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Oct-22-09

Glass Cabinets

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Glass Door Kitchen Cabinets 

It’s time to show off those new wine glasses you got for Christmas.  Why hide them behind a solid cabinet door?  These days more and more homeowners are utilizing glass in their kitchen cabinets to reveal their fine china, glasses and other decorations.  Some styles include an all-glass door while others simply use glass insets built into the door.  The latter is commonly referred to as mullion doors.  Either way, it’s a good way to make use of the light coming into your kitchen and to give it more surfaces to bounce off of.  After all, if you spent so much money on your beautiful cookware and glassware, why hide it?  It’s time to show it off!  Start by getting some ideas on current designs and trends by watching the video by Cabinets TV to your left.

As you may have guessed, there are many options for you when it comes to glass cabinets.  The most important thing to consider is the type of glass itself that you’d like.  Do you want to be able to see through it clearly?  Do you want some sort of texture in the glass?  Perhaps stained glass or a specific design to match your kitchen decor?  All of these options are possible.  As long as the cabinet door is large enough to hold the glass insert you’d like, the design possibilities are endless.  To help you understand the glass options, we have provided a basic list for you below:

Types of Glass

  • Bubbled
    • Just like it sounds-air bubbles injected into the glass
  • Camed
    • Has strips of metal between the pieces of glass
  • Etched
    • Contains unique carved designs in the glass
  • Frosted
    • Looks like frost, makes the glass not as clear
  • Layered
    • Multiple panes of glass
  • Mullion
    • Has strips of wood between the pieces of glass
  • Textured
    • Choose from a variety of textures to accent, textures make the glass less see-thru
  • Stained Glass
    • Multiple design options here-choose colors, objects and designs you’d like in the glass

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of cabinet brands out there that offer extensive lines of glass cabinets.  To research the brand that is best for you, visit our Cabinet Brands section which will give you an overview of what each can offer.  Regardless of who you choose, remember that when it comes to designing the cabinets for your home remember to also keep in mind functionality.  If you have kids who have dirty hands, remember that a clear glass pane on a cabinet is going to show all of their finger prints.  Also, if you decide to go with a stained glass look with specific colors, it is advisable to choose neutral colors in case you’d like to change the overall look of your kitchen in the future.  If you choose wild colors in your glass and you’d like to tame them down a bit, you’ll need to get new glass inserts.  Pick a color or design that you’re comfortable with that and will last for years to come.

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Aug-22-09

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets to Create a Caribbean Decor

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PVC Kitchen Cabinets 

Decorating with a Caribbean color scheme includes warm corals and cool shades of ocean blue. Banana yellow mixed with shades of peach, aqua, or sea green work together to make a light, airy space that is vibrant with color. Painting your kitchen cabinets to create a Caribbean décor can include any or all of these colors, depending on how color fearless you might be. Contrasting shades of blue or coral, darker for the cabinets and lighter for the doors, is one way to incorporate the Caribbean décor without creating a rainbow in your kitchen.

    Painting Kitchen Cabinets in a Caribbean Decor

  1. Step 1

    Choose the Caribbean color scheme that pleases you for your kitchen decor. A deep ocean blue for the cabinets and a lighter shade of blue for the doors creates a calm, cool kitchen. Combine sea foam green for the doors and deep coral for the cabinets for a bolder statement. Purchase paint and supplies from your local home improvement store. Select a clean area where you can spread out the doors and drawer fronts, either on a tarp or a covered table.

  2. Step 2

    Remove the doors and drawer fronts from the cabinets; numbering the backs in sequence will help you when it’s time to reinstall the doors to their proper location. Remove all of the hardware from the cabinets, doors and drawer fronts. Organize the hardware so that you know which knob or handle goes where when it’s time to replace them. You might also consider purchasing new hardware for your Caribbean kitchen decor. Your local home improvement store will have a selection, or you could order cabinet hardware online. You have predrilled holes already in your cabinet doors and drawers, so purchase hardware that will fit the same way as your old knobs and handles.

  3. Step 3

    Sand the cabinets, doors and drawer fronts lightly with a medium grade sandpaper. Your goal is to rough up the old finish enough to accept the new paint. Sand the back and the front of the doors. Clean the sanding residue with a damp cloth, careful to remove all of the debris.

  4. Step 4

    Prime all of your surfaces and let it dry. Lightly sand the primed surfaces according to the directions on your brand of primer. This step may not be necessary, so read the directions.

  5. Step 5

    Apply a light coat of your chosen paint color to the surfaces. Let it dry and apply a second coat as needed.

  6. Step 6

    Reattach the doors and drawer fronts to the kitchen cabinets. Reattach the hardware.

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Aug-17-09

How to Clean Soot From Kitchen Cabinets

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Anytime is a good time for a little spring cleaning (Springing into action, whether it’s summer, winter, or fall!). Here’s a few simple tips to help you clean soot off your kitchen cabinets.

Step 1

First, while wearing a dust mask or respirator (you don’t really want to breathe this stuff in do you?), dry dust the cabinets. Use a vacuum cleaner and/or a particle trapping dust rag (swiffer makes a good one, but look at your local discount retailer). It’s important to TRAP the particles rather than simply moving them from place to place. It may also be helpful to vacuum first and then go back over it with a rag to get any and all loose dust from the cabinet surfaces. Make sure that as much of the loose dust is removed before you attempt the next step or you will make a bigger mess than you started with.

  • Step 2

    After all the loose dust and soot is removed from the cabinet surfaces, mix Pine Sol or other household cleaner of your choice in warm water (following manufactures directions). the best method is a two rag approach, one wet and one dry to catch drips and scrub the surface. Get the sooty surface wet and work in a small area, starting at the top and working down (so you’re not fighting gravity drips).

  • Step 3

    Get the section wet, scrubbing as necessary, then using the dry cloth to wipe away excess water. Repeat until all soot is removed.

  • Step 4

    Let surfaces dry and assess the cleanliness. Repeat the wet method as often as necessary until it’s as clean as you want it (or as clean as it will get)

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