obtained, one can now proceed to ordering the new cabinet doors. There are virtually countless designs of the doors to choose from but one of the more common and affordable ones that are used in DIY cabinet refacing projects is the shaker style door. It’s considered to be an inset or more commonly known as the recessed panel cabinet door. These shaker style doors are usually made of MDF (medium density fiberboard), an element which adds to the affordability of this type of cabinet doors. Along with the shaker style doors, other cabinet doors such as the traditional raise panel, bread board, and applied molding doors are also popular with typical do-it-yourself cabinet refacing projects.

Usually cabinet doors also come with the purchase of cabinet ends that match or give new accents to the newly bought cabinet doors. These cabinet ends tend to give a more finished look to the whole refacing project, something that might actually give a customized look for the whole DIY cabinet refacing project.

Step 3: Additional Options

With the newly purchased cabinet doors, comes the option to also replace the old cabinet drawers, as these prove to be the more practical way to go. Other options for cabinet drawer boxes include “pullout” drawers or “roll-out” trays. These are great ways to maximize the storage options of the cabinet itself as well. Other space saver options include, organizer trays suited for storing silverware, etc. But it is always important to remember that  in any DIY cabinet refacing project, performing preliminary research is recommended to achieve optimal results.

Step 4: Applying the Veneer

The application of the veneer is a relatively simple yet complicated process at the same time. The veneer needs to be cut to the dimension of the existing cabinet frame and cabinet end panels for it to fit perfectly. In addition, the veneer also needs to be cut with a sharp utility knife or using a metal knife with a straight edge. A sacrificial sheet of plywood or MDF is sometimes needed in order to protect the existing cabinet doors from potential scratches. The need to be accurate when cutting is essential in the DIY cabinet refacing project, but if this cannot be avoided, there still exists some way to salvage it. A sanding block or a block plane can be used to mend the excess veneer in order for the cabinet doors to fit properly. Once all cabinet doors and frames are successfully covered by the veneer, the installation of the doors can now take place.

Step 5: Installing The Cabinet Doors

Before installing the cabinet doors, the option of painting them first can take place. This is done in order to avoid any staining of the paint in other places of the cabinet. Also, the hinges are recommended to be installed lastly, after everything has been painted. This is done in order to prevent an unwanted finish buildup around the hinges and drawer guides.

One of the common ways of painting cabinet doors involves setting up a few saw horses and placing a couple of 2×2 or 2×4 planks across them. One may also opt to spray the doors one at a time and then placing them on the saw horses to dry afterwards, while making sure that each side of the cabinet door is flipped and recoated properly.

After drying, all newly painted cabinet doors can now be mounted on the actual cabinets, wherein final adjustments can be made before securing them finally. Drawer or tray boxes can now be installed to complete this simple do-it-yourself cabinet refacing project.

06/13/15

Cabinet Revolution: Frameless Cabinets

Over the years, a single style of cabinet has been dominating, until one revolutionary style gets the spotlight. That is, frameless cabinets are now being the most used style of cabinets aside from the one with frames, or the traditional cabinets. Popular in Europe (as the name suggests), these cabinets eliminated the frames on the cabinet body for additional storage space and to have a simpler look compared to the ones with frames.

Choosing what cabinets to buy

In choosing what kitchen cabinets to buy, you should consider looking first for companies that sell all kinds of cabinets. To get a good start-up, look for top companies like Thomasville kitchen cabinets, Lily Ann cabinets, KraftMaid cabinets and Shaker kitchen cabinets. You can look for cabinets like RTA cabinets or ready-to-assemble cabinets, shaker style cabinets, or the so called do-it-yourself (DIY) kitchen cabinets if you are not sure of what to buy. After looking for those cabinets, you must now have picked your favorite design. But since there is a lot cabinets that have that design, then it is up to your taste which cabinet will you take home with you.

Frameless CabinetsIn addition to you looking for sample cabinets, you must also put into consideration the place of your house in which these cabinets will be installed into, and to think that you will be choosing over hundreds of cabinets, then the one that will fit not only in your house but also in your budget would be the best candidate. Cabinets can be in the form of laundry room cabinets, and pantry cabinet, among others.

As what had been said a while ago, there are two types cabinets, the one with the frame or the most commonly known as the traditional cabinets, and the other is the frameless cabinet, or most commonly known as European cabinets. You see, frame is being used here as a reference for a certain cabinets. As a customer, you should be able to see whether a cabinet is traditional or European. But do not worry much, because the difference is not that hard to find, you just look for the body of the cabinet itself. If it has supporting pieces of wood at its front features, then most probably, it is a Traditional. About the European, there are no other hanging pieces of wood and the main frame is the box itself where the cabinet takes its form.

European against Traditional

European cabinets can be interpreted as revolutionary cabinets, since it is actually traditional cabinets put into another version buy removing the frame. For most customers, it has a wide range of advantages over the traditional because first of all, removal of the frame means more space that can be used for storage. Another is that these frameless cabinets are cleaner to look and easier to access. Furthermore, removing the frame means that the cabinets will be put to more stress, and therefore would need some kind of support. But the support is not that necessary if the cabinet itself is strong, so the makers of these cabinets make sure that the materials and the procedure of making these cabinets are the best in order to produce durable cabinets that can withstand breakage.

Another advantage of frameless cabinets is that they look more modern and can be modified to better suit your preference. These cabinets are also installed inside schools, offices and other establishments.

You can search for frameless cabinets over the internet if you still need a proof, and even though these cabinets use strong materials for construction, you can still find cheap cabinets and discount cabinets that will suit your budget.

Just always remember, there are a lot of cabinets where you can choose from, and it is important that you know what you are looking for. If you want, you can try frameless cabinets and see for yourself.

05/12/15

The Do’s and Don’ts before Buying Cabinets Online

A lot of people have a habit of trusting cabinetry companies just because the said shop has made a name in the industry. But to tell the truth, this is not always the ideal way when buying products such as cabinets. It is known that before a cabinetry shop goes into full bloom and become one of the most respected companies, service and careful presentation of products must be checked first. But, being one of the topmost brand names does not guarantee a flawless service, and though rare, there can be cases of poor customer service coming from the cabinetry shop giants. With all of these, you as a customer should be very careful in buying and even in choosing what kind of cabinets you should buy, where and when you should buy it, and you must know the do’s and don’ts before you consider buying online.

What to buy online

The modern age has really reach us deep to the bone that everything that we would like to buy can be found over the internet. Having the knowledge of using technology has really given us comfort in so many ways, including the freedom to choose whatever you want to buy whenever and wherever you are. No sweaty run under the heat of the sun or bulk up clothing due to cold. With just one click, the world is closer to us now, and this is the reason why almost all people with access are addicted to the internet.

Buying Cabinets Online

That is also the reason why almost all cabinetry companies have made their website to cater all possible customers wherever they are. With the help of the internet, you can easily find the most famous kitchen cabinets like KraftMaid cabinets, Lily Ann cabinets, cherry kitchen cabinets, and shaker kitchen cabinets. You can also choose over thousands of designs and styles that will perfectly fit your taste, and if you are lucky enough to know the prize (because not all show their prices), then you can even look for something that will fit your budget. You can start by looking at pictures of kitchens and by using your kitchen cabinet ideas, you can think of possible combinations for you to have an edge even before you try to buy a real one. As with over thousands of designs and styles, some of the best are the so called RTA cabinets or ready-to-assemble cabinets, shaker style cabinets, and wood cabinets. You can also find cabinets that you can use as pantry cabinet, or laundry room cabinets. Remember, you are looking for kitchen cabinets online, so you must be really careful before getting into the real act of buying. You can do a little research about the company where you intend to buy to, and if you think that they don’t match what they are selling for, then you can look for customers’ review as they are proven tobe really helpful to other fellow customers.

Narrowing down the search

If you are very observant, you would see that basically, there are two kinds of cabinets that are being sold online and either offline, the one with face frame cabinets, and the frameless cabinets. The frameless cabinets, or more commonly known as the European style cabinets are the most widely used in the world because of its style and finish. By frameless we mean that additional space used for frames will be utilized now for better storage capacity, and even though these cabinets are frameless, it does not mean that they are less durable and weaker than those with frames. These European cabinets are also cleaner and simpler than those with frames, and these cabinets are now becoming the basis for cabinets used in schools, offices and other institutions.

On the other hand, the cabinets with the face frame are commonly known as the traditional cabinets, and these cabinets are made in the USA. Although some say that traditional cabinets are less desirable than frameless-styled cabinets, they are generally not weaker, it is just that the frameless is another version. Traditional cabinets have frames in order to support the entire structure, but in case the cabinet would be installed to the wall, then having no frames will be less of a problem since the wall can act as additional support. This is where frameless cabinets are well-known.

Framed or frameless cabinets share a lot in terms of how they are built. Basically, it will be just the frame that the frameless does not have compared with the traditional, but now that the production of frameless cabinets have been made on a larger scale, then the difference between the two became more and more distinct, having the frameless cabinets more diverse. And because a lot of difference were seen that frameless cabinets are now known as another style of cabinets more commonly known as European cabinets, the price of both cabinets are sure to be of different range.

Buying Kitchen Cabinets Online

First of all, the type of material that are used would be the first thing that customers would ask for. If the material are very sophisticated and elegant, then the price would be costly. Same as those having been imported from different parts of the world, which would be what the company will boast to its customers. But believe me, things like that would not be necessary if you are looking for cabinets that you can use for your everyday living, not those for displays. Imagine that you have that very elegant cabinet that will face the dirt of your kitchen.

One of the most widely used material in building cabinets are particle boards, and these particle boards are not jut the typical boards that you think, there has been a lot of variations in order to produce more durable and stronger cabinets. But particle boards are sometimes unnecessary to use, hence other materials such as plywood are used.

Also, the wood that is used is very important. Two examples of the widely used wood for cabinets are maple and oak. Although these woods vary in durability and strength, they are desirable for usage. About other wood, some may change color as years pass by. Some may turn into blackish or brownish, but when the utilization is good, the quality will remain the same. Some may even get stronger as it gets older!

In addition, the amount of material that are use will really matter. In most cases, more material means more money to leave your pocket.

Moreover, the finish will indeed put you to test if you are really into a certain type of cabinet. There are lots of designs, and the more you get attracted to things that are getting more and more intricate and luxurious, then the more money would be needed to get those cabinets installed inside your house.

Assessing the situation

After looking for so many designs and styles of cabinets, you must now have come up with the company that you think is the best for you. Check for the company’s website to get hold of the services and the cabinets that are considered best buys. You would be shocked when you see that almost everything there is to know about the company is already uploaded to their website, hence no need to go to the actual shop to get the first impression and to go sightseeing. However, not all companies include the prices of the cabinets to their websites so if you want to know, you can contact them using their provided phone number or email address. If you have questions, do not hesitate to get in touch again with them. The company you are contacting to will be very glad to help you, just ask and don’t pretend that you understand if you really don’t. You can ask for things like what would be best for your own kitchen style. Also, you can now look if a particular cabinet with the right design, type, and finish will fit not only your budget but also your house.

Finally, after meticulously looking and picking the best company and style of cabinets that you want, either European cabinets or traditional, the real thing comes into view: ordering. Buying furniture online is not like ordering smaller things there. At first, you might want to back off after knowing that the delivery time for the cabinet that you ordered will take up months for the least, but as you can see, these cabinets can come from places very far from you as you have just ordered them through the internet. You will also need to fill out forms before getting to the proper business process. When times get rough, say after waiting for weeks, wrong furniture will be delivered to your home. This mistake has been happening for a great deal of time now, and you will never want this to happen to you so you better take every caution that you have, be very careful in filling out forms because one mistake could mean longer time to wait. If you are confused about the terms and conditions of the furniture delivery, then you can ask the staff of the shop, and you can also join in the forums and discussions over the internet just to avoid mistakes. This way could save you in the long run, and it will always be better safe than sorry, as common clichés say.

04/4/15

Discount Cabinets: More for Less

As a busy person that you probably are, there are times that you just tend to buy things that are branded yet way expensive. Because of the little time that you have for shopping, planning about what to buy has long been gone, and you would just think that since a particular product was made by a leading company, it would be okay if you just pay the counter and go home.

However, you have just missed the chance to look for something that would give you less pain in the pocket, and though it’s not entirely as good-looking with the one that you bought over the branded store, it could have the same quality and function. One example of the products that are usually bought over the most expensive stores are cabinets, and if you just open your eyes and look for cheaper ones, then you would have spare money to attend to other things.

Discount Cabinets

You might have come near cheaper cabinets stores while you were shopping, but you probably just passed by because of the little time that you have. As you might think that these cheap kitchen cabinets are harder to find, they are in fact easier to find and the reason why you don’t see them is because you are not looking for them.

Discount cabinets for starters

Discounted kitchen cabinets may come in the form of used kitchen cabinets, but considering that the shop owner would never want his shop getting bad feedback, checking and inspecting the cabinets will be the first priority. In addition to the used cabinets, some previous shop owners have that cabinets for display, and since newer version of cabinets are out, then it would be time for the said display cabinets to go. Not in the trash can of course, but to the other shop keepers who wish to sell same kind of cabinets.

Discount Kitchen Cabinets

Although most of the cabinets are not new, these cabinets can still serve well, and speaking about designs and styles, they would never be in the last places. These cabinets can include white kitchen cabinets, RTA kitchen cabinets or ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets, oak kitchen cabinets, and custom kitchen cabinets. About custom kitchen cabinets, it is good to hear that inexpensive kitchen cabinets can offer you the cabinet that you can customize according to your taste.

Sales and promotions

Discount cabinets are being offered by so many cabinetry companies including Thomasville kitchen cabinets, and Ikea kitchen cabinets, to name a few. If you really want to buy from top-branded cabinet shops while you are still in the process of saving money, you can wait for the sales and other promotions offered by these shops. It would really be helpful at times.

Getting more for less

Most of the time, customers get what they pay for, but for those who do not, it would really be annoying. Imagine, after paying your hard-earned money for a branded cabinet, all you would get is a piece of junk with ear-splitting sound every time you open it, with rough surface you can almost make you knife sharp, and unusable locks that lock like soldered money vault.

Having second-hand cabinets is not a crime, and it does you a favor by giving you savings that you can use for other things. These discount cabinets can also serve you until when you want them to, and you can always upgrade to a better one once you finally have the money for it. After all, discount cabinets are very good ways to start your home keeping.

11/5/14

Modern Kitchen: From A Better Perspective

Designing kitchen is one of the most amazing and wonderful things to do. You can explore various designs and styles by consulting variety of books and magazines. Through researching, you’ll be fascinated with the different things you can do with your kitchen. You’ll be able to apply various ornaments and elements to make your kitchen more elegant and classy looking. When looking for different styles, you’ll be able come across various of designs applied in many kitchens like French Provincial, South Western Style, Traditional Style and of course the modern style kitchen. The modern style kitchen is one of the most prevailing styles among kitchens today both at home and in restaurants. Aside from its minimal design which results to lower cost and prices of ornaments and decorations, you’ll be able to maximize your space through its sleek, simple yet elegant design.

modern kitchen designThis article has the goal to give tips, advice and suggestions to clients and customers who have the desire to make their kitchens better looking through applying contemporary designs. You’ll be more amazed and mesmerized with how modern kitchen designs would be able to give an extra glow and vibrancy to your kitchen which was once gloomy and poor looking.

Modern Kitchen Cabinet Design

Basically, the kitchen cabinet would be the one to settle the mood and the over all design of your kitchen. It occupies most of your kitchen, most likely the 75% of it. When it comes to modern designs, it’s better if you equip your kitchen with the sleek and minimal looking cabinets so that your home would look brighter and shinier. Moreover, if your personal taste is to have a darker kind of kitchen, you are free to choose materials which have a texture and color of stark blacks and grays. When it comes to modern and custom cabinetry, you can choose from a corner cabinet, wall cabinet to a panty cabinet.

In any modern type of kitchen, you’ll always notice the island mount range hoods. It gives elegance and contemporary design to the entirety of your kitchen. Of course, the most advisable material to be used here is stainless steel. Aside from the durability this material offers, it would set a mood of a minimalist style which is your main goal in order to properly execute the modern kitchen design you would love to have.

Modern Kitchen Accessories and Fixtures

There are many fixtures you can put in your kitchen but from a view of a modern interior stylist, this is a big no. You can apply ornaments and fixtures but only in a minimal manner, you don’t want to overcrowd your kitchen with these accessories which often come useless. In contemporary kitchen designs, less is more. Space is more essential than anything else. Lastly, you can actually incorporate different styles of furniture from Danish furniture, retro furniture, urban furniture, Scandinavian furniture, Italian furniture to funky furniture.

Clean Looking Contemporary Cabinets and Floor

Glasses always have the tendency to give a dramatic effect and drama is a very essential factor in modern kitchen styles that’s why many interior designers advise clients to have glassed kitchen cabinet doors to have a clean and minimal look because you don’t have to put different details and designs to make it look beautiful and attractive.

Of course the type of flooring you would use would give an impact to the whole look of the kitchen. It’s better if you use dark colored tiles instead of wood finishing or vinyl type of flooring. Aside from being an Eco friendly product, tiles provoke an elegant look which also come in very cheap prices than any type of wood finishing. Also, you’ll have no trouble with stains of any food nor foot/ animal prints.

modern kitchen

Modern Lighting

The lighting used in modern kitchens are usually the pendant lighting because of its cool and modern looking style and appearance. The feature as well are absolutely overwhelming. Basically, this type of lighting fuses style and utility.

Materials and Appliances

Deciding the type of material and the brand of your appliances is quite crucial. In modern kitchen designs it’s highly suggested that your countertops should be laminated in order to have a solid surface look. On the other hand, appliances in modern looking kitchen are usually from high end brands.