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Save Money and Get a Kitchen Makeover with Cabinet Refacing

There are some home improvements people can do without needing to hire a professional contractor. If your kitchen is beginning to look worn because your cabinets are old, you can revitalize them by giving them a new look. In kitchen cabinet refacing you simply remove the top layer of paint or stain to expose the wood underneath.

Once you have your wood exposed you can sand down any rough areas to make them smooth. At this stage you also have the option of adding additional trim or panels if you want to create a whole different surface. You can purchase these smaller items at most home improvement stores as pieces of unfinished wood. If you happen to have drawers or doors that have become severely marred, you can pick up replacement panels at any place that sells wood and cabinet door items.

Some other cabinet refacing supplies you might want to pick up include adhesive tape, sandpaper and putty. The putty is used to fill any small holes that may have been placed in the wood from hanging items on doors with nails. You will also want to purchase the paint or stain you intend to use, as well as, a finish or sealer to put over it to protect the surface from getting scratched.

As an added touch you can choose new hardware items for your rejuvenated cabinets. The basic hardware will be hinges for any doors, door pulls and drawer knobs. Some styles use hidden catches instead of the traditional hardware items. These are magnetic catches that hold and release when you press against the door.

You can learn more about the step-by step process of refacing your cabinets by getting an informational book, video or visiting an online website. With a little patience and a bit of effort, you can create a beautiful kitchen you will be proud of without spending a fortune to do it.

Practical or Decorative Kitchen Canister Sets?

When it comes to kitchen canister sets, they are definitely not all equal when it comes to how fresh herbs and dry goods stored inside them remain. Moisture, air and light are the enemies of most herbs and some dry goods. Keeping this in mind you will probably want to look for kitchen canisters that are airtight and that are not transparent. Unless, that is, you are planning on using the canisters more for decorative purposes–to brighten up or help color coordinate your kitchen.

If you mainly want to use the canisters to add to your kitchen décor you do not need to be overly concerned about airtight lids. You will find there are a lot of different types of canisters available with porcelain probably being one of the better options because of the many varied styles of kitchen canister sets available.

However, for dry goods or herb storage you should shop for something that is practical–of course it can  be both practical and decorative at the same time. The first consideration is that the lid seals well. Moisture in the air will quickly ruin many different stored foods and herbs. There are different types of seals but in most instances you will want to look for one with a silicone gasket as these usually do the best at sealing off the canister.

Regarding glass canisters, while they may look great and they are very useful in that you can instantly see what is inside each canister, you should not use them for items that should be stored in a dark place–like most herbs should be. They are perfect for pasta and beans, but maybe not for flour or herbs.

Finally, make sure you buy canisters that are large enough to be practical for everyday use. If you bake on a regular basis make sure that your flour canister is large enough that you do not have to keep refilling it every couple of days. If you serve rice each day, the same would apply.

Keeping these few things in mind when shopping for your kitchen storage canisters will help make your choice easier.