When Bad Things Happen to Good Cabinets
Grease spatters from cooking. A stray crayon mark. Chocolate chip cookies. As a high-activity zone, your kitchen faces some stiff challenges. Factor-finished painted cabinets can provide many years of beauty. However, in the face of food spills, fingerprints and household grime, some maintenance will be necessary to preserve that bright new finish. Here are some tips on how to clean painted cabinets with a minimum of fuss.
Regular maintenance: Weekly, simply dust cabinets with a soft damp cloth (a microfiber rag is great) and dry with a soft towel. Avoid using a dripping wet cloth, which could result in moisture getting trapped in corners. Do not use polishes, oils or wax.
Daily care: The key is to wipe up spills when …
Are You Searching for the Perfect Piece for the Dining or Family Room?
Skip the furniture stores. There is an economical alternative that will be a perfect fit and complement your home’s style. Start with stock cabinets. Use modifications, decorative features and a unique design to create a piece that will fit in your space and blend gracefully into your decor.
Since you won’t be working with fully custom cabinets, the design will be a bit like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. In order to explore all possibilities, work with a kitchen designer who has extensive knowledge of available inventory and possible modifications. By using semi-custom cabinets (stock cabinets with modifications offered), you will avoid the cost of custom cabinetry while getting exactly the features you want.
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The difference between “nice kitchen” and “Wow!”
We asked our designers what they use to create that special look and feel. They agree, the answer is often found in special features and modifications, extra touches that dress up standard cabinets.Here are their top five recommendations:
Shipped ready for glass inserts, mullion doors are a classic style that dresses up any kitchen. They can be fitted with a wide range of glass styles, and typically are lit from within.
With or without mullion bars, a section of glass door cabinets serves both as a focal point and display case.
Available in styles to complement any design, crown molding creates an elegant effect across the upper line of cabinetry. Observe the carefully mitered corners. Installation is a …
Is there a space in your home just begging for a bench?
You can use kitchen cabinets to create a cozy snuggle spot in a bay window, a shoe bench for your entryway, toy storage in a kid’s room, or a breakfast nook. Build the bench from drawer and door units, or create a storage chest with a piano-hinge top. Add a matching beadboard seat back and some colorful cushions, and you have it—storage, seating and a focal point, all in one project. Our designers are masters at combining cabinet units to create custom benches.
The irresistible window seat bench
A natural landing place for guests and the after-school crowd, a kitchen window seat simply shouts, “Come in and stay a while.” Typically dominated by hard surfaces, a kitchen welcomes …