Nov 30, 2009
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Kitchen Cabinet Makeovers – Not Too Tough to Tackle


Think giving your kitchen a cabinetry makeover is a project best left to the professionals? Well, think again. The folks over at recently begged to differ in an article titled “Kitchen cabinets are a project beginners can tackle.” Although the prospect may seem daunting, “updating cabinets is a do-it yourself (DIY) project that many people can master,” the article’s expert assures.

“The project doesn’t require a lot of tools, but it does require patience,” the article goes on to point out. Therefore, you might want to consider replacement of your kitchen cabinets as a tag-team effort. Don’t try to take on the job all by yourself. The cited expert warns, “You have to get the doors off the cabinets, and this might be a two-person job. Door and drawer replacement is the hardest task.”

Once you have removed the doors, you have two affordable options: 1) You can either refinish your existing cabinets, or 2) you can reface your existing cabinets with new door fronts. If you choose the former option, “the prep work is the most time-consuming.” Sanding and painting the door fronts is grunt work but it can be accomplished by a single person. Staining and/or glazing the wood are also finishing options. The article’s source “recommends going to a [kitchen cabinet] showroom to look at the different types of finishes and, of course, new door pulls to finish off the new look.”

But what if you decide to reface your kitchen cabinetry instead? Consultation with a manufacturer of kitchen cabinets, including a selection of wood door styles, should be the first step in your agenda. Many considerations will go into the choosing of a new door style. Wood species will be the first decision you’ll have to make. The beautiful, natural woods offered by the most recognized brands of cabinetry for the home include beautiful and natural woods as well as laminate styles. Once you’ve narrowed down the cabinet material, you’ll need to move on to the doors’ shape. This selection may prove more challenging than it sounds with square, arched, slab, raised panel, and recessed panel options to choose from.

Finally, you’ll need to decide whether you want to leave your cabinet doors natural or apply a finish, just as you would if you opted to refinish your existing door fronts. Leading kitchen cabinet manufacturers offer a wide array of standard and premium finishes and glazes to complement any design style. Your specific options will be dependent on the wood or laminate species you’ve chosen.

DuraKraft finish is one of the finest wood finishes available. A combination of clear resin chemistry and ultraviolet screen inhibitors, it provides a custom finish that extends the original color and clarity of your cabinetry’s material while standing up to everyday wear in the kitchen. In fact, a recognized finish testing laboratory tested the DuraKraft finish for resistance to common household chemicals and agents. The result? DuraKraft exceeds all specifications required by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association. In addition to chemical testing, DuraKraft was also tested for resistance to extreme temperatures and was found to withstand temperatures below -5ÚF and above 120ÚF for shipment and use in all parts of the world.

Carmen Fontana is a Web Services Manger for Western Reserve Internet Services. Explore the many types of doors available for your wall cabinets at the Kraftmaid website.

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Nov 30, 2009
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The Kitchen Cabinets of Your Dreams on a Budget


Last month, The Boston Globe asked it’s readers a $10,000 question: “Is it possible to gut-renovate a 50-year-old kitchen without spending so much that you’ll never eat again?” To answer it, the article posed this query of an area architect and designer, who offered up his very own kitchen “as a lesson in where to splurge and where to save.”

What advice did this exert serve up? To stay under the $10,000 mark, his plan of attack was simple: to buy ready-to-assemble or pre-assembled kitchen cabinets. That decision set him back just under 15% of his budget, leaving him plenty of room to splurge on appliances and other personalized finishing touches.

The architect was quick to point out that “Expensive doesn’t have to embarrass cheap.” Indeed, assembled and ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets from a leading manufacturer often rival custom designs. Constructed using the latest methods and styles, as well as superior materials, assembled and ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets are an investment you’ll be more than satisfied with for years to come.They also offer some other kitchen remodeling perks:
• You can get started (and finish) more quickly with pre-assembled cabinets.
• You can eliminate manufacturing and home assembly wait times, so you can see your cabinet style, finish and dimensions sooner.
• Assembly is simple using the quick attach fasteners that come with your kitchen cabinets.
• Flat packaging reduces shipping costs and makes transport more convenient.
• A variety of door styles and finish options are always in stock.
• Pre-assembled and ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets make it easier to stay within your remodeling budget.

What was The Boston Globe’s expert’s final word of advice for achieving the kitchen of your dreams on a limited budget? “Trust your instincts but think differently. You know what it is you want. You don’t have to accept the standard out-of-the-box kitchen, when a little creativity can make it seem like so much more.”

That advice rings true even if you opt to go with out-of-the-box pre-assembled cabinets. With so many options to choose from, you can get the look and feel you’re yearning for off the shelf, without breaking the bank. But if you’re the crafty type, you can get even more personalized bang for your buck.

That’s because assembled and ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets are perfect for customization with your preferred finishing touches. Take the architect highlighted in The Boston Globe article. He “made the cabinet moldings himself, using scraps from a [discount warehouse’s] ‘as is’ room at a cost of about $125.” It helped, of course, that he “did most of the work himself, including customizing the cabinets,” but even if you bring in a cabinetry expert to attend to the final details, you’ll still save money on your kitchen cabinets over the long run.

Why not take those savings and run with them? Use them to purchase the stainless steel refrigerator or the two-drawer designer dishwasher you’ve been eying up. Better yet, put them away to cover your heating bill this upcoming winter. Come oil, gas or electric bill time, you’ll thank yourself for selecting affordable assembled or ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets.

Carmen Fontana is a Web Services Manger for Western Reserve Internet Services She recommends visiting for more information on kitchen cabinets.

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Nov 30, 2009
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When It’s Time For Replacing Kitchen Cabinets


It’s a lot of fun to wander through home improvement store kitchen displays and look at the beautiful cabinets that are available. For most people, these shining cabinets make the ones they have at home look pretty shabby. Years of use, build-ups of cooking grease, fingerprints, and regular slammings have probably taken their toll. Add those blemishes to the fact that the cabinets you have look like they came right out of the 1970s, and it’s no wonder that you aren’t happy with the way your kitchen looks. That’s when you start to wonder if there’s any affordable way of replacing kitchen cabinets.

There are several ways to update your kitchen cabinets without tearing out the existing ones and totally replacing them. These methods will cost much less than what demolition and replacement will cost, and a lot of the work you will be able to do yourself. You know how much that can save you! When dealing with your cabinets, you basically have three choices: replace, reface, or refinish. As we’ve said, of the three, replacing the cabinets altogether will be the most expensive option. However, if your existing cabinets are made of metal or flimsy and poorly made, you may want to consider this option. There are salvage yards and discount lumber dealerships where you can buy new kitchen cabinets at a fraction of the price you’d pay in a home improvement showroom.

Refinishing and refacing processes both start the same way. Remove all cabinet doors and hardware, and give the wood surfaces a thorough cleaning. Once you see the condition of the doors, you can decide if you want to refinish and reuse them, paint them, or reface them. Refinishing or painting will undoubtedly be the most economical methods of updating your cabinets, but they will also be the most labor intensive. If you want to restain and varnish them, it will mean stripping the surfaces down to the bare wood, putting on a coat of stain, and then adding several coats of a hard polyurethane. With refacing, you will need to hire someone to cover the cabinets with a veneer and put on new doors. While more expensive, it’s definitely an easier way of refurbishing kitchen cabinets.

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