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Kitchen Cabinet Doors, Affordable Kitchen Remodeling
A growing trend that we are seeing among homeowners, contractors and handy-persons is kitchen cabinet door replacement as an economical alternative to complete kitchen remodels. We are also seeing other folks considering cabinet door replacement or also known as re-dooring or cabinet refacing. Some of these folks include Realtors, real estate brokers, landlords, property managers, house flippers, and real estate investors. Kitchen Cabinet Doors replacement has some very distinct advantages to anyone seeking a fast, affordable way to get through a kitchen remodel without all of the hassles and head aches associated with typical kitchen remodels.
New Cabinet Doors Are Not Just For Kitchen Cabinets
One great thing about Replacing Kitchen Cabinet Doors is that you are not limited to just replacing the doors on your kitchen cabinets. Bathroom vanities can also be refaced. Once you figure the cost of replacing a bathroom vanity, the new top, the sink, potential unforeseen plumbing problems, it pales in comparison to the speed, ease and cost savings of re-dooring. Even if you do decide to replace the counter top and sink you have certainly saved by not having to purchase a new vanity trucking it home, cutting it out for plumbing and all the hours needed to make it fit your particular application.
Custom Cabinet Doors To Replace Bathroom Vanity Doors And Drawer Front
In addition to replacing your Kitchen Cabinet Doors, and bathroom vanity doors, there are numerous other parts of the home where you can utilize Custom Built Cabinet Doors to solve your remodeling problems. One such area which we have seen quite often are framed hall closets. Installed by most builders these start off as simple face frames nailed to the wall and behind them there are typically a few shelves that builders install to fill in these niche spaces. You can easily install New Cabinet Doors on these frames and dress up the look of your hall closets, or perhaps use a Cabinet Door Style to match the other parts of your home for that truly custom look.
Entertainment Centers Get Replacement Cabinet Doors
Going a bit further into the home you may also be able to use New Custom Cabinet Doors to change the look of your built in entertainment or media center. Some builders will install these without Cabinet Doors and this gives you an opportunity to dress up the appearance of these media niches and hide some of these area with Kitchen Cabinet Doors. Or you can also proudly display some of your items using Glass Cabinet Doors. A great idea is to have glass doors in front of some of your a/v equipment so you can still use a remote without having to open doors every time you need to use them.
Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets Have New Doors Made To Save Time And Money
Aside from the already fantastic advantages of Kitchen Cabinet Door Replacement the possibilities are truly endless. If you are so inclined you can build simple wood frames and install New Cabinet Doors on them. These wood frames can be used to fill in niche openings, hall closets, frame out large bedroom closet openings, even build your own custom cabinets. We have also seen many people using Custom Cabinet Doors to fill in the areas on the backs of kitchen cabinet islands which in most cases are just a flat piece of plywood installed by the builder. Installing Cabinet Doors in this application can easily turn that plain kitchen island into something that looks like you had new custom cabinets installed, on you will know that you paid only a fraction of what a new custom kitchen island would cost.
Take the time to see if New Kitchen Cabinet Doors might be the right option for your next remodeling project. You are only limited by your creativity and imagination.
Wholesale Cabinet Doors Now Available To The Public
What are wholesale cabinet doors? Wholesale cabinet doors are typically cabinet doors that are only available to either resellers or larger custom cabinet shops. Most custom cabinet doors companies only sell their doors wholesale to the trade and are not available to the public. This can be frustrating to consumers since some of the more intricate and unique door designs are available wholesale only or through a dealer. There are some custom cabinet door companies that do sell their intricate and unique designs to the public at wholesale pricing. This can be a great benefit to the consumer to acquire these unique cabinet door designs. The consumer can get a very high end quality look without having to go through a vast dealer network of mark ups.
Quantity Discounts On Top Of Wholesale Prices
When purchasing wholesale cabinet doors either on the wholesale market or if you are able to find a wholesale to the public dealer, always try and purchase all the cabinet doors needed for your project. In some cases you may want to replace the cabinet doors in your entire home, kitchen, laundry, and bathroom vanities. This is where purchasing a large lot of cabinet doors will save you a lot of money. Not only will some companies be willing to offer you quantity discounts but you may be able to have all these items shipped using a freight company which can also save you money over common carriers.
Custom Cabinet Shops And Homeowners Can Save On Large Orders
Wholesale cabinet doors are also the way to go for custom cabinet makers and woodworking craftsmen that have medium to large custom cabinet projects. In the custom cabinet market the more options to save on products and supplies the better. Also by having a larger selection to provide your clients with you are able to separate yourself from the competition. Custom cabinet shops can also take advantage of these wholesale discounts as they are typically purchasing several custom cabinet door orders at a time. This is one area where using a wholesale dealer that can provide freight shipments is a true advantage.
Wholesale Cabinet Door Suppliers Have Numerous Wood Species And Larger Selections
Most wholesale cabinet door suppliers have a rather large selection of wood species to choose from. As you will find most retail cabinet door outfits can be rather limited in their selection of wood species. You will find your common paint grade cabinet doors, using either a low grade of maple, mixed wood or a low grade of alder. Your more common woods such as oak, maple, and cherry will also be offered by retail dealers. When you enter the wholesale cabinet door market you will find a vast selection of woods such as quarter sawn oaks, red and white, as well as exotics, sapele, brazillian cherry, just to name a few. Since these wholesale cabinet door dealers purchase larger quantities the lumber quality can be much higher. When purchasing large lumber lots they will typically receive the very best furniture grade material available. This not only provides a higher quality product but is much easier to work with and thereby cut down on labor costs and defects.
Raised Panel Doors Timeless Construction Methods Are Still Used Today
What are raised panel cabinet doors? Raised panel cabinet doors are defined as typically being built in 5 pieces. 4 pieces of wood for the frame of the cabinet door, and the 5th piece being the raised panel itself. Raised panel cabinet doors have been around for centuries. Long before the strength of modern woodworking glues and adhesives, doors and cabinet doors were assembled with no glue at all, usually the joints were doweled to hold them together. As we can see from our wonderful historic homes and building this method of cabinet door construction has been tested over time and has proved to be one of the best ways to construct cabinet doors.
Floating Center Raised Panel Allows For Natural Wood Movement
The raised panel cabinet door has a center panel that is “raised”. All that means is that the edges of the wood of the panel are cut or raised to fit into the grooves of the cabinet door frame. Historically this “raising” of the cabinet door panel was done by hand usually with a hand plane, sometimes very crudely just to get the panels edges to fit into the grooves of the cabinet door frame. Some early craftsmen placed the back side (flat side) of the raised panel door, out to the showing face of the cabinet or furniture they made, leaving the planed raised panel edge on the inside of the cabinet where no one would see it, exposing only the flat side to the room. As hand planes became more complex actual planes were developed to cut a more consistent raised panel edge where the raised panel could be displayed more proudly, showing off a crisper raised panel detail. Since the advent of large powerful rotary shaping equipment shaping of the raised panel door has become more simplified over the hand plane of yesteryear. Modern shaping equipment is much faster and produces consistent results.
Some Of The Numerous Raised Panel Options And Applications
The combinations of raised panel cabinet doors are virtually endless. Doors can be produced as a standard raised panel door, as well as with an arch or cathedral arch top. Raised panel cabinet doors can be made in just about any wood, as well as composite materials such as MDF. Raised panels can be made into wainscoting or cabinet end panels, to give your cabinets a classier appearance. There are additional combinations such as multi-panel cabinet doors, as well as single and multi-panel applied moulding raised panel cabinet doors.
Drawer Fronts Can Also Be Raised To Match The Doors
Drawer fronts can also be produced in a raised panel design. One thing to keep in mind that raised panel drawer fronts will have to be tall or high (vertical dimension) enough to allow a full panel without losing the center flat portion of the raised panel. Typically this minimum height is 6″ to allow for a aesthetically pleasing front as well as providing a large enough flat area in the center of the panel to place a handle or knob.
If you are considering changing the look of your bathroom vanity cabinets and do not want to go through the hassle and expense of completely removing your bathroom vanity cabinet, then refacing or re-dooring may be a great inexpensive option for you.
The process is relatively simple. First off you will want to determine whether your bathroom vanity is in good enough condition. For example if it has sustained severe water damage and the cabinet bottom is warped heavily or the cabinet face frame is damaged from water or wear you may consider replacing it. But if the vanity cabinet is in good enough condition to accept new doors and drawer fronts then it would make an ideal candidate for refacing or redooring.
Start by measuring the existing cabinet doors and drawer fronts so you can order new ones. There are numerous options when searching for replacement cabinet doors. Such as a simply slab cabinet door, shaker style, raised panel, and even applied moulding doors, just to name a few. One you have made your custom cabinet doors selection and have then ordered you can turn your attention to the vanity cabinet.
Start by removing the existing bathroom cabinet doors, and drawer fronts. Be sure to remove the hinges as well. Clean all surfaces that will receive paint or finish with either soapy water or a safe cleaning solution. Once all of the surfaces are clean take some fine sandpaper and light sand all the exterior surfaces. This will break down the gloss of the previous finish and help your new paint or finish adhere.
Once the surfaces are lightly sanded, use a tack cloth to remove and dust particles. Now you are ready to prime the cabinet. Use a high quality primer. This is a bathroom area subject to heat and humidity so don’t skimp on quality materials. The primer acts as a bonding agent, it will adhere to the cabinet surfaces and will allow the top coat of paint to stick to it far better than if it were just applied to the sanded cabinet.
Once your primer has cured top coat with a durable latex enamel. Use an enamel not wall paint, this is much tougher and will offer a smooth finish. Once your done with the painting re-hang your vanity cabinet doors and your bathroom refacing project is complete.
Inexpensive Kitchen Cabinet Refurbishing For The DIY-er
For a long time I searched for an inexpensive kitchen cabinet refurbishing alternative to change the look of my kitchen cabinets. We had a basic galley kitchen with a simple flat panel cabinet doors style. Since we recently had custom granite countertops installed complete kitchen cabinet replacement was out of the question. We had considered replacing the cabinets prior to having the granite counter tops installed. There were several options for inexpensive kitchen cabinet refurbishing we had in mind at that time, one even was DIY kitchen cabinets, where you can assemble them yourself. But upon further research of these cabinets we found that they were built poorly and we felt that our current kitchen cabinets were built much better than that originally. Most of these DIY kitchen cabinets are imported so you have no idea what your getting there.
Hiring A Cabinet Refacing Company Proves To Be Too Expensive
We had also contacted several kitchen cabinet refacing companies in the Madison Wisconsin area and it proved to be way out of our budget as well, as it actually was priced more than complete cabinet replacement. Pricing for kitchen cabinet refacing varied so much that an accurate comparison was almost impossible. Kitchen cabinet refacing contractors proved to be more than prefabricated off the shelf units and more than hiring a local custom cabinet company to build new custom cabinetry to fit our kitchen space.
Sturdy Old kitchen Cabinets Are Great For New Kitchen Cabinet Doors
We had been pretty happy with the configuration and layout of our current kitchen but the doors needed to be updated. The cabinets were constructed well back when plywood was used by the custom cabinet maker that built the kitchen cabinets originally. The cabinet drawer boxes used heavy duty drawer guides that still roll easily, also constructed from plywood.
So with kitchen cabinet replacement and refacing out of the question, a DIY inexpensive kitchen cabinet refurbishing solution had to be figured out if we were going to change the look of our simple flat panel galley style kitchen. We had also considered kitchen cabinet resurfacing, where you just sand down the existing cabinets and repaint them. After thinking about it, it really wouldn’t have changed the look much since the kitchen cabinet door styles were the same.
Replacing Old Cabinet Doors And Hinges
We decided to replace the kitchen cabinets doors with new custom kitchen cabinet doors and paint those. Despite the cabinet drawers being in good shape the old cabinet doors hinges were not. Some cabinet doors didn’t close properly and the gaps between doors were off and some of the kitchen cabinet doors were rubbing at the gaps. With all this in mind we needed to order some new custom cabinet doors that were made to fit the openings of our kitchen cabinets. By ordering new door we were able to accomplish our inexpensive kitchen cabinet refurbishing project. Along with the order we decided to purchase new kitchen cabinet doors hinges. We opted for the European 35mm hidden cabinet door hinges. From a lot of research I found out that these kitchen cabinet door hinges are spring loaded and close on their own and do not need those bulky magnetic hinges and plates, which either work too well and you cant get the kitchen cabinet doors open or they don’t keep the door shut at all.
For our inexpensive kitchen cabinet refurbishing project we opted to order brand new custom cabinet doors that were custom built to fit the openings of our kitchen cabinets. Along with the order we purchased new European 35mm hidden hinges that are now fully adjustable and close on their own. No more magnetic catches. During the ordering of the new custom cabinet doors and European hinges we had the 35mm hinge hole bored on the cabinet doors so that installing the new custom kitchen cabinet doors would be fast and easy.
New Raised Panel Cabinet Doors For That Traditional Look
We loved the traditional look of raised panel cabinet doors. This style dates back for centuries and from what I read is the most stable way to construct a long lasting custom cabinet door. This style of raised panel kitchen cabinet door went best with some of the other traditional touches of our home. We did however order all of the upper cabinet doors with an arched top. They typically call it a roman arch or juliano arch raised panel cabinet door. During the ordering of the doors for our inexpensive kitchen cabinet refurbishing priject we did have several options for the materials that the new custom cabinet doors would be constructed from. Since we would be painting them we could have gone with just about any wood and it would have worked. From researching, woods like oak and hickory have a pretty heavy grain and can sometimes show through the final painted finish. Also I find it a shame to paint over really pretty woods like that. One option we were provided was the use of poplar wood, an affordable and abundant wood that is used more for painting than for staining. We did go with a solid wood raised panel door, we could have gone with a paint grade door that used MDF panels but the doors were reasonable enough that we upgraded to solid wood.
Once we received the new custom cabinet doors mounting them with the European hidden hinges was very easy and once the door was attached to the cabinet all we had to do was make a few minor adjustments on the hinges for a perfect fit. With the old frame mounted cabinet door hinges this could take a long time to get a perfect fit.
Priming And Painting New Cabinet Doors
As far as painting our new custom build kitchen cabinet doors, our local paint store recommended using a quality primer and then an enamel paint that would hold up to the harsh environment of a kitchen with daily use. It only took a few days, mainly time after work to finish off our inexpensive kitchen cabinet refurbishing project. We have a completely brand new looking kitchen with new granite counter tops and at fraction of buying all new cabinets.
Cabinet refacing is the process of replacing your kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones, and either painting or covering the exposed face frames of the cabinets with a wood veneer that is finished to match the new doors. The transformation can be stunning. A few of the advantages are first and always, cost. Refacing is typically cheaper than replacing or remodeling. But not in all cases, sometimes we have seen people spend far more on kitchen cabinet refacing than on simply just installing new cabinets. During the kitchen cabinet refacing process you can also add all the bells and whistles so to speak, with lazy susans, roll out drawers, spice racks, just to name a few. Typically a good candidate for kitchen cabinet refacing is a kitchen that still have solid cabinet boxes or cases. If the kitchen has broken face frames or the cabinet cases has a lot of water damage perhaps from a leaky sink at one point, you may want to consider replacing the entire set of kitchen cabinets or replacing just the damaged units before continuing with a kitchen cabinet refacing project. If you think refacing is for you definitely check out as many options as you can so you can to make the most of your kitchen remodeling budget.
Im not sure if the term is used much but its pretty self explanatory and I think worth mentioning. Kitchen Cabinet Redooring is replacing the cabinet doors with new ones, but in most cases simply painting the cabinet cases and face frames along with the new doors. This is a great do it yourself project and can be done very cheaply. We can make you new cabinet doors and even supply you with new hinges so all you have to do is install the new doors and either hire a painter or paint the doors and cabinets yourself. If you are to paint your kitchen cabinet doors we offer economical MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) cabinet doors, they paint well and are very cost effective. We always recommend using a high quality sandable primer and do a light sanding after the primer dries to ensure a smooth surface as most primers will make the MDF “fuzz” a bit, the sanding helps smooth that out. After priming, top coat with a coat of high quality enamel of your favorite color and voila! your done. This is a bit different from refacing in that your not veneering over the existing cabinet cases and frames, your just painting them. Similar to refacing, new cabinet doors and drawer fronts, hinges, hardware, and accessories can be added to improve the access and use of your cabinets.
Here are some tips to aid you in the process of DIY Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing
Thorough cleaning of cabinet surfaces that will accept paint or finish is one of the most important steps in DIY Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing. This is one of the most important steps during a kitchen cabinet refinishing project. The very first thing to do is remove all the grease and grime to see what have to work with. Most kitchens have some grease in the air from cooking and it settles on the cabinets. This grease and grime attracts dirt and dust.
There are many cleaners that remove grease and grime, simple green works great. The first thing that has to be done is remove the cabinet hardware. This includes pulls and hinges. Also remove the drawers, if you are going to refinish the drawer boxes it may be a good idea to remove the drawer guides as well. Spray all the cabinet surfaces with simple green or your favorite degreasing cleanser. A box of heavy duty paper towels works great, and is much better than a rag that can end up smearing the grime around.
Prep for Painting
Depending on the new finish of your cabinets you may want to lightly sand all cabinet surfaces to ensure good adhesion to the primer or paint. Various abrasives can be used to lightly rough up the surface. Steel wool works good although some water based finishes can make any fine particles left behind start to rust so keep that in mind. Synthetic steel wool pads such as scotch brite type pads work well too. Another handy abrasive for use in your DIY Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing is sanding sponges, these work fast and are great for moulded areas like crown moulding and detail areas. If you have any holes or imperfections, fill them with wood putty and let them dry. Use fine sandpaper to smooth out the surface. If you have any areas where the previous layers of paint has chipped away, use sandpaper to feather the edges and then prime the bare wood. After priming if your surface is a bit rough or has some fuzz this would be a great time to do a very light sanding with the fine sanding sponges to get a super smooth surface.
Masking the Cabinets
Once all the kitchen cabinet surfaces, cabinet doors, and drawer fronts are thoroughly clean and lightly sanded, now it is time to mask off any areas where you do not want paint to go. Taking the time to mask your cabinets will save you a lot of clean up time later in your DIY Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing project. If you will be spraying the cabinets you will most likely need masking paper. I recommend investing in a hand masker that applies the tape to the paper, please don’t use newspaper its has poor masking properties and can have a lot of bleed through, not to mention the time it takes to unfold and attach the tape to. Some of the masking tapes are solvent resistant, usually it is the green colored paper. If you need to cut a clean line use easy release tape, typically the blue tape. Read the labels carefully as they have various times that they are effective. I always recommend removing the tape as soon as the finish is dry enough. If left on too long you may damage the finish when you go to remove it. Spread out drop cloths to prevent splatters on your countertops and flooring. If applying paint by brush start by doing the cut in area painting where you have applied the masking tape and any other hard to access areas. Once the cut in work is complete, you can turn your attention to the cabinet face frames. A short (4- or 6-inch) foam roller works great for this part of painting your cabinets. Having a short nap roller will minimize lift and your finished paint job on your cabinet surfaces will be much smoother.
Painting The Cabinet Drawers and Doors
Some people like to paint the doors off of the cabinets and is always recommended if feasible. Ultimately spraying cabinet doors and drawer fronts is ideal. You can lay them out on long strips of wood or 2 x 4s and spray several at once. If spraying is not an option for your DIY Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing undertaking then it is best to work on a comfortable workbench to paint each door and then lay them out on strips or 2 x 4s to allow them to dry. Preferably paint the backsides first then the front side.