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Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.

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How To Customize Inexpensive Kitchen Cabinets

Inexpensive cabinets are easy to customize if your break the design phases into different categories. This process does take additional time to complete, but the reduced cost of the project can make it well worth the extra effort:

Choose Basic Cabinets

The first step in creating customized cabinets is to choose a basic form. Unfinished cabinets are a great option for this project, because they usually do not have color or hardware.

The most affordable ones will be unfinished ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets. However, you will need to put together the RTA cabinets according to the manufacturer's instructions. These cabinets are generally lower in cost, because the manufacture saves money on labor, because their workers do not have to worry about assembling the cabinets.

When it comes to choosing the cabinets, you need to consider the layout of your kitchen and the function for each cabinet. The layout will help you pick cabinet sizes that work for the space. The sizes will help you determine where you can store your kitchen items such as dinnerware and canned goods.

Stain the Surface

After you choose your cabinets, the next part of the project is to add color to the surface. With unfinished cabinets, staining the surface is a good option.

A number of the unfinished cabinets you will find come in a light wood color such as pine, which means it is easy to apply a darker stain. The darker colors are based on different wood species such as cherry, mahogany and chestnut. By adding the stain to your cabinets, you will make them look expensive wood without drastically increasing the price of your cabinets.

When you are considering staining the surface, you want to think about the finish as well. The finish can be matte, semi-gloss or gloss. The glossier the stain is the easier it is to clean, which makes a semi-gloss or gloss finish is best for your kitchen if you have children.

Add Embellishments

The last part of the customizing process is to add embellishments to your cabinets. The easiest way to do this is to choose hardware that suits your design concept. You can find knobs in a wide range of styles, which include metal such as brass, wrought iron and copper or you can pick a simple wooden knob that you paint a specific color.

Another embellishment you can do is to add unfinished crown molding around the top and bottom of the cabinets. You can stain the crown molding to match the cabinet color or you can decide on a complementary color that works with the decor of your kitchen. Once you add all of your finishing touches, you will have customized cabinets that are affordable and uniquely designed for your kitchen.

To learn more, contact a company like Wetherington Restoration & Remodeling Inc. with any questions you have.