Refinishing Existing Cabinets

With home remodeling trends lending their prowess not just to the dilapidated spaces but, also to those desiring an update, keeping quality kitchen cabinets has become more prevalent.  Recently, we have completed several kitchen remodel projects that include refinishing existing cabinets.  In our experience the quality construction of the cabinets, functional layout of the kitchen and hope to not add to the landfill has led more remodel clients down this path.

Throughout the Valley of the Sun, from Ahwatukee to Phoenix, Chandler to Tempe and Scottsdale to Mesa we have worked with home remodel clients that desire an update to their kitchen with out the larger scope of work to include all new cabinetry.  We have added design details like: light rail, wainscot panels and glass door panels.  We have increased storage capacity by adding custom cabinets.  Additionally, we have modified the space plan of the kitchen by adjusting the locations of several existing cabinets to increase functional counter space.  All are work expectations of our remodel design projects whether kitchen, office or bathroom.

For this Ahwatukee kitchen remodel project we had our custom cabinet maker craft wood wainscot

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panels and install them on a back panel to the pass through and around the exposed end of the peninsula.  The homeowners hoped the existing quartz counters and natural stone backsplash would still coordinate with the cabinet paint color.  As the designer on this project, I reassured our clients that the counters would look brand new once the cabinets were  painted.  The end result is spectacular.Refinishing Existing Cabinets in the Kitchen of this Ahwatukee home

 

The homeowner for this kitchen remodel project in Tempe hoped to have additional storage cabinets to fill Refinishing Existing Cabinets in this Tempe Kitchen Remodel some of the cavernous space above the existing, but also wanted some decorative elements added to give her kitchen the custom look she hoped for.  We even found/made a spot for wine bottle storage. Refinishing existing cabinets in this Tempe kitchen 1 She was hesitant, at first, to choose either white or espresso as the paint finish due to the amount of caRefinishing Existing Cabinets in this Tempe kitchen remodelbinetry. We procured a custom sample in a beautiful dry brush finish with a soft white background and grey accent.  While this color is beautiful, once it was in her space she could see how it could make the space feel even more cavernous with the monochromatic color pallet.  At the suggestion of our designer the homeowner agreed to refinishing existing cabinets on the espresso finish.  This combination complimented to the other finishes fabulously.  The end project is stunning.Refinishing existing cabinets in this Tempe Kitchen 2

 

The original space for this kitchen in Phoenix left the homeowner running into the refrigerator every time he opened the stove. Refinishing Existing Cabinets in this Phoenix Kitchen We relocated the cabinet above the refrigerator swapping it with the cabinets to the left of the refrigerator.  This move provides more functional counter space right where its’ needed, next to the stove.  Once the laminate counters were removed and we realized how much space was unused in the peninsula, we decided to add a corner open cabinet for more functional storage.  The finished space functions much better than before and looks amazing.Refinishing Existing Cabinets in this Phoenix Kitchen RemodelRefinishing Existing Cabinets in this Phoenix Kitchen Remodel2Refinishing Existing Cabinets for this Phoenix Kitchen Remodel 8

 

 

2 PULL or NOT 2 PULL…

Cabinet PullsIf you have been contemplating replacing your old warn out cabinets in your home with new updated ones, then don’t forget the most important feature of all: Hardware and no I’m not talking about the hinges and glides (although they are important), I’m talking about the Hardware Pulls that you attach after your cabinets after they are installed.

It’s amazing how something so small and which may be insignificant to some, are a definite must have in my book. Actually, come to think of it, in the last 20 years of designing kitchens and baths I have never “not” applied pulls to the door fronts and drawers of my clients’ new cabinetry, (and hopefully they are thanking me right about about now.)

Now, I suppose your probably thinking why is she saying pulls instead of knobs? Well, it’s because pulls are “Universal” and knobs aren’t. Meaning everyone from a young child, a person with arthritis in their fingers, or just someone with limited use of their hands can use a pull fairly easily, where as a knob can be very limiting. Since Hardware Pulls are “Universal”, therefore for that reason alone, should be installed on all cabinets.

Now that brings me to my second reason…Hardware Pulls can actually be lifesavers to your cabinetry finish. When our fingers constantly touch our cabinets over and over again in the same area when opening or closing a door or drawer front; the oils in our skin will slowly over time breakdown the finish little by little. Now speaking as a woman, I know far too well about preventative maintenance for my skin…and just as I take care of my skin today for the future, well, the same holds true for your cabinetry. My advice to any homeowner and it doesn’t matter if you spend $5,000 or $25,000 on your new cabinets, if your want to maintain the luster of their finish for years to come, then get your drill bit out and apply some Hardware Pulls.

Wine Space Savers

For the LOVE of Wine!!  Sub Zero Wine Unit

Like most people, it’s nice to sit down with family and/or friends and uncork a bottle of your favorite wine (every now and then) whether it be a Cabernet, Chardonnay or a bottle of Pinot Noir out of our wine cellar. But in reality not all of us have the space in our homes to dedicate entire room for a true walk-in wine cellar, right?  I know that I don’t, every room in my house seems to already be accounted for whether it be for my home office or guest room, etc… Here is my suggestion to all of you wine connoisseurs, when you decide to remodel your kitchen later this year or the next, for that matter…

I have the perfect solution for you!

Install this great Wine Cellar Refrigerator unit from Sub Zero and Wolf in your new kitchen. I have already designed several kitchens with this tall wine unit and my clients absolutely love them. Now, besides these units having UV Resistant Bronze Tinted Glass (to protect your wine), pullout rollerglide shelves (which minimize vibration), and with a flip of a switch turn on the interior LED lighting to display your bottles the BEST part about these Tall Wine Units is that they have the capabilities of storing 59, 120, or 146 bottles of either red, white or combination of both in the same unit, because they come with 2 individually controlled storage zones and dual evaporators to maintain constant moderate humidity.  Okay, okay…i love my wine I will admit! But in all serious, when you open up your wallet and in my case, my purse…for the MSRP $5,595 – $6,965 price tag it’s going to set you back to purchase one of these beauties, you expect it have some bells and whistles,…like it allowing you to link your wine unit directly into your Home Security System.

Sub Zero Tall Wine Units

Whether you select the 18″, 24″ or 30″ wide model for your space, you won’t go wrong this selecting this unit. They are available left hinged or right hinged and come in either classic stainless steel or panel ready to match your cabinetry finish. So…in my book, this is a Wine Space Saver that doesn’t disappoint at all!

 

Tempe Home Remodel: Choose a NARI Certified Remodeler



When searching for the right home remodeler in the Tempe area, you may see the designation of being a NARI member and ask yourself, what is NARI and why is it important to hire a NARI professional? The acronym stands for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. It is the only association solely dedicated to the remodeling industry, today they encompass 58 chapters across the country. “NARI is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals. Its’ members are committed to integrity, high-standards, professional education, ethics, and market recognition”, as stated on their website, www.nari.org. NARI is important to homeowners because it can connect them with a dedicated, local expert to ensure that they have a “positive remodeling experience”. Every member of NARI has agreed to conduct their business in accordance with the Standards of Practice for the Remodeling Industry. NARI Certified Remodelers will write contracts and warranties that comply with local, state and federal laws. They always take appropriate action to ensure the health and safety of clients, employees, and trade contractors. Also, every member has been actively involved with the remodeling industry for at least 2-5 years prior to earning a certificate. NARI has taken all the guesswork out of hiring a reliable, professional contractor who is knowledgeable, ethical and respectful. As stated on the NARI website, NARI certified contractors are pledged to observe high standards of honesty, integrity, and responsibility in the way they conduct their business. They are trusted, qualified business owners who will get your project done right by obtaining the proper permits, carrying the required insurances, following local codes and designing innovative solutions to renovate your home. By choosing a NARI certified professional, you are working with an expert in their field, a tried and true specialist who will turn your remodel into your dream home.

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