Love Your Kitchen Cabinets Again
Your cabinets are one of the main features of your kitchen. If
they're drab and boring then guess what? Your kitchen is
probably drab and boring, too! But what can you do? Changing
out or resurfacing your cabinets can be an expensive process.
that you can do to greatly enhance the look of your cabinets thus
changing the overall look and feel of your kitchen. So, even if your
cabinets are old and beat up, you have a number of options:
One of the first things you might consider is simply painting
them. The key is proper preparation of the wood before
getting started. You'll want to be sure to prepare the
surface area so that the new paint can adhere. With a palm
sander and a little primer, this is much easier than you
think. Another factor you'll want to consider is your
Remember, this is your kitchen, so you can go with whatever color
makes you happy. But keep a couple of things in mind before choosing
your color. First off, dark colors will "shrink" the room.
This isn't a problem if your kitchen is large, or if you're
going for that cozy feeling. Since your cabinets are a prominent
feature of your kitchen you'll want to be absolutely sure they
enhance the mood of a room rather than detract from it.
You might consider re-staining the wood on your cabinets. If
you choose to go this route, be certain to remove as much of
the old stain as possible. Any new stain you apply to the
old stain will come through as dark patches on the finished
product. This will be somewhat limited if the new stain is
darker than your old stain, but it can still be an issue.
Again, a palm sander will make this job much easier. You can
also use an angled sanding sponge to get into the edges and
kitchen cabinets is to add some moulding!
1) If your cabinet doors are flat and
lifeless, simply by adding a "moulding frame" to
the face of each door can really enhance the overall
appearance. Depending on the look you're going for,
you can choose from a wide variety of styles.
This is something you'll want to do prior to painting
2) Another great moulding technique is to
add it to the underside and top of your cabinets. One
company we've tried and liked is LP Prefinished
Moulding. It comes in a wide variety of colors and wood
grain textures, is easy to work with, and chances are you
might find one that already matches your current cabinetry.
The easiest way to complete this project, is to attach a
entire surface area you intend to add moulding to and then add an
additional 10% in case of errors. Make your cuts using a compound
miter saw and attach the pieces to the backer board using a nail gun.
Use some wood putty to fill in any gaps and paint or stain your
cabinets as needed.
saw to consider is the Ryobi One+ 8 ¼" 18V Cordless
Compound Miter Saw. This versatile saw is powerful enough to get any
job done quickly and efficiently. One other great benefit is that
it's cordless - meaning it will go where you need it when you need
The overall mood of your kitchen can be dramatically enhanced
through lighting. While overhead lighting is quite
important, one area that you might normally overlook is
cabinet lighting. It's relatively inexpensive, and
it's a lot easier to install than you may think!
Ideally, it's great if you purchase and install the type
of under cabinet lighting that can be mounted to the under
(or top) side of your cabinets then hard wired into your
existing electrical wiring, which can then be controlled by a
switch on the wall. However, don't worry if that sounds
too scary: the good news is many retailers carry a great
selection of plug-in cabinet lighting, so you can simply
mount it with the provided screws, plug it in, and go!
like Home Depot and Lowe's, or you can even try Ikea. Just be
sure its meant for installing on cabinets -- it needs to be as flat as
possible so you can hide it, and you don't want a light that's
going to heat up so much it burns a hole in your cabinets! Here are
a few examples:
You should also keep in mind there are three types of cabinetry
installed on the top of your cabinets, assuming that you have at
least 5 inches from the top of your cabinets to the ceiling. This
lighting reflects upwards giving a soft glow to the ceiling and is
more of a back light. It's often a strip of rope lighting that is
installed around the interior side of the upper most portion of your
cabinets. It's a great look for parties!
2) Task: Task lighting can also be known as
"Under Cabinet" lighting, especially if it's
directional. This type of lighting is perfect for those
areas where you do your food preparation like chopping and
dicing to reading and reviewing your recipes. A bit of extra
light always helps!
3) Interior: Usually reserved for showing off the
dishes in your dining room, interior cabinet lighting has had a recent
resurgence. If you have glass panel cabinet doors, these low wattage
lights are easy to install and the perfect way to enhance your wares.
Just be sure the light fixture you purchase goes well with the decor,
since it will typically be more noticeable than under or over cabinet
ugly kitchen. Just try a few of these easy to complete projects and
we know you'll love the results!
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