May 14, 2022
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New cabinets and remodeling

Home remodeling is at an all time high. In fact, remodeling bathrooms and kitchens has almost become a national obsession. A significant cost factor in remodeling or adding on to a house can be the cost of cabinets. Whether remodeling or adding a kitchen, home office, family room, hobby room, play room, child’s bedroom or bathroom, your design might include new cabinets. In a kitchen remodel, cabinets can account for as much as half of the total cost. So it seems important to think carefully about new cabinets and remodeling.

If you happen to have the luxury of planning a remodel with no budget constraints, and you want new cabinets, you have two options: stock cabinets or custom cabinets. Custom cabinets are built to your specifications for your room. These might be built on site, or they might be built elsewhere and installed when complete. This option certainly gives you the greatest flexibility with your kitchen design and in getting the cabinets you want. If, however, you want to complete your remodel faster or you want to save a little bit of money, stock cabinets are a very good option. Stock cabinets are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, made of most any kind of wood you could want, with various kinds of moldings on doors and glass panels. You can purchase these completely built, or in precut and pre-finished pieces that you assemble.

If your existing cabinets don’t measure up to your needs or expectations, you might need to buy new cabinets. If your cabinets are showing significant signs of wear and use, if they are made of composition board, or if they simply make things inaccessible, new cabinets are probably a good idea. Choosing the stock cabinets that will fit your remodeling design should be reasonably easy. If you need new cabinets and your budget is limited you might want to look for recently discontinued cabinets or buy very plain cabinets to which you can add decorative moldings. This could save a lot of money.

If your cabinets are functional, in good shape, and of good quality, there are many other things you can do to revitalize old cabinets into a style that accents your new room design while saving money. Particularly in older homes, you may have solid wood cabinets that are far better than many economy cabinets available today.

One option would be to “reface” your cabinets. Re-facing cabinets is a matter of putting a new exterior “face” on existing cabinets and keeping the existing frames and cabinet boxes intact. Cabinets can be refaced with laminates, veneers, or high-quality wood to give the appearance of new cabinets for a fraction of the cost. The cost savings come from lower cost for both materials and labor.

Painting existing cabinets is another option, particularly if the cabinets are functional but need to be lighter and brighter. White cabinets are very popular. Yet another option is to remove the cabinet doors, sand or strip all surfaces and refinish/re-stain them. This gives you an opportunity to repair damage and put a fresh face on what you already have. Yet another option is to refinish flat cabinet doors and add matching moldings to create the look of finely molded woodworking.

If you want to work with existing cabinets and give them a facelift, you can also consider adding decorative trim with paint. For example, you can add a design on white cabinets to give them pizzazz, or you can paint trim on stained cabinet doors.

If you are working with existing cabinets, remember that they can also be resized as necessary to accommodate new appliances. This may take a little bit of work, but it can certainly be done if you like the cabinets you have.

Finally, consider the difference new hardware can make. Changing the hinges and door/drawer pulls can give older cabinets a very fresh appearance. If, for example, you have pine cabinets with black hinges and door pulls, you can create an entirely new look by painting the cabinets white and changing the hinges and door pulls to brass or brushed nickel.

As you renovate, you might also want to consider adding features that make the items in your cabinets more accessible. There are many items available that can be placed in existing cabinets or built into new cabinets that will make them more accessible, such as lazy Susans, drawers, drop-down shelves, and the like.

The possibilities for new cabinets and remodeling are limitless. Just use your imagination to find ways to achieve the highest quality with the available budget. The rest is a matter of creative thinking and some effort.

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Dan Fritschen, the author of this article, is the founder of the websites and [] He is the author of three books on home remodeling.

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May 13, 2022
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What about black painted kitchen cabinets?

hinking about painting those kitchen cabinets black, are you? It’s a great look. Very sophisticated, actually it really makes cabinets stand out. No matter whether your kitchen is contemporary or traditional, painting your kitchen cabinets black can give you that rustic yet stylish look that can be so hard to otherwise achieve. A white counter top, to offset the black and red walls, can make that kitchen really pop! If perchance you doubt me, you could always Google it and see for yourself. Regardless, it will absolutely improve the appearance of your kitchen dramatically. If painting all of your cabinets black seems a little excessive, try contrasting white and black, or add a fine line of red trim.

First things first

Now that you’ve decided on painting black kitchen cabinets, you’ll need to prepare your cabinets properly. Make absolutely sure that they are clean of all dirt and grime by using a damp soft scrub or cloth. Taking on that built up grease may need an ammonia based cleaner, so be sure to ventilate the room properly whilst you’re working. You’ll want to be sure that you ventilate properly during the painting process as well. Should your kitchen cabinets have a glossy finish to them, it will be necessary to do a little bit of sanding, just to rough the surface up a bit. The rougher surface will be more likely to grab hold of the new paint. Also make sure that when you’re done sanding you re-clean the cabinets with soap and water. Make sure that they are completely dry before taping and covering any edges where you don’t want paint. Cover countertops, the floor, walls… Anything that is not to be painted black.

Let’s get down to painting

Either a primer or the first coat of your black paint is your next step. The primer should be black or grey in order to save money and time if you’re painting your kitchen cabinets black. Ideally, a couple of coats of primer are a good idea, allowing approximately 4 hours drying time. The primer is going to be useful, not only for its adhesive quality to the surface of the cabinet, but it also helps protect your final paint job. The primer step can be skipped if your cabinets are black already, but if the color of your cabinets is going to be changed from anything other than black, you really should stick with priming.

Be sure that the primer has completely dried and you’re ready to lay down the final coat of black paint. Steady and easy strokes will give you the most even coverage. Do not overload the brush because this can cause drips. Nobody wants drips on their kitchen cabinets… You’ll get enough of that with the food. It’s best if you can manage at least three coats, if not four, of your choice of black paint with a drying time of no less than 24 hour.

You’re going to love it! You can’t go all black of course, but a lighter color to offset the black will give you the most stylish kitchen on the block. Don’t be surprised when Better Homes and Gardens knock on your door!

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Mar 8, 2022
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