Replacing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware – Do-It-Yourself Tips

Over time the kitchen cabinet hardware begins to dull and look old. This can take away from your décor and make the whole kitchen look dull and lifeless. By replacing the cabinet hardware you can enhance the room and give it a fresh new look. The cabinet hardware consists of more than just the handles on the front of the cabinet doors. It also includes the drawer pulls, glides, catches, locks, latches and hinges.

The kitchen cabinet hardware is a detail that will be noticed as soon as you walk into the room. Replacing these with modern decorative designs will enhance your décor while showing your personality and unique style. This is an easy task and something that any do-it-yourselfer should be able to handle. Your cabinet hardware serves a purpose that makes your cabinets more durable, functional and beautiful.

The hardest part will be choosing the right hardware and the following tips can help.

· Consider the material and finish of the cabinets and choose hardware that will match these and enhance the overall décor, not stand out in a bad way and look awkward.

· Now think about the rest of the décor. What are the countertops made of? What color is the walls and flooring? You’ll need hardware that matches these as well.

· Set a budget and this will help you determine where to start your search.

· There are many different accents and finishes to choose from. You’ll need to pick something that suits your existing décor and your personality. If you have a specific theme going you can buy hardware that matches that particular theme. You can also choose between a variety of traditional, Victorian and contemporary designs.

· When buying your new hardware make sure the distance between the holes match so you don’t have to drill new holes and patch the old ones.

· Once you have your new hardware all you need to do is remove the screws and take off the old cabinet hardware and replace them with the new.

It’s important to take your time and think about the hardware you want to use to replace the old ones. They may seem like a small element when compared to the whole kitchen but they stand out in a big way. You’ll need to decide if you want to keep it simple or add some pizzazz to your kitchen.

After evaluating your kitchen and deciding what type of look you want to create with the new cabinet hardware, you’re ready to start shopping. You can choose to buy from a local retail store or shop online. However, if you do buy from online keep in mind that the products can vary and look different from what you expected. Therefore, use a reputable dealer with a great sample policy to get a chance to touch and feel the actual product before you place your full order.

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Belwith Cabinet Hardware – A Small Piece Makes Big Change

While renovating an apartment, changes could start up by adding up of cabinet hardware. This new piece of furniture is quite compact and gives a new look to the renovation of the house. This makes the home décor refreshing and enjoyable.

One need to check the theme designs colors matched with the room before selecting cabinet hardware for a particular room. One has to be artistic and creative while making the right choice. Belwith Cabinet pulls, handles and knobs all have different shapes, themes and colors that are available in the market. One will easily get perplexed while choosing a particular piece, as there are number of cabinets found in the market.

For an antique or non-traditional look for the room, one could select antique copper brass cabinet hardware. The Belwith Cabinet decorative hardware made of brass or iron finished does give the room with a perfect appearance. For cabinets many new ideas could be tried out. This beautiful piece is crafted in a way that it will easily make some confused while selecting.

The other accessories and hardware needed also comes in wide variety of materials like hammered iron, brushed nickel, cut glasses and polished with chrome. Despite of the ideas it is difficult to choose out the particular piece from the whole set.

Overdoing too much or selecting too many numbers of cabinets might spoil the look of the house. It is always advisable by the home decorators to go with one particular choice for the home, so it does not make the look clumsy. This day’s Belwith Keeler cabinet decor hardware furniture is available at very low cost so, finding out a suitable matched cabinet Brass hardware with the room décor would not be difficult to find out at a reasonable price. This in turn will not mess the look of the house also.

The cabinet hardware is needed to be cleaned regularly as they get dirty very easily. This is one important part of the furniture which is always are in use and placed such a way in the house they it is very much expose to the dirt. That is why it requires regular cleaning everyday. For cleaning the cabinet hardware, a special kind of duster is available which makes cleaning the knobs pulls and designs of the cabinet hardware easy to clean up.

These days home decoration has been made quite easy. All the available furniture is easily found out from the websites where it is being showcased. Like wise, all the sets of cabinet hardware that are available in the market are also available online. So, it is really less time consuming to find out the best match that fits with the certain home décor a person have. The elegant pieces could be easily matched with the frame of your room also. One can easily check that by uploading the picture of their room where they want to place the cabinet hinges and hardware. Some websites related to home décor also provide with suggestions on what to put up.

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What Color to Change Cabinet Hardware Door Knobs to Remodel

So you’ve decided to do a little bit of light kitchen remodeling. Before you get in too deep you’ll need to know what color to change cabinet hardware door knobs to remodel. It really isn’t that hard a choice. You’ll be able to pick out just what is right for your cabinets with a few quick pointers. What color you choose will depend on the following factors: Make, Material, Size and Shape. These 4 elements can help you narrow down your cabinet hardware choices to just a couple choices.

• Make: Are the cabinets custom, prefab or industrial? Believe or not this makes a huge difference. You’ll want cabinet hardware that matches the make. You don’t want to go putting cheap run of the mill hardware on a hand built custom door. It will detract from it. Likewise large ornate hardware will draw negative attention to a more budget oriented set of cabinets.

• Material: What’s the cabinet made out of? Do you have an old timey enameled set of cabinets? Well if you do then you’ll want to match that up with an enameled set of knobs. Look for ones that have a bright contrasting color to that of the cabinet. Stained glass cabinets will work with a bright white porcelain knob. The clean lines are unostentatious and won’t detract from the intricate stained glass. Wood cabinets are the most common so if you have those, you might be able to eliminate the porcelain and white knobs. Unfortunately since they’re the most common it won’t help you eliminate that many choices. If the wood is kept to a natural color though you’ll probably want to go with a matched color knob or black ironwork.

• Size: Cabinets are like a canvas. The bigger they are the larger an area you need to decorate. If you’re dealing with massive oversized oak full length cabinets then you’ll want to match them up with larger hardware. Small dainty cabinets will work well with a small dainty knob. It’s all pretty intuitive. You’ll be able to eyeball the cabinet size and choose based on it. If you misjudge the size it will throw off the entire cabinet look.

• Shape: Are the cabinets long and narrow, fat and wide or symmetrical? Long narrow cabinets will need long narrow handles installed vertically. Fat and wide cabinets will work with a single knob or horizontally mounted hardware. Symmetrical cabinets can work with any of the choices. The main choice here is to let your eyes sweep across the cabinet without focusing only on the hardware.

Make, material size and shape are all important factors to consider when choosing what color to change cabinet hardware door knobs to remodel. Each one of those variables can help pare down the multitude of options available. It all comes down to what will work best for your cabinet hardware. Bright and shiny, or understated all work in the appropriate atmosphere. Just bring a picture of the cabinets with you when shopping and you’ll be able to narrow your choices down to just a few. Pick up a couple test pieces and bring them home to get that perfect look.

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Top Ideas for Bathroom Remodeling

The bathroom is probably one of the best places to start your remodeling project. Besides adding value to your home, a great bathroom can also increase the fun, comfort and enjoyment level of your interiors.

A bathroom remodeling project is a major project and several factors should be considered before commencing work.

Bathroom remodeling does not always have to be very pricey. Sometimes, you will be amazed at the difference even small changes can make. If you are simply bored with the current look and want to spruce it up a little without spending too much money, here are a few suggestions:

Get a new coat of paint. Nothing can make as dramatic a change as a total revamp of color.
Follow this up with some swanky new hardware. You can make a whole lot of difference by installing the right hardware in the bathroom.
Want to make the bathroom look bigger and brighter? Simple. Just install a large mirror. To add to the beauty of the new look, frame the mirror and install a pair of classy wall scones on the sides.
Want to fill up some space without cluttering the bath? How about populating it with a beautiful yet inexpensive vanity? A stunning flower vase can complete the look.

If the bathroom remodeling is going to be a more extensive project, then, it is naturally going to cost more money. You might then want to go for something more than just cosmetic changes. Installing a bath, replacing the shower and putting in new tiles are some ideas that may be implemented.

No remodeling job can be a success unless it starts with a realistic budget. To set the budget, however you need to have a good idea of what you want to achieve through the remodeling project. Do you simply want a new look or are you looking for fundamental changes? Most bathrooms could do with additional storage space. Look for ways in which the remodeling can give you more space for additional cabinets and so on.

In most cases, a bathroom remodeling project is not a DIY job. So, the next step is to find a reliable and experienced contractor for the job. Since plumbing lies at the heart of a bathroom remodel, make sure to employ someone who has the right credentials and experience.

Before starting with the job, get a detailed inspection of the bathroom. Look for leaks or any other existing problems that may be set right while the remodeling takes place. If you’ve always wanted to green, here’s the chance!

Before you start the remodeling job, take a look at what’s new in show homes and magazines. In this way, you get an idea of the latest trends and innovations. The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the remodeling job.

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10 Costly Mistakes When Flipping Distressed Properties

Here are a few common mistakes to avoid when taking on the challenge of a rehab.

10. When hiring a sheet rock installer and a painter, make sure you are using someone with whom you are familiar with the quality of work they do or someone you trust who knows the quality of work they do. Most of the time you get what you pay for and paying for it to be done twice is not fun. It costs unnecessary time and money spent on the project. To hang, tape, and float sheet rock requires skill and not everyone who tells you they can do it, actually can, and the mistakes are very evident and often hard to hide, even for a stager. The same goes for a painter. Know your painter and sheet rock installer or get a referral from someone you trust. This is crucial.

9. Speaking of paint…unless you are renting the home, never use high or semi gloss paint on walls. You want to use eggshell or satin paint. High gloss or semi gloss will show every imperfection in a wall, create an unpleasant glare, and just doesn’t look attractive. As a rule of thumb, flat paint goes on the ceiling, semi gloss goes on the doors and trims and eggshell or satin goes on the walls, except in the bathroom which is where you want semi-gloss paint. Just as a side note, more often in builder’s model homes, they will stage the home with flat paint. While this looks very attractive, it’s not very family friendly and potential buyers will appreciate the eggshell paint much more. Again, a good quality painter knows the proper type of paint to use and should make the right choices for you if he is an ethical painter.

8. Much to my surprise, another common mistake is installing cabinetry before painting, especially with a sprayer. Obviously, there is a proper order in which each trades should be brought into the rehab and going out of order can create havoc on your flip. Rest assured, no matter how hard your good-intentioned painter tries not to splatter paint from his paint sprayer all over your new cabinets, floors, carpet, tile, etc, he will still get paint everywhere. Unfortunately, most will leave it there to harden and dry for you to clean. Did I mention hiring a good quality painter?

7. Yet another paint issue…It never looks attractive to paint the baseboards and crown molding the same color as the wall. It may save a few bucks, but it is very unpleasing to the buyer’s eye. By the way, neutral wall color doesn’t always mean white or off white. A stager can suggest a great paint color. When you are covering bold colors, use a kilz primer and mix in a neutral color to save an extra step in the paint process.

6. Ok, I think I’m done with paint mistakes for now and moving on to lighting. Lighting is so very important when placing a home on the market. It affects colors, ambiance, mood, and the overall appearance of a home. Whenever budget allows, update the lighting. Dull, dim, and dated lighting can be a real deal breaker because no one wants a dark home and dark is depressing.

5. Another electrical issue is leaving the dated or multi-colored plugs and switches. When potential buyers see these sort of things they will cringe just before wondering how much it will cost to replace them (which by the way I happen to know, since my husband is a master electrician, that it is a low cost and high return cosmetic fix that is well worth the investment.) If it is not in the budget to update all the plugs and switches, at the very least, switch the cover plates to match. Aesthetically, it makes a huge difference for a little money.

4. Although it holds no appraisal value, replacing dated hardware on all the cabinets, is a low, cost effective cosmetic fix. Many times a fresh coat of paint and new hardware does wonders for kitchen cabinets or a bath vanity and it is not even necessary to install new cabinets. However, I do not recommend trying this without a color consult from someone who knows color. The wrong colors on the cabinets in relation to the back splash, counter tops, and flooring are a costly mistake you are just stuck with once its done.

3. Another very common mistake is one I refer to as “un-equivalent updates”. For example, spending big bucks for new cabinetry and granite counter tops, yet going cheap with a sink dropped in on top, .69 cent tile on the floor and outdated lighting left up above it all. If you are going to put that kind of money into cabinets and counter tops spend a few extra dollars and go all the way with the under-mount sink and a little higher quality tile. It makes a huge difference and the ROI will be there. Of course, be careful that the updates are equivalent with market area as well. It’s all wrong to put high dollar updates in a neighborhood that is not high dollar and vice versa. Product selections are another area where a stager can make valuable recommendations to save a ton of money if determined on the front end of a flip.

2. Winding down to the top 2 biggest mistakes, in the number 2 spot, is allocating a larger part of your budget to making cosmetic updates to other areas before the kitchen and master bath/bedroom. These are the two most important areas in a home. All others run 2nd in line to these two areas. Kitchens and baths sell homes especially master baths. (If ever there is any chance of enlarging a closet by knocking down a wall, big master closets sell homes too. Trust me on this one, most of the female population will not consider a home without ample closet space. )

1. Ok, the number one biggest mistake and my greatest pet peeve ever: A woman will always know (and most men too), when you paint over wallpaper. In my opinion, it is never OK and a huge mistake. Make the time to have it removed. Even the best painters can not hide the mess and ripple effect that often occurs when you paint over wall paper. Oh my goodness, it is a huge mistake and it never looks good. Unless someone is really into DIY projects, they will see this as a good reason not to buy the home because of the amount of trouble it takes to fix it and the fact that they will not want to keep it that way. It is downright ugly and right now, the market is full of choices with homes that do not have this problem. It is frustrating to see ambitious real estate investors run into these unnecessary “hiccups” that could have been avoided if only… Learning from others experiences can be a very powerful tool if you are open to learning. I hope these staging tips will help. Happy home flippin!

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