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Upgrading Old Cabinets

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If you’re in need of an update to your cabinets but don’t quite have the budget to buy new,  there are many different ways in which you can improve them. Check out some of the following suggestions:

Paint

If you have the time consider painting your cabinets – it’s a great DIY project and an inexpensive way to give a facelift to your kitchen or bathroom. If you decide painting is for you, it’s imperative you find out what your original cabinets are made of in order to do the job correctly. For solid wood you can gently sand off the original paint, but that isn’t the case for wood veneer. There are many different products on the market, so do you research or you could end up spending more in the long run!

Tip – Why not try mixing different colors to create your own unique styles. You could have a neutral shade on the lower cabinets and a brighter on top.

Lighting

Another way in which you can give new life to your cabinets is smart lighting choices. Uplighting can immediately alter the mood and aesthetic of a space, and can be done quite inexpensively.

New Handles

Handles are another even cheaper way to upgrade. New handles can be purchased with relative ease and fitted in no time at all, creating a unique look to your home.

No More Doors

Instead of adding something, why not take away instead? Removing some of the cabinet doors and repainting the interiors can really open up the space.

Reface

Refacing your current cabinets is a great idea for those on a budget who want a entirely new look. Add a few glass inserts for variety, and you’ll have what looks like a whole new kitchen for a fraction of the price.

Smart Additions

You can also update the interior of some of your cabinets to make your life easier. You might want cabinets that roll out around corners for example.

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Bathroom Cabinet Recommendations

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Your bathroom can be a very personal, expressive place. Some homeowners want their bathroom to be modern and clutter free with everything hidden away, whilst others want a way to display their belongings attractively for ease of access. Whatever your preference, cabinets are a huge part of the overall aesthetic and functionality.

Here’s some of our top tips to help you choose the right cabinet:

Layout

Your layout will greatly dictate the number and style of cabinets you need. If you have a lot of things to store, it’s important to opt for a variety of cabinet sizes and types. For example you may want a longer cabinet to store towels, a drawer for smaller objects etc. Quite often bathrooms have an open drawer for ease of access to commonly used items.

 

You then need to consider how large you want your vanity mirror and sink, as this will impact on the cabinets you can fit around them. Ensure your drawers are sturdy (not stapled) and are of a good thickness – bathroom items can get heavy and you want drawers that are built to last.

Material

Your bathroom goes through a lot and therefore need materials that aren’t subject to chipping, peeling, etc. Make sure the materials you choose for your cabinets are strong enough to withstands heat, moisture, and water. Most bathroom cabinets will be designed to combat these factors – but there are different tiers of quality in terms of both materials and finishes. It depends on how long you want your cabinets to last. If you don’t feel like redecorating anytime soon pay more and save in the long run. Check the waterproofing ability and ensure you use a high quality sealant to protect your precious cabinets. Solid wood is always a good option (research into the best type for your needs) though plywood does not expand so readily when faced with water, so is well worth considering.

Accessories

Having your cabinets designed with your needs in mind can make a big difference. so think logically. Will it make your life that bit easier to have a hair dryer drawer with a built in outlet? Well then why not! After all, you’re the one who’s going to be using it everyday.

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Kitchen Cabinet Recommendations

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If you’re in the midst of redecorating your kitchen aren’t certain which cabinets to choose, then take a look at some of the following top tips:

Longevity

One of the first things to consider is how long you intend on staying in your current home, and how long until you plan on redecorating. If you’re in it for the long haul it makes sense to opt for a higher quality option (such as solid wood), whereas if you enjoy to redecorate often and you’re opting for a contemporary, on-trend design you may prefer veneer or MDF. If you are thinking of moving soon resale value is an important factor – a prospective buyer might well be swayed by a new, impressive kitchen complete with high quality cabinets.

Budget

Your cabinet choice is greatly controlled by how much money you have to spend. If you’re on a tighter budget then solid wood might not be attainable – thankfully there are many different, more affordable materials which can mimic oaks, cherry etc. You can also think about choosing less expensive woods, and mixing different materials to create a unique space.

Layout

Next you need to think about the layout of your kitchen – complete a quick sketch to give yourself a visual idea. Do you want an island? A long cabinet? What about your appliances, do you want them to be built into your cabinet doors? And have you considered glass cabinets to display or help illuminate the areas?

Will it fit in?

If your kitchen is a separate room then this may not be a concern for you, but if you have an open plan space then you want your cabinet style to complement the rest of the decor. Shaker cabinets are a great all rounder, but experiment and see what works for your home.

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Choosing the Right Materials for your Cabinets

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Choosing the right material for your cabinet is just as important as the style you select. You need to consider many factors, including your budget, taste, and if it will complement your decor.

Solid Wood

The most well-known and traditional choice for a kitchen cabinet is solid wood. They have a very long lifespan, are durable, and can even be a selling point for your home. They do come with a higher price tag to match, but again this price varies based on the type of wood you choose. These include:

  • Red Oak (strong, more affordable, often used for traditional/customisable cabinets)
  • Maple (popular and used in many contemporary styles)
  • Hickory (a lighter, creamy, natural wood great for simple, rustic styles)
  • Cherry (very strong, often stained to create a uniform color)
  • Birch (more affordable and can give the appearance of a more expensive wood)

Wood Veneer

If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to solid wood, you can instead opt for wood veneer. This ingenious style of cabinet is actually made from a cheaper material (such as plywood) but has an outer layer of hardwood, giving a deceptive illusion for a fraction of the price. Wood veneer comes in pretty much any design that a hardwood does, and is just as pleasing to the eye (though it won’t last as long).

Stainless Steel

Many professional kitchens opt for stainless steel cabinets due to hygiene and longevity, but more and more homeowners are considering this contemporary material for their homes. It’s certainly more suited to modern, industrial decor, and if you’re not quite ready for the full steel cabinet you can add touches to your countertops instead to achieve a similar tone.

Glass

Having glass details in your cabinets can really open up your kitchen and create the illusion of light – as well as providing a place to display items. You may also want to install lighting to help illuminate different areas of your kitchen. More modern kitchens lean to frosted glass, whereas a more traditional style complements ornate leading.

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Different Cabinet Styles

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Your cabinet choice is one of the most significant decisions you make when redecorating your kitchen. Cabinets are a major focal point, drawing the eye and setting the tone of the space, and there are so many different styles to choose from. Here are a selection of the most popular:

Flat

Streamline, simple, chic and with more than just an edge of modernity, flat cabinets are perfect if you want to create a contemporary kitchen. It’s hard line and minimalist, with no over the top decoration – if this sounds like your approach to decor then flat is the way to go. Flat cabinets tend to be offered in laminates, wood, and glass.

Shaker

A firm favorite no matter what your taste, shaker cabinets are built with both functionality and style in mind. The great thing about Shaker cabinets is they complement pretty much any and every type of decor – from traditional to modern. This also gives them a timeless nature, keeping them ‘in fashion’ no matter what fads come and go. Because of their ubiquitous nature Shaker cabinets come in every material you can think of, making the prices range from costly to more affordable.

Distressed

The distressed style has been growing in popularity of late, thanks to the overall appreciation of vintage fashion. You can choose any cabinet type, though more traditional styles work better with the distressed aesthetic. In terms of how to distress your cabinets, you can hire professionals or look online for DIY instructions and videos.

Louvered

Louvered cabinets are on the pricier end of the scale thanks to the workmanship that goes into creating their unique appearance. Each door is constructed using multiple slats making it easier to circulate air – this feature makes them a good choice for areas close to dishwashers and washing machines.

Inset

A more traditional choice, inset cabinets create a beautiful overall look to any kitchen. They’re lovingly crafted and have a price tag to match – but they have lasting power thanks to their design. They also come in a huge array of different materials.

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Types of Cabinet Doors

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Cabinet doors come in all shapes and sizes, and it might surprise you to find the pronounced difference even the subtlest change in cabinet style can make to the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Afterall in terms of visuals, cabinets command the most space in your kitchen by a long shot. Let’s take a look at some of the many cabinet door styles on offer:

Overlay

The type of overlay you choose can make a big difference to the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Overlay refers to how much space is left between the cabinet face and the overlay. If you opt for a full overlay, there’s minimal space left between, the result being a more continuous and smooth look. This works great in modern kitchen. Alternatively, partial overlay is when the cabinets doors have more space between one anothers, exposing the cabinet frame between areas. Finally, inset cabinetry sits flush with the face frame, most commonly seen in traditional Shaker cabinets for example.

Raised or Recessed

Next you need to determine whether you want your cabinet doors raised or recessed, which again will have a huge effect on the overall look of your kitchen. Raised panel doors fit a great many number of styles, creating volume and contours to your kitchen. Recessed panels are often more commonly used in contemporary interiors as they’re sleek and simple.

Slab

Another style you might explore is slab. Just as it sounds, the slab cabinet is one full piece of material that makes up the entire exterior of the cabinet. Slabs are often constructed of engineered wood and work well with minimalist, modern designs.

Mullion/Open Frames

Mullion and open frame doors have glass inserted into the frames in order to create a decorative, open aesthetic. These are often mixed with ‘closed’ cabinets to break the kitchen up, creating an area in which to display chosen items.

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Should I Paint my Cabinets Myself?

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If you think your kitchen is in need of a revamp but don’t quite have the budget to buy new cabinets, you may be considering painting your cabinets as an inexpensive alternative. Before your roll up your sleeves however, it’s important to consider the following:

Cabinet Material

Some materials take well to being repainted, whereas others shouldn’t even be attempted. Solid wood is you ideal starting material, as they can be painted easily and with little preparation. If ,however, you have stainless steel, MDF, or laminate you may have a problem on your hands. The issue with these materials is the paint doesn’t adhere to the surface well, meaning it can chip incredibly easily. If your heart is set on painting your engineered wood, it’s vital to sand and prime the cabinets beforehand – but again there’s no guarantee it will stay pristine. You can look into specialized paints that don’t need primer or sanding and claim to adhere well to any material, just ensure to test out an inconspicuous area first.

Cabinet Finish

Another factor to consider is the finish on your cabinet. A great deal of finishes can be painted over no problem, however if you’re intending on going from a painted to finish to a stain it starts to become trickier. If this is the case for your kitchen you may want to install new doors instead.

Current State

If your cabinets have seen better days, it might make more sense to just bite the bullet and splurge on new ones. This may make more sense than spending money and time refurbishing current ones which may not last the year.

Time Considerations

Finally you need to consider how much time you have to devote to this project. Patience is key, and you may find yourself having to paint multiple layers which takes time and puts your kitchen out of action. If you want to paint the inside of the cabinets as well, even more time will be required.

Cabinet Door Styles

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Choosing the style of your cabinet sets the whole tone of the room that contains it; it’s the main focal point in every bathroom and kitchen, drawing the eye and dictating the overall decor. By replacing (or even refurbing) your cabinet doors, you can reinvigorate a space and create a whole new look. So what styles are available to revamp your interior?

Shaker

The shaker cabinet is one of the most well-loved styles in the interior design world. It takes its inspiration from the simplistic and clean nature of its namesake, and comes in a wide variety of different materials. The most traditional choice is hardwood, but nowadays one can find shaker cabinets in composite woods and even aluminum. You might also opt to ‘dress’ your shaker up with an ornate handle or an interesting finish. Whatever your design decision, the great thing about a Shaker cabinet is that they complement pretty much any interior design – from contemporary to beach house.

Cathedral

Another classic choice is the cathedral cabinet, which feature a raised panel and decorative arch. This style is best suited for traditional, classic interiors (like farmhouse or French country) and looks best constructed out of hardwood or composites.

Beadboard

Beadboard is the perfect choice for shabby chic, nautical, or beach house interior. It’s formed of panel of wood, most famously in light oak or painted white for a vintage feel. This type of cabinet works really well if you want to create a distressed finish on your wood.

Mullion

This cabinet is characterized by its individual, often translucent or transparent panels of glass framed in wood – much like a window. Just like a window you can add leaded glass for decorative purposes. This style is great for adding space to a room, and lends itself well to gothic and country-style homes.

Slab

The best choice for those who want to keep their cabinets clean, sharp, and contemporary, the slab style matches well with contemporary and industrial interiors. It can be on the more expensive side, but it’s elegant flair is unmatched if you’re taste is thoroughly modern.

Best Material for Cabinets

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Cabinets for your bathroom and kitchen are most traditionally made with hardwood (oak, cherry, and ash for example) and there are many advantages to using this material, however it’s not the most affordable and there are other options available on the market. In fact, there are so many different material for cabinets nowadays that the modern homeowner has more choices than ever before!

Hardwood

Hardwood as long been seen as the prominent material for cabinets, but it can be an extremely expensive choice. In order to be more budget-friendly you can instead opt to have a thin layer of hardwood over a substrate.This brings the cost down considerably.

 

The type of hardwood you choose is completely up to you –  just remember it’s important to consider the grain, construction, and finish of the wood as well as the type. The most popular woods include: cherry, maple, oak, hickory, birch, ash, and pine. You should also consider the color of the wood – many woods come in different shades and you can stain them to fit the rest of your decor.

Wood Composite

Another option is to choose wood composite materials which don’t have the same shortcomings as wood (ie. more water resistant and less susceptible to warping). They are made in numerous different ways, but are basically engineered to be stronger (and cheaper). There are different levels of quality when it comes to  wood composite – plywood is generally considered the most desirable, followed by MDF and then particleboard. The great thing about wood composites is they can imitate the look and overall effect of hardwood without having to pay the large amount that comes with it.

Aluminum

If you are looking for a contemporary feel to your kitchen or bathroom, aluminum might be the material for you. It’s super sleek, modern, and strong, and unlike wood it’s not affected by moisture. You’re also not limited to silver/grey – it comes in many different shades. It doesn’t come in anywhere near the amount of style as wood/wood composites, but it’s worth looking into if you favor modern decor.

What is the Best Wood for Kitchen Cabinets

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The right wood for your kitchen cabinets is dependent on several different factors. You have to consider not only the aesthetic, but also the practicalities and of course the price. It’s advisable to look into a few different options as they each have their own benefits

Painted or Not Painted?

Cabinets are a hugely influential part of your kitchen or bathroom decor, dictating the style and being a major decorative focal point. They need to balance practical requirement (strength and water resistance) as well as being stylish. As such, they are usually a high ticket item in your redecorating budget – after all it’s easy enough to give your wall a lick of paint but not so to replace every cabinet in the kitchen.

So on the whole, which woods work best or the kitchen? Well first you have a big decision to make – do you want the cabinets to be painted or not? Will you want to in the future? That will almost certainly impact on the wood you should use. If you’re intending to paint your cabinets, you’ll need to ensure the surface of the material can be or even should be painted on. It’s often better to opt for tight-grained woods if this is the case.

For non-painted cabinets you can choose any type of hardwood you like, however in terms of durability cherry, maple, hickory,  ash, and oak are the professionals top picks. This is because these types of wood are scratch resistant and strong, making them worth the higher price. That’s not to say other types of hardwood can’t be used (walnut, mahogany, birch, and beech are all popular choices), it all depends on your preference and price expectations. You also need to look at the finish of the wood, as this will effect your choice too. If you want the hardwood look without some of the drawbacks, you might want to consider compound materials which are less susceptible to the weaknesses of traditional materials and may not cost as much.