You could injure yourself and potentially damage the cabinets if you drop them. If any of the doors are hanging unevenly, remove and adjust the hinges, and reattach the doors to straighten them out.
Open the doors and look at the screws that secure the cabinets to the walls. If you remove the screws and the cabinet remains stuck to the wall, with no connective paint or caulk, the installer may have glued the cabinet to the wall with construction adhesive. In this case, removing the cabinet box will remove part of the drywall. Once the second coat dries, reattach the door and drawer fronts. Enjoy the fact that you’ve given your kitchen cabinets a fresh new look without investing a lot of time or money. Latex paints have been improving steadily, leading some pros to give up oil-based paints entirely.
We also eliminated the cutting boards so we could make the drawer fronts taller, and added 3/4-in. Strips to the cabinet above the stove to improve door alignment. Our kitchen design combines classic and contemporary elements for a fresh, eclectic look that blends well with many home styles, but these techniques work great to create any style you like. For a more traditional look, consider ordering raised-panel doors, or order flush doors for a sleek, modern look. We’ll show you how to apply a smooth and durable painted finish to your cabinets, and then walk you through the process of ordering and installing the right-sized cabinet doors and hinges.
Photo 16: Attach the new drawer fronts
Delivery tends to be quicker than with semi-custom or custom cabinets. Many stock cabinets are on the shelves of local home centers, ready to take home.
Spacing because it allowed us a little “cheating” room and still achieved the contemporary look we were after. Measure from the edge of the frame to the masking tape on the hinge side of every door to determine the distance the door will overlap the cabinet frame. This distance is called the overlay and is needed to order the correct-sized hinge mounting plates. Record this distance next to the corresponding door on your sketch. Measure between the strips of tape to determine the width first, then the height, of each drawer front and door.
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The old partial-overlay doors left the face frame mostly exposed; full-overlay doors hide most of the frame. Online cabinets are shipped by common freight carriers, delivered curbside straight off of the truck.
Finally, they’ll do one last inspection and clean up the work area, leaving you with refreshed, expertly-painted cabinets. All that’s left for you to do is restock your cabinets with their contents and enjoy their beautiful new look. Along with that, a professional cabinet painter has the knowledge and skills to streamline the painting process.
Semi-custom cabinets can usually be shipped to the store for customer pickup, saving delivery charges. Or they can be delivered straight to the home for curb-side or white-glove delivery. While they aren’t customizable, stock cabinets are economical and work well in small- to medium-size kitchens. With no frames, frameless cabinets have a sleek, modern look and a bit of extra space, but do require special hinges that attach to the inside of the box.
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