» Cabinet Refacing - Another Option
What do you see when you look at your cabinets? Are they old and outdated? Are they inoperable or simply difficult to easily open and close? Do they have cracks, peeling paint or broken handles? Are you just tired of the same old look? If you answered yes to any of these questions you should consider refacing your cabinets as an alternative to installing new ones.
Unfortunately, when most people thing about making changes to their kitchen, the costs of doing even a minor kitchen remodel can be quite intimidating. According to the 2005 cost versus value report put out by realtor.org, even a midrange kitchen remodel costs an average of $43,862. Though the investment is likely to pay off when you consider selling the home, it is still not easy to find a spare $40,000+ sitting around. In addition, doing a complete remodel to your kitchen means you could have major construction going on in the most important room of your home for an extended period of time—get used to carry out and pizza!...Read Full Article
» Wood Cabinets
Wood is the oldest and most popular material for cabinets. Its natural beauty and wide range of colors, grains and styles make it a perfect candidate for adding elegance to any room of the home. It is also a strong material which allows it to withstand heavy loads and the normal wear and tear of daily life in the kitchen, bathroom, closet or wherever your cabinets may be. Nearly all cabinet manufacturers have a line of wood cabinets so as a consumer you have a large selection to choose from.
Wood Stains, Dyes, Finishes, and Glazes
Using stains and dyes are a great way to customize the look of your wood cabinets. So what is the difference between a stain and a dye? On a technical level, stains have much larger particles that do not penetrate the wood whereas dyes have much smaller particles that are able to fully penetrate the wood. For this reason, when a dye is applied it will not mask the wood grain as much as a stain will. The density of the wood will determine how well a stain can adhere to the surface. Further, depending on how long you leave the stain on the wood before wiping or brushing it off, you can really alter the wood's natural color. The longer the stain particles are allowed to adhere to the grain the darker the stain will be....Read Full Article