November 11, 2014

Bathroom Remodel

A few years after moving into a lovely old house, my friend decided to redo the main bathroom. Although it had a lot of space, the bathroom looked cluttered and disorganized, due to the lack of storage options. There was only a stand-alone sink and a few small cubbies built into the wall, meaning that the family’s towels, toiletries, and cleaning supplies were shoved into plastic bins stacked on top of each other. My friend’s first mission was to find affordable, ready to assemble cabinets that would look great and hold all of her family’s bathroom essentials.

My friend ordered her cabinets from this neat website that promised solid wood doors, frames and shelves, soft-closing hinges, and stainless steel supports. I must admit, the cabinets lived up to our expectations when they arrived. The quality was amazing and they fit perfectly in their place, as my friend had submitted the bathroom’s measurements to the website. The only thing that surprised me was my friend’s color choice: black. Who wants a black bathroom? But she insisted that she had seen an elegant design on one of those home remodeling shows, and I would have to wait for the finished product before judging.

With the help of her husband and oldest daughter, my friend had her bathroom repainted and the new ready to assemble cabinets installed in a weekend. The following week, she invited me over to check out their handiwork. She was right: with the addition of new fluffy white towels, some fun artwork, and cute vintage lamps, the black and white bathroom was quite sophisticated. Best of all, she had been able to get rid of those ugly plastic bins. Now I am just a bit jealous that I hadn’t thought of the black and white bathroom design first!

October 30, 2014

RTA Kitchen Cabinets

Are you looking for a way to remodel your kitchen in a simple yet unique fashion? Ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets can be a great way to incorporate unique style in a budget-friendly way!  Unlike custom cabinetry that is sold between $50-$500 per linear foot plus the labor costs, ready-to-assemble cabinet price’s usually range from $1500-$4500 for an entire 10x10 kitchen! So don’t forget to go to this online cabinet shop and get your FREE SAMPLE today! All of the cabinets are assembled and shipped NATIONWIDE.

While we are sure there are plenty of places to buy kitchen cabinets online, many of these actually leave you with badly assembled cabinets made of used wood or other types of discount materials that will fall apart in a matter of weeks! With CabinetDIY you will experience no such thing! We carefully select, design, test, and assemble every color, every wood species, and every door style. As they stated on their website “beauty is never an accident, but the result of inspiration, creativity and hard work.”   

Be sure to try their 3-Step Design. Designing a kitchen has never been so easy!

Their service facilities are located throughout different states in North America. Your order will be fulfilled in a short time period! From the time you place your order until you receive it in your home, will take about 2 to 3 weeks.  

I really believe that this new way of shopping for kitchen cabinets is easier, faster, and way cheaper! I encourage everyone to try out these cabinets online before going into an expensive place with a physical store. 

October 28, 2014

The Height of Your Cabinets

A lot of pre-fabricated homes come with standard height kitchen cabinets which are often about 6 feet from the ground. Most people can easily raise their hand and bring down a cup, plate of mug from it without much trouble; however, there are people that would feel a lot more comfortable with lower cabinets. Imagine you are 5 feet in height and your arm is a foot long, that means you could barely reach the edge of the cabinet much less be able to open a window and let’s not even talk about being able to reach something from it.

Now imagine that you are a housewife thinking of placing ornaments or decorative plates above your
cabinet meaning you will give it a double purpose, the first would be storage of your kitchenware and the second would be some form of a shelf. Many people wouldn’t be able to reach as far as the top of the cabinet to place or replace ornaments there, which could be another reason why a lower cabinet could be useful.

There is an old saying that goes ‘’to each its own’’ meaning that we are all free to make decisions about interior decoration that reflect who we are and how we want our house to look. The question of how high should your cabinet be placed should satisfy you and those living in your house. What is important however is for you to keep a good perspective and a clear understanding of the implications of playing around with the placement and style of your cabinet. This is a choice that is by no means short or medium term, you will probably have the same cabinet for at least over half a decade which should encourage you to be wise about your decisions and take into account that if you’ve got kids who can’t reach, they will grow. If you are short and can’t reach, you can always place a stool under the cabinet (as exhausting as that sounds). The point is, be careful when making long term decisions of interior decoration.

October 20, 2014

Replacing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Just like with fashion, home design is considered by many as cyclical which is why people constantly make renovations and remodeling to their homes. Because of average durability, one of the rooms that doesn’t get constant upgrades is the kitchen. Kitchen appliances last on average over 5 years and furniture over a decade. Because of the importance of the kitchen ambiance, sometimes people upgrade and improve their kitchens even if the items don’t need replacements. One common example is the cabinet. Cabinets are one of the main features of a kitchen and its style, color and material contribute largely to the design concept. It must match cohesively with the color of the floor, the shape of the fridge, the style of the breakfast island and even smoke extractors. The most common materials for kitchen cabinets are plastic and wood which could probably help explain durability.

When you start to notice that your kitchen looks dull or unappealing, or if your cabinet shows
damage, changing it is a very nice way to go about a kitchen overhaul. It presents home owners with a great opportunity to rearrange specific items, throw away unnecessary pans or plates and install microwaves or glass shelves. Integrating materials like glass and wood is a very nice way to help your kitchen stand out and makes the task of looking for specific items far easier.

Cabinets are a considerable investment so try to have a mental picture of the end result or seek advice from interior decorators. Something that really helps if you can’t afford an advisor is to go online or browse decorating magazines for ideas. Nobody knows the specifics of your home as well as you do so you must put in the effort to make the right decision. Also, try to get your family involved since decorating can be a really fun collective activity.

October 5, 2014

Redesigning My Mom's Kitchen

When my mother turned 60, she had been living in her house for 20 years and hadn’t made many updates to the interior design. She had always kept the place clean and everything was in good shape, but it looked tired and boring, especially the kitchen. However, being a very practical woman, my mother didn’t see any sense in renovating when everything worked just fine. So one long weekend when my mother went to visit her sister, my brother and I decided to redesign the kitchen using pre-made cabinets.

Actually, we had planned the renovation for about a month. We plugged the measurements of my
mom’s kitchen (which we had taken in secret when she wasn’t at home) into this great website that creates an image of your room with the new cabinets so you can really see how the finished project will look. My mother’s previous cabinets had been so dark that the kitchen looked dreary, so this time we chose a lighter colored wood and picked up a cheery shade of yellow paint for the walls. We had the cabinets delivered to my brother’s house so that my mother wouldn’t suspect anything.

The pre-made cabinets were so easy to install that the three-day weekend was more than enough time to replace the cabinets and repaint the walls. In fact, taking out the old cabinets was more complicated than putting in the new ones! The wood was of a high quality, as promised by the website. We finished the entire project on Monday afternoon, and I could hardly sleep that night, waiting for my mom to come in on Tuesday morning. Her reaction was priceless – her jaw dropped and her eyes widened as she asked if she was in the right house! Even though there was nothing wrong with her old kitchen, my mother admitted that the remodeled version, with beautiful pre-made cabinets, was much better.

September 29, 2014

Taking Care of My Kitchen Cabinets

I installed my first kitchen cabinets a few years ago. I had recently gotten out of college and I had the adulthood jitters really bad in the sense that I wanted to get my independence by moving out of my parents’ place. I got an apartment with a great living room, bedroom and bathroom. However the dining room and kitchen didn’t look nearly as spotless so I spoke with the owner about this issue and he said that it was a fixed rent deal and that there was little he could do, (bummer). Having just graduated with great negotiating skills, I managed to convince him to deduct the cost of a new cabinet from my rent. I found a great selection of cabinets with all kinds of colors and beautiful finishes. The most common materials you will find are wood and a combination of plastic and wood. Both materials are very sensitive to moist so taking measures to protect their surfaces is pivotal to ensure durability and a healthy appearance.

What I used to do to protect my cabinets was to install a layer of protective film inside the cabinets
and on the drawers. I didn’t have a dishwasher back then and some days I felt a little lazy to dry my dishes completely so sometimes (perhaps unbeknownst to me) those dishes would go in with a little bit of water drops around them, but since the cabinets were protected, it would never absorb the moist!

I was also very careful about maintenance, I remember I used to polish the copper handles and wipe the cabinet doors with spot removers and a wypall. These are products you can find in the hygiene aisle of your local supermarket. Looking back, in hindsight, the apartment owner may have gotten the best part of the deal since I took care of that cabinet so well, but then again, I never heard a visitor come on over asking for a glass or plate and commenting, hey! Your cabinets smell funny! 

September 22, 2014

Laundry Room Cabinets

Doing laundry used to be my most dreaded task of the week when we lived in an apartment. I had to lug everything to the laundromat and wait there for hours washing, drying, and folding my clothes. But now that we have a new house, my husband decided to build a laundry room in the wide hallway leading to our garage. At first we just put our new washer and dryer in the hallway. When we had saved a bit more money, my husband installed a wall with a doorway to separate the room from the rest of the house. His last step was to put in pre-made cabinets.

It’s necessary to have things like detergent, dryer sheets, stain remover, vinegar and an iron close at hand when you’re doing laundry. Until that point, we had been keeping those items in a basket next to the appliances, which wasn’t ideal. I wanted shelves or cabinets to complete our laundry room. My husband didn’t know a thing about cabinetry, so he ordered our pre-made cabinets online, using the measurements he took of the space above and around our machines. I chose a pleasant off-white color to match the machines and keep our laundry room looking fresh and clean. Within a few days, the affordable pre-made cabinets had arrived, and he put them together in a flash.

Our new laundry room is orderly and convenient. Getting the laundry done is not such a chore anymore - I just throw in a load and go about my business in the house. The pre-made cabinets are great for our laundry-related stuff, and also gave us extra storage space. We use the cabinets to hold miscellaneous household items such as cleaning supplies, tools, spare batteries, etcetera. I will certainly never complain about doing laundry again!

September 14, 2014

Art School Cabinets

 Recently, my best friend retired from her office job and fulfilled her lifelong dream - opening her own art school. She has a Master’s degree in fine art and always wanted to work with art full time. Thanks to years of saving for her goal, she was able to rent a large space in a strip mall and remodel it to her business’s needs. All art teachers know that a studio needs three things: good lighting, adequate space, and appropriate storage options. My friend didn’t want to spend a fortune, so she used ready to assemble cabinets for her storage needs.

After sizing up the perimeter of her large room, my friend checked out cabinet options online. She found this amazing website that allows you to enter the measurements of your area and see a mock-up of the way your room will look after installing the cabinets. She ordered several cabinets, drawers and large closet style storage in a practical timeless oak shade. While she was waiting for her order, a plumber came to make sure that the piping was correct for a sink to be put in along with the cabinets, providing a convenient place for students to wash their hands and clean paintbrushes.  When the cabinets arrived, her husband and a few of his friends put them together and had them attached to the walls in no time. They then connected the sink in the spot the plumber had prepared. It fit perfectly into the pre-measured cabinets. A few days later, the school was open for business.

My friend’s art school is now thriving, due to the combination of her excellent teaching skills and the school’s professional appearance, including the ready to assemble cabinets. I’m so proud of my friend and I hope she will serve as an inspiration to others in the community who want to reach their goals.

September 3, 2014

Kitchen Cabinets for a Cause

Last year I started working with a non-profit organization that helps people rebuild their homes after natural disasters strike. My first project was with a house that was structurally sound, but the inside had been destroyed by flooding from a terrible hurricane. We started by completely gutting the interior, fixing the plumbing and electricity, and replacing the drywall. After painting, it was time to work on the individual rooms. I was part of the team assigned to the kitchen. We put in a basic linoleum floor and then began to tackle the ready to assemble kitchen cabinets.

As most of the homes in the affected area had the same layout, the organization needed lots of the same sized cabinets. So they had bulk-ordered the cabinets online, receiving a significant discount on the already reasonably-priced furniture. Despite their low price, the cabinets were made of good quality wood and looked great. The ready to assemble kitchen cabinets came with simple, clear instructions on how to put them together. Even the people on our team who had very little experience in construction had no trouble installing them. The cabinets fit perfectly in the kitchen, as the organization had sent the exact measurements to the online cabinet retailer.

Within a day, the kitchen looked almost as good as new, thanks to the ready to assemble cabinets and gently used fixtures and appliances. Of course, there was still lots to be done. After a few more weeks of hard work, the entire house was once again able to be lived in. The displaced family’s reaction upon seeing their remodeled home was priceless - the mother of the family was nearly in tears. I definitely encourage everyone, whether you have experience or not, to take part in a rewarding volunteer project such as this one.

August 25, 2014

Barker Door Cabinets

I have so many fond memories of visiting my aunt at her old country house growing up. However, the last time I went there was for a not-so-happy occasion. Her husband had recently passed away, and the house was too big for her to take care of alone, so I went to help her move. We gathered up her belongings and set out for her new, smaller home. Although this house was closer to the city, my aunt wanted to decorate it in her familiar rustic style. The place needed quite a bit of work, starting with the kitchen. It had these terrible plastic laminated cabinets which were peeling. I offered to look online to find some barker door cabinets to replace them.

Well, my dear aunt nearly had a heart attack when she heard my suggestion! You see, her late husband was an amazing woodworker, and he had handmade almost all of the furniture, doors and cabinets in their old house. Justifiably, my aunt was highly skeptical that cabinets ordered online could live up to the quality she had grown accustomed to. But I had seen these type of barker door cabinets in friends’ houses and thought they looked good. My aunt agreed to give them a try.

After reviewing all the options, my aunt settled on a color and we chose cabinet sizes that fit her cozy kitchen. Although the barker door cabinets arrived ready-to-assemble, my aunt is elderly and I’m pretty uncoordinated, so we enlisted my aunt’s college-aged grandsons to put the cabinets in. The whole process only took one day’s work. Afterwards, my aunt ordered pizza for all of us and we sat around admiring the renovated kitchen. For someone who was so used to fine woodwork, my aunt was surprisingly impressed with the material and look of her new barker door cabinets.