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How To Maintain Kitchen Doors Made Of Oak

The kitchen door has to be taken care of properly just like any other furniture in your home. The door can quickly start losing its shine and look as if it has been made centuries ago. You can do some amount of refinishing and make it look as good as new. To avoid such conditions you have to maintain the doors properly by taking care of them regularly. In this way, you can save some money which should otherwise be given as service charges to professionals.

Different kinds of doors may require different maintenance procedures. For example, wooden doors can be kept neat and clean by wiping them with a soft cloth to remove any accumulated dust. If the kitchen doors are made of oak you have to follow a different procedure.

Here is how to maintain kitchen doors made of oak. First, dismantle the door by removing the hinges; when the door is taken out clean it thoroughly by using warm soapy water. After washing, let the door dry thoroughly; when the door is dry use a filling to cover any holes or scratches on the door.

By sanding you can even out the protruding surfaces of the door caused by the filling. You can use a 150 grit block for sanding the door. When the sanding is done use a cloth to remove any residue. For a stunning finish use a polyurethane gloss on the doors. You can also maintain the kitchen cabinet doors in this way. The oak doors will look fresh and transform the appearance of your kitchen. To maintain the door’s look take proper care regularly by using a soft cloth to wipe the doors once every 2-3 days.

Ensure that you clean the door knobs also. You have to start cleaning from the top portion of the cabinets. Remember to keep the doors of the cabinets always closed to keep away crawling insects, moisture and dust. All these will ensure that your kitchen door and cabinet doors are in good condition.

Designing Your Kitchen: Kitchen Cabinets

kitchen cabinetsDesigning your own new kitchen is a unique opportunity to make the most important room of the house totally yours. Planning and budgeting come first. Shop around and familiarize yourself with the cost of everything on your wish list. If you want that silent-running Bosch dishwasher, or that Maytag dishwasher that can wash your stemware without smashing it, plan. Start with everything you want and make changes, look for satisfactory alternatives, until you develop your budget, including a reasonable allowance for cost overruns.

Most professional kitchen designers agree the work/walk pattern in a functional kitchen should be a logical triangle or square between your large appliances, encouraging economy of motion. Expend as little effort as possible to get the job done, and consider your primary needs. How many people routinely cook in your kitchen? Where do you want your kitchen storage canisters located? Do you cook alone or with others? Do you need an island to accommodate multiple cooks at once? Do you need a desk in the kitchen? Would a flat screen TV or a computer serve you well? Do your kids need a place to sit and do homework while you cook?

After you plan the kitchen, imagine making the trip from the stove to the sink a few thousand times. If your design still pleases you, go forward.

You can get free professional help by taking trips to big-box home improvement centers. Weekdays are much less hectic than weekends and there is a good chance someone will be available to help you. Come armed with exact space measurements and your plans. Ask for their thoughts on the kitchen project and ideas on how to improve on your design or save money. After you go through this process a few times, you will have some new ideas on how to proceed.

Your greatest expense will be cabinetry. If you opt for hardwood cabinets, professionally installed, count on spending at least $200 per linear foot. The cost will go up considerably if you want to use more expensive woods; or, if you include features like spice racks for storing spice jars, extension (or pull out) shelving, and a built in recycling center.

Remember: simpler is cheaper, but most only remodel a kitchen once, so be sure you get what meets your absolute need. If you need that coffee cabinet for all your cups and coffee supplies, get it. If you can do without those sliding metal baskets, that will save you a few dollars. If you do not need it, take it out of the budget and the plan. Concentrate strictly on making your kitchen the kitchen you really need and want.