Kitchen cabinets are a very important accessory to your kitchen since they make your kitchen appear modern and sophisticated as well as provide you with useful storage space where you can tuck in or display your kitchenware neatly and beautifully. Read this article to know how you can easily rejuvenate the look of your old cabinets and how to install new cabinets in your kitchen.
How to revive and restore kitchen cabinets
If you are bored of looking at your old kitchen cabinets and want to throw in some life into your kitchen, here we are with some useful tips that will help you get a brand new look for your kitchen without spending money to buy new cabinets.
- Clean all the doors and drawers taking care not to over rub as this might result in formation of some light spots.
- Clean all the leftover stains with the help of oxalic acid and clean the acid as soon as you see the stain disappearing.
- Replace old hinges of the cabinets with latest self closing hinges since the latter are more comfortable to use.
- Fill all the holes of the old drawers and doors with a matching oil based wood putty.
- Install hinges that suit the type of your cabinet doors and fix the doors onto the cabinets.
- Replace old drawer knobs with new ones that are more stylish and have a better design.
How to install new kitchen cabinets
While installing new kitchen cabinets, you should be very careful and avoid any kind of installation mistake.
- The first step in installing new kitchen cabinets begins with preparing its layout on the wall. A good layout is the key to a successful cabinet installation.
- Mark the placements of all the cabinets and appliances on the wall.
- Uninstall the cabinet doors and drawers to unable easy installation and lesser damage to the accessory. Mark the location of all the doors and hinges. This will help you while reinstalling the kitchen cabinets.
- Most of the upper cabinets have no pre-fixed top or bottom and can be placed either ways depending on the way their doors swing. Depending on the way you desire mark the hinges of the upper cabinets.
- Check your wall for bows. If you find your wall to bear a large bow you should correct the mistake before cabinet installation. Shimming will help you prevent the pulling out of the cabinets during fastening.
- Install a ledger board on the wall and begin installation with the upper cabinets. Placing the cabinets on the ledger boards will help you ensure a straight alignment of the cabinets and help you during screwing of the cabinets.
- Connect the cabinets with the help of clamps. While clamping, you should remember to let loose one cabinet as compared to the other one so that the frames align exactly the way you want them to. The less prominent cabinet should be chosen for the drilling and screwing work.
- For the islands and peninsulas that are to be placed on the ground, first mark the position of the cabinets on the floor and then place 2x2s on the floor where you would fasten your cabinets with the help of screws.
- If you are about to install a kitchen flooring after installing the kitchen cabinets you will have to raise the cabinets to leave some space for the flooring. You can use wooden blocks for this purpose. This will help you insert your flooring easily underneath.
- Finally leave some holes for pipes and water lines.
Follow the above-mentioned tips and have a wonderful makeover for your kitchen cabinetry.