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A Modern Look With Just Cabinet Refinishing

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Home Improvement, Remodeling | 0 comments

Improve the look in your kitchen

Are your old and tired-looking cabinets making your place look drab? There is no cause to worry as there are a variety of ways to deal with this. You might be tempted to tear out your cabinets and replace them with brand new ones, but there are other less costly options to explore. While installing a new set of cabinets will give you a lot of choices that might not be possible with your current ones, just by getting some fresh ideas on alternative options can steer you away from this more expensive plan of action. With some creativity, the alternative option of refinishing your old cabinets will prove to be a better solution for several reasons.

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Modern looks and ideas

If you have looked into the prices of new cabinets currently, you will notice that they can cost you thousands of dollars especially if you get them from a home improvement store. It will also be most likely that what they have in stock might not be a suitable replacement for your space as your old cabinets that have been custom built for it when your home got constructed. Replacing your old cabinets with brand new custom made ones can even be more expensive. This is because you have to factor in the costs of tearing out the old ones, installing the new ones, replacing counter tops, as well as the plumbing costs to unhook the pipe and hook it back up. With all these expenses, you might be discouraged not to pursue this project at all.

 

However, if you modify your project into cabinet refinishing, you can easily avoid the additional costs. You might still end up wanting to replace your counter tops, incurring you some plumbing costs, but this will just be an option during refinishing instead of a necessary task. Instead of spending thousands of dollars, refinishing cabinets can only run up to several hundred dollars especially if you some DIY skills and the willingness to put in some time for this project. Skipping the DIY part and letting a professional do the refinishing can be an option, and will still be less costly than full replacement.

 

Take some time to assess the condition of your cabinets before rushing into a substitute project. For example, if you are still satisfied with the style of your cabinet doors, then there is no need to replace them. The same goes for the style of your cabinet boxes and drawers. If they still move smoothly and are in good condition, refinishing them is all that you need to do instead of replacing them.

 

With cabinet refinishing, you just need to invest in high-quality cabinet finishing materials and some tools if you do the DIY route. If you have the time and patience, allow the first application of finishing to cure before applying the second. At the end of the task, you will realize that it is worth the wait as the result is a brand new look that you and your wallet can be happy with. With newly refinished cabinets, your kitchen will look fresh and modern but without the costs of an expensive replacement. The difference in price can be used for upgrading other areas of your kitchen to make it look updated overall.

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Do You Have an Unhealthy Home?

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Home Improvement, Interior, Remodeling, Uncategorized | 1 comment

 

Well, in this case we’re referring to a house that has an air quality issue. It’s described as unhealthy primarily because the people living there for a longer period of time will typically develop symptoms similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms such as itchy eyes, difficulty breathing, nausea, headaches, rashes, etc. Most likely this is the result of contaminants (or pollutants) in the air as a result of tainted building materials such as Chinese drywall or asbestos. It could also be the result of a mold buildup.

Clean air

In states where humidity is consistently higher, unhealthy households are usually dealing with an excessive moisture issue. Moisture is one of the main factors for the promotion of mold growth, and in cases where the residents are gone for a lengthy period of time, the buildup could result in the need for mold remediation services. If the conditions go unabated for long enough, the expenses of fixing the issue will start to skyrocket due to the likelihood of needing to remove parts of the structure, such as rotted drywall or carpeting. Ignoring the issue exposes the inhabitants to large amounts of spores containing mycotoxins, and this is where health problems start to develop. If unaddressed, they can develop into a chronic issue over time.

Keeping humidity at proper levels, which ideally would be less than 40%, offers homeowners an easy preventative measure to combat mildew. One thing most homeowners don’t take into consideration is that if mold spores make their way into the air conditioning system, this can cause an issue because this is a perfect environment for spores to spread quickly, given that it’s a dark and damp space. Once they get into the duct work, they can be funneled throughout the home.
So how do you keep this from happening? In short, proper filtering. This is as easy as changing the main filter on your system once every three months or so. If you have pets, consider an even shorter time frame. A dirty and clogged filter causes air to bypass it and carry spores and dirt particles into the ductwork. It’s also prudent practice to have your ductwork inspected at least once every couple of years to make sure there are no leaks in the joints. This is an often overlooked area where moisture can make it’s way into a house and form a breading ground for harmful contaminants. This also brings up a good point: if you run your air conditioning for most of the year, which is usually the case in high humidity states, you leave the HVAC system little time to dry up. This would point to the fact that having your ducts cleaned on a regular basis is a smart decision.

As far as cleaning the ductwork, there are several different methods that can be employed. Most involve the use of some type of industrial shop vacuum and brushes that are motorized. The problem with these methods is that it is very difficult for the individual performing the cleanup to snake this equipment in far enough to clean all of the troubled areas. More advanced equipment can be employed to get to the harder to reach areas, but it always costs the homeowner a great deal more money. Many professional cleaning services will have a fiber optic camera that can “look” into the more distant parts of the duct system. They also manufacture biocides that are made for killing mold that can be used if spores are found living in the ducts, but they can only be used if the house can remain uninhabited for several weeks while the biocide makes its way through the system and cleans out.

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Interior Home Improvement

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Home Improvement, Interior, Remodeling | Comments Off on Interior Home Improvement

Everyone wants a beautiful kitchen

Are you tired of how furniture and the interior of your house looks like? Maybe the time has come to do cabinet refinishing and improve the overall look of your furniture as well. The fact is that you don’t need to spend much, and it is far more inexpensive than buying  new cabinets. You can do it all by yourself by following using our do it yourself guide, so there is no need to spend on handymen or furniture companies. Here are useful tips to help you with the process and make sure that you do it right.

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Preparation.

Ultimate-How-To-Original_Paint-Cabinet-spray-TSP-on-cabinet_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960Before starting, to avoid creating a mess, remove other kitchen element surrounding the cabinet and place a plastic nylon. This will make cleaning after you are done much easier. Next step is choosing the tools. For cabinet refinishing you will need an electrical drill, some screws as well as a screwdriver, paint that you chose for the wood and brushes. Start with the door and unscrew the screws to remove them. Once this is done, continue dismantling the front part of the cabinet once everything is prepared and you mixed the colors and removed the doors you may continue to step two.

Creativity is essential.

Ultimate-How-To-Original_Paint-Cabinet-prime-door-with-sponge_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960If you truly want to make your cabinet look different, you shouldn’t stop with repainting the wood. While changing the color of the wood and adding shining effect to it that it also waterproof, a redesign should also be taken into consideration. Take the removed doors of the cabinet and cut them in half. You should have two equal parts. Add two more element to create a rotating effect. This way you can open the upper left or lower left part of the cabinet for quicker access to plates, glasses or whatever else you choose to keep in your cabinet.

Adding knobs.

Knobs are also important elements of the cabinet. Look online for ingeniously designed knows that add modernistic look and style to your entire cabinet. To remove them use a screwdriver and find the screws. Once you unscrew them remove the knob and in reverse process install your new knob. All it takes is a couple of minutes of your time and some focus and dedication. Once you are done with changing the knobs, you are ready to continue to step number three.

Repainting the doors.

Repainting the whole cabinet might be a smart move if you want to avoid the difference in color on side and front part of the cabinet. However if your cabinet is next to a wall so that the side is not really visible, you can repaint only the doors. You should make sure that you cover the elements that you don’t want to paint, and use different types of brushes. This will let you reach those hard to get spots on the front and back side of the door.

After doing this all by yourself you will feel satisfied, knowing that you didn’t spend money unnecessarily and you did it with your own two hands.

 

If you have any more questions on how to complete this type a project, send us a note.

Regards,

Shuffle Storm

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