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Cabinets: Wood or painted in a tiny kitchen?

I need some help planning the kitchen remodel in my 1925 bungalow. Trying to keep the budget in the $10000 to 15000 range. I am fortunate that underneath the very worn vinyl floors is maple hardwood that is original to the house. The plan is to hopefully restore that. But do I keep the cabinets in their (rather dated) oak state or should I paint the cabinets? [more inside]
posted by weathergal on May 5, 2014 - 20 answers

Help me size and place cabinet pulls on my IKEA Adel cabinets!

My most pressing question: Do I need 8-inch pulls for the larger, 36-inch drawers? 7 inch? 12 inch? What fits that size best? What about the 30 & 24-inch drawers? Can I just grab one size and buy 40 of them and they'll all look good? [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Apr 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Kitchen cabinet refacing

Does anyone have firsthand experience with kitchen cabinet refacing? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on Mar 26, 2014 - 11 answers

What type of hinge will keep this cabinet door from falling off?

What kind of hinge should I be looking for, for a cabinet door that will open vertically, like an oven door? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Low-VOC cabinet refinishing for dummies.

A question about how to refinish my cabinets, in a kitten-friendly (low VOC) way? Apologies in advance, as I'm new to furniture / wood stuff and think I'm missing something obvious. Kitten pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 4, 2014 - 6 answers

How to clean the grease off my cabinets?

Can someone please PLEASE help me figure out how to clean grease/oil drips off my cabinets? These are splatter drips that come from sauteing, deep frying, etc. [more inside]
posted by torticat on Oct 23, 2013 - 39 answers

Where can I find a replacement cabinet pull for these cabinets?

We are missing a pull/handle for one of the cabinets in our apartment. The landlord doesn't know anything about manufacturer or the source of the hardware. The inside of the drawers is labeled as "G* Grass" as a manufacturer but it looks like they make the inner mechanisms not the external hardware. Photo album here. Any ideas on how I can find a replacement? Thanks!
posted by brbmaroon on Oct 6, 2013 - 7 answers

I'd like to have my 1950s era blonde wood kitchen cabinets restored.

My 1950s era split level house is still in remarkably original condition despite its years, with most of the original fixtures and walls. Perhaps it's coolest feature is the original blonde wood kitchen cabinets, with panels that slide along grooves instead of hinged doors. They're in poor condition and long overdue for replacement but before I do so I'm considering having them restored as part of a planned general restoration of the house to its original specs. I'd like to know the following: 1) how can I determine if they're unique design and period age makes them even worth maintaining; 2) who should I consult to get an estimate for the job; and 3) if I decide to tear them out, is there a 1950s collector's market where I could put them for sale as-is? Even if I don't want them, I'd bet that someone else might.
posted by Jamesonian on Aug 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Where can I find unusual sized melamine shelves?

When we bought our house, the garage came with some very nice cabinets already installed. This weekend I found myself wanting a few extra shelves for them, and I have so far been unsuccessful in finding any that will work. They are fairly standard looking white melamine shelves, but apparently the size is unusual. Is there somewhere I can go to get truly custom shelves made (or find a wider variety of sizes)? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Mar 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Kitchen island in NYC

I'm about to move to a new apartment that doesn't have a kitchen counter or much cabinet space, so I need to buy a cart with cabinets and a countertop (like this). I'd like to buy it from a store in Manhattan. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Mar 3, 2013 - 12 answers

How to best level a kitchen floor?

I've gutted my kitchen, and the concrete floor is uneven. Can I get away with only leveling the floor where I'll install the floating flooring, or should I really pour leveler where the cabinets will rest, too? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Dec 21, 2012 - 10 answers

What type of plywood should I use for cabinets?

What grade and variety of plywood should I buy for hidden, inside cabinet carcasses? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Nov 14, 2012 - 7 answers

help me take the best care of my new kitchen

I'm re-doing my kitchen, and it's almost done. Help me take care of it, to keep it looking awesome for a very long time. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 7, 2012 - 11 answers

What's a good, affordable kitchen surface

Cutting board and countertop options? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jun 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Cabinettlesome

What would be a suitable protective coating for cabinets that were stripped and treated with a combination of orange oil and beeswax? [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname on Mar 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Wood or MDF painted white cabinets?

Looking for real world experience with white cabinets. Should I go with wood for a higher end look or high quality MDF lacquered and avoid possible hair line cracks in the finish? For the look we want, thermofoil is out. [more inside]
posted by FastGorilla on Mar 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Ikea cabinets or custom built-in?

Should we go with Ikea cabinets or plywood custom built units in our remodel? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Mar 7, 2012 - 22 answers

Shaker money maker

Have you ever ordered and installed RTA (ready to assemble) cabinets? [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Feb 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Concrete overlay on existing laminate counter / improving dull cabinets

Please help me remodel my beige/offwhite plastic-looking kitchen ... on a shoestring! [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Aug 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Do you think shelves instead of kitchen cabinets suck?

An open shelf kitchen. Will it give my resale value the kiss of death? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Aug 1, 2011 - 22 answers

refinishing oak cabinets

I have a 20 year-old house with decent-quality stained oak cabinets (built by a cabinet builder on-site during the house's construction). I love the layout of my kitchen and the cabinets are very functional, but the finish is looking a little worn and chipped these days. How can I refinish these cabinets? [more inside]
posted by Ostara on Feb 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Plywood construction bathroom vanity

We are redoing a bathroom. We need a wooden vanity cabinet that is made with plywood, not particle board or furniture board. Ideally we need this within the next few weeks.We have a sink top, just need the cabinet. Everything at Home Depot was particle board. We are in Morris County NJ, north central Jersey. Any suggestions, ideas?
posted by mermayd on Nov 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Can I fix my cabinet hinge, or do I need to replace it?

The hinge on our kitchen cabinets has come apart, and I don't know if I can repair it. Replacement is only $6 or so, but I'll have to wait on delivery. It's a salice hinge, and there are 2 pieces, one on the door and one on the cabinet. There's some linkage that hooks the two pieces together, but I didn't install them so I have no idea how they fit together. Here is a picture of a similar hinge, with an annotation of where the separation has happened. Anyone familiar with salice hinges? Anything I can do, or should I just replace and be done?
posted by ivey on Aug 31, 2010 - 6 answers

How to remove soft screws without stripping the heads?

How can I remove old screws when the heads keep getting stripped? [more inside]
posted by Knowyournuts on Mar 9, 2010 - 15 answers

Broken Trash Compactor - How to Remove and Alternatives to Replacing?

I need to remove this broken trash compactor. Does anyone know how to get it out? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 on Nov 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Help Me Find a Cabinet Please

What cabinet would best fit this space? [more inside]
posted by tk on Aug 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Relatively inexpensive high-quality kitchen cabinets?

Inexpensive (relatively), high-quality kitchen cabinets? My Husband is a wood worker who doesn't have time to build a whole kitchen's worth of cabinets. But being a woodworker, he is particular about cabinets (see desired attributes inside). We have been quoted approximately $23,000 for our kitchen (which is a fairly normal sized, middle class level kitchen). $23,000 seems excessive to me. We are in the Bay Area. Any thoughts about where we can buy high-quality cabinets (as described) at a lower price either in a store in the Bay Area or online would be appreciated [more inside]
posted by bananafish on May 21, 2009 - 29 answers

Save my ugly kitchen.

How can I hide these hideous, chipped, particle board cupboard doors? [more inside]
posted by burntflowers on Mar 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Ikea cabinet owners: what do you think?

Ikea cabinet (kitchen and/or bath) owners! Please tell me about your experience with Ikea cabinets. We're talking anything about ordering, installation, wear & tear, how long has it been installed, are you happy with it, would you do it again? [more inside]
posted by yoga on Sep 3, 2008 - 16 answers

A smooth finish for my refinished cabinet doors

Refinishing/refurbishing my kitchen cabinet doors. How can I apply the polyurethane to get a smooth, even shine? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on Jul 31, 2008 - 10 answers

when is the annual ikea no-tax sale?

does anyone know when ikea has their no-tax sale? [more inside]
posted by dityfleur on Apr 11, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I remove a lock from a file cabinet

Is there an easy way to permanently remove the locks from a steel case filing cabinet? [more inside]
posted by kanemano on May 2, 2007 - 6 answers

Tempered glass or plain glass for kitchen cabinets?

Should our kitchen cabinet doors have plain glass or tempered glass? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Apr 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Help me find a carpenter in NY

Anyone know of a reliable carpenter to make two built-in cabinets for a New York (Upper West Side) apartment? Thanks!
posted by walla on Mar 19, 2007 - 8 answers

what's the best way to do my friends kitchen reno?

I'm helping a good friend design a new kitchen for her home. She's kind of tight on money so i'm suggesting she do either the base cabinets first and the wall cabinets at a later date or vice versa. [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Nov 9, 2006 - 11 answers

Budget Kitchen Remodel

Budget kitchen remodel advice for someone at that "too clueless even to know what I don't know" stage. [more inside]
posted by kmel on Sep 27, 2005 - 14 answers

Pre-built kitchen cabinets

Following up on my question last week, I'm looking for recommendations for companies that sell pre-built kitchen cabinets, where we can choose from various types and sizes. [more inside]
posted by jacobsee on Mar 23, 2005 - 17 answers

Custom cabinets or DIY?

Can it be cost-effective to build your own kitchen cabinets from scratch vs. buying and installing them yourself? [more inside]
posted by jacobsee on Mar 15, 2005 - 19 answers

Avoiding Air Bubbles When Applying Self-Adhesive Cupboard Covering?

How do you apply self-adhesive covering to cupboards without getting air bubbles? Using the squeegee method doesn't seem to work for me.
posted by degnarra on Nov 8, 2004 - 6 answers

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