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Making decisions for a kitchen remodel often involves finding out what works best together. There are never any right or wrong answers – it’s actually a very creative process that involves synchronizing all of your functional, aesthetic, and budgetary criteria. It can be stressful because of the costs involved, but there are so many resources available at your fingertips to help you develop and realize your own unique kitchen design vision.

 

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Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

When choosing the cabinets and countertops for a kitchen remodel, it’s best to first determine if you want the countertops to match, contrast, or blend with the cabinets. A matching layout, for example, would feature white cabinets and countertops, whereas a contrasting one might pair black countertops with white cabinetry. An example of a blended style would be a marbled countertop with gray cabinets

 

Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops Near Me

Big box stores such as Lowes and Home Depot carry cabinets and countertops, and they can arrange to have them installed. In most cities, it is possible to find local specialists for cabinets as well as countertops. It is also worth looking online to see about purchasing cabinets directly from manufacturers, since they often offer deep discounts and flat-rate shipping.

 

Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops Ideas

If you’re looking to get some inspiration for your kitchen remodel, Pinterest is a great place for all kinds of ideas, from traditional to the most innovative. Hunker is another excellent online resource that features great tips for your home. If you want to be able to visualize some different designs with your existing layout, try a 3-D kitchen design tool or service such as this one.

 

Kitchen Cabinets and Flooring

As you’re deciding on the cabinets and flooring for your kitchen design, decide what’s most important to you: if you want a bright kitchen, consider pairing white cabinets with a floor that is light in color; for a kitchen with a warm, inviting ambiance, opt for wood cabinets and floors; and for a farmhouse look, combine white cabinets with gray or butcher block countertops and a wooden floor.

 

Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers

Drawers are indispensable for organizing small items that are used frequently, such as cutlery, napkins, and kitchen gadgets. Most base cabinets come with either drawers or shelves, and standard kitchens will feature a mixture of both. 

 

Kitchen Cabinets and Islands

You may be looking to add a kitchen island to your existing kitchen, or perhaps you’re installing new cabinets and thinking of including a kitchen island in the mix. Either way, you can create an island out of base kitchen cabinets. Read here about how to create the perfect kitchen island. 

 

Kitchen Cabinets and Flooring Ideas

To get some inspiration for your next kitchen cabinets and flooring, both Pinterest and Hunker feature troves of photos that are sorted by category such as “cabinet ideas” and “flooring ideas.” The possibilities are practically endless! Also give a 3-D design tool or service such as this one a try so you can see what works best with your kitchen.

 

Kitchen Cabinets and Backsplash

A backsplash is one of the most versatile accents for a kitchen. It gives you the opportunity to add some real personality to your kitchen design, whether it’s an urban touch with some subway tile or an artistic mosaic. Be sure to match the backsplash to the cabinets, and not the other way around – it will be a lot easier to swap out a backsplash than your cabinets, if you decide for a different look down the line.

 

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Kitchen Cabinets Like IKEA

One of the reasons IKEA cabinets are so popular is because they are so budget-friendly. This is, in part, because they are ready-to-assemble, or RTA cabinets, which are significantly less expensive than custom or ready-to-install cabinets. There are a lot of other RTA cabinet options out there, some of which offer higher quality features (go here and scroll down for a features comparison chart) at comparable or even more affordable prices.

 

Kitchen Cabinets Like New

There are a few makeover projects that you can do to get your cabinets looking brand new, meaning there’s no need to replace them unless there is structural damage. Perhaps the easiest is to swap out the hardware, which will give your cabinets an instant upgrade. You can also repaint them or, for a more dramatic change, take off some of the doors for instant open shelving. 

 

Kitchen Cabinets Like Furniture

Getting your kitchen cabinets to look like furniture for a mid-century deco look is just a matter of a few accessories and accents such as pull handles, furniture legs, or trim. Also paint the cabinets a bold color or with an antique-style wash for an instant vintage vibe.

 

Paint Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro

If you want to make a DIY project out of repainting your cabinets, take out the drawers and doors, and remove the hardware. Sand the doors and drawer fronts, wipe down, prime, paint, and put everything back together. It’s that easy!

 

Kitchen Cabinets Smell Like Urine

There are a few possible reasons for this smell. Check for mold, and if you find any, wipe the area clean with bleach and water. It could also be mice or rats, so check for any signs of rodents, particularly telltale droppings. In general, leaving a box of baking soda open in a cabinet for one or two days will help to eliminate any smells.

 

Kitchen Cabinets Smell Like Mold

If your cabinets smell like mold, empty them out and wipe down all surfaces with bleach. Allow to dry before putting all of the contents back inside.

 

Painting Kitchen Cabinets Like a Professional

If you want to make a DIY project out of repainting your cabinets, take out the drawers and doors, and remove the hardware. Sand the doors and drawer fronts, wipe down, prime, paint, and put everything back together. It’s that easy!

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Kitchen Cabinets or Paint

If you’re thinking about replacing your kitchen cabinets, it’s worth considering if a new coat of paint would do the trick. However, you should replace your cabinets if your concerns are more than surface deep. This includes any concerns about water damage, or if you want to have a new cabinet configuration to feature more drawers and/or shelves.

 

Kitchen Cabinets or Tile Floor First

Cabinets are usually installed prior to flooring, but tile flooring is an exception. This saves you from having to cut the material around the cabinets or having to install partial pieces to extend the tile all the way to the cabinets. In addition, it will give you more options in terms of sizes if you end up switching out your cabinets in the future. 

 

Kitchen Cabinets or Shelves

Shelves can give a kitchen a modern, “deconstructed” look with everything on view. Having kitchen shelves definitely reduces the likelihood that you’ll lose track of items, since everything is visible. Kitchen cabinets have shelves inside and provide some greater versatility in terms of storage.

 

Kitchen Cabinets or Cupboards

The terms “cabinet” and “cupboard” are largely interchangeable, though “cupboard” usually refers specifically to a compartment for food storage, whereas a “cabinet” is more general- purpose (think “storage cabinet”).

 

Kitchen Cabinets or Drawers

Drawers are indispensable for organizing small items that are used frequently, such as cutlery, napkins, and kitchen gadgets. Most base cabinets come with either drawers or shelves, and standard kitchens will feature a mixture of both. 

 

Kitchen Cabinets or Flooring First

It might seem counterintuitive, but cabinets are usually installed prior to flooring. There are some exceptions, such as with tile, but it’s often the case that cabinets go in first. This has several advantages, including the fact that less money is spent on flooring that is not necessarily seen.

 

Kitchen Cabinets or Stones

Stone countertops and backsplashes can perfectly complement your kitchen cabinetry and create an absolutely stunning kitchen design. When choosing cabinets to pair with stone, go for elegant styles such as Shaker-style doors. This will provide a simple, angular contrast to the natural patterns of the stone.

 

Kitchen Cabinets or Countertops

When choosing the cabinets and countertops for a kitchen remodel, it’s best to first determine if you want the countertops to match, contrast, or blend with the cabinets. A matching layout, for example, would feature white cabinets and countertops, whereas a contrasting one might pair black countertops with white cabinetry. An example of a blended style would be a marbled countertop with gray cabinets.