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