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Old Cabinets Look New!

There are many different types of cabinets. Everyone has kitchen cabinets, some people have built in cabinets, there are medicine cabinets, toy cabinets, garage cabinets, curio cabinets and bathroom cabinets. No matter where the cabinets are located however, they all serve one purpose – to store things.

Sometimes we store things in a cabinet for a long period of time and they rarely get opened like a curio cabinet. Other types of cabinets are more functional and receive a lot of wear and tear and daily usage like the kitchen, garage or bathroom cabinet. Regardless of how a cabinet is being used or what it is being used to store, after a while they begin to need some sprucing up. There are a few ways to give old cabinets a new life.

A more expensive way to liven up old cabinets is to get rid of them completely and buy and install new ones. There are many varying degrees of quality when it comes to cabinets. The wood that they are, or are not, made out of will be a big factor in the cost of your cabinets. Cherry is going to be a lot more expensive than veneer material. Also the design of your cabinets will be a deciding factor in how much they will cost as well. The fancier the design on the door of the cabinet, the higher the price tag. Another thing that will determine the cost of installing new cabinets is the number of cabinets you need or the amount of space you want to fill with cabinets.

If you like the idea of new cabinets without tearing your kitchen apart or the price that comes along with that work, you can always have your cabinets refaced. Refacing involves changing out the current drawer and door fronts only. The base of your cabinets stays intact and nothing is removed from your kitchen except the old drawer fronts and doors. The biggest advantage to having your cabinets refaced as opposed to replaced is that they will be completed in about 3 days, the cost is substantially lower and you will still feel as though you got a new, updated kitchen.

There are some things that you can do however, to spruce up older cabinets before you decide to take out a small loan and install new ones. First, try changing out the hardware or knobs on your cabinets. Although higher quality knobs will cost you a little more, you will be surprised at what new knobs and drawer pulls will do to your outdated cabinets.

If knobs and pulls are not enough for you, you can also paint your wooden cabinets. There is no need to sand them down completely before you apply paint. You do need to sand them enough to make them tacky so the paint will adhere well to the surface. Also, use a primer first that is made to improve the adhesion of paint. When choosing a paint, be sure that whatever color you choose, you choose a hi-gloss finish or enamel. Enamels or hi-gloss finishes are easier to clean and really shine and stand out. By using an enamel or high gloss paint there is no need to use polyurethane as a sealant.

Whichever route you decide to take on updating your cabinets in any room, know that you have options and choices and that starting over is not the only one.

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Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

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Cabinet Refacing, A Popular Alternative To Replacing

When remodeling your kitchen, an alternative to replacing your cabinets entirely, is to reface them. With refacing cabinets, you can achieve a beautiful new kitchen while spending half the amount of money. You will literally be giving your cabinets a face-lift!

In the refacing process, existing doors, drawer fronts and hardware are removed and replaced with new ones. For cabinet doors, a wide variety of veneers and laminates are available to cover old surfaces. Other noticeable surfaces such as cabinet ends and frames are finished to match. Cabinet interiors are either refinished or repainted. Cabinet refacing is available in a variety of styles, materials and colors.

Neither the kitchen layout nor the amount of space available is affected by refaced cabinets. Doors, drawer fronts, and hardware are refaced and then put right back into their previous place, leaving your current arrangement untouched. A beautiful new look will be created, but you will still be standing in the same kitchen. If you are looking for a more drastic change, consider installing a few new cabinets to alter the look a bit more. In addition, new pull out or swivel shelves can also be installed to enhance the appearance and feel.

One of the most important factors in refacing your cabinets is that you find a licensed contractor. Getting a contractor that is licensed and bonded means that you will receive quality work without some of the hassles of hiring someone not qualified. Make sure you shop around and get multiple quotes. Contractors typically have different rates depending on the number of employees that will be working on your project. By getting multiple bids you can lower your cost and find a contractor you are comfortable

Not only does refacing cabinets improve the overall look of your kitchen, but it also greatly improves the durability of your cabinets. It helps protect and lengthen the life of your existing cabinetry, adding overall worth to your home.

Benefit From The Value Of A Humidifier Rating

Home improvement can be very expensive, and in order to cut down on decoration and furniture replacement costs many people now use a valuable tool known as a humidifier. This type of appliance can help to inject moisture into a dry climate within the home, which in turn can help to eliminate costly damage to furnishings and décor. You can enjoy the benefits of single room humidifiers as well as whole house humidifiers, which can help reduce dry air in all of your rooms, such as the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom, the living room, and all communal areas. Another benefit of using this type of equipment within your home or office is that you can reduce ill health that can often arise from dry air, such as allergies, respiratory conditions, and skin conditions. These humidifiers are easy to use and maintain, so you don’t have to go to any unnecessary trouble in order to enjoy the benefits of good air quality within your home or your office.

Selecting the right humidifier for your needs through the use of ratings

One problem that many people come across – particularly those with no prior knowledge or experience with this type of equipment – is working out which humidifier will best sit their needs. Obviously, one important factor that needs to be taken into consideration when making your choice is budget – the cost of these appliances can vary depending on the features, and you need to find one that fits in with the amount you can afford to spend. Aside from the cost of the humidifier, one of the best ways to determine which one might be the right one for you is by taking note of humidifier rating information. By taking a humidifier rating into consideration you can get an objective idea of just how suitable a particular humidifier might be in terms of your own needs. Ratings offer a great way to learn more about the effectiveness – as well as the value and maintenance – of these devices, making them invaluable tools in the search for the perfect humidifier.

You can learn more about these ratings online and make a more informed purchase

The Internet is the ideal place to check out and compare humidifier rating information. You will find a great deal of information relating to these devices, with ratings available to help you find out more about areas such as how well they perform, how easy they are to use and maintain, and their overall value for money. With such a wide choice of humidifier types, makes, and models, trying to make the right choice can be very time consuming and difficult, but with the information that can be gleaned through these ratings the task of finding the device that will best suit you and your home or office can be made far simpler and faster. Whatever type of humidifier you are after and whatever your budget, it can really pay to take the time and view these ratings before making any firm commitment.


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