Category: Kitchen Cabinet

Federal Brace, A company on the move.

This week Ive chosen to recount the incredible year Federal Brace has had bringing their customers Beautifully Crafted, Confident Supports. They have doubled their countertop bracket line by announcing the release of ten new styles. These fresh new countertop bracket designs augment the large selection of countertop supports already available under the Federal Brace brand.

The companys new Enterprise Support, Foremont Support, and Perrine Decorative Support styles are part of the new countertop mounted support line. The use of these brackets within this application type is to support an elevated bar directly from the lower countertop level. The brackets are mounted directly to the sub-counter and elevated on a counter or a bar on support plates at the top of the bracket.

Federal Brace announced the Bracket Backer , a designing enhancement with backer board trim that protects soft wall material behind brackets in heavy weight applications. This product is designed to prevent sheetrock flexing or crushing of soft wallboard materials.

They provide free video guides and tips regarding countertop and countertop bracket installations. These videos feature trained professionals using various support styles and types in many different applications. They create these videos for the benefit of their customers so they may gain knowledge of the countertop installation process and to see their countertop supports in action.

Federal Brace is no longer just a kitchen countertop support company. To finish out a year of expansive growth, the company is introducing a full line of sixteen shelf brackets. These new offering will include designs from Federal Braces most popular countertop support models. Now customers can match their countertop supports with decorative shelf brackets elsewhere in the home.

The Brunswick style support was featured for The KBISs Best In Show, in Chicago, where it garnered much interest and positive comments related to both its strength and style. At the IWF show, in Atlanta, wood workers marveled at the craftsmanship of the brackets and showered Federal Brace with positive comments.

When it comes to the customers needs, their needs are their number one focus and the driving force of their business. To meet the needs of the consumers they have expanded their offices and added more personal. They have added more dealers and distributors throughout the continental United States. Federal Brace has helped thousands of homeowners with countertop support solutions and is steadfast in supplying Beautifully Crafted, Confident Supports for America. Onto 2011!

When all is at hand in the kitchen.Part2.

Sliding sections of cupboards are good for large and small kitchen. Because they are not wide their depths is used reasonably. Food is kept in the latticed boxes. Such section rolls out easily, food is well visible and can freely be taken out from any side. It is easy to roll the section back; last inches are pulled inward automatically. For those, who prefer their cupboards to cover the whole wall, we recommend multi-tier cupboards. It will allow rolling out only the necessary part. If you set an oven ergonomically, there will be no need to bend over. It would seem that nothing will be placed in a few inches. If you equip it with moving cupboard, it will be possible to place a lot of various small things.

There is a great range of hidden storage systems, which allow using difficultly accessible corners, niches, empty spaces effectively. For example, there is such an innovation, as three-level micro lift which lowers a shelf with all of its content.

There are a lot of roomy sliding baskets of different sizes. It is convenient to keep all the detergents under the sink in a sliding basket. Various open units, such as shelves, niches, wall panels, decorative columns with boxes give additional possibilities for space constructing and designing.

Such accessories as hooks for ladle, a stand for bottles and glasses, plates drier, appliances for paper towels, a trivet for hot things and others offered by modern companies also allow designing nice functional kitchens. As a rule, things contacting water or storage of detergents, a corner column or space under the sink is covered with stainless steel.

A drop-leaf serving table on wheels with sliding cutting board is very comfortable. The lower open shelf for plates is supplied with stoppers; the piles of sparkling clean plates become the element of interior. Such new decisions of space designing and logical combinations are developed as exclusive elements of kitchen furniture of high class. But unfortunately we change kitchens rarely. And what can be done, if your kitchen does not satisfy you with such innovations?

It is possible to fit wall cupboards with sliding doors in free niches, even when opened they do not take a lot of space, which is so necessary in a little room. Similar constructions extend space ideally. The revolving vertical bar will take minimum space and is very comfortable at the same time. Use the space between a working surface and wall cupboards to fit a narrow shelf or railing system on the wall between them. It is possible to keep kitchen utensils which usually take space on a working surface on them. Consoles for holding a microwave on a wall free the working space on a working surface. Microwave can be placed in a cupboard.

It is convenient to hang on railings not only kitchen utensils but also small decorative things. Additional possibilities of sliding tables can be used not only for the evening tea-drinking but also for preparation of food on them. Movable or folding dinner-table mounted in a wall behind a door may be of service. Even a kitchen board can be compacted between table top and a sliding drawer. A bin is not that important, but if you place it right, it will save you from many additional movements. Kitchen comfort is the absence of problems with finding small things, the possibility to find a maximally comfortable place for everything. It is when everything works comfortably, quietly and easily. When, professionally speaking, kitchen space is rationalized.

Ideas and Options for Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to remodeling the heart of your homes, one of the major things to consider is the kitchen cabinets for being among the most visible and functionally important features of the area. For these same reasons, cabinetry is where a large portion of the entire remodeling project goes. Thus choosing kitchen cabinets to get you the best value for your money is crucial. This article lays out ideas and options to help you in your home improvement quest.

Kitchen cabinets can be bought online or offline. There are advantages and disadvantages for either choice but it all boils down to your personal preference. One good thing about shopping today though, is that most storeslocal or widely branched have already tapped into this great and cheap advertising medium which is the Internet. Now, you can choose from any stores collection online to save up on gas and enabling yourself to see more without all the legwork. But if you want to see the items for yourself, and really get an idea on how the cabinet pieces look and feel then going to showrooms would work best.

Traditionally, kitchen cabinets come as stock, semi-stock or custom-made. What sets one type from the other are costs and assortment from which you can choose from. Stock cabinet pieces though the most affordable, come in a limited array of popular designs and finishes. On the contrary, custom-made cabinetry gives you the freedom to get the exact same features as you want them but can be very expensive. And semi-stock kitchen cabinets come in the middle in terms of price and assortment.

Today, one of the most popular products in the home improvement industry is the RTA kitchen cabinets. Ready-to-assemble, they come packaged with everything needed to put the pieces together successfully without any special tools or skills. Flat-packed, these are easier to store as well as faster to transport. RTA cabinet units come in the cheapest particleboard and laminate to the most luxurious hardwood species. This choice makes up for a cheaper as well as faster alternative.

But before buying, there are factors that you have to consider so as not to end up wasting time and money.

Budget Making up for around 40 to 50% of the overall remodeling budget, it is important to know how much you can afford and are willing to spend.

Layout one of the deciding factors when choosing whether to go for traditional stock, semi-stock, custom-made; or RTA kitchen cabinets is the layout of your kitchen. If yours is not the typical square or rectangular room but has differently shaped corners, then custom-made might prove to be the most space-efficient choice.

Dimensions Having accurate measurements of the available space that you have for your kitchen cabinets helps prevent mistakes of picking a set that is too small that results to imbalance in the design or one that does not fit at all.

By doing your part and researching on ideas and knowing your options, you are affording your home the quality and best fitting style that your money can afford. Choose and buy kitchen cabinets wisely.

Kitchen Design Ideas

Kitchens have evolved a lot over the years. Once found only in the rear of the house, today’s kitchen design takes the kitchen out the background. The challenge for kitchen design is in creating a more open-faced kitchen, that is part of a dining area, a family room or a great room.

In deciding on how to design your kitchen, you must take into consideration such things as: will your kitchen have an island? Will it be of a modern or traditional design? What kinds of appliances will you need for your new kitchen design? What kind of lighting design?

1. Kitchen as ‘Great Room’ Whether you are redesigning an existing kitchen or planning a new kitchen in a new home there are some design considerations to keep in mind, such as including in an island or peninsula as part of the kitchen design. These can be used to connect the kitchen to a nearby dining area or family room thereby creating a ‘great room’. A kitchen island or peninsula will allow the cook to keep in visual and conversational contact with family members or guests in the adjoining family or dining room.

2. Create a Kitchen Canopy To give the kitchen some visible borders without blocking views create a kitchen canopy. Also a high ceiling in the kitchen can create the perception of spaciousness.

3. Using Kitchen Cabinet Color to Set Tone of Kitchen Design Kitchen cabinets will help set the tone for the whole room. The choice of wood will influence the overall look of your cabinets. To create a light look, use a light wood such as ash, beech, birch, oak, maple, or chestnut. For medium range, select cherry. To darker kitchens, choose wood that has some color to it.

4. Plan Out Use of Cabinets and Drawers in The New Kitchen Design Plan out in the kitchen design blueprint just how your cabinets and drawers will be used and how much space and storage you will need before you start your new kitchen design. The first thing to examine is the counter surface area. Look at where you put everything in your existing kitchen and where in your new kitchen design will these things will go in the new space. Will there be more than one person cooking at a time. If so, will there be enough room for two cooks in the kitchen to work together?

5. Use The Galley-Type Kitchen Design As for counter arrangements, many kitchen designers agree the galley-type design to be the best in terms of efficiency with it’s single aisle and counters to either side, making it easy to turn around to go from sink to cooking range.

6. Under-Cabinet Kitchen Lighting Kitchen lighting can be an overlooked area of kitchen design. Even if the kitchen has generally good lighting, the counter areas can be somewhat dark. For these areas under-cabinet lighting can help provide more light to work in. By using simple spots or fluorescent lights a smaller kitchen can be made to look larger.

7. Looking at Countertops Granite, marble, and limestone are all popular natural materials for use in countertops are available in many colors. Ceramic tile kitchen countertops are versatile, practical, and also available in many colors, as well as many shapes, patterns, and finishes. Solid surface countertops provide seamless acrylic faces. Solid surfaces also come in almost limitless colors, patterns, and styles, and are stain and heat resistant. Laminate countertops are more affordable but not built to last. Concrete countertops are known for versatility, as well as strength. Wood countertops are long lasting and easy to clean and repair but the wood will not withstand exposure to water and household chemicals. Stainless steel countertops lack the elegance of granite or tile. These countertops do not absorb stains, but tends to scratch easily.

The Basics of Drywall

In the recent past, many American homes contained walls that were made of gypsum plaster – a combination of powder and water applied over a wire mesh. This process was rather lengthy and in an effort to meet the demands of a growing population and need for faster building, drywall was invented.

Also known as plasterboard, drywall is made of pre-dried plaster panels: plaster or wood pulp or other materials. Used primarily to form the interior walls of houses, your contractor may erect drywall as part of building a home addition, garage, or even as part of refinishing your basement.

While you’re patiently waiting for your contractor to build your private masterpiece, you’ll appreciate how well things start to come together and look almost complete once drywall is erected.

Drywall Is Fast!

Drywall comes as sheets of plasterboard of various sizes. Depending upon the use of a room, your contractor may choose thicker plasterboard especially in a room for young children and bouncing toys. Thinner plasterboard is appropriate for areas of the house used less frequently. Using these panels, your contractor will essentially line them up against the studs of the wall’s structure and hammer the sides of them into the wood. The process is repeated when applying drywall to the ceiling as well.

Although measurements and secure nailing is important, the artistry of drywall begins during the taping stage. Taping is the process of concealing the joints between drywall panels. It isn’t hard to imagine that placing drywall panels next to each other creates unsightly lines or gaps. These gaps are called joints and taping conceals them. But this isn’t ordinary tape that we’re talking about.

Signs Of A Good Drywall Job

Contractors tape drywall by first covering its joints with cement, then with a paper strip, and then with more cement. After using a few smoothing techniques, it’s hard to distinguish where a drywall panel starts and ends. In a good drywall job, it’s also almost impossible to find where the panels were nailed into the studs behind them.

And a good dry Waller knows how to patch holes as well. In the past, we were told that repairing a hole by stuffing it with newspaper and patching it with material like Spackle is just fine. Professional contractors will tell you however, that although this method works, it leaves weak spots and there’s a better method that requires the expertise of a professional dry Waller.

Two Signs of A Good Drywall Contractor

Good drywall contractors follow up their initial nailing with a set of second long nails or screws. The second set of nails acts as reinforcement – ensuring that your walls won’t fall down during an important family event or while sleeping! They’re also careful to mix up a batch of cement that doesn’t form air bubbles in the wall’s seams upon drying.

These are just a couple of strategies that your drywall contractor will use to create a surrounding just as secure as the foundation that it sits on.

Cabinet Repairs

Over time, cabinets can go through regular wear and tear just like any part of your home. With that said, it is important to have both preventative and regular care and repair for cabinets in your household. Whether you have wooden kitchen cabinets, or an antique bedroom armoire, it is important to maintain the longevity of your cabinets and storage areas. Maintenance and repairs are crucial to the well being of your cabinets. Refurbishing the appearance is also key.

There are many different ways to restore and repair minor cabinet issues, some of which are very do-it-yourself. One of these includes cabinet re-facing, which is the process of replacing cabinet knobs, doors, and occasionally drawers. A new veneer can replace all of the visible parts easily. Re-facing cabinets is very economical, even for smaller budgets, saving about half the money you would spend on getting new cabinets. It is also a great way to prevent waste in a time when resources are scarce, as keeping cabinets that are in otherwise good condition can be beneficial. Small modifications for re-facing allow you to conserve resources. Also, since most cabinets contain formaldehyde, by keeping old cabinets, you are able to keep this chemical out of the landfill, thus helping the environment. Re-facing is great because there are a variety of finishes on the market to completely revamp the look of older cabinets. New molding and trim, as well as glass can be added for a completely new look. Cabinet re-facing is a great way to spend minimal money to attain a new look from an old set of cabinets.

A common sign of wear and tear in cabinets are problems with cabinet door edges. Sometimes the lines of the doors need to be evened out for both function and appearance. In order to do this, cabinet hinges can be removed easily with a screwdriver. After the cabinet is placed on a smooth surface to work on, a ruler or string can be used to measure a straight edge. Then, a sander can be used to sand off the excess unevenness of the cabinet edge. If the edge is missing, replacement wood can be glued on and sanded down to create the appearance of even doors. Putty can then be used to fill in any of the gaps or seams. Finally, the finished product can be varnished or repainted to look brand new.

Another way to repair or refurbish old cabinets that have poor appearance is to use adhesive painted paper for cabinet doors. This paper, much like sticky wallpaper, is simple, inexpensive, and can truly change the entire look of cabinets. It comes in a variety of colors, prints, and styles that can truly enhance any room. Once the adhesive paper is picked out, it is important to precisely measure the cabinet door to ensure that the paper will fit the exact dimensions and look clean. After the cabinet is cleaned with mild soap and water, it can be smoothly sanded down. Apply the adhesive paper slowly, to ensure that there are no air bubbles. This is a great way to enhance any old cabinet’s appearance quickly and easily.

Kitchen Cabinet Monster Experts of Assembled & Pre Made Kitchen Cabinets

Since its inception, Kitchen Cabinet Monster has been a leader in providing affordable, elegant, unique & trendy assembled & pre-made kitchen cabinets. Give your kitchen a whole new look by renewing your cabinets. Refacing your current cabinets can bring a fresh new look to your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a full kitchen remodeling project. Kitchen Cabinet Monster has been a consumer guide to designing new kitchen, remodeling an old kitchen or just updating your existing kitchen. Individuals looking for ideas and direction on where to purchase products related to kitchen cabinets will find everything they are looking for here.

Kitchen Cabinet Monster offers number of tips and tricks to consider when attempting these difficult tasks in order to make them as easy and relaxing as possible. Remodeling or redesigning your kitchen should be fun and enjoyable and we want to make it happen. Choosing the types of materials and style you want for your kitchen cabinets can be difficult. There are so many designs to choose from. Wood continues to be the most popular material used in the design of kitchen cabinets; however, there are more materials than ever to choose from in order to make your cabinetry truly unique. Once you have made all the necessary decisions associated with your cabinets, you can move onto the rest of the kitchen design. Be it RTA Kitchen cabinets made of Chestnut Maple, Glazed Maple, Heritage Honey Maple, Marquis Cinnamon or Natural Oak, we are always there to get you quality products for your kitchen at the best price. We have a list of Assembled cabinets like Itasca Maple Spice, Itasca Maple Vanilla, Nicollet Maple Spice, Ramsey Maple Spice and last but not the least Wayzata Maple Spice to select from suiting your need and look of the kitchen.

Decorating a whole kitchen is an intimidating task that requires a great deal of time and effort. However, you can easily change small items such as your kitchen cabinet hardware, to create a fresh new look that won’t go unnoticed. Kitchen cabinet hardware includes your cabinet handles, door knobs, hinges and shelving units and it functions to increase the visual effect and usability of your cabinets. By installing new kitchen cabinet hardware you will make subtle yet perceptible changes that can go a long way to adding life to your dull decor.

Visit our website for various RTA (ready-to-assemble) Cabinets that too at best market price & also for wholesale kitchen cabinets, which will change the look of your kitchen & we guarantee admiration for your new kitchen from your friends & family members.

Using Rugs in Your Home – Creative New Ideas

The kitchen has most definitely become the hub of activity for any home. Even when you have guests over, everyone seems to gather in the kitchen. This busy room has become the central location for not only quick meals, but also homework for the kids, sorting mail, online banking as well as a number of different uses. It is important to make your kitchen as comfortable, beautiful and useful as possible. Now you can update the look of your kitchen quickly through the use of rugs from Abingdonrugoutlet.com.

If you do not have time, energy or the expenses to update your entire kitchen, you can easily get an updated look by using area rugs. Finding a high quality rug does not have to be expensive. Several beautiful examples are sold at outlet or discount stores. You can even find some terrific deals by shopping online. While we wouldn’t recomment Ebay, there are some great savings out there on first-quality rugs. Discounters can now offer their low prices due to the declining cost of operating online. As their overhead goes down, their prices can follow along the same path.

One trick you can use is to choose an area rug with colors that are already in your kitchen. For example, even if you dislike the color on your counters or cupboards, choose an area rug where that same color is found as a leaf or other small pattern. This will unify the color palette in your kitchen and make your counters appear intentional.

Many people like to update their homes as trends change. An easy way to accomplish this without going through the added time and expense of painting and re-decorating, is to purchase updated area rugs. Simply adding a contemporary area rug in your kitchen can become your focal point where everything revolves around. If this centrally located rug is prominent, it can establish the entire theme of the room. Having a trendy area rug will make your entire kitchen appear updated and contemporary. Since this expense is far less than updating your whole kitchen, you can afford to change it out as your interests change.

Update the look and feel of your kitchen through the use of rugs. You want the busiest room in your home to feel comfortable and inviting, while looking fresh and creative. There is no easier way than by utilizing a beautiful new area rug. Design your new kitchen today. You won’t be disappointed at the results.

How to Develop Your Custom kitchen Design

Custom kitchen design requires development of many details in several areas to be able to create the plans for your custom kitchen. Being able to create a custom kitchen design can be a very challenging task. It is important to satisfy the needs for style of the kitchen, as well as cooking, dining, socializing and your budget. This can be a very tall order when it comes to being able to design a beautiful kitchen where many hours are spent creating delicious meals, that can combine aesthetic beauty and function, and that will inspire compliments and serve as the focal point of your home.

Renovating a kitchen usually starts with a design for convenience, organization and functionality. Many people want to change the look of their kitchen by developing great kitchen decorating ideas and also find ways to create a new feel for their kitchens and provide an atmosphere that they can be comfortable in and create a kitchen in an efficient and organized way.

As to where to begin, well you might want to start be browsing and saving ideas you may come across in magazines, online sources, the library and other resources. After you have put together enough design ideas you can start to plan your custom kitchen design. Good kitchen design depends on knowing about the latest trends in kitchen design.

There are many things to consider when you are planning your custom kitchen design. Among them are the areas of the kitchen to be used for storage. These areas include the pantry, cabinets, drawers, shelving, and pot racks and rails.

Kitchen Countertop Materials

Other areas to look at include kitchen countertop materials. Should you use marble or granite? These are the most expensive materials for kitchen countertops, although it is the most attractive. Other countertop materials are Corian, which is more affordable than marble and granite, and has a seamless design that look clean. Stock laminates make up the most affordable kitchen countertop material, although it is not seamless and the seams can catch dirt. Ceramic tile is best if it is used on the walls between the countertops and cabinets – the backsplash area. This is a better place for the use of ceramic tile because it will not get as dirty, particularly the grout area.

Kitchen Lighting Design

The right kitchen lighting design is important in that the kitchen serves as the hub of the home and provides a good place for family gatherings as well as a place to cook and prepare meals. There are many different light sources that can be used in most kitchens. These include pendant lighting, track lighting and recessed lighting as well as ceiling elements with dimming controls that can be arranged.

Task lighting is available in many different shapes and colors and they have a lot of flexibility. You can place separate lighting over the stove, sink, island and other work surfaces

Under the cabinet lighting should be considered in the kitchen as well. Use them to illuminate countertops.

Kitchen Remodeling Buyers Guide

Are you thinking of remodeling your kitchen but don’t know where to start? Since a kitchen makeover can prove to be a challenging task, it would probably help you a lot if you had an organized list of all the things that you’re considering changing. To help you get started, here’s a short kitchen remodeling buyer’s guide that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Cabinets
All kitchens need cupboards for storage so if you want to give your cooking space an updated makeover, look for cupboards that will not only provide you with the space you need, but give your kitchen a new look as well. Not all kitchen cabinets are created equal so do a little research and make a list of what features are important to you before deciding on a manufacturer for your new cabinets.

Counter tops
Next on the list is the perfect counter top. Since there is a wide variety of kitchen counter tops available on the market today, make sure to choose materials that would best suit your personal needs. Don’t forget to consider your kitchen’s overall color scheme when choosing your counter tops for a coherent finish.

Floor tiles
If you have the extra money to spend, you might want to replace your old kitchen tiles with newer and much more stylish ones. Choose kitchen tile flooring that won’t stain easily and is easy to clean so that you won’t have a hard time wiping off any spillage.

Sinks
Although most kitchen sinks are proven to be quite sturdy, you might want to consider replacing your old one with a much newer model. Look for a sink that is made from materials that you know will stand up to the daily abuse a kitchen sink endures and it will last for a very long time.

Refrigerator
Would you want to keep your food cool and fresh without becoming a burden to the environment? Then start looking for an eco-friendly refrigerator today. Older refrigerator models don’t just consume more electricity, they also produce much more CFC gases. And we all know just how bad that is for our environment.

Stove and oven
If you’re looking for a stove and oven that will help you cook all your culinary delights, then make sure to choose a model that is packed with all the features you need to enjoy efficient cooking. Take advantage of today’s kitchen technology by getting a stove and oven that can cut back your cooking time in half.

Dishwasher
Are you tired of your old beat up dishwasher that just can’t clean as well as it used to? If you want your dishes to sparkle without you having to lay your hand on it, then it’s time that you look for a better model to do the dirty work for you. Don’t hesitate to invest a bit more than what you would normally pay for as it’s bound to be worth it in the end.

Now that you have your basic kitchen remodeling buyer’s guide on hand, we hope that you’ll be able to put together your dream kitchen with ease. So long as you take the systematic and practical approach, it’s only a matter of time before you turn your dream kitchen into a reality.