Ideas for updating laminate kitchen cabinets
Because these thick wood-slab tops have their edge or end grain exposed, they are stronger than wood laid on the flat.That means they resist warping and nicks better than laminate and almost as well as stone."Today, manufacturers assemble them faster and more economically than we can." The goal is to take this collection of boxes and bring them together to make a beautiful piece of built-in furniture.The basic installation sequence is straightforward: You want to get everything straight, plumb, and level. For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Hang Kitchen Cabinets.As long as the frames and doors are structurally sound, you can clean them up and brush on a fresh coat of paint—and within a weekend take that kitchen from dreary to sunny.
But a brighter makeover doesn't necessarily mean replacing those gloomy boxes with all-new ones.For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Install Undercabinet Lighting.If you're going for homey and cozy in your kitchen, skip the built-in cabinet-base island and instead make the central work area a furniturelike table with a butcher-block counter.It has a 1x4 pine frame and ¾-inch birch plywood bottom.If you're only building one or two shelves, you can save some money by going to a home center or lumberyard that sells quarter or half sheets of plywood.