Replacing hardware on your cabinetry and other bedroom, living room, and entryway furniture pieces isn't usually super complicated. It's something you can do yourself, typically in just a few minutes (per piece). Of course, that doesn't mean there isn't room for error. There are all sorts of mistakes you can make when you decide to replace your hardware yourself.
Mistake #1: Not Counting Ahead of Time
Obviously you've set a budget for this project, but do you know how far it needs to stretch? It's important to count how many replacement pieces you are going to need before you start shopping. The last thing you want is to get home and realize you're a knob or pull short (especially if you purchased all of the remaining stock in a certain style)!
Mistake #2: Piece Tracking
Yes, technically, you could pile the screws and tools you need close by and reach for what you need. But what are (Read More.....)
Amy D. Morris Interiors
It's amazing how strong the opinions are held by many people about the finer points of home interior design. Some won't consider a kitchen without granite counter tops. Others insist on crown molding in family rooms. There are even those whose aesthetic preferences eliminate homes that don't have hardwood floors throughout.
Another point of contention occurs in kitchens. There are those folks who feel very strongly about whether or not to paint kitchen cabinets. Is this something that should be avoided at all costs? Or is it a viable option for the modern homeowner?
Paint or Replace?
The answer largely depends on what the other options are. For example, if a person is weighing to paint his or her cabinets or replace them altogether, then painting should be considered. After all, if the cabinets themselves are structurally sound and operate perfectly, it's not usually wise to get rid of them simply because they don't look good. In this case, exploring different paint colors is preferable to ripping out properly-functioning (Read More.....)
Designer Jennifer Baines Interiors
Guest Post Annette Hazard
Remodel Your Kitchen
It may not seem like it, but the kitchen can be a healthy beacon of light in an otherwise unhealthy home. If you dislike your current setup, though, you and your family likely find it difficult to tolerate being in the kitchen long enough to prepare a healthy meal. Replacing the counter surfaces, cabinets, appliances—and, if you are feeling ambitious, the flooring—can make this area of your home more pleasant. This will make you more inclined to cook, cutting out both the caloric and monetary expense of eating out.
If your home was built before 1978, there may be lead paint on some of its interior surfaces. The presence of lead paint leads to the presence of lead particles, which could be found in dust, paint chips and even the soil outside your home that your (Read More.....)
Frank Shirley Architects, Boston.
Whether you're building a new home or upgrading the one you already own, ordering custom cabinetry for your kitchen is a crucial step. The kitchen cabinets you choose set the tone for the rest of your kitchen - and your house.
Below are eight tips for ordering custom cabinetry for your kitchen.
Set Your Budget
Since kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest expenses you will incur when designing your new kitchen, it's important to set a budget before you start shopping. Allow a little wiggle room in your budget for unplanned expenses, but it's important to set a budget that is realistic and reachable.
Once you've set your budget, stick to it. Make wise financial choices along the (Read More.....)
Gray Wash Cabinets- www.eurofitdirect.co.uk
Renovating your house, especially your kitchen, can become an expensive project that can quickly eat through your budget. Purchasing and installing new kitchen cabinets is no exception. Instead of financing your entire project, it's a good idea to set a budget and save as much (Read More.....)
Atlanta Homes Magazine
Buying new cabinetry for your home can be complicated and intimidating, especially if you've never done it before. You're probably worried about your inexperience showing through and being preyed upon by a commission-hungry salesperson. You're also worried that you won't know enough to make smart decisions and buy what you actually need for your remodel.
Luckily, there's a ton of information out there to help you put some of those fears to rest. You can start by learning the following lingo.
1-Piece Slab: A single piece of wood with little to no ornamentation (maybe some decorative designs carved near the edges but rarely anything more ornate). Sometimes these are called "solid wood" slabs. They are at a risk for warping over time, (Read More.....)
Most homeowners know the feeling of having a home improvement "to do" list a mile long. When will you find time to do it? What should you tackle first? Should you call a professional?
One project that you can do yourself and can make a big difference is carpet replacement. It won't take months to complete, won't cost a fortune and (most likely) won't get you in over your head. According to the DIY Network, laying carpet can be done in about a day and will cost around $1000-$2500. New carpet can give your home a bright new look— and an excuse to redecorate. Just make sure you're prepared to take on the task.
Tools and Prep
What you'll need:
- Tackless strips
- Carpet Stapler
- Regular hammer
- Measuring tape
- A carpet steam roller (usually can be rented affordably)
- Knee pads
- Carpet stretcher
- Seam cutter
- Seam iron and tape
- Wall trimmer
- Strip cutter
After you remove the old carpet and before you start installing, you'll want to: