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Jun

16

Laminate Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Plastic laminate is a popular choice for kitchen cabinets because it is durable, stain resistant and available in an array of colors, patterns, and textures. It is also easy to clean, but just because it easy to clean doesn’t mean that you can neglect to give it maintenance.

Unfortunately, there are two common problems with plastic laminate countertops which include chipping and torn edges. However, due to advances in technology; you can repair a small chip for less than $20. Edge repairs cost about the same. The process for repairing a small chip in a counter top is exactly the same as filling the seam when repairing a torn edge.
Plastic laminate is nothing more than Kraft paper, resins bonded together under heat and pressure, and a plastic coating. You will notice with plastic laminates that the Kraft paper that it is constructed of leaves a brown edge. However, this brown edge can be covered and decorated with a stainless steel, brass, or wood trim. If you decide to go with a more expensive solid-color laminate, you will notice plastic sheets of the same color throughout so that no dark edges are revealed.

Laminate cabinets have several benefits that cannot be found with other cabinet materials. For one,they’re stain resistant. Due to their incredible
resilience, maintenance is a cinch. So when the next food fight breaks out in your kitchen, you can rest easy. Because they are man-made items,they are not limited to tones/patterns, and they come in a varied palette of colors. Additionally,laminate cabinets do not warp and are very strong,which means that you can store heavy items with confidence, knowing that there will be no structural damage to your cabinets.

Even if your kitchen layout is just what you want and the cabinets are in good condition, you can still give your kitchen a fantastic facelift by refacing the cabinet doors. If your doors are laminate, you can make your cabinets look brand new by following these simple ideas.

Refacing laminate kitchen cabinet doors need not be a difficult job and the results can transform your kitchen from a room that looks tired and worn-out to one that is bursting with style and color.Here are two ideas for refacing your laminate kitchen cabinet doors that should be relatively easy to carry out and will not cost a fortune.

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Jun

6

Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

If you accept an alfresco kitchen but abridgement accumulator space, alfresco kitchen cabinets are your answer. Beyond aloof ‘storage boxes’ however, they can additionally ascertain the appearance and attending of your alfresco kitchen, aloof as calm cabinets do for your calm kitchen.

Outdoor kitchen cabinets appear in a array of abstracts and styles, so you’re not bound as far choices go. They’re additionally fabricated to angle up to the elements so there’s no charge to be anxious about how they’ll book in the sun, rain or snow.
Convenience is a benefaction too. Being able to abundance aggregate you charge appropriate there in the alfresco kitchen is a lot easier than consistently accepting to run aback to the “inside kitchen” for supplies.

Kitchens are the undisputed heart of the home, where everyone gathers, mingles, and lingers during parties. But to achieve that kind of appeal outside means expanding your outdoor living space. To draw a crowd—and keep them entertained—requires a bit more than plopping down a table and a few plastic chairs.
With an outdoor kitchen you can prepare meals and be around your guests with minimal time spent running back inside for plates, beverages, or tongs. Although you could spend tens of thousands of dollars for a custom outdoor kitchen, a basic island is an efficient design that leaves out the complexity of curves and angles. Not only that, with an island guests can relax on one side while you’re cooking on the other, so you feel as though you’re part of the gathering.

Outdoor kitchen and exterior cabinets will not crack, split, or rot when exposed to weather. Custom outdoor kitchen and outdoor kitchen design add beauty and function to any outdoor patio kitchen.

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Oct

5

Resurfacing Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Resurfacing kitchen cabinets can be a less expensive alternative to replacing cabinets and will update your kitchen and give it a whole new look. To resurface your cabinets, means literally to “give them a new surface”. There are a couple of ways to accomplish this – some expensive and some for budgets.

Typically, refacing or resurfacing kitchen cabinets should be done by a professional. It consists of replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts and putting a matching veneer on the cabinet frame. You can get any type of wood or plastic you want so your options are unlimited. It can be quite costly ranging anywhere from $3500 to over $10,000 and takes 2 to 4 days depending on how big the job is.

This type of resurfacing can be a good idea if you like the cabinet layout and your cabinets are in good solid condition (many of the older cabinets are very solid and high quality). If, however, your cabinets are weak or damaged or you want to change the design you will probably want to get replacement cabinets – it might not cost that much more and could add a lot to the usefulness of the room and your homes value.

If you don’t have $3500 in your budget for resurfacing kitchen cabinets, then there are several alternative that are much less costly!

My number 1 choice for changing cabinets is paint. You can make a huge change just by painting them – especially if you are going with a retro look and you are daring enough to use a splashy color like pink, turquoise or orange. For those really brave souls you can even paint designs on the cabinets or use stencils or a faux finish. Wouldn’t a country kitchen look nice with painted cabinets and a nice country stencil on the top? Just add some matching hardware and you’ve got new cabinets for under $300!

Another idea is to remove the doors altogether. This would only suit a few decorating themes but would be great way of resurfacing kitchen cabinets in a cottage kitchen design or even an antique Victorian design. You can line the shelves with lace or doilies that flap over the edge to add to the look. Maybe you could even find old windows that are the right size to use as doors or make up new doors from another type of material that goes with your theme like bamboo or even fabric.

Another idea for resurfacing kitchen cabinets is to wallpaper them or apply contact paper. Of course you’ll want to use something with a plain pattern and that is washable. Just prepare the cabinets the same way you would if you were wallpapering a wall. You don’t need to wallpaper the whole thing, you can cut out shapes or patterns from the contact paper or wallpaper and just paste those on. I don’t think this type of resurfacing would last forever but it might make a nice short-term change.

Oct

5

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

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In certain culture and country, the kitchen is the centre of life in a family.  A kitchen that is functional, comfortable and beautiful is now the goals of every family. 

If you plan to remodel your kitchen (kitchen remodelling) to make it more functional, more comfortable, more modern  and to provide more space for family members,  you can create wonderful changes within your  budget. 

A kitchen remodeling project can be as simple as new flooring, new window and wall painting or new kitchen cabinets.  A simple and budget kitchen remodeling might mean new curtains, a fresh coat of paint, new appliances and new flooring.

If your home is older and your kitchen just needs a little modernizing, you can plan for your kitchen remodeling. You will certainly want to consider modernizing your kitchen cabinets and counter tops.  You can install new custom or semi-custom wood kitchen cabinets. The laminate countertops are certainly still being used; there is a clear trend toward marble or granite countertops. They are both beautiful and functional.

In your kitchen remodeling project, your choice of appliances will be important in the total appearance of your kitchen. Your refrigerator can be simple and functional; it can provide a variety of accessibility options and features that go far beyond ice and water from the door. Microwave ovens can be built in or sit on the counter or hang from the bottom of a kitchen cabinet. And stoves and ovens are available with an amazing array of options from warming chambers to griddles to multiple ovens, including convection ovens.

Jul

5

Refacing Kitchen Cabinets to Enhance the Look of Your Room

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Refacing kitchen cabinets is worth due to the return on investment that you get out of it. But what is kitchen cabinet refacing anyway? It is one way to give your kitchen a new look and feel, a new style, basically it is remodeling it when you can’t afford to buy a whole new kitchen furniture altogether.

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When you are refacing your kitchen cabinets you will replace or veneer the parts of the existing cabinet that are visible to all. Also you replace completely drawer fronts and all the cabinet doors. Having your kitchen refaced can give an entire new look to your kitchen while saving lots of money in the process when you can’t afford something new entirely. Who said that only women can get a face lift? Kitchen can get one too! Read more »

Jul

5

Kitchen Storage Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen Storage Cabinets

Don’t Get Lost in a Mountain of Clutter, Make the Most of Your Space!

Kitchen storage cabinets are meant for one thing: storage. However, if you are disorganized and cluttered when it comes to your cabinets, you are hardly utilizing them to their fullest potential. You are wasting space, which is extremely valuable to your home. Space should be reserved wherever possible.

It seems that no matter how many kitchen storage cabinets we have, or how big they are, they never seem big enough to hold everything we own!

Of course, a big cause of this is simple accumulation. We buy groceries, pots, pans, and utensils, and receive countless gifts during birthdays and holidays (which half the time we never end up using).

It’s a good idea to sort through all of your stuff, take a real good look, and distinguish what you really need from what you don’t. If you absolutely can’t get rid of an item for whatever reason, just box it up and get it out of the kitchen.

If you’ve taken the time to sort out your belongings and you still find you don’t have enough space, it could be blamed on inefficient cabinet structure and a poorly designed kitchen layout. There is not much to do in that case besides remodel your kitchen and install new kitchen storage cabinets. It’s really not as scary as it sounds, though. While remodeling your kitchen can be expensive and complicated, it doesn’t have to be.

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May

27

Cabinet Frames: Frameless and Face Frame

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

There are two types of cabinet construction: face frame and frameless (also called European-style).

Face frame cabinets, as their name implies, have a frame around the front of the cabinet. Frameless cabinets don’t. You can usually tell the difference between the two types of cabinet construction by the way the doors and drawers fit against the front. Bathroom cabinets are made using these same techniques.

Another difference between the two styles is that, because the face frame adds rigidity to the construction, face-frame cabinets usually don’t have a top panel or a full back (or the back may be made of quite thin material). Also, frameless base cabinets are usually mounted on top of a separate plinth or toekick; face frame cabinets have integral bases.
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A face-frame cabinet has a 1 by 2 frame that rims the cabinet’s front edges, masking the construction and strengthening the box. Doors or drawer fronts normally overlay the frame but they may be flush or offset. Standard offset hinges are partially visible from the front.

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The frameless cabinet utilizes European-style connectors and hinges to create a contemporary look with flush doors and hidden hinges. This method of construction is often used with laminate cabinets. Frameless cabinets usually have a solid top and back and base units sit on a separate plinth.

May

26

Preparing to Install New Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

When installing new cabinets, plan to do the job after completion of rough wiring and plumbing but before the finish flooring has been installed. By installing the flooring after cabinet installation, you won’t use more flooring than needed and the new floors are less prone to construction damage.

Unpack your cabinets and make sure all components are on hand. If your cabinets arrive disassembled, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly. Wait until after cabinet installation to add drawers, doors, and shelves. If you remove any parts, be sure to label them so you can return them to their proper places.
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The wall that backs cabinets should be level, smooth, and clean. To check it for flatness, place a long straightedge against it. Mark any bumps or voids so that, during installation, you can adjust for them.

When moving them around, you will discover that upper cabinets are heavy–just imagine their weight when they’re loaded with dinnerware and food. For this reason, it is imperative that they be fastened very securely to the wall stud framing behind the wall’s surface material. And the screws you use must go through a strong part of the cabinet such as a support rail that runs along the cabinet back. Every cabinet should be secured by at least three screws which penetrate the wall framing by at least 1 1/2 inches. For cabinet installation techniques, see How to Install Kitchen Cabinets.

May

19

Kitchen Redesign: Advantages and Disadvantages

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

There are a number of advantages to having a kitchen redesign. The greatest benefit is that the value of your home is increased. The increased value depends on the quality of the workmanship in the project. If your kitchen redesign is done properly, the value goes up. If you do not decide to sell and you are enhancing its aappearance based on your needs or the needs of your family, you will find that a kitchen redesign project will make the room your family spends a lot of time in more warm and inviting.

A disadvantage of a kitchen redesign project is the cost. If you decide to make small improvements such as replacing appliances the cost will be less than if you decide to do a major kitchen redesign which may include moving walls, changing the surface of the floor, changing the kitchen cabinets, adding marble countertops, and so on.

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A kitchen redesign project can be a do-it-yourself project or it can be professionally designed and the work can be done by a professional contractor. If you are handy with plumbing and electricity, you may want to make small changes yourself. However, it is always better to have a professional install an appliance such as gas stoves. Leaks can prove fatal to you and your family. Another disadvantage to do-it-yourself is familiarity with all the tools you will need to work with. You may injure yourself and this could cause you to lose time from work. You also need to consider the time it will take for you to make the changes.

An interior designer can assist you in the proper placement of fixtures and accessories as well as help you with the overall look and feel of the room. The interior designer draws up the plans and the contractor completes the work. Interior designers may also be able to get you a discount on the fixtures you need for your kitchen redesign.

You should research your ideas as to how you want your kitchen to look. Looking through magazines, books, and rooms on the Internet will give you ideas. You should clip pictures or print them out so you can discuss them with the designer if you decide to work with a professional.

When you decide on a kitchen redesign project, you will essentially get a new kitchen. It does not matter if it is just a change in cabinets, putting in a new sink or a new floor. When the project is completed, you will feel good about your new kitchen.

May

19

Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

Many people, when decorating their homes or rebuilding a certain part of their house, prefer a more traditional or vintage design. Others want to demonstrate that style can be achieved by using contemporary design. Maybe, the most modified and experimented space or room in a house from this point of view is the kitchen. Contemporary kitchens have a very refreshing appearance. Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas They are very beautiful, functional and welcoming.

With contemporary design in the kitchen, minimalism, based on simplicity, style and geometry may be a good idea. Asymmetrical designs are also in fashion these days. Redesigning your kitchen in a contemporary style does not mean only choosing cold colors, adequate materials or the right position of each item. It also includes very little detail in the kitchen, contemporary-kitchen-design-ideas.jpgincluding all fixtures. A contemporary kitchen will never have old, rusty faucets, duct-taped pipes or fixtures and so on.Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

When it comes to the materials used, ideas are based on man-made materials originating in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Materials may include chrome, steel, molded plywood, acrylic, glass, concrete or plastic. If you don’t want a rather industrial design for your kitchen, there is always the option of using natural materials. These materials include granite, wood, stone or slate. Natural materials cast away the industrial touch in the design and also add some color and a more welcoming feel to the kitchen.Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

If some lines were drawn around the style which defines a contemporary kitchen, the following elements could be identified:Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

  • geometric lines and angles

  • adjustable and luxurious lighting systems

  • door inserts, horizontal lift or basic slab door styles and frosted glass

  • cabinets with no frames

  • bold or white laminate surfaces

  • metal items

  • grained woods

  • sweeping curves on cabinets and countertops

Another trend regarding contemporary kitchen designs has to do with eco-friendly materials and universal design. These provide flexibility, safety measures, and an intuitive way of using the kitchen. Green design is about energy saving, health and using ecological materials for the kitchen.Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

Redesigning or building a kitchen is not really as simple as it seems. There are a lot of things one needs to know. It is not recommended to start such a project on your own if you have no experience in carpentry or plumbing. Of course, it is your responsibility to choose the design for your kitchen. However, if you are specialized in this field, you should not lose yourself among plumbing supplies to try to determine the construction base for your new project.

Given all these details, contemporary kitchens fall into a very generous category. Many designs are available. It is all about imagining the right environment for your home.Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas