A household’s kitchen is the central spot of a home. Think of all the functions it serves: storing food, dishes and cookware, a place to prepare family dinners, bake cookies, and roast the holiday turkey. It is a well utilized place where many memories are made. It’s a comfort zone.
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The cabinets are important for various reasons. For one thing, they are a visual focal point. The type of materials that they are constructed from, their color, their design, whether contemporary, formal, or casual, all play a large part in determining what type of feel the kitchen’s atmosphere displays.
Another important aspect is their functionality. Is there plenty of space for storage? Are cooking tools readily accessible? Or are they overflowing, chipped and tired looking-becoming a bit hard to look at?
There are ways that you can improve or change all of the above without making the major investment of completely replacing them. If you are satisfied with the basic functionality of them, you can simply refinish them.
Strip the current stain or paint off and repaint or stain the surfaces with a whole new color. It is best, however, to remove the doors and hardware to undertake this process.
If you need more space, you can add extra shelving to your existing frames. Rolling shelves seem to add additional storage room, because being able to access the entire area opens up the back areas where items traditionally got lost in the shuffle. Drawers can also be added to add another dimension to the cabinet.
If you are unhappy with the style of your cabinet, you can replace the doors with another design or even those with glass pane fronts. The glass fronts are available in clear, colored, or frosted. Displaying some of your favorite dishware through glass gives a lovely, colorful and personal touch to your home.
Another touch that can add personality and design pizazz is to change the hardware. Make sure the hinges, hardware and pulls all match, as far as the material goes, or at least complement each other.
There is a huge and diverse array of cupboard pulls and knobs available. You can find the hardware made from brass, silver or gold metals, as well as metals painted a coordinating color.
Cupboard pulls and knobs can be simple or elaborate, made of traditional materials or those that are a bit out of the ordinary, such as rocks, shells, or shaped like flowers, trees and animals. There is even a new line of knobs that are made from colored glass. So, good luck with the rebuilding of your kitchen cupboards. You can completely transform them with a little elbow grease and imagination.