“It’s amazing the difference you can make with just a few functional and decorative changes to your home’s kitchen area. Most of these projects can be completed in a weekend,” said Darin Lawrence, Woodcraft director of product development
Instead of replacing the kitchen cabinets, why not just consider changing the color and hardware (the knobs, hinges, etc)? The current trend is for darker cabinets; two easy-to-use gel stains by General Finishes are the popular java and antique walnut.
Want to take out some cabinet doors for an open-shelf look? General Finishes Paint in a milk shade can be used for the interior to complement the exterior color.
For easier door opening and closing, consider adding Hickory Hardware Door Knobs and Pulls; they come in a variety of styles and finishes; a Salice Hinge in a darker titanium finish will complement darker cabinets.
The Blum Tandem Plus Blumotion Concealed Drawer will upgrade your kitchen drawer slides, changing from the usual side mounts to under-mount slides.
General Finishes Milk Paint and Gel are also good choices to re-color wood furniture in shades that will match or complement the new cabinet look or to add a splash of color on shelving or a plant stand.
Do your wood cabinets or furniture have a few nicks or scratches? Consider Touch-Up Pens, Burn-in Sticks and Fill Sticks from Touch-Up Solutions; they come in 10 colors, ranging from light oak to black.
If the face frames and cabinet ends need re-facing, Sauers & Co. Wood Veneer (backed with 3M Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) is pre-sanded and ready to finish to match the cabinet doors.
A Quad Pro Trimmer with tungsten carbide double-edge cutters can trim veneer in either direction.
Want to add or replace decorative molding for your cabinets and/or walls? The EZ Pro Crown King Crown Molding Jig will enable you to cut perfectly mitered corner joints.
Available in shades of cool and warm white, Haefele12-Volt Loox LED Strip Lights will add subtle lighting to your kitchen. Also ideal for background lighting, they can be used under or around cabinets, around doorframes or practically anywhere you want.
The strips are easy to install, flexible and can be cut to size; and the LED lighting produces very little heat, uses less energy and has a long service life.
A Countertop Tip
Are your countertops too cluttered, with a ton of small appliances on them? Consider storing the ones that are used only occasionally, in the cabinets or elsewhere.
Got a small kitchen?
A wall color that’s similar to the backsplash tiles will unify the entire area.
A light blue color on the ceiling will make it appear higher.
For more project ideas, check out Woodcraft on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/woodcraftsupply.
Woodcraft also offers how-to videos, instructions and articles at www.woodcraft.com/search2/learn.aspx.
For more info on Woodcraft products, visit www.woodcraft.com, call (800) 535-4482 or contact the store nearest you.
Sources: “Recolor your kitchen and make it more efficient”-by MetroServices-Valley Homes supplement-The (Sunday) Vindicator, August 3, 2014 and “8 Ways to Stretch a Small Kitchen”-by Kathy Barnes-Better Homes and Gardens, Sept. 2011