|NEED I SAY MORE?!!!|
So, before we even moved into our house 7 years ago,
we painted all of the walls and cabinets.
We also installed NEW:
lighting, sink, hardware,
floor, and appliances.
remember we were renting,
but we upgraded one step
|I TOOK AN OLD CHANGING TABLE AND HAD THE COUNTERTOP PEOPLE AT LOWES MAKE A TOP FOR IT AND MADE AN ISLAND. WE HAVE SINCE REMOVED IT, IT WAS A BIT TOO CUMBERSOME.|
and here we are in 2011
Time for an upgrade!
REPLACING CABINET DOORS IS ONE WAY
TO UPGRADE YOUR KITCHEN MORE AFFORDABLY.
I chose a Shaker Style cabinet and Drawer front because I like the clean simple classic lines. When you are in an OLD COUNTRY house, you do not want your kitchen looking out of place or TOO modern, and at the same time, I am not really into the Authentic OLD look either. Plus, I discovered that every single magazine article I had saved over the years, of every single kitchen I ever aspired to have, had Shaker cabinets, so It is safe to say that was the look I wanted. Shaker Cabinets it was.
I am going to be stone cold honest here… of ALL of the aspects of this cabinet redo that I wish I had hired a professional for, or at least a friend who does carpentry, it is the measuring that I could have used the most help with. In the end, it all came out fine, but I was in WAY over my head, and it took me a loonnnnng time to get it all down straight.
Measure your DOOR openings
if you have strips of wood between each door measure those too…
…and then you need to measure the entire length of the frame…end to end and top to bottom.
Next- You need to decide how much you want your doors to cover the frame or not cover the frame. Doors and cabinets come either inset into the door frame OR and with an OVERLAY. I knew that I wanted our doors to cover as much of the frames as possible, to make the cabinets look new. So we wanted an BIG OVERLAY. There are European hinges made which give you anywhere from a 1/4 inch to 1.5 inch overlay. I paid extra ($7 a door) for my hinges and for the doors to be predrilled for these hinges (VERY SMART thing to do).
So for example- this door measures 19″ x 23 1/2″
the strip between each door is 2″
So I had Charley make our doors 21″ x 25 1/2″. This way, when they were all laid on top of the frame, most of the frame would be covered.
HOWEVER- to make sure that they were not too tight, we made an executive decision that ALL measurements would be adjusted by 1/16″ of an inch, therefore making them all fit.
okay, no more math. I know the above does not sound so bad, when condensed into a readers digest version one paragraph description, but it was a tedious process, we have 35 doors and 15 drawers…that is ALOT of MATH for this girl.
Choosing colors and hardware!!! The FUN part! and a peek at the new doors!