Restaining Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Restaining your kitchen cabinets is a great way to give your kitchen a new look without signing up for an entire NJ kitchen remodeling project. The process of restaining will completely transform your cabinets!

What color should you restain your kitchen cabinets?

The first decision to make is whether you want your kitchen cabinets to be darker or lighter after the process. If you want to stain your cabinets darker, all you have to do is apply a gel stain over the existing finish after some light sanding. However, if you want to lighten your cabinets or stay close to the shade you have now, you have to remove the old stain completely. Obviously, going darker is the easier option, but it depends on your personal preferences and your willingness to put some elbow grease into the process.  One quick note as you’ll see below, not all wood types are suitable for a darker stained finish so you will need to determine which type of wood species you have to work with first.

Which wood types are best for restaining kitchen cabinets?

There are many different types of wood species available that are made into kitchen cabinets that are very suitable for a light or dark stained cabinet finish. Some of the most commonly used wood species are: Cherry, Maple, Alder, Walnut, Hickory and Oak.  Cherry kitchen cabinets are the single most  popular type of stain the cabinets.  The cherry wood species takes a stained finish very well and develops over time into a very mellow finish.  Maple is most suitable for a lighter stained finish as it tends to get blotchy on the darker side. Alder  is similar to Cherry but not quite as good.  Walnut, Hickory and Oak are all similar open grain wood types and take a light or dark stain very well, on the darker side the open wood grain will be very pronounced.

How to restain your kitchen cabinets

The next order of business when restaining your cabinets is to make sure to cover all the surrounding surfaces. This will protect them from sanding debris and the stain itself. Not doing so can result in disaster.  Start by applying a painters tape in all areas where the cabinets abutt other surfaces.  Then tape plastic sheets to the surrounding areas to protect them from possible splatter and sanding dust.

Assuming you will be restaining your kitchen cabinets lighter –  you will need to strip the old finish of the cabinets completely by either sending it out manually or using a chemical stripper or a combination of the two.  Consulting a local paint store with a sample of your cabinet door in hand would be the best recommendation at this point .

Depending on how dark you are looking to go, you might have to use more than one coat. Open windows before starting, especially if you are going to be doing multiple coats. If you are unsure as to how many coats you need, call a NJ kitchen remodeler. Our professionals can talk you through the process.

Above all, read all directions and follow carefully. This is not a project you can afford to ruin.

 Is restaining your kitchen cabinets a durable solution?

Absolutely nothing compares to the quality and durability of a professional cabinet finish that is performed at the factory in a controlled environment. Having that said, you can certainly give your kitchen and updated  look and do a quality job with the right guidance and products.  It certainly is a big undertaking so be prepared to put in many hours.

 Need help planning your kitchen remodeling project?

Give us a call at 973-636-0100

Design Ideas for Narrow Kitchens

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narrow ktichenHomeowners with narrow kitchens are often at their wits end over how to make the most of their room. Frequently, these homeowners are tempted to overlook design aesthetics for functionality, thinking they have no other option. While it is true that considering function and purpose is crucial when planning a NJ kitchen remodeling project, it does not mean you have to forgo style and aesthetic pleasure. This is where the expertise of a NJ kitchen remodeler will come in handy. As professionals, we have worked with all shapes and sizes of kitchens and have learned what works and what does not. We know how to give you the kitchen of your dreams, even in a limited space. Call us and save yourself a headache.

There are a few general guidelines to keep in mind when designing a remodeling project and design scheme for a narrow kitchen.

When choosing cabinets, remember that in most narrow kitchens the cabinets are all on one wall, and generally, tall cabinets work better than deep ones. Furnishing these kitchen cabinets with pullout shelves is a great way to maximize storage space. When it comes to choosing color schemes, avoid large, bold patterns and overly bright colors. Your goal should be to focus on a design, not on size or shape. Neutral colors will help make the room’s design flow well. Keep window treatments simple with mini blinds.

But, your best bet is to call a remodeler. Let us do what we do best.

Remodeling on a Budget

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Regardless of where you go or who you hire, kitchen remodeling is an expensive proposition. When it comes to one of the single most used rooms in your home, you do not want to skimp on quality or craftsmanship. You also cannot afford to break the bank with your New Jersey Kitchen remodeling project. Instead of giving up on the idea entirely, or going for broke, there are a few ways to remodel your kitchen on a budget.

  1. Replace Your Countertops: The simple, and relatively inexpensive (depending on the material you choose), act of replacing your old countertops with new ones will add a drastic change to your kitchen.
  2. Paint Your Cabinets: Most cabinets do not come painted (some dislike the look). Painting them yourself can add a pop of color and an additional interesting element to the overall design.
  3. Add a Tile Backsplash: Tile backsplashes can add a whole new color and depth to your kitchen and give you an entirely different impression as you enter.
  4. Replace Your Cabinet Hardware: The incredibly simple move of replacing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets can revolutionize your kitchen and add a burst of newness to an otherwise old room.
  5. Minor Kitchen Remodel: Although this one is still a size-able investment it comes at a much lower price point than a major kitchen remodel. What’s the big difference? Only remove what is absolutely necessary to make way for the new components, limit the rough mechanical work that needs to be done and decrease the overall time it takes to complete the project.  This all translates to big savings for you without sacrificing the overall integrity of the project.
  6. Semi Custom Cabinets: The single largest line item in a kitchen remodeling proposal belongs to noe other that than the star of the show, you guess it, the kitchen cabinets. No need to break the bank and go all out on full custom cabinets. Semi custom cabinets now offer many features that rival the offerings of their full custom counterparts.

With all of these ideas, and any others you come up with on your own, be sure to hire a Bergen County contractor to oversee it all.

Add Interest with an Island

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Adding an island to your kitchen is certainly not a new idea. Kitchen renovators have been doing it for years. The popularity of the island has increased over the last decade. The reasons behind this are not too hard to imagine. Adding an island to your New Jersey kitchen remodeling plans is an easy way to automatically increase storage and working space, add visual interest and depth to the room and establish a décor and style schematic. Additionally, islands work with almost every kitchen style out there–making them incredibly easy to work into your plans.

Planning Your Dream Island

Before you start planning your dream island, take the time to measure your kitchen carefully. You must allow at least three feet from your cabinets to where you would like your island to begin. This is the absolute minimum, and more space in between is actually preferable, but not too much or you will decrease the effiency due to all the extra steps you will have to take form one side of the kitchen to get to the island. Another consideration is to plan the negative space around the island to be in balance with the remainder of the room so the kitchen island does not feel lost in the room.

Once you know the measurements you are working with, establish the function of the island. Is it purely decorative? If so, you have few considerations to worry about. However, if you plan to use it to house a microwave or something akin to that, you will need to make sure it has the appropriate outlets, etc. careful planning needs to take place to ensure the appliance will fit and operate both safely and correctly in the new kitchen island cabinets.

Finally, leave the kitchen. Go to the adjoining room and imagine how the island will look from that room. Many forget this step and end up with an unappealing visual. Advance consideration eliminates this risk.

Finally, call in the New Jersey home remodeling experts here at Trade Mark Design & Build and let us guide you.

Choosing A Kitchen Designer

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Choosing the design scheme, cabinet décor and overall appearance of your kitchen is a big task. It can seem daunting to even the most decoratively inclined of us. If this is the case for you, you are not alone. New Jersey Kitchen Remodeling is one of the most complicated home renovation tasks around. For this reason, and for your own personal sanity, it is often best to part with a little extra cash and hire a designer. This will cost you a little more, but will save you a real headache!

Hiring the right kitchen designer for your project goes a long way, not only will it make your life easier for the duration of the project, it will also produce a much better kitchen remodeling project that will stand the test of time. A good kitchen design plan coupled with expert care and craftsmanship it a great recipe for a successful project. As a side benefit, and a big one, your project will stay on budget and on schedule with a single source of accountability so you can rest assured knowing your investment is protected.

How To Choose A NJ Kitchen Designer

The question then becomes how to pick a kitchen designer who will help you make your dream kitchen a reality. Here are a few tips.

  1. Do some preliminary research. Explore your tastes and educate yourself on what is out there. This will give you a starting point when you talk to designers.
  2. Learn what actually goes into a NJ kitchen remodeling. Read magazines. Watch youtube videos. Be educated. Do not walk in unaware and ready to be taken advantage of.
  3. Ask for referrals from friends, coworkers and retailers.
  4. Ask to see qualifications and photographs. You can gather more information than you would imagine by looking at photos.
  5. Be prepared to pay for experience. It is worth it!

Beyond what we have discussed here already, there are a myriad of material selections, cabinet options, product offerings, appliance integration and countertop options that will come up along the way to name a few, it’s best to have someone who can help navigate the path to a beautiful new kitchen, someone to bounce ideas off of. It’s not so easy to make decisions for your own home, having an objective opinion is very reassuring when making such large decisions, no need to go at it alone!

Need help planning your NJ Kitchen Remodeling Project?

Give a Kitchen Designer A Call At 973-636-0100

Kitchen Cabinet Styles

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Choosing the cabinets to go with your NJ kitchen remodeling is not as simple a matter as it seems. Given that kitchen cabinets can add up to over 50 percent of your kitchen remodeling costs, doing your research and going in a knowledgeable customer is absolutely vital. This post will highlight NJ kitchen cabinet door styles since that is likely the first decision you will have to make. It will also set the tone for the rest of the remodeling.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

  1. Raised Panel: Raised panels are most often made of hardwood, although wood veneer is growing in popularity. Four wood strips form the frame of the cabinet door. A solid wood panel is fit into the door frame. This panel will have a center section that has been cut to appear elevated, and the edges of the center section can be cut in a variety of shapes and designs.
  2. Recessed Panel: These have a similar construction to the raised panel options, but the center panel is flat.
  3. Slab Style: These doors are made from one solid piece of wood. They may have decorative routing around the edges, or the edges might be smooth and plain. These are least expensive options available.
  4. Glass Cabinets: These are constructed like the recessed panel cabinet doors. They have a wood frame made of four joined wood strips, but they have a decorative glass insert making up the center.

Combining Modern and Country in Your Kitchen

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These days the first decision that you will have to make when planning New Jersey kitchen remodeling is whether you want to go for the modern or country home look. These are two of the most popular kitchen designs today and are often described as being polar opposites. While both have their advantages and disadvantages, it really comes down to a matter of personal taste and the general overall décor of your home. Look through our portfolio, design magazines and the Internet and get a feel for each style to see which resonates more with you. If, however, you cannot decide between the two styles, mixing them is significantly less challenging than imagined. And, has gained popularity in recent years. If this sounds like something you want to try, here are a few guidelines.

  1. Contrast appliances and furniture. For example, combining modern, stainless steel appliances with more traditional country kitchen cabinets of New Jersey can be an effective way to bring together the two design styles.
  2. Combine country and modern lighting techniques. Modern track lighting can be wonderfully combined with country-style lamps.
  3. Choose colors wisely. Design your kitchen so that the wall colors are neutral (modern) and are accented with bold reds and golds (country).
  4. Combine modern and country fixtures and sinks. Farmhouse sinks are hallmarks of country style design and can work well with modern countertops and stainless steel appliances.

By following these tips, you can have the best of both worlds.

Calling In the Professionals

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Picking out cabinets for your newly remodeled home is not as easy a task as it sounds. Not only can cabinets add up to 70% of New Jersey kitchen remodeling cost, but the options are endless. There is also the issue of color and staining. These cabinets need to hold everything you have to store, but also need to fit in the space you have. They need to blend into the existing kitchen décor, yet stand out enough that they are visually appealing. The conundrums can be never ending, and–often–just when you think you have a handle on s situation, something else pops up. Thankfully, there are people who do this every single day and we are ready and willing to help with your decision making process.

Do not be hesitant to employ the help of professionals in this matter. We can help you narrow your style and component choices down to what will actually work. We will guide you through the process of analyzing your daily habits and meeting those needs. We will also be able to save you from buying unnecessary NJ home remodeling accessories. While it might cost a little extra money laid out up front, the professionals here at Trade Mark will save you extra cash in the end. Gather ideas of what you want and then give us a call.