How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Sometimes kitchens need an update, but it isn’t always in the budget to give your kitchen a complete overhaul like you could with Rockford contractors. When this is the case, simple DIY projects can make a huge impact on your space, without breaking the bank. An easy project that many homeowners take on is to repaint the kitchen cabinets. It is a simple project that can have the best results, and make it look like you spent a small fortune on a beautiful new look that you actually did yourself!

Before you start stripping the cupboards and whipping out the paint, there are a few things you should know. Wood, wood-laminate, and metal cabinets usually can be painted without much difficulty. Plastic laminate cabinets resist paint. Be sure that you know what product you are working with, and how it will react to paint before you get started.

Cabinets and drawers with a flat front are easy to repaint, but those with raised panels, routed profiles, or other architectural designs will require more prep-work and paint. Cabinets that are damaged, warped, or coming apart at the glue joints should be replaced. You can purchase new, unfinished doors and drawers and paint them along with your other cabinets.

The best applications for applying new paint to cabinets and drawers include spray paint, rolling, or brushing with either a natural or synthetic bristle brush or foam brush. The best applicator for your particular project may determine which method of application is best. No matter what method you choose, all have their own advantages and disadvantages. Choose the application that is best suited to the amount of woodwork to be repainted. Now that you have the necessary supplies, you are ready to begin painting!

Step 1: Remove Doors and Hardware

Before you begin painting, remove the doors from the cabinets, and remove all of the hardware (knobs, pulls, latches). Keep the hardware together by placing all pieces in a plastic bag where they will not get lost. It is also important to keep track of the doors and where they come off. Number the doors, or find another method of organization that will help you to remember which cabinet they belong to when it comes time to reinstall them. It is important to not mix up the doors, or the hinges may not line up properly when you reinstall them.

Step 2: Clean Surfaces

Because kitchens are work areas that get used frequently, grease, steam, and food are common. Before you begin the prep-work for the cabinets, take the time to clean all of the surfaces to remove anything from the cabinets that could prevent the paint from sticking.

Step 3: Sand Down Surfaces

Prior to applying paint, lightly sand down the doors and all surfaces that you will be painting. Use a wood sanding block to prevent rounding over the wood edges. There is no need to remove all of the old paint prior to applying new paint. Just sand down the surface to give the new paint a firm, clean base to adhere to. Once you have finished sanding down the surfaces, thoroughly vacuum the sanding dust from all surfaces. Be sure that there are no sanding remnants left on the surface prior to painting.

Step 4: Apply Primer

The final step in the prep-work prior to applying the new paint to cabinet doors and drawers is to apply a primer-sealer to the surface. Primer-sealers eliminate the need to sand and deglaze old finishes prior to repainting. Primer also provides a good base for semi-glass or water-based paints.

Step 5: Paint

When painting cabinets, start by painting the inside edges and opening of the face frames, then the outer cabinet sides, and then the front face frames. This allows you to work quickly, and enables you to correct any drips or smudges on the most visible areas of the cabinets. After painting the base of the cabinets, paint the doors and drawers, and any other pieces of wood or molding that go on the cabinets. For doors and drawers that have a raised or routed feature, be sure to flow paint into these areas, without letting the paint accumulate too much. When painting cabinets, it is important to apply paint in thin, light coats that cover all of the areas. Thin coats eliminate visible brush strokes, and dry quickly. Allow for paint to dry for a minimum of 4 hours between each coat. When completely dried, prepare the surface for the next coat by lightly sanding and wiping down the surface prior to applying additional coats of paint. In most cases, two coats of paint are plenty, but because kitchens take a beating, it doesn’t hurt to apply a third coat to the surface of your cabinets.

Congratulations! You now have a beautiful new look that makes your kitchen look fresh. But if your kitchen cabinets are beyond a simple DIY paint job and need to be replaced, a Rockford contractor can help you find affordable cabinets and install them, all while staying within budget and on schedule. Contact your local contractor today to get started on giving your kitchen the update that it so desperately needs!

How to Hang a Pre-Hung Door

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When hanging doors, it is important to ensure that they are hung properly, so that they can swing open and shut with no problem. If you are not sure how to hang a door, experts like contractors Aurora IL can hang doors for you to ensure proper functioning. While it might be easier to hire out the job, you can easily learn how to do it yourself with these easy-to-follow steps.

Step 1: Ordering the Door with Options

When placing your order for a pre-hung door, you will have a few options, such as, right- or left-hand swing, as well as the option to have the manufacturer drill the holes for the locksets. Some units will arrive with a brace to keep the door and frame aligned. Keep these braces on the door until the door is plumbed, shimmed, and secured into place.

Step 2: Trim Door Opening

In some cases, you’ll have to trim away any excess drywall to ensure that the door will hang plumb against the frame.

Step 3: Check Space for Level

Check that the floor below the door is level. Mark any shims that are needed. Perform the same process for the shims along the door jamb.

Step 4: Cut Down Door

Cut the door down to the appropriate length. Make sure to measure twice and cut once.

Step 5: Prepare Door

Remove any packing materials that come on the pre-hung door, with the exception of the braces.

Step 6: Position Door

Place the door inside the prepared opening, and position the door so that it is plumb and able to swing open.

Step 7: Secure Jamb

With the door in the correct position and level, secure the jamb with nails along the length of the jamb.

Step 8: Check Door for Gaps and Adjust

Use a straight edge to check the door opening. Make sure that there is enough room to open and close the door. Check for gaps above the door, and add shims as necessary to make the door level.

Step 9: Nail Door in Place

Check the center shims and the gap to make sure the door is plumb. Nail the door in place, from the jabs through the shims.

Step 10: Check the Door

Check the door to make sure that it opens and shuts properly. Make adjustments as needed by using a sledgehammer and very gently tapping.

Once the door is hanging correctly, take a step back and admire your handiwork! And for those who are still a little unsure if they want to undertake the task of hanging a pre-hung door, you can hire contractors Aurora IL to ensure that the job is done quickly and correctly.

How to Install a Garbage Disposal


If you are lucky enough, your new construction homes Naperville IL will come with a new garbage disposal already installed under your kitchen sink. For those of you who are not as lucky, or have an older home that never had a garbage disposal, you can easily install one with a few simple tools. Before you take the plunge and install a new garbage disposal, there are a few things that you need to be aware of.

First, the garbage disposal will attach to the underside of your kitchen sink, with discharge that attaches to the drain pipe. Your dishwasher’s (if you have one) outlet hose will also attach to the disposal. Secondly, if you do not already have a disposal in place, you’ll need to have an outlet and a switch nearby. Contact an electrician to install them if either one is missing. In some locations, a permit may be required, so check with your city before you begin work. Third, purchase the appropriate garbage disposal for your needs. Disposals typically are available in 1/3 or 1 horsepower. If you are on a septic system, be sure to purchase a disposal that is septic-safe. If you are not sure what disposal you should purchase, check a manufacturer’s recommendations to find the right disposal for your needs.

Now that you have the necessary equipment, you are ready to install your new garbage disposal!

Step 1:
Before beginning work, ensure that the circuit breaker to your kitchen is turned off! Once the breaker is off, you are ready to start installation. Place a bucket under the P-trap and disconnect the drain pipes to your sink. Remove the sink strainer and any excess putty.

Step 2:
Apply plumber’s putty around the flange on the new drain and press into place. Lay a towel in the sink and set the disposal on the flange to prevent it from moving.

Step 3:
Under the sink, stack the fiber gasket, backup flange, and mounting ring. Slide onto the underside of the flange. Install the snap ring by pulling it open and snapping into place. Tighten the screws evenly so they’re firmly against the backup flange, and clean up any excess putty.

Step 4:
Using a hammer, knock out and remove the drain plug from the inlet on the disposal to connect the dishwasher drain.

Step 5:
Remove the wire cover plate and connect the electrical cord by matching the wire colors. Once attached, push the wires back in and reattach the plate.

Step 6:
To connect the drain, insert the gasket in the discharge outlet, and then attach the discharge tube with the flange and bolts. Align the three tabs with the mounting ring to hang the disposal. Use the included wrench to turn and lock the tabs of the ridges. Connect the dishwasher drain, making sure that the discharge pipe is lined up properly, and connect your drainpipe. Use a T-pipe before your P-trap.

Step 7:
Now you are ready to test your newly installed disposal! Test your connections by placing the stopper into the sink drain and filling the sink with water. Check for leaks. Plug in the disposal and turn on the water.

Now with your new garbage disposal installed, you are good to go! No more having to prevent unwanted garbage from going down the drain. Installing a garbage disposal is an easy job around the house, but if you are looking for a new home that has a garbage disposal already installed, look at new construction homes Naperville IL. New homes will be equipped with all of the home conveniences that you would come to expect for a new construction.