Are Custom Cabinets for You?

When choosing new kitchen cabinets, don’t overlook the thought of buying custom cabinets. This is because your cabinets are the focal point of your kitchen and represent your personality and taste. Yes, cabinets from a big box store may be cheaper, but they are just like the ones everyone else has. Custom made cabinets though are made to your tastes and designed especially for your kitchen. So what does this include?

white-kitchenFirst of all, custom cabinets are built to last by a skilled cabinet maker. Since a cabinet maker takes pride in what is built from his or her hands, the cabinets are well made. So; therefore, quality material is used and the construction is built to last with a product that, when completed, is a work of art.

Also, the wood that is used in making your kitchen cabinets can come from a local source if desired. You then still have a large choice of the wood that can be used for the cabinets, but by using domestic or local hardwoods, you know the wood used isn’t coming from an endangered area.

Additionally you get a voice in the design elements wanted and not wanted. So if your kitchen has unusual dimensions, a custom cabinet maker can work around that. Additionally, you can select cabinet and drawer combinations too that fit in with your way of cooking in your kitchen, and not by how someone else thinks this should be done. So you can create a more efficient kitchen that will suit your cooking needs.

Too, a big box store may have all kinds of combinations of cabinets, but you still can only buy what the store has. But a custom cabinet is personalized with your choice of wood, hardware and finish; and done in the style which suits your needs to the last detail. Therefore; everything will match and be made to your specifications.

Lastly, the cabinets are built to fit your actual kitchen. With a stock kitchen, if there is a problem area, a filler cabinet is used. With custom cabinets though, all your space is filled with specially designed, usable cabinets.

So if you’re looking for kitchen cabinets, consider custom made.

Keeping Your Pool Toys Safe

19773831_sPool toys can add to your summer swimming fun. Whether it’s floating on a raft in your swimming pool or watching your kids playing “battle of the noodle,” a fun time can be had by everyone. But something to keep in mind is that your pool toys need regular inspecting and cleaning too so they are safe to use.

Inspecting your pool toys
The first thing you want to do is to inspect each and every pool toy for signs of wear. So make sure that the plugs on the inflatable toys can be fastened securely, and there aren’t any holes ready to happen or happening already. Now you could patch any holes, but sometimes it’s better to replace the toy just to be on the safe side. So if you have any concern about a pool toy, it’s better to just toss it in the trash and replace it rather than having an accident happen.

Cleaning your pool toys
The chlorine in your pool usually does a good job of keeping the pool toys clean if you are up on your pool maintenance. However; sometimes the toys may still get a slippery slimy feeling to the touch. The slippery slimy sensation is usually caused by some type of mold or algae. When the toys are dirty and your family members play with them all the time, the bacteria can cause an earache; or lung or skin infection. So the toys need to be cleaned regularly.

The easiest ways to clean the pool toys is with a solution of water and bleach. Also when you are getting ready to clean the toys with this solution, wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear. It’s not a bad idea either to wear protective eyewear when you make the solution. Now to make the solution, put a gallon of water in a bucket and add 16 ounces of household bleach. To clean, take a scrub brush then, dip it in the bucket and scrub the offending toy until clean. The best place to do this procedure in on concrete or on a gravel surface because the bleach solution will kill the grass. Rinse everything with a garden hose thoroughly when done scrubbing including cleaning utensils.

Always keep in mind that clean inspected pool toys are safe pool toys.

Giving a Facelift to Your Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets get opened and shut many times during the day. So before you know it, they’re looking a little dingy and tired. So what’s an easy solution to spruce them up that’s kind to your budget?

1193862_03Well, if your cabinets are stained and the surfaces look worn; you can apply new stain to freshen them up. First of all clean your cabinets with soap and water. When they’re dry, then lightly sand the cabinets using a rag to remove the dust. To stain, use a polyurethane varnish which can be tinted to match your cabinets. Because it’s a varnish-stain combination, one coat will most likely do the job.

However; if you want your cabinets a lighter shade than what they already are, there’s a bit more work involved. You will need to remove as much of the old stain as you can. You can remove it with paint remover, a stripper or even chlorine bleach. If your cabinets have any crevices or designs, you’ll have to use elbow grease here and a scraper to remove the old stain. Now if the cabinet has any dents, scratches or cracks; you can apply wood filler and then sand them. Afterwards, apply the stain of your choice, let it dry thoroughly and then apply a coat of protective wood sealer. You will then need to rub the dry surfaces with 000 steel wool though, and gently clean with a tack cloth.

If your cabinets are painted, they can be restored too. First, take off all the finish you can with a paint stripper. If needed use a sharp scraper to help remove any leftover finish. Then fill in with wood filler any scratches, dents or cracks. When the filler is dry, sand with 100 grit sandpaper first, then 180 grit and finish with 220-grit. Afterwards, paint the cabinets the color of your choice, let them dry and then clean the surface with a tack cloth. Finally apply the sealer and let it dry, then rub with 000 steel wool and remove the dust with tack cloth.

With a little elbow grease, you can have cabinets that look as good as new.

Advantages of Security Storm Doors

18630722_sThere are many advantages to having a security screen door. One advantage is that storm doors provide extra insulation for front doors. This is good because a front door has cracks that run along the bottom and top as well as the sides of the entry. This is usually the main source of an air leakage in your home. A security door which is installed properly though will make a seal that will keep the warm air in and protect against ice, snow, rain and wind from causing damage to your front door while insulating it from these outside elements.

Another advantage of a security storm door is that it will increase natural light in the summer months if the front door is left open, but you will still have security. Also, it lets you see who is at your front door safely when you open it. Too it allows you a full view of the outside which can come in handy if you’re monitoring children or outside activities. Then you can leave your front door open, lock your security door and see what’s going on outside with your air conditioning or heating system running.

Additionally, which is what makes this door better than just a regular storm door, a security screen door has a secure locking device that is another barrier to unwanted entry or unwanted visitors. So you can open your door safely and screen your visitors before allowing them to come into your home. This is also ideal for unwanted solicitation; then you can refuse what is being offered and still shut your front door without getting the classic foot stuck in the opening.

Too, a security screen door can be installed quickly and easily. These doors can be installed in any number of doorframe materials also. These storm doors are designed to hold in place securely and fit into any frame surrounding your door. So whether your door frame is brick, wood, or vinyl; there’s a security storm door that will fit it.
As you can see, there are many benefits to installing a security storm door.

Making that Difficult Cabinet Space Work

In every kitchen there is the one difficult kitchen cabinet that makes you crazy. You know the one; the famous deep corner cabinet which you can’t see into, and you have to almost crawl into it to see what’s in there. It’s the cabinet of no return, the black hole in your kitchen universe. So what can be done with this no man’s land of a kitchen cabinet?

Well, you can always put in that cupboard the tray which you only use once a year; or the special Christmas bakeware for the gingerbread men. So then, you would put into it things that usually only see the light of day once or twice a year. Storage space for the forgotten.

Or, you can place in it a Lazy Susan to help you find things with just a turn. A half-moon Lazy Susan would make a big difference in using the dead space in the cabinet too. Or you can install a pull-out Lazy Susan which lets you turn the entire unit around for accessibility. You can also stack items which you use a bit more often, and with the unit being able to be pulled out, you can see what you’re searching for.

Another thought is to use the deep corner cabinet for pot and pan storage by installing hooks on the inside and hanging the pans up by their handles in a way that makes sense for easy remembering. This would free up the space you normally would have used for your pots and pans to be used for something else also.

Too, this annoying cabinet could be used as a wine rack. You want wine in a dark place anyway so if you install the wine bottle rack, then wine could be safely stored out of the way, but in reach to get to when needed. The cabinet door would shut so it would stay dark.

Or, if all else fails, install a light in the corner cabinet so that you can at least see what you have hidden when you’re reaching around in there.

So there you have it; some ways to make the corner cabinet useful.