How to Align Cupboard Doors

Most of us face the problem of a misaligned cupboard door in the kitchen or that of the vanity cupboard. You may find it difficult to close and open the doors properly. So you may have to make some minor repairs to set the doors right. Before you begin to fix the problem, you have to ensure certain things. This kind of problem is mostly found on wooden cupboard doors, kitchen doors, kitchen cupboards, etc. The problem can be due to various reasons. It can be due to too many years of use or due to the quality of wood or even to the loose hinges used to fix the doors. The greatest advantage is that this is a minor problem, and you can fix it yourself.

Some of the items you may need for fixing the cupboard doors are screwdriver, drill, wooden dowel and torpedo level. First, open the door and evaluate the problems. Sometimes you may find the hinges are in trouble and need to be replaced. Other times, the wood near the hinge can be cracked too. So remove the door with the help of the screwdriver to have a better look at the problem. If you have to replace the hinge you can do it easily. If this is not the problem, look at the holes. They could be striped, and you have to fill them properly.

In order to realign the door by fixing the holes, you have to drill out the holes in larger size. The wooden dowel you have should fit in the hole properly. Apply some glue to the dowel and drive it into the hole. If any part is sticking out you can level it by cutting off the extra part. Sand it well to level it with the surface. After this is done, drill small holes for the screws you need to use. Screw the hinge back on the cupboard and the door to realign it properly.

Misaligned cupboard doors will tend to not close properly...annoying!

After the screws are tightened, check if the door is properly aligned and if you are able to open and close it properly. If you have not got it right, you need to remove the screws once again from the hinges for realigning the door. With the help of your friends, place the door in the right position and then mark holes for the screws. Drill holes again in the newly marked positions. Screw the bottom and top positions of the hinges and check the alignment. If you are able to close and open properly you can complete fixing other hinges too. While working, remember to use all types of protective gear to prevent accidents.



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Converting Black Kitchen Cabinets

Can black kitchen cabinets be repainted a different color?

The answer is that they can. Bases and upper units can be made any color one chooses. However, there are some steps that must be taken to get the desired color. First, the old color should be stripped. Kitchen doors, hinges and drawers should  be remove, so that all paint can be removed from exposed surfaces.

A liquid stripping product is often used to loosen paint and make it easier to remove from surfaces. While it will not take the color off completely, it can then be scraped off. When as much color is stripped off by scraping as possible, surfaces will then require sanding to remove the last traces of color. Rough sandpaper is used for final removal. Steel wool may also be used to remove any remaining color.

To prepare kitchen cabinets for repainting, fine sandpaper can smooth surfaces while creating a means for new paint to stick. When sanding is complete, surfaces can then be wiped off to remove dust and debris from the process and provide clean, smooth surfaces to apply the new color or colors. This process requires plenty of work, though a power sander and stripping tools can make the process easier.

There is an even easier way. If the new paint color is darker than the original color, some sanding is still required first, and then a single coat of primer may be used. Colors like dark green, gray, slate and brown can be applied using this method. However, plenty of sanding is required to prepare the surfaces to take the new color and for it to be applied for a sleek, smooth look.

Black cabinets can add a very elegant and sophisticated look to the kitchen.

Sometimes, a dark paint color may not be removed completely from wood surfaces. In such an instance, there are a couple options. Using a new darker color will help cover the remaining paint. Another solution is to choose new fronts and faces for the storage units to change to a more desirable look. This is a more expensive option than new paint, but still much cheaper than an entirely new set, which can cost thousands.

There are many ways to change cabinets that are painted a very dark color. Choosing which method to use may depend on how easy the old paint comes off and the shade of the new color desired. Consulting with a home improvement specialist or knowledgeable salesperson at a home improvement center can help a homeowner make the right choice.


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Kitchen Door Handles

Kitchen door handles are made by many manufacturers. They come in many shapes and styles. Manufacturers use many materials to craft their door handles. They also can have many different finishes. The choice in kitchen door handles is practically endless.

There are several styles of door handles for any type of kitchen door. The most common style is the bar handle. These can be of many styles. They are raised either by shape or on two posts. The design can be round or square. They can be twisted or casted in a fancy shape. The next type would be a knob. This profile stands by itself or can have a fancy back plate. A knob is a single profile that one can use to pull open a door or drawer. The last basic style in handles is the cup design. These are shaped so you can hook your hand in and pull.

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Bar cabinet door handle


Handles can be made out of many different materials. You will see many metals, plastics, and woods used in kitchen door handles. Metals can be anything from brass to stainless steel. They are generally caste but you can also have stamped and hammered varieties. There are many plastic handles as well. These have a fifties flare to them. Some plastic handles have a real modern tone to them. Wooden handles have been around forever. These come in knobs and cupped pulls. They can be very fancy or very plain.


The finish on your kitchen handles can very as much as the styles. They can come in every color under the rainbow. Metal handles can have a painted finish or a natural sheen to them. They can be brass, antique brass, nickel, brushed nickel or other painted finishes. Plastic handles can be about any color. You can make wooden handles blend or contrast with the cabinetry.

Kitchen door handles are a choice left to the owner. One may find beauty in something very few like. The proper door care can help the hanldes maintain that beauty longer. Handles can make a statement. Choose the look you want.

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