Sep 7, 2017
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Thinking of Painting your Cabinets – Must Read

As a professional interior decorator I often get asked great home improvement questions. Not long ago someone I know asked me for advice on painting their kitchen cabinets. I know a lot of DIY (do-it-yourself) websites and many TV shows promote painting your kitchen cabinets. My opinion is a little different. I want you to know some unpopular truths about painting your kitchen cabinets.

1. Painting the kitchen cabinets is not a weekend project:

The work required to properly prep the surface of the door fronts and the boxes which requires removing hardware, washing several times, sanding all the surfaces, wiping off all the sanding dust can take some considerable time. Now add to that taping off the areas in the kitchen you don’t want to get paint on and removing items in the drawers, removing all the door fronts. You need to place the door fronts on a level surface. The next step is priming all surfaces and letting it dry. Now you can actually start painting but be sure to do several thin layers of paint and have the paint thoroughly dry between the coats for the best finish. It is easily a 2 weekend project if not 5 to 6 days to do the job right and not make it look like an amateur. Once all the cabinets are painted, let them dry and cure for 2 weeks – yes, weeks – before you re-assemble and use your kitchen.

2. Painting the cabinets is a “band-aid” – not a long term remedy

Even if done properly and with great care, the products available for the home DIY just won’t last. When painting the cabinets plan to get 5 years out of it before it needs a touch up or more. Yes, for a quick solution or if you need to put the house on the market – Painting cabinets is a solution. If you plan on staying in your house for the foreseeable future – plan on painting them again. Painted kitchen cabinets are not for the long term.

3. Painted cabinets are not for you, if you are a ‘clean freak’

If you use cleaners to wipe down your cabinets, think again. You need to treat painted cabinets very carefully. Cleaners can weaken the paint on the cabinets and actually soften it. Cleaning them frequently will wear away the paint and they will look worse than they did before. You just can’t use typical cleaners on painted surfaces. Most of the time people paint cabinets some variation of white or cream. Over time those colors show dirt, grease, and stains very easily even with gloss paint.

4. Kitchen cabinets are the most used piece of furniture in the house.

Kitchens get the most traffic of the whole house (along with the bathroom) . Three or more times a day people are opening, shutting, splattering, steaming the surface of the cabinets. Imagine if you had a painted piece of furniture – like a much loved chair – that was used as much and in conditions like a kitchen for years – would it hold up? no. It will be worn, marked and chipped before you know it. If you seldom use your kitchen (you know the take-out phone number by heart) than painting your cabinets may be for you.

5. Professional direct-from-factory cabinets hold up better than any DIY job

The factory has the tools, machines and drying facilities to bake the paint on. You do not. You just can’t get the durability from a home project. if you like the painted look, the manufactured cabinets that are already painted are so much better. Save the $100 you would have spent on paint and use it to start saving for a true solution. Our society always want a quick fix. Quick change is not always the best solution in the long run.

So to summarize: Yes, in pinch and for the short term (less than 5 years) painting cabinets works beautifully. Long term solution in my professional opinion is No. So…did that person (the clean freak, family of five, done-in-one-weekend person) who wanted advice listen to me?  No –  they did not. I’ll be talking to them again sooner than they think.

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Aug 31, 2017
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New cabinet door style for 2017!

Kinsdale

Kinsdale Maple Truffle kitchen

As versatile as it is stylish, the Kinsdale™ collection features a recessed panel embellished with a beaded frame to create an ideal contrast.

Kinsdale doors are mitered and full overlay in a recessed-panel style. Matching five-piece mitered drawer front. Available in cherry, maple, and painted finishes.

Kinsdale Door Styles

Available Finishes

Click each finish below to view the large door.

Maple

Maple NaturalMaple HoneyMaple Coffee GlazeMaple SpiceMaple Mocha GlazeMaple CognacMaple Auburn GlazeMaple TruffleMaple Espresso

Painted**

Painted LinenPainted SilkPainted Hazelnut GlazePainted CashmerePainted Stone

Cherry

Cherry SpiceCherry BordeauxCherry Java

Features

  • Veneer Doors
  • 21″ Deep Drawers*
  • Side-Mounted Glides
  • Adjustable Hidden Hinges®
  • 3/4″ Thick Wall & Base Shelving

Customizing Options

  • Full-Access Dovetail Hardwood Drawers
  • CushionClose®
  • Reduced/Increased Depths
  • Glass Front Doors & Matching Interiors
  • Plywood Ends
  • Inverted Frames

*Excluding vanity and 21″ deep desk cabinetry
**Painted doors feature engineered wood center panels for a superior finish.
Decorative hardware is required and must be ordered separately.
Accuracy of door color may vary with settings on your computer monitor.

Aug 30, 2017
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Buying Granite Counters

One of the most commonly upgraded room in a home is the kitchen (with the master bedroom and master bath being close contenders). But is this room where a great deal of thought to not just function but flow is considered. We want spaces that can accommodate company, look like a show piece yet work like a restaurant but with maximum space and minimal clean up are needed. To accomplish this, we choose appliances with care, flooring that is sensible yet beautiful and perhaps make an investment in granite countertops that add the extra bit of practical elegance.

But sometimes, we must look for ways to get the style and sophistication we want, but at a price that doesn’t break the budget. Should you find yourself looking for a way to include those granite kitchen countertops but stay within your means, then there are some key factors to understand about purchasing granite.

Pay attention to the size of the granite slab. This is truly a situation where size matters. And, with granite, the larger the slab the more it will cost. Consequently, think about the amount of counter space that will have granite. If you are only wanting enough granite to be able to prep pastry dough, consider in-setting a smaller slab of granite. For those must have large pieces, then choose a basic color with a simple edge design.

Know your colors. Colors such greens, reds, blues and some browns are more costly due to their rarity. Opting for more basic colors like grey or black can help you stay on track.

Get the grade. Granite comes in several grades, the higher the number of the granite the better the quality. However, a premium piece of granite slab will receive a special sealing last significantly longer – some as much as 15 years- between sealing applications than a lesser value.

Consider other granite kitchen countertop options. Quite often you can get all the benefits and beauty of granite by opting for granite remnants, tiles or even modular granite. Each of these options can be used in any space and provide a splash of color and texture without the larger investment.

However, there is one place where you will not want to save money on your granite kitchen countertops and that is in the installation – especially with the large slabs. Granite countertop installation is not a DIY project. If you are going to have granite counters, be sure to let a pro put it in place.

Granite kitchen countertops can be a part of this important room’s design. And, it can be done without going broke. Keep these important granite factors in mind as visit the vendor’s location and then get ready to enjoy a beautifully re-made kitchen, that make you feel like royalty.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of granite kitchen countertops. One such site worth visiting is http://www.northstargranitetops.com

Janet Slagell independently authors articles for WebDrafter, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.

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