Guide to Selecting Bathroom Cabinets

Bathroom cabinets are widely considered to have the most impact in a bathroom redo, but choosing from the mile-long list of options can be overwhelming. You’ll find yourself pondering unassembled versus finished cabinets, stock versus custom, contemporary versus country and maple versus cherry, to name a few.

“Cabinets affect the look and feel of the entire room,” says Meriam Reed, co-owner of a DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen franchise in Naples, Fla. “They pretty much set the tone for your bathroom makeover.” The days of simply picking out a medicine cabinet and being done with it are long over. So, how and where do you start?

“The first step is to understand how you use your space,” advises Lenia Pilkonis, a certified designer with Home Depot in Atlanta. “It’s a very individual thing.” So take a minute to think about how you use the room and use that information to help you decide on the best configuration, materials, style, etc. for your new cabinetry. For instance, if you like long, leisurely soaks in the tub, you may want to incorporate a linen tower with a shelf for a TV into your plans.

Another good place to start is at the local bookstore or newsstand. “Flip through design books and magazines for ideas,” Meriam says. “Find out what you like then narrow down your choices based on what you want to accomplish.” Visiting a designer showroom, particularly an interactive one where you can pull out drawers and peek behind doors, is another excellent strategy when you’re first getting started.

“In reality, it’s more complicated to design a bathroom than it is a kitchen,” says Lenia, “because you’re not only working with a smaller space, but because almost everything you touch has either water, electrical and/or drainage issues.” To that end, you may want to consider hiring an interior designer or kitchen and bath specialist to help guide your makeover.

“Unlike in a kitchen remodel, cabinets aren’t necessarily the most expensive thing involved in a bathroom remodel,” Meriam says. Still, new bathroom vanities and cabinets can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars well into the thousands. Like with most things, you get what you pay for, but there are some things you can do to help offset the outflow. For instance, this is another place where having a certified bathroom designer can come in handy, because their connections can garner special deals and rates with even the swankiest dealers and showrooms.

Buying unfinished cabinets and installing and finishing them yourself will save you some money, but it can be painstaking and backbreaking work. Shopping online for the best deals can help make your renovation dollar stretch a little further as well. “It’s like buying a car or anything else over the Internet, though,” warns Lenia. “If you can’t touch it and, in this case, inspect the box and door construction of the cabinets, you can’t always be sure what you’re going to get.” In her opinion, the best advice for getting the

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Kitchen cabinets are costly. Don’t make them trendy

The latest colors and trends are tempting, but a kitchen should be timeless, says Barbara Miller, design director for the Neil Kelly design and remodeling company.

It’s expensive to remodel a kitchen, and cabinets can make up 30% of the costs, so make sure you or an owner five to 10 years in the future won’t think the look has gone out of style, she says.

A sure-fire solution: White cabinets.

Since Neil Kelly started remodeling homes in Portland in 1947, “we have never stopped selling white cabinets,” says Miller, referencing a statement made by owner Tom Kelly, whose father founded the company.

She says styles and hardware have changed, but white remains popular in the Pacific Northwest, as does wood-grain cabinets.

The easiest way to ensure a kitchen has a timeless feel is to match key elements with the architecture and era of the house: A Colonial Revival house works best with traditional cabinets, while a midcentury design shines with sleek, flat panel cabinet doors and a Northwest ranch benefits from a transitional style in wood tones.

Selecting neutral materials and colors for cabinetry and large surfaces may seem unexciting, but there are ways to make a statement with wall color, knobs and pulls, and fixtures that can be changed in a day without having to undergo a full remodel.

A new pendant light over the island can help make a kitchen look up-to-date, Miller says.

People considering a kitchen remodel typically ask Miller if they can keep existing cabinets. She says cosmetic upgrades are possible if the design and layout still look and function well.

She explains what needs to be considered when deciding to renew or replace cabinets:

  • Quality of existing cabinets. If the cabinets have a peeling finish, new paint will peel too, says Miller. Large grain oak and other wood cabinets can be refinished with a darker stain, but the grain will show through paint. “You can make the grain not as visible, but no one can guarantee a smooth finish,” she says, “and there will be a difference in the texture.”
  • Appliance sizes have changed over time. A remodel could start when the oven doesn’t work or the downdraft ventilation system breaks, says Miller. If you can’t get a new one to fit the original space and there isn’t enough room to modify the cabinets, cabinets will need to be replaced.
  • Choose cabinet styles that continue to be sold and reproduced. If the existing cabinets were designed to work with a large soffit in the ceiling and you want to use that space for taller cabinets, or if you want a pull-out pantry with the most storage possible or to move a cooktop out of the island, you will need to replace all the cabinets if you can’t match them.

To upgrade the look, Miller says “face frame” and overlay cabinets can be fitted with new doors and drawers that cover the edges.

“Once you start replacing drawers and door fronts, and making too

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54 Clever Items That Will Instantly Declutter & Organise Your Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re looking for kitchen cupboard organisers for the ultimate spring-clean, you’ve come to the right place.

This list of highly-reviewed products is for those who dream of opening their kitchen cabinets to find that the Home Edit team have breezed through and re-organised everything down to the saucepan lids.

It goes without saying that rise of from-scratch cooking (we’re looking at you, sourdough starters and banana bread bandits) this year has increased the number of tins, mixing bowls, and utensils lining already cluttered cupboards. So this is the perfect time to give your kitchen cabinets and pantry a little attention.

And we’re not just talking about the lauded spice rack. It’s everything from your pantry to under the sink, potato storage (yes, its a thing) and maximising valuable shelf space. There’s even a solution for that tricky ‘void’ either side of your fridge or washing machine. Every shelf, organiser, Lazy Susan and cookware storage solution has been reviewed by Amazon customers and given the tick of approval for quality, smarts and value.

Happy organising, fellow spring cleaner!

We only include products that have been independently selected by Bustle’s editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.

This Expandable Spice Organizer With *Hundreds* Of Glowing Reviews

This expandable cabinet organiser tiers all your spices, little jars and sauces so you see exactly to reach for.

A Rolling Kitchen Trolly That Fits In Tight Places

Have a void between your fridge, washing machine or between cabinets? This slimline trolley is not only a bargain at £13, it’s going to store away all those tall bottles that don’t quite fit in cabinets.

Amazon’s #1 Best Seller In ‘Under Shelf Storage’ Category

If you have an awkward layout in your cabinet, these hanging shelves might be the solution. Mugs, tea towels or stackable Tupperwares would all fit in here.

A Storage Capacity Winning Spice Rack

Free up your spice jar drawer and hang this spice rack on your door! This one is really simple to install on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door – you just need a screwdriver.

Amazon Reviewer Love These Cereal Storage Containers

There’s nothing like quality storage containers to help clear up the packet-packed cereal shelf or grain store. They BPA-free, and come four scoop spoons, a chalkboard pen.

Amazon’s #1 Choice For Tin Storage

These non-slip storage tiers are perfect for cupboards or bench-tops – making it easy to see jars and bottles at first glance, and giving bench-dwelling items their own place.

For £6, these 10 tea towel clips are a bargain. Clip it to the corner of your towel and use the loop to hang from a cabinet handle, a small hook or inside a cabinet.

Cling Film Storage Thats Super Easy To Install

Free up drawer or shelf space by storing spray bottles, cling film, or tall bottles on a wall space.

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STEPHEN THOMPSON: Here’s a handy guide to spray-painting kitchen cabinets | Lifestyle

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, I sold a lot of Sherwin-Williams paint. Back then spray-paint machines were expensive, temperamental and definitely for professional use only. A lot has changed since then. Now the mystique and complexity of spray-painting has been vastly simplified. DIYers can easily purchase and operate an entry-level ($89 home-owner grade spray gun and compressor from Wagner Home Decor) for their difficult painting projects. OK, full disclosure, I have never used the Wagner Home Decor HVLP Stationary Sprayer I’m recommending here, but I’m very impressed by its videos. I strongly advise practicing on a small project before you tackle the large job of painting all your kitchen cabinets.

When you want a smooth finish, especially when using high-gloss paint, a sprayed-on finish is absolutely the best way to go. You’ll get a far more even, uniform surface by spraying than by brushing and rolling. Why? Because a high-gloss paint will literally highlight and accentuate every single one of your roller and brush mark imperfections in the finish coat.

Before spraying, the surface you are painting should appear as smooth as glass. That means 90% of any spray-paint job is time you’ll spend in preparation, with just 10% percent in actual painting. You might be surprised, but that amount of prep time for spray work isn’t much longer than prep time for brush or roller painting. However, what you gain by spraying is a huge savings in the amount of time spent painting.

So, what does the 90% prep work involve? First, remove all the hardware and take the doors off their hinges. Put up plastic and lay drop cloths to keep sanding dust and paint overspray from adjacent surfaces. Use a degreaser to clean throughly and to completely remove dirt, oils, grease and grime. Fill in all dents and scratches and sand smooth. Using a sanding sponge or sandpaper, lightly go over all the cabinet parts to ensure every surface has an even consistency – sanding with the grain of the wood to prevent any surface damage – and remove all sanding dust with a tack cloth or clean sponge.

If your cabinets have been painted many times, you can skip the cleaning part above, but you will need to apply a stripping agent to remove those previous coats of paint.

Depending on how dark your cabinets are and how opaque your primer is, plan on applying at minimum two to three coats of paint, the first of which should be a fast-drying primer. A quality primer will (1) help conceal imperfections, (2) block past cooking stains from bleeding through the finishes and (3) make it easy for paint to adhere to your cabinets. Let your base coat dry, use your sanding sponge again – just not too aggressively this time – and remove any sanding dust.

Let each additional coat of paint dry thoroughly (about 24 hours) before lightly sanding and applying another coat. Let the paint fully cure for about 48 hours before reattaching the doors,

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Tips to Make Bathroom Cabinets Last Longer

Waterproof

Selecting a material that is able to handle the humidity in this room is vital to make sure that they last for a long time. If a material is chosen that is not made to withstand humidity, it can expand and warp, resulting in a room that looks less than new. Bamboo is one of the few materials that can handle a little bit of humidity over a long period without changing size.

Durability

Making sure that cabinets are made of durable material is also a key to lasting good looks, particularly in households with smaller children. Softer woods, such as pine, make a beautiful cabinet, but they also tend to dent and scratch easily. Smaller children tend to be a bit rougher on everything, and can leave a brand new bathroom cabinet looking less than new in a matter of weeks.

Harder woods, such as oak are less likely to dent as easily, and more likely to leave a lasting impression on guests. Bamboo is another great option for cabinets in homes that have small children.

Cleaning

Making sure that bamboo cabinets, as well as those made of other materials, stay clean will help them be long lasting. The cleaning process will often vary depending on the type of material used. For example, a bamboo cabinet can be wiped clean with just a cloth and water. Harsher chemicals can sometimes be used on other materials. It’s important to know which cleaning solutions to use, and to clean bamboo cabinets as often as needed for long lasting good looks.

Preventative checking

Every so often, home owners are advised to simply look over the bamboo cabinets to guarantee that all the hinges are still in working order, all the screws are nice and snug and so on. This can easily make them long lasting. For example, if the screws on a hinge are loose and homeowners do not know, they will never be tightened. Then, the hinge may fall out, sending the door crashing to the ground and damaging the wood. A quick glance over the screws and hinges can easily prevent this problem.

Clean spills immediately

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common places for spills. Allowing anything liquid to sit in a pool on a cabinet can, and will, eventually damage the wood. If this happens more than once, it will result in several spots on the wood being worn and damaged, and the cabinetry looking horrible. They will be long lasting if homeowners clean up spills as soon as they happen instead of leaving to sit until the room gets cleaned later in the day.

Check the weight

Often, drawers and shelves have a weight limit. Home owners should always double check the weight limit and make sure that they do not put too many things on the shelves or in the drawers. This will cause the shelves to break, or the bottom of the drawer to fall out.

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Make Your Kitchen Cabinets Look Great For Less

Kitchen cabinets are one of the most prominent features in your kitchen. If your cabinets are looking worn or drab, it affects the whole look and feel of your kitchen.

The good news is there are several options available to you that can easily update your kitchen with a modern look. Some options are expensive and others are more economical.

If you like the cabinet layout and the cabinets are in good condition, refacing or resurfacing your kitchen cabinets may be a good choice for you.

Refacing or resurfacing consists of replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones and then treating the cabinet frame with a matching veneer. There are many types of woods and plastics available for this, so your options are virtually unlimited.

To get the best results, it’s always best to hire a professional to do this work. It can be quite expensive, though, ranging anywhere from $3500 to over $10,000. The work usually takes 2-4 days, depending on how many cabinets and drawers are involved.

If your cabinets are weak or damaged or you just want to change their design, replacing them entirely is another option. Replacement cabinets may not cost much more than refacing/resurfacing them, either. Brand new cabinets can add more usefulness to your kitchen and increase the value of your home, as well

If resurfacing or replacement of your kitchen cabinets doesn’t fit your budget, there are much less expensive alternatives.

My first choice for renewing the look of kitchen cabinets is paint. What a difference a coat or paint can make!

For a retro look you can use splashy colors such as pink, turquoise or orange. Be brave and paint designs on the cabinets or use stencils or a faux finish. Add some matching hardware and you’ve got new cabinets for less than $300!

Another idea is to permanently remove all the cabinet doors. This wouldn’t be appropriate or even functional for every style of kitchen. It might work well for a cottage kitchen design or even an antique Victorian design. You could line the shelves with lace or doilies that flap over the edge to add to the look.

An alternative to completely removing the cabinet doors is to replace them with old windows that are the right size. You could also create new doors from different types of materials such as bamboo or fabric.

Another idea for resurfacing kitchen cabinets is to wallpaper them or apply contact paper. A plain pattern is best and, of course, make sure it is washable. You don’t necessarily need to cover the whole surface. You could cut out different shapes or patterns and apply them to the cabinet surface. This would be a good short-term solution to freshening up your kitchen.

So there you have it. There are many ways to make your kitchen cabinets look great without breaking the bank!…

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What Are the Benefits of Bamboo Kitchen Cabinets?

There are many different cabinet styles that look great in both kitchens and bathrooms, with natural wood finishes very popular at the moment. One of the latest newcomers on the scene is custom bamboo kitchen cabinets, which can be a preferable choice over other wood options.

The first advantage to investing your money in decorating your home with the latest bamboo furniture is that this is a great option for a modern styled home.This unique wood has a distinct appearance that lends itself perfectly to contemporary and functional styling with its linear grain and distinctively textured look.

If you want to create a modern appearance in your home, then a bamboo option could be ideal for you. These items are often also available in a range of shades, meaning that you can order custom bamboo kitchen cabinets that have a darker or lighter look, depending on your preferences and your existing decor.

Although this type of wooden kitchen furniture is particularly attractive due to its appearance, there are many other benefits to installing these fittings in your home. One of these is that fact that bamboo is an environmentally friendly option for anyone that wants to enjoy beautiful furniture in their house or apartment, but not at the expense of the environment.

Many US suppliers of custom bamboo kitchen cabinets now offer these items made from responsibly sourced bamboo, meaning that each and every customer can enjoy peace of mind that they are decorating their home in an environmentally responsible way.

In addition to this, bamboo is noted for its durable qualities, meaning that you are unlikely to replace these fittings for decades due to the wear and tear that can happen in a kitchen. To ensure this level of quality, however, it is important to find a reputable supplier that will provide you with the highest grade bamboo wood and expert craftsmanship.

Although bamboo itself is durable and a sustainable material, the finish of the product is important to ensure that you fit a product in your home that will last a long time and allow you an extended period of use. In addition to ensuring that the manufacturer uses quality wood, check that it is treated with a finish that will inhibit stains and other damage to the surface that can often occur.

Herein lies one of the other major benefits in investing in custom bamboo kitchen cabinets for your home; as this is an environmentally friendly product to use, many manufacturers have gone even further by using other natural finishes and glues in the construction of this furniture, therefore making this product even more attractive to those creating an eco-friendly home.

If this is a concern for you, make sure that glues have been certified as eco friendly by the relevant national bodies that are concerned with regulating natural construction materials and products; your retailer should be happy to supply you with this information if it is not already clearly listed in their brochure or on their …

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Kitchen Cabinets: When the Interior and Exterior Are Equally Important

As the cabinets are used for storing things and food, they also have to be as clean as possible for health reasons. In the following lines we give you some tips to achieve that feat.

First Things First: The Exterior

Sometimes, the exterior surface of your cabinets accumulates a layer of grime, especially near the handles.

In order to clean them quickly, mix a part of vegetable oil and two parts of baking soda. Dip a cloth or a sponge in it and scrub the surface. You can also use an old toothbrush for some detailed cleaning.

When interior is more important than what the eye sees

When cleaning your cabinet’s interior, you have to empty out its contents. It’s like preparing the field.

If your cabinets are not painted, you can mix some mild soap and water in a bucket. Wash the insides of the cabinet, scrubbing a little where needed, with a cloth or a sponge.

Sometimes we keep food and other elements in our cabinets, and accidents happen. If you have oil spills within them, scrub the surface with the scouring side of your sponge. The same works for stubborn grime.

Remember that dirt can’t clean dirt, so please rinse your sponge or clothe frequently.

After cleaning them, dry them with a towel and then use a lint-free cloth in order to give them a finishing touch.

If your cabinets are indeed painted, dust them out and try in an almost hidden part of it if your mix of water and soap will remove the paint. If not, do as we previously suggested; if it actually does, use only water.

If your cabinets are made of metal or vinyl, it’s time to use a spray cleaner instead of the water mix. Spray the cabinets and then wipe the residues with a sponge or a cloth.

Of course, return your cabinets’ contents to where they belong!

Extra Tips!

You can take advantage of your cabinet’s emptiness: replace any ripped contact paper, cork or other cabinet liner. Then put the contents in it.

You can even re-wax your cabinets. Usually, a deep cleaning takes off the old wax. Use simple, non-silicon-based waxes and polishes. By doing this you’ll be certain that no layer of dust will accumulate in your cabinets.

Want to share with us some of your experience while cleaning your kitchen? Let us know in our comments section!…

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What to Check Before You Buy Kitchen Cabinets Online

For those people looking to buy kitchen cabinets or bathroom cabinets online, extra caution also needs to be taken as these items are often custom-made and once they have been manufactured and installed then it may not be possible to return them. Here are some of the key things that you need to check before buying kitchen cabinets online.

First of all, make sure that you are fully up to speed about what the furniture that you are buying looks like, feels like and how heavy it is before you make a commitment to a buy. The best way to do this is by either visiting a showroom to check out the product you wish to buy first, or the very least ask for a sample piece of wood or veneer to be sent to you.

This will give you a much clearer idea of the colour of the item, as well how good it will look in your property. Often when buying items online, colours and finishes can become distorted and can be difficult to judge via simple photographs. Instead it is better to see the items in its original place or in your own home to make a better decision.

If you are not sure if the company that you are looking to buy kitchen cabinets from can send you a sample, make sure that you ask as they may very well be able to do this for you. They may alternatively be able to suggest alternative options, such as visiting a local showroom or a local stocks that sells their furniture.

The next thing to check is that all your measurements are correct, especially if you are buying a complex set of customised furniture, which is especially the case with bathroom and kitchen cabinets. If it is within your budget, pay a professional to come and carry out the measurements for you, as then you will be far more likely to get something ideally suited to your requirements.

Many companies that sell kitchen and bathroom cabinets will offer their own services where they design your room for you, then give you the option to buy all the units in their design. In many cases they will also actually install these for you as well. For this reason, it is imperative that you have the most accurate measurements before you commission and buy your kitchen cabinets.

One last thing that you should absolutely verify before you buy is the return and refunds policy, especially if you are buying from a company that is located overseas or does not fall into your legal jurisdiction. Although hopefully everything will go smoothly, people buying from abroad can find that they have trouble getting a refund for faulty products in some cases.

Check the policy of the company about refunds and returns and make sure that you are satisfied with it, and then check the reputation of the company by researching them online on independent website such as Yell and Trust Pilot. …

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Have Fun Using Various Hardware to Kitchen Cabinets and Add Interest

Shaker cabinets are super flexible type doors that they can be modern, traditional, old world or a variety of other styles depending on what they are combined with as far as design. Depending on the tile, lights, and hardware one can easily add interest and change the entire feel of a room.

Think of kitchen hardware as the cherry on the ice cream sundae. It is the completion of any good design and can make it look completely different than it did before.

Nickel and Steel

Nickel and steel are two finishes that continue to add value to a home when added, and especially in the kitchen. One simply cannot go wrong when choosing these finishes for hardware upon their shaker cabinets in any color or stain.

Since shaker cabinets are known for clean and beautiful lines, they work perfect with simple designs in hardware, however ornate knobs and pulls can be fun as well. Add a retro flair with white shaker cabinets or inset versions with exposed hinges for a fun look.

Antique Brass

Brass is a tough but brilliant finish to combine with shaker cabinets. Anyone that is looking for a warm, welcoming kitchen will be pleased with the addition of brass pulls. Add them in with stainless steel appliances and counter tops, industrial elements, dark or medium stained cabinets and even subway tiles just to present a few ideas.

Oil-rubbed bronze or brass looks amazing on white or grey cabinets which are very popular this year. See what can be found in antique stores and skip the cookie cutter pulls that are found in big box stores.

Glass Cabinet Pulls

Another vintage look is glass and ceramic pulls. Country style shaker cabinets will sing for attention and get it when adding these contrasting elements. These knobs and pulls come in a variety of styles and colors, and also opaque and transparent styles.

They can even be the perfect amount of bling for a girly girl kitchen, and add a chandelier. Why not go all out and really make a statement? Even glass front cabinets with a wood frame, still in shaker cabinet style can benefit from ceramic and glass pulls.

Flat Bar and Tubular Pulls

This type of pull upon colored or wood finish shaker cabinets gives a very contemporary or modern feel. If the homeowner is attracted to clean lines and basic, minimalist styles they’ll love these. They work great in town homes and flats in the city especially those with exposed ceilings and rough, brick walls.

Polished nickel is a popular choice as it sticks to the modern theme. They come in a variety of finishes, however, and lengths! Combine them with both light and dark shaker cabinets both for unique looks. Choose granite, stone or concrete counter tops and the same for floors. Also, glass backs plashes combine well. Sleek, modern and amazing anyone who visits this kitchen will be in awe.

Footed and Arced Pulls

For a graceful touch, consider footed and arced …

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