Handcrafted Showers – The Options and Possibilities Are Limitless

You’re ready for a new bathroom, and if you’re like most people, your new bathroom will include the removal of a whirlpool tub or an increase in shower size.

In remodeling, the shower has become the number one most requested item in the bathroom. Gone are the days of meeting code with a 30 x 30 fiberglass enclosure and in its place is the handcrafted walk-in closet.

There’s so much to designing a shower that it’s hard to know where to start, especially when it comes to budgeting. With over twenty years of design experience and nearly eight years of field work, I know a thing or two about showers. Before you call in a professional like me, you’ll find it helpful to familiarize yourself with building a custom shower.

Let’s start with the basics of the shower: the pan, the walls, the plumbing, and the door. Next we have accessories such as niches, decoration, shelves, tiles and benches.

Each of these will contribute to the cost of your overall project and it is important to understand all of your options so you have a better idea of ​​what your vision will cost.

To get started, you’ll need to determine the size of your shower. If it’s standard, you’ll have the option of using a prefabricated or fiberglass shower tray. This option will save you money compared to other options.

If you want a more elegant look or if your shower size is custom, you may want to look at a tiled tray. With this option, the basin can be manufactured in any size and can be tiled with stone, ceramic, mosaic or marble. Some things to consider here. When tiling a tray, you should also think about what material will be used for the curb. Quartz is often a favorite curbside option and is cut to size. If you are looking to save money, a cheaper material would be tile. Often in design, if quartz is not used, the tile that is on the shower walls is used on the curb. A side note to consider is that when using tile on your curb, you must have a product to finish the edges of the tile. Bullnose is one way to achieve a clean finish and a more economical tile edge solution is to use a metal/plastic edge. I’m not a fan of plastic, but I often select metal over the rounded tip because it can actually enhance the design.

The other consideration is the tile. The shower floor takes its fair share of abuse, so staying away from marble (while beautiful and elegant) will keep your shower looking new for years and years.

Moving on, let’s talk about shower walls. Shower walls can be finished with any size tile and any type of tile, but not all are within the same budget. Marble, the king of any bathroom, is the most expensive in both labor and materials, and requires a lot of maintenance. Travertine is next on the price list. Although travertine is one of my favorite materials to work with, the tolerances for laying this tile are tight and care must be taken with the materials used behind the scenes so as not to stain this stone. Because marble and stone are more labor intensive and more expensive to purchase, using any of these materials in your bathroom will put your project at the higher end of the bathroom remodeling price scale.

If you are looking for custom but low maintenance tile and yet want a more modest budget, I would consider ceramic or porcelain tile in a large 12×24 format or plank tile in any size. Both tiles are easy to work with and can often be cut without the use of a wet saw, saving time on labor.

Looking for something right in the middle? The best option for the middle of the road is ceramic or porcelain subway tile. Subway tile is my favorite tile to work with for several reasons. The first reason is that I consider it “evergreen”, since it never goes out of style. I love that this unassuming tile can look more glamorous than stone and marble if styled correctly. It comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and can be installed herringbone, 1/2-set, 1/3-set stacked, and more. The possibilities with the meter are endless and the cost is cheap. If you want a great design but don’t have the budget for marble subway, it could be the tile for you.

Other materials to consider are glass and shapes like the hexagon. Both will run on the higher side, but still won’t come close to the price of marble or travertine. Often these mosaic tiles are used as accents to give the shower a little wow factor.

As with the curb, you should think about how the edges of the tile will be finished with options of metal or beaded edges. Just like curbing, metal curbing on the wall will save you money compared to curbing.

Now let’s talk plumbing! It may seem like you don’t have much to think about here, but in fact you do. Let’s start with the most important piece of plumbing, aside from the obvious rough pipes, the valve. By code, you must use a pressure balanced thermostatic mix or a combination of the two. From there, you need to decide on accessories, such as a rain shower with a standard shower head and body jets. Every component you add to your shower will require some thought to ensure the correct valves are used to provide the necessary pressure based on the fixtures used. To save on both material and labor, a standard pressure balance valve with standard shower head will help keep your budget balanced.

Another way to save money is by selecting a standard drain. If you are looking to create a little more glamour, the draw through will do the trick. It will cost a bit more for both labor and material, but the final look is well worth the upgrade.

The final main piece of the shower is the shower door. Shower doors are not all the same. There are standard doors that require their opening to be a specific size. They come in a variety of finishes, as well as glass types. They require assembly but will save money on both material and labor.

My preference is the custom door. Available in almost all finishes and made to order. These doors will have thicker glass and can be treated to resist water marks. Heights can be increased for a more dramatic look and they come both frameless and framed. Doors can be hinged to swing in both directions or can be ordered as sliding. Finally, these doors can have wraparound glass, allowing designers to create stunning display showers.

With the main shower components discussed, it’s time to explore the features that will enhance your shower. These features will add to your overall shower experience, but they can also add to the overall cost of your project.

My favorite accessory to add to any shower is the shower niche. Adds dimension to tile and is great for storing shower essentials while keeping showers tidy. Shower niches can be made in any size and are often lined with a different material, such as mosaic.

Benches are another classic accessory. The code requires a shower clearance of 30 x 30 and the NKBA requires a clearance of 36 x 36 before a shower seat can be added. Shower seats vary in size, but the most common is 15″ deep and 17″ to 19″ off the floor. Benches can be covered using the same tile as the shower wall to save money or you can order a piece of quartz to cover the top of the bench.

Other accessories include niche lighting, grab bars, waterfall tiles, corner shelves, and box walls. The possibilities for creating a unique shower are endless and no matter what your budget, there are options available to enhance your space.

Now that you’re familiar with the basics, it’s time to call in a professional and get started!

The principles of kitchen and bathroom design

Good design is defined as unity of design and a timeless look. But to achieve unity and an evergreen look, all design principles must be considered. Remodeling your kitchen and bathroom is much more than selecting accessories and painting the walls. A good remodel will have a well thought out design concept that starts with design principles as the foundation.

The principles are balance, rhythm, emphasis / focal point, scale, proportion, and harmony / unity. To get a better understanding of these concepts, we will look at each of them in relation to bathroom remodel planning and kitchen planning.

Let’s start with the balance that is the distribution of the visual weight of objects, colors, textures and space. In a recent vanity design, a client requested that tiles be installed over the vanity all the way to the wall and considered placing tiles all over the wall, not just over the vanity. The vanity, being very small, could only visually support a small number of tiles without making the space feel bulky or heavy. Based on the principle of balance, we opted for less is more and decided not to do the whole wall. The light pendants we chose were also thought about, again wanting to keep the balance of the room, we chose streamlined lights that had very little volume and clear glass to keep the balance of the space feeling light. These decisions helped make the design of this small room feel spacious even with the lack of square footage.

Moving on to the beat. The easiest way to create rhythm within a space is to repeat design elements that can include lines, shapes, textures, colors, patterns, and lights. In a recent bathroom project, we used floral tile in the shower, on the floor, and on an accent wall. We repeat the pattern in several areas on muted colored tiles to give rhythm to the bathroom. In a recent kitchen we used straight lines on cabinet doors, hardware, lamps, and furniture to create rhythm and flow. The idea is to keep the eye moving in a natural way that makes one feel relaxed and comfortable in the space and never overwhelmed.

Accent / focal point is one of my favorite design principles to work with. The idea here is to show a part of the design and keep the viewer’s attention. Often known as the “wow” factor, you can be as creative as you want, as long as you think about the rest of the design principles. One of my favorite design projects was a master bathroom that was designed in marble. The whole bathroom was open-mouthed, so creating a focal point meant we had to get creative. The solution was to build a false wall to house a fireplace and a wall-to-wall niche with herringbone tiles that was accentuated by the sun from a skylight. Although the entire space was impressive, everyone who walked in kept their attention on the false wall we created. Focal point achieved!

Scale refers to the ratio of two or more objects, one having a commonly known size. In a kitchen, we know that the average prep sink is 12×12. When selecting a faucet for this sink, it would not be appropriate to select a large gooseneck or commercial kitchen faucet.

The proportion is an obvious principle and easy to detect if it is not calculated correctly. Simply put, one cannot have a nine foot walk-in shower in a single 8×9 bathroom. The shower ratio is overwhelming and too big for the space. Similarly, we would not use a giant chandelier destined for a cathedral ceiling in a kitchen with eight-foot ceilings. Scale and proportion go hand in hand and are a very important part of good design.

Harmony is all the different elements that come together to create a beautiful and well thought out design. In a recent mid-century makeover, we thought about every element we add to the space. We chose dark blue tile, bold gold fixtures, walnut-colored cabinets, and turn-of-the-century lighting. Once all the elements were combined, the harmony of the space was evident. We would not have added polka dots or nickel finishes to this design. Anything outside the middle of the century would have disrupted the flow.

Design has endless possibilities, and with due care for design principles, any bathroom or kitchen can become a showcase.

Why use granite countertops in your kitchen?

There are several different types of stone that are used for kitchen countertops, such as marble, onyx, limestone, and granite. Granite is the best type of stone to use in your kitchen, due to its versatility, range of colors, and extreme durability.

Granite is one of the hardest stone types in the world and diamonds are required to cut the stones. Countertops made from granite are incredibly resistant to stains, scratches and chips, and will last longer than the rest of your kitchen. Not only can you use granite for your countertops, you can also use it to tile your kitchen, use it for your sink, and many other uses in the kitchen.

The large slabs of stone that your granite countertop is cut from can come in a variety of colors, and all colors are natural to stone. The best part of using granite for your countertop is the fact that the beauty, elegance, and variety of stone are completely natural. Using a granite countertop ensures that your kitchen is practical while remaining stylish.

It is very important that your granite countertop is installed correctly. Granite slabs are very heavy and improperly laid can cause serious damage.

When installing countertops, you should always ensure that your kitchen countertop is strong enough to support the immense weight of heavy stone. If your countertop is not strong enough to support the countertop, you can strengthen your countertop or install a new one that is capable of supporting the heavy slab.

You also need to make sure that the counter rests safely on all four legs. Some kitchen countertops tend to wobble due to uneven measurements or a floor that is not completely level. If your kitchen countertop wobbles, you need to fix it or fix the flooring before installing the granite countertop. If your countertop falls, it can break your expensive counter and damage your floor in the process.

You should always call a company to have your granite countertop installed and they will usually provide you with an accurate assessment of your countertop. Often the granite countertop will come with a countertop of its own to install, or you will need to purchase a countertop to install the granite slab.

The granite countertops that you install in your kitchen are fairly simple to install and are just as easy to remove and transport. One of the best parts of installing granite countertops in your kitchen is that you can take them with you if you move or travel. They are durable, sturdy, and will last for many years if you care for them properly.

Once the granite countertop has been in use for a few years, the polish on the surface will begin to fade. It is important that you call a professional to polish the surface and restore its shine. It may end up costing you a bit, but it’s a small price to pay for making your kitchen look so beautiful.

The advantages of wooden filing cabinets

There are many things a consumer should consider when looking for wooden filing cabinets for their home or office. Every office needs a good filing system, and wooden filing cabinets may be the right choice for you. In this article, I’ll compare wood to steel file cabinets, give you information on how to make sure you buy quality wood cabinets, and tell you about the appeal and durability of wood cabinets. First, we will start with the difference between wooden filing cabinets and steel units.

The appearance options you get for steel are substantially less than what you get for wood. Although steel takes the worry out of termite infestation and is sometimes cheaper, it has no advantage over the durability and finesse of wooden filing cabinets, which would be a wonderful, warm and successful touch to any home or office. . They bring warmth and comfort to the atmosphere of a room that is not available in steel. Wood also has the advantage of options; You can choose the wood, the stain and the design of them. Let me tell you a little more about the splendor and productivity of wood cabinets.

Not only are they strong and durable, but wooden cabinets combine sufficiency with beauty. However, you need to be careful with filing cabinets made of plywood. Plywood will work for someone who is not investing in their filing system and just needs something to tie it down as plywood will only last 1-2 years. Plywood is brittle and will break with too much pressure or use. While it may be true that steel is more durable than plywood, steel filing cabinets are also susceptible to one thing wood is not: dents. If you’ve made the decision to purchase a wooden cabinet, there are a few things to remember and look for to ensure quality.

Lower quality wood cabinets are made for customer assembly, which is often more difficult than shown. This is “cam” mounting hardware. Another thing you’ll want to avoid is wood cabinets made from particle board. This can be difficult as often the label on the cabinet will say it is made of wood, but this can still mean particle board. According to the Furniture Manufacturers Association, solid wood can include particle board, but you don’t want that if you’re looking for quality. What you want to see on the label is SOLID wood, such as oak, cherry or pine. Another sign of quality you’ll want to see is that your cabinet is held together with adhesive screws and clamps, not cam locks.

Do you see how easy it can be to find quality? Most people just weren’t aware of the misleading things they are trying to overlook. Now that you have read this article, you will be able to choose between steel and wood for your cabinet filing system. I think it shows how durable, wide and beautiful real wood can be.

Modern rustic interiors and furniture

The rustic-modern interior trend is a welcome change from the vintage rustic that takes a break from the concern for aesthetics. Rustic unfinished beams and brick walls with natural wood or stone floors decorated with antique furniture and natural fabrics. That is a style that I like to explore.

Incorporate rustic elements to our homes in an informal and sophisticated way, such as using an old door as a headboard. The key here is the screen. Open the doors so that the two door panels are on either side of the frame and hang a beautiful iron lantern to complete the design. Simple iron nightstands and a long trunk at the end of the bed with hand-woven bedding. The idea is to be discreet. Rustic patina mirrors sit atop a long dresser with a contemporary modern chair defining the look.

The reclaimed arches make the floor mirrors blend in phenomenally with plush upholstery, industrial chairs, and lots of vintage white. The reclaimed old doorway coffee table and fire console give the right amount of texture to an otherwise modernist room. A bright yellow carved cabinet against the white wall adds a pop of color. Rustic furniture mixed with modern and functional chairs with clean lines add a sophisticated touch. Sophisticated design is paired with a rustic white door dining table and leather chairs.

The kitchen is more towards a rustic industrial style with steel framed windows. The white paint and granite countertops keep the modern touch contrasting with an ancient carved tribal Damchia that has been turned into an island making the piece more functional.

Fresh but used with the tender love of family gatherings, the sofa bed sits in the corner. Use soft colors in the light blue and icy purple spectrum and keep the wear level on the cabinets smooth. No curtains on the windows gives a feeling of open space.

The bathroom vanity is made from an old slammed-door dresser with a granite countertop and basin-type sinks. Pendant lights and smooth glass showers with wall-to-wall marble tiles give the bathroom a sophisticated modern rustic elegance.

The library has a huge table carved from antique bone with white upholstered armchairs and a bench on the other side. Modern bookshelves line the wall that is packed with classics and encyclopedias. The main wall is dedicated to family paintings framed in antique carved wood and burnished brass. Nostalgic and vintage yet modern, comfort is the key element of this design.

Planning your kitchen remodel

Planning your kitchen remodel

If you are planning to remodel your kitchen, there are several things to consider before you begin. Below are a series of steps and guides you can take into account to make your kitchen remodel a fun-filled and constructive event.

A basic plan

A well thought out detailed plan is a must before you start remodeling your kitchen. This plan should be designed with the current good and bad aspects of your kitchen in mind. Next, you need to decide whether you plan to design the kitchen yourself, use a kitchen or interior designer, or work with a cabinet dealer or home center. Modern usage trends and optimal use of space should also be taken into account.


Laminate vinyl has been a popular choice for kitchen flooring because it is available in a variety of designs, textures, price ranges, and colors. This has today replaced linoleum, which was a favorite during the days before. Ceramic tile, hardwood floors, and eco-friendly materials are other good options for an attractive and durable floor.

Optimal workspace

Modern trends show that today nuclear couples or families often cook together and share kitchen chores. Therefore, the workspace in today’s kitchens must be used in such a way that more than one person can work efficiently without getting in the way of the other person. You can also create separate workspaces by separating workspaces with sinks, microwaves, or other appliances.

Storage space

Modern trends also indicate that today, with women exercising, very few items are cooked from scratch and there is a need to increase storage space for items. Therefore, cabinets have entered the scene in a big way. You can choose between framed and frameless cabinets and can be ordered from standard or custom design manufacturers. Check deployment, tilt, and other storage features within cabinets.

Kitchen sinks

Sinks are an important element in any kitchen. These are available today in a variety of colors, materials, sizes, and design options to suit every pocket. You can choose from cast iron, stainless steel, plastic, and top or bottom mount models. You can also select from one-bowl, two-bowl, deep and shallow models.

Considering appliances

When buying appliances for your kitchen, remember that they should follow the entire kitchen design concept. Choose built-in or freestanding styles and select material ranges to match the color combinations and materials used in your kitchen.

At totalremodeling.com we have a wide range of options to suit all your design requirements. From helping you choose the right materials, colors, and designs, our experts are here just to make your kitchen remodeling exercise a wonderful experience.

The cost of granite countertops

The beauty, toughness and usefulness of granite makes it a highly desirable material for countertops in home design. In addition to its natural strength, granite is a beautiful stone that adds color and warmth to a room. Although the cost of adding granite countertops to any new kitchen or remodel can be quite high, they are still the best option in many new and remodeled homes.

The price of granite countertops ranges from $ 60 to $ 120 per square foot, which may or may not include the cost of installation. Discounted granite can be found for as little as $ 30 per foot, not including installation. The cost of the premium is not in the stone itself, but in costs related to transportation and installation.

The stone industry remains unregulated, which can make it confusing. Each entity that handles granite, from quarry to supplier and manufacturer, can set their own prices based on local market demand. Full-service dealerships, so the owner doesn’t have to shop or plan, will add a profit margin of up to 50%.

Granite vendors typically have three or four groups (or “tiers”) of granite to choose from. The first tier will consist of the premium products that are sold at the highest price. Stones are grouped based on several criteria, including country of origin, color, veins or patterns, thickness of the slab, the amount of soft minerals in the stone, and current fashion trends. Some granite colors exhibit “” movement “” or a distinctive pattern within the color. The combination of color and movement also affects the final price of granite countertops.

The granite of the lower levels has the same beauty and utility as the slabs of the upper groups. Also, the stones on a lower level can be harder than the stones on a first level, so it is worth going out and looking around. A lower tier could also be called “commercial grade”. Typically commercial grades have a large number of “holes” that have been filled in. The presence of softer minerals may require additional cabinet supports or penetrating sealant, which adds to the final price of granite countertops.

The cheapest and thinnest cut stone can be a little less than two centimeters instead of the recommended three, in which case the installer would laminate it to the plywood backing for additional stability. Discount granite suppliers will typically deal with a finer cut stone; many suppliers now carry stones that are intentionally cut and quarry rolled. It is now common for stone originating in Asia or India to be cut and manufactured prior to shipment. Prefabrication creates a lower cost product with less waste shipped to the supplier. In addition, manufacturing is done in countries with much lower wages, saving on labor costs at the final destination.

The price of granite countertops is greatly affected by the amount of seams and cuts that will have to be made in the stone slabs. Discuss how the cuts will be made when the installer or manufacturer makes his preliminary measurements for the template. Another thing to question is the hidden costs of wasted material. Depending on the length of the countertops being installed, there will be at least three square feet of waste by the time the manufacturer is done. The cost of the wasted material is paid by the owner.

Shopping for granite countertops doesn’t have to be frustrating. Focus on finding a reputable supplier and installer who is willing to answer all of your questions. Even though labor costs are the highest price for granite countertops, this is a project that should be left to the professionals. Large sheets are extremely delicate and must be cut precisely. Failure to properly position a granite countertop could create a costly mistake for a do-it-yourself homeowner.

Types of chests and cabinets

Apart from the bed, another important component when furnishing and decorating a bedroom is the dresser and the closet. Both pieces not only fulfill the functional function of storing elements, but also become decorative pieces and secondary lights in the bedroom.


Also known as a desk, a dresser sits at chest or shoulder height. Due to its height, it is generally not used with a mirror. Chests typically have five, six, or seven drawers and are also used to store clothing items that are not hung in a closet, such as T-shirts, socks, underwear, and nightgowns.

The lingerie chest, also known as a chiffonier, is a specific type of chest designed to hold lingerie and underwear. It is generally narrower and sometimes taller than other types of chest of drawers.

Easily mistaken for a small cabinet, a door chest often has a cabinet with doors and a set of drawers underneath. It is typically smaller in scale than a cabinet and is 50 inches or less in height. Many manufacturers use “closet” and “door chest” as interchangeable terms.

A storage chest resembles a large rectangular box with a lid. It is intended to store bedding, including blankets and duvets. It can also be used to store seasonal clothes. Some manufacturers offer storage chests that can double as a bed bench.


The word “cabinet” originates from the French world for a type of cabinet used as storage for armor and weaponry. Closets can be used in many ways, from hiding a TV to storing clothes and jewelry. Typically described as a stand-alone tall closet, cabinets can include removable shelves, drawers, and valet trays. Below are the four main types of cabinets:

Wardrobe closet: designed to store clothes; ideal for suits, dresses and bulkier seasonal garments such as coats. Wardrobe closets often have a removable clothes rail or clothes rail.

TV cabinet: allows you to open the doors when you want to watch TV, but hide the TV behind closed doors when you don’t. Some manufacturers offer a TV cabinet / cabinet combination that can be adapted and used for any purpose.

Computer Cabinet – As with a TV cabinet, a computer cabinet allows you to place a computer in the bedroom, but hide it from view when not in use. A computer cabinet is specifically designed to accommodate a monitor, CPU, and other peripherals, such as a pair of speakers or a printer.

Jewelry Cabinet – A jewelry cabinet allows you to store your jewelry in one place. It also offers a number of storage options designed specifically for rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Jewelry cabinets are available in various models, including freestanding and wall-mounted.

Dos and Don’ts for Stainless Steel Waterless Cookware

Stainless steel waterless cookware has been gaining popularity, and for good reason: they’re inexpensive, easy, and allow people to cook healthy meals with little or no added fat, lots of flavor, and high nutrient retention. “Waterless” cookware is a misnomer, as small amounts of water are used for cooking.

Waterless cookware has a concept similar to that of a pressure cooker. Stainless steel waterless cookware comes in a variety of sizes to fit many types of food. Like pressure cookers, they work by placing an airtight lid that traps steam inside to cook food. However, unlike their high pressure counterpart, waterless cookware cooks at relatively lower temperatures and pressures. Here are some things to keep in mind when using cookware without water:

First, size does matter when it comes to waterless cookware. Overfilling a pot will cause your food to not cook evenly. It is important to fill the pot only about two-thirds of its capacity. When selecting stainless steel waterless cookware, keep this restriction in mind. You may want to purchase more than one size of cookware to suit the types of dishes you will be preparing.

Next, be careful to rinse and drain the food well before placing it in the pot, and add no more than a quarter cup of water before cooking. The goal is to steam your food, not boil it. Adding too much water can result in inconsistent cooking, loss of nutrients, and an unappetizing result.

Another important factor in using stainless steel waterless cookware is the temperature at which the food is cooked. The stove burner should never be set above medium heat. As soon as you notice the steam valve start to hiss, turn the heat down to low and close the steam valve to seal the steam inside for proper cooking.

Stackable waterless cookware is another option that can be used to cook more than one pot of food at a time. The key is that if you want food to cook evenly, you only need to stack food that can be cooked to the same temperature, for the same amount of time. For example, you’ll want to avoid cooking a roast at the same time as delicate vegetables that will likely turn to mush when the meat is cooked.

Obviously, only the airtight lid included with the cookware should be used for cooking. This is because the lid is designed to form a seal that will not allow steam to escape. If you let the steam escape, the food will dry out, overcook, and possibly burn. Similarly, you should not open the lid while food is cooking, as this also results in a loss of steam and therefore a loss of moisture during cooking. Wait until the food has finished cooking before opening the valve to release the steam. Only then should you remove the lid.

While stainless steel waterless cookware is a safe method of cooking, precautions should be taken when removing the lid after releasing the steam. Steam burns can result if steam is incompletely released. For this reason, you should let the food rest for about five minutes before removing the lid. When removing the lid, keep your face away from the pot to avoid the possibility of a serious steam burn.

7 steps to prepare your kitchen cabinets to receive a professional paint finish

There is a long process to paint kitchen cabinets. If you don’t properly prepare your cabinets, you’ll be sure your paint finish won’t last long. Proper preparation also gives you a good foundation to achieve the beautiful professional look you want for your upgraded cabinets. There are 7 steps to preparing your kitchen cabinets to receive the best durable finish.

The first step in the 7-step process is to remove all hardware. You want to remove the cabinet doors to make it easier to paint the kitchen cabinets. Most homeowners plan to reuse their hardware, so it is very important to remove their hardware to protect their hardware from the next steps in the 7-step process. After removing the hardware, you need to make sure to put the hinges, knobs, handles, and screws in a safe place so that when your painting project is done, you can easily install the hardware.

The next step is to mask your cabinets. The worst thing you can do is damage your walls and countertops while trying to paint your cabinets. When masking, you should cover everything, with paper or plastic, and use blue painter’s tape to easily remove and loosen the tape from walls, floors, and countertops. Most people skip the floor masking, but proper masking will give you crisp, clean lines on your floors. Painting near the floor is a difficult task to start with, so be sure to tape and cover the floor to avoid having to clean up paint splatters later.

After everything is masked and covered, the next step is to degrease your cabinets. If you have new cabinets that have not withstood the cooking environment, skip this step. Most paints claim to block stains, but oil stains are something different and any oil left will cause your paint job to fail, plus oil stains will get through the paint. You don’t want to spend 4 days painting only to find that you will have to repaint your cabinets to remove oil stains. You can use any degreaser, just be sure to clean all the degreaser off the cabinets once you are done.

The next is the most difficult part of the prep process and that is sanding the cabinets. You must first ensure that the cabinets are dry after the degreasing process. Once you are sure the cabinets are dry, you will need to sand them down. Better to use 220-grit sandpaper or blocks. Anything thicker than 220 will cause deep scratches that will show through the paint finish, so be sure not to use a grit rougher than 220. When sanding, you need to make sure that your cabinets are not shiny or shiny. If your cabinets were stained and sealed, the sealer is the clear coat and the sealer is what protects your cabinets, and that includes paint protection. Therefore, you must sand down the glossy protection of your cabinets.

Once you are done sanding the cabinets, you should remove all the dust that is left after. Not removing all of the sanding dust can cause two problems. One problem is paint failure. The powder will prevent the primer from adhering properly to the cabinets. The dust creates a layer between your cabinets and the primer, which means your primer won’t come into direct contact with your cabinets and will be problematic at some point in the future. The other problem that dust will create is giving it a gritty finish. Once the primer dries onto the powder, the primer will take on the characteristics of powder, which is a gritty texture. Also, the gritty texture will make it difficult to clean your cabinets later on. Smooth cabinets are easier to clean than gritty cabinets. Oil and dirt will get into the holes created by sanding dust. You should use microfiber rags to remove the dust after vacuuming the dust.

Caulking and wood filler for your cabinet imperfections will go a long way in helping your cabinet paint job look professional. You won’t have to wait to caulk after degreaser and sanding is complete to avoid damaging your cabinet and wood filler. If you need to fill something in your cabinets with wood, do so before caulking because after filling your holes or grain with wood putty, you will have to sand the wood putty until smooth. Then, I would repeat the dust removal process mentioned above. Even with your caulking, you want to use a very small hole to caulk your kitchen cabinets. Make sure to smooth the caulk properly by removing any excess caulk and residue, as any caulk that is not smooth will show through your paint.

The last step of the 7-step process is to prepare your cabinets. Before priming, you need to make sure that the sealant is completely dry. If your caulk is not completely dry, then the primer will seal in slower drying and lead to failure later on. If you don’t let the caulk dry, the caulk will shrink, crack, or shrink and crack after you’ve finished painting your cabinets.