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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -