Unless you created your kitchen from scratch, with a custom layout and cabinets, it's seemingly not perfect for your needs. But new cabinets can soon eat up a small remodeling budget, and re-designing the kitchen isn't normally an option if you rent.
Renew your existing cabinets and stretch them up to ceiling for added storage. You can also leave some shelves open for displaying personal items and storing stuff you often need.
Pull-out Waste and Recycling Bins
There was no proper spot for our garbage and recycling in our kitchen. There wasn't room under the sink, and there wasn't a spot for freestanding containers that wasn't in the way of additional stuff. So we decided to build pull-out bins in a cabinet, and they were the complete solution. They keep our garbage and recycling easy to access, but out of the way!. - tip: If you have an additional inch or two, put a cup of baking soda near the wall behind the bins to absorb odors.
The installation simple, although we had to do additional prep work because our cabinets were built with non-removable shelves. To do it yourself, you'll require to buy the pull-out slides, and a door kit if you need the door to be attached to the front of the slides.
If you have pull-out cabinets, select one of those as your garbage bin. Prefer to take the under drawer of your cabinet as bin. The drawer right under the sink or cooking space could be the ideal option.
Sink tip-out tray
Many traditional kitchens have false drawer panels in front of the sink. There isn't space for a whole drawer because of the bowl, but you can regularly fit a tip-out tray. It's ideal for corralling scrubbers and sponges that might otherwise clutter up your counter. To install mine all I needed to buy was a kit, and then pried off the adhered and nailed-on drawer panel. It took two people to help line up the hinges and panel when it was put on.
Vertical Pan Storage
Storing baking pots and sheets vertically versus piling them is the difference between filing and piling paper. They are so much simpler to access when stored vertically, so if you have a lot of pans, I highly suggest this hack.
Storing your baking pans and sheets vertically may save some extra space in your utensil drawer. To do this, buy pre-made pan organizer racks or make a few tweaks in your existing racks. You may also use tension rods to divide the shelves.
Build a Custom Spice Rack
In almost every home, you’ll encounter a messy spice cabinet that is packed with tipped-over containers and badly organized spices. Having all of your ingridients in one spot is great, but you also don’t require to take up an whole cabinet to do so! Adding a shallow, framed cabinet to an unoccupied wall space is always an option, or you can create your own spice rack cheap with repurposed materials, functional organizers, or pallets.
If you have low, long shelves, getting things from the back may be challenging. You could put things only in the front, where they're easy to reach, but then you're giving up room that you may need. The best answer is pull-out drawers.
Drawer organizers might look like a clear kitchen solution, but if you have non-standard drawers or appliances, it might not be likely to buy an off-the-shelf version.
Custom Spice Shelves
If you cook regularly, you've probably collected a lot of different herbs and spices. Having a spice rack to arrange them is a huge help, but you might not think you have the room. There are several ways to fit a spice rack in places you might not have considered, though. There are pre-made and DIY door-mounted spice shelves you might be able to fit in your cabinets.
Door-Mounted Paper Towel Holder
I recommend to use reusable kitchen cloths when possible, but paper towels surely have their use. So having paper towels somewhere convenient, but not out on the counter, is the intention.
These are a must for tall, non-movable shelves. They double your shelf space and can be utilized for everything from pans to plates. Double up the shelf area in your cabinet by attaching shelves to a tall cabinet space. These can be efficiently used to store plates and pans. You can also fix shelves on the doors of your cabinets for storing containers and other vertical supplies.
Under-Cabinet Toe-Kick Drawers
SeI have to agree that in my case, adding this under-cabinet drawer was more for innovation than anything else. There was already an opening below one of my cabinets where there used to be duct work and a heating register, so I turned it to a secret drawer, finished with push-to-open drawer slides and toe-kick trim on the front. It's perfect for hidden storage. More significant, more practical toe-kick drawers could be a storage blessing in a compact kitchen.
If you’ve got an area under your cabinet, then install under-cabinet drawers. They are an excellent choice for utilization of that space.
Having a small kitchen or limited wall space doesn’t mean that you must deal with cluttered counter tops and drawers! With a little of imagination and some DIY techniques, you can improve the value, appeal, and functionality of your kitchen in no time—at a price that is significantly less than a complete kitchen overhaul.
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5 Tips to know before you refinish your kitchen cabinets
1. Wood is the ideal kitchen cabinet surface to paint.
Undone, painted, and stained wood all work fine, as does MDF, compressed/faux wood. Any material that you can scuff up with sandpaper is viable. That’s why laminates aren’t a good option. You can paint them, but it won’t be as durable.
2. The prepping is as relevant as the painting itself.
Start by emptying the cabinets entirely and then clean completely, making sure to clean all the grease and dirt. Remove the knobs and handles and check the hinges. Remove the kitchen drawers and make sure to label so you know where each goes. Cabinets, as well, can be removed entirely and spray-painted in a commercial setting, but that’s a significant job, and it is difficult to pull off on your own.
Thoroughly tape off any paint-free parts, such as counter tops, hinges, and appliances. Apply a wood filler to patch holes and imperfections. Lastly, sand cabinets. A rotary sander operates well on flat surfaces. Hand sands the problematic parts and don’t miss the cabinet door edges. If your cabinets are stained, apply a 220 sandpaper. If they’re painted, and there is a harsh stipple that looks like orange peel, use 120-grade sandpaper before going to a lighter one. If the surface looks like crocodile skin, consider stripping, Rock Miracle is especially good.
3. Priming is crucial
After you’ve completely prepped, priming is important. All-in-one primer and paint products are to be evaded; they don’t do either task well. In fact, oil primer and paint adhere the best and give the longest-lasting effects on cabinets. A good option is water-soluble waterborne paint, such as Benjamin Moore’s Advance, which is something like a latex-oil combo. But note that it dries fast, so it’s smart to add an extender that provides you to the time to get a fine finish without brush marks. And if you’re painting something plastic or otherwise difficult to paint, Stix is a good primer to use.
Changing from a dark cabinet to light? Consider tinting the primer to even the final color. If your color change is extreme, you might rather add a coat of under body, such as Fresh Start, a thicker, concise transparent primer that hides more. You can have the tinting done in the paint shop; I ask 75% of the final shade, so it’s lighter but close.
4. Spring for quality paint.
Don’t be cheap regarding the paint you use. You’ll get a way better results using quality paint. I recommend Fine Paints from Europe for oils and primers. The one we apply the most is often Benjamin Moore Advance. Two coats of paint are indispensable for cabinets; you are building a surface. To get a superior finish, employ a brush, a 2- to 2 1/2-inch fine hair brush.
Whichever paint you apply, make sure to vent the room. Direct a fan out the door, and use the masks they sell in paint shops.
5. Semigloss, gloss, or satin. The stronger the finish, the better.
Matte paint on kitchen cabinets is not practical. We wouldn’t recommend using eggshell finish. You want a surface that is durable, so you don't have to repaint for at least a few years.
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How frequently you repaint your house depends on many factors like where you live, the type of materials your home is made with, and the quality of the materials you use for the project.
Painting Costs in the Calgary Area will vary when variables such as the brand of paint, the number of layers or coats and the quality of prep job and finish are recognized. You will find that every painting contractor in Calgary will give you a different response to this question.
For Interior Painting Costs you have to weigh several factors when determining the price of a painting job.
An ordinary Bedroom closet costs roughly $50 to paint 2 layers. A flat door is cheaper to paint than a paneled door if done by a roll or brush. Two layers on a flat door would cost roughly $25 per door depending on the quality. A paneled door would be about double the cost to paint by brush because it takes twice as much time to do it. A French door will require even longer to paint because of the many mun tins or glass panels.
Other Factors That Affect Calgary Painting Prices
Removing wallpaper is one of those tasks that can vary with regard to the amount of time it takes to remove it.
Years back, painters used to apply oil-based paint on walls, trim and ceilings. You can't apply a new water-based paint on these painted facades until it is prepared correctly including the use of bonding primers. Be aware of painters who skip this important step and do not apply a primer.
Lacquered Woodwork- Calgary painters used to apply a lot of nitrocellulose, solvent-based lacquers to doors, cabinets, windows, and mill work in the past and this coating require to be primed accurately before top-coating with water-based acrylic paints.
Furniture and Clutter
Furniture and Clutter- A home that is empty is easier to paint and it will take about 25% less time to complete. Now, a house that has furniture filling every corner will take 25% more time to paint for obvious reasons.
Painting your house is the best way to give it a new and fresh appearance. If you are jaded with that aged color on your walls or if it has peeled off, painting your house can certainly make things better.
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When is Time to Paint your House?
Painting your house can be inconvenient and time-consuming, but it’s more straightforward than it looks. It’s a good investment that extends the integrity and great looks of what, for most people, is their single biggest asset.
Paint is your house’s primary defense against the elements and the first impression visitors, and potential buyers get. When the color fades, chips or peels, it’s time to repaint. But there are other vital signs.
1. Peeling, bubbling or cracking paint
These symptoms usually signal dry rot, wet rot or mold created by failed weatherproofing. Intense sunshine, severe winters, excessive humidity, storms, blowing sand and ocean winds can add to the damage.
2. Stiffened caulking
Most caulks are intended to expand and contract along with your home. As your house is exhibited to more extreme weather cycles ex. Sunny days and cold nights, caulking will lose its flexibility. If the beads are solid and resistant when you push down, it’s probably time to hire an expert to re-caulk and check for any damage.
3. Fading Paint
Sun bleaching is frequent, and dark colors tend to fade quicker than lighter colors. Fading on dark sides of the house, however, shows problems with the vapor barrier or with water invasion. Look for apparently mysterious stains dripping down the paint. If water-soluble elements designed for interiors end up outside the house, it’s a symptom of water leaks. If you can’t discover the source, call an authority on the matter.
4. Patching Stucco
To reduce costs without re-stuccoing the whole house, patch stucco cracks and repaint the entire house. Otherwise, homeowners will be left with a patchwork from paint that doesn’t match
5. Because the Paint Color Changed
UV lights cause the paint to pale and, sometimes, change to an undesired shade after painting. Beige can transform into salmon in a matter of weeks. To counteract that, make sure the paint is an EXTERIOR GRADE that can withstand UV effects.
6. To Boost Curb Charm
If your residence looks faded, the trim no longer stands out, or there is nothing to make the house more attractive against its surroundings, a new coat of paint usually will do the trick, making it seem fresh and allowing the value of the home to grow.
7. If your House is Brand New
Usually, painting contractors spray one layer of paint over pre-primed wood. That primer reduces warpage at the wood yard but usually is insufficient to limit swelling or shrinkage. If possible, prime the wood before it is placed. Then think on painting a new house within five years to guarantee a working layer of protective paint, before significant damage has resulted.
8. Before Paint Flakes or Chips
Don’t wait until paint chips are evident from the road to repaint. Painting your house early reduces damage to the exterior of the home and also decreases the need for preliminary work, like scraping peeling paint, caulking seals or repairing wood. Reducing the need for prep work also lowers painting values.
Pretty much every home needs to be repainted every seven to ten years, but the tangible time frame varies by region, and materials used. For example, concrete fiberboard siding requires repainting every ten to fifteen years, but more popular cladding demands repainting more frequently. In regions with intense sunlight, stucco, vinyl or aluminum siding should be brushed approximately every five years. Wood siding may require to be repainted every three to seven years. In regions where sunlight is limited, paint should last four to ten years on wood and twenty years on vinyl or aluminum finish.
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The various kinds of paint rollers. Where, how and when to handle them. How to pick the best paint roller for your next Painting Project.
Find out about the various types of paint rollers and what variety of paint they should be handled with, e.g. gloss and emulsion and more. What kind of paint roller you should apply for a given surface such as an artex dome or textured surface or a flat surface such as a plastered wall. Additionally, find out about the many parts that make up paint rollers and what they are named.
Applying a paint roller can make life very simple indeed, but sometimes there is a lot of uncertainty over the best roller to utilize in any condition.
When this happens, it is as well to acknowledge which roller to choose and how you can improve that choice. Rollers can be employed to paint with gloss as well as an emulsion, and shorter rollers are specially created to work with radiators.
For bigger, flattened surfaces rollers can make a tremendous time difference, but it is essential to use a brush, or paint pad to go round all the corners and edges where the roller can't get without making a disaster of the surface next to the one you are working on. Using a paintbrush in this approach, i.e. for detail, is named cutting in and this is dealt with in our project about picking a paint brush.
Rollers come in alternating widths, from approximately 90 mm to 450mm and all have their applications. There is no right or wrong width for any assigned job, but the obvious thing to learn is the larger the facade, the wider the roller.
Paint rollers come in two pieces. The exterior skin which administers the paint named a sleeve, and the inside frame. The skin is pushed onto the frame providing a change of roller sleeves for different purposes.
Paint rollers have two main covers which are dipped in the paint – wool or natural fibres and man-made fibre. Again, usually, the rougher the surface of the wall the bigger the hair on the sleeves
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A lengthy sleeved mohair roller would be applied to cover a textured wall or an artexed roof whereas a soft foam roller would be applied to paint emulsion on a nice smooth, plastered wall. The extent of the hair on a roller is named the nap or pile of the roller.
More affordable paint roller sleeves hold cardboard tubes onto which the skin is stuck. This cardboard can get wet and break down conceding bristles and foam to work free. Plastic cores or inserts are favoured.
Artificial fibre roller sleeves are typical for oil based paints such as gloss and for painting flat surfaces like painting a flush door.
Lambswool applied on a roller sleeve is perfect for emulsions. They contain more paint than artificial sleeves and do not splash as much.
The best selection is a roller sleeve from Mohair. This is perfect for most surfaces, when applied with different length naps, and can even be utilized with varnish. Mohair is most frequently used with gloss paints and is perfect for oil-based radiator paints.
There are special roller sleeves ready for applying thicker paints or mixes, in a textured style to walls and ceilings.
Roller sleeves with designs cut out of them can give a very nice effect to a wall. Some of these roller sleeves are called stencilled rollers, and they are frequently made from rubber or cut foam.
Calgary's Real Estate is not cheap, and sometimes the idea of having a large kitchen goes out the window, and you need to be a bit more creative than the rest. Not everyone is lucky enough to have an ample space in their house to be claimed as the kitchen. Regardless of the tiny space they have, a kitchen usually comes to be a core for everyone in the family. It is an inevitable fact that almost in every single Calgary Household, a kitchen is a place where the members meet when a meal comes. Prominently, at breakfast, before they begin their day and at dinner when everyone returns from their workday.
In the following Infographic, we show you some handy ideas for your small kitchen.
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Fall is fast approaching in Alberta; we are not truly yet done with showing you the hottest trends of 2018. This time around, with another piece of fresh and modern decorating ideas and some decor tricks for your Calgary Home which will improve the look of any space
1. Statement Doors
In the upcoming fall, not only Kitchen Cabinets will stay colorful. The trend for intense, bold colors and breaking away from the whites, and browns will also be visible on entrance doors.
Front doors are also an ideal place to show these new color trends. The Oceanside blue or UltraViolet, depending which tone engages you more. A ‘statement door,’ as it is called in the decor world, enables you to lift up the outer face of your home, and demands less maintenance than a door kept in lighter, neutral shades. Check out this door we recently worked on for a Panting Project in Calgary
Do you recognize terrazzo? The misremembered flooring of the ’70s is coming back in a big way! The composite material was known in the Neolithic period and extensively applied in antiquity. It is among the oldest known floorings maintained to this day.
In this second half of 2018, terrazzo appears yet again to lighten up entryways, ceilings, and everything in between, and with today’s technology, it enables us to improve the slightly grim, traditional look, and, by combining synthetic pigments, imbues terrazzo with any tones that come to mind. Don’t miss the chance to relive the 70’s nostalgia, remastered in 2018.
3. Statement Ceilings
We have talked about statement doors, yet it seems ceilings also require to be painted this fall. It’s the end of glancing up and seeing a monotonous white tone– the time for the 5th wall in the room has officially begun!
So far ignored, ceilings will be maximally shown this end of 2018 and most of 2019. A "statement ceiling" can reconstruct a room from the top down with bright paint, striking wallpaper or intricate texture.
Beams in the Farmhouse fashion, tiles, graphics, black paint – you can experiment with whatever comes to mind. The sky is the limit.
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Green bedroom designs
Bedroom Painting ideas for your Calgary residence. I have one word for you; "green." There are two points that you need to think about when painting your bedroom walls with a modern green paint color palette. 1) What shade of green paint do you desire for your walls, and 2) How much green is too much green? The green bedroom designs below will assist you to remodel any space you choose in your Calgary home.
1. What Shade of Green should I use?
Dark green Paint produces a further intimate, romantic, and luxury sensation in the bedroom – just like the bedroom shown the picture below. In the other picture, you can see the lighter green colors.
The bright green shown in the picture above, mixed with the wainscoting is ideal for current modern homes. Now, let's talk about really light green shades, like the mint green bedroom in the image on the right, which will produce a bright and roomy feeling.
Applying Texture - You might wonder what makes the dark green bedroom in the picture look so great, is that the paint itself has a detailed texture to it. This produces some depth to the walls. This can be done merely by utilizing a sponge and two different shades of paint.
2. Too much Green?
If you only desire just a bit of green and want to dodge repainting the whole room, then work with white walls and decorate the area with green furniture, green linens, or in general green bedroom decoration.
The bedroom shown in the image above is an excellent example of this. If you work with white walls, you could quickly change the sheets to a different color, may be blue or grey to provide the space with a complete color palette makeover.
On the other hand, you have the space in the picture on the right picture, with every wall painted green, even the ceiling is painted and green. But it is the big window that brings in the sunlight, and the application of white bed materials that help make the space not to be a dark and gloomy area.
A solid middle ground is to paint a feature wall green. This wall will be the one that stands out in the room, while the rest of the walls are painted in a more neutral color, may be white, grey, or black. In the bedroom, this feature wall is usually the wall behind the headboard.
If you only desire just a bit of green shade and want to dodge repainting the whole room, then work with white walls and decorate the area with green furniture, green linens, or in general green bedroom decoration.
The bedroom shown in the image below is an excellent example of this. If you work with white walls, you could quickly change the sheets to a different color may be blue or grey to provide the space with a complete color palette makeover.
On the other hand, you have the space in this picture, with every wall painted green, even the ceiling is painted and green. But it is the big window that brings in the sunlight, and the application of white bed materials that help make space not to be a dark and gloomy area.
A solid middle ground is to paint a feature wall green. This wall will be the one that stands out in the room, while the rest of the walls are painted in a more neutral color may be white, grey, or black. In the bedroom, this feature wall is usually the wall behind the headboard. Get your Calgary home a makeover by implementing these painting suggestions!
We know: It’s only September. Thinking forward to 2019 seems like an unthinkable feat when we are trying to enjoy the very, very end of the summer, but for anyone in Calgary planning a large-scale renovation or a move to a new house in the new year, getting ahead of the color trends for the upcoming year is critical. And it appears like the first trend of the 2019 Color of the Year is formally here.
The color in question, you ask? Night Watch, a thick, vibrant shade of green hand-selected by PPG’s team of global color experts. After examining the lifestyle, runway, geographic, demographic, and global trends from 2018, the experts concluded that the theme was a desire to be more intimately connected to nature.
If, right now, you are thinking that the closest you are personally engaged in getting to nature is the salad bar at the buffet, know that the decision is more about what nature represents. According to PPG’s senior color marketing manager, the calm and resiliency that nature signifies were the main reason for adopting Night Watch.
The necessity to reconnect with nature is driven by today’s turbulent, somewhat rebellious, but always connected society. This was a recurring issue that the experts from around the world encountered during this year’s Global Color Workshop. For example, space in our lives such as downtime waiting for a cab or pauses in conversations manages to be filled with the use of our phones. Being surrounded by Night Watch can provide some of that space back by drawing our memories of natural environments to the outside to achieve the calming, invigorating euphoria we feel when in nature.
A runner-up to Night Watch was Golden Field, an equivalently rich mustard yellow color, implying that jewel shades will be prominent in 2019. Night Watch, a more easily versatile tone for homeowners in Calgary, was finally chosen for its versatility and more detailed representation of the zeitgeist—although, it is only one of 200 colors in the PPG 2019 Global Color Trends Forecast.
Talking about versatility, one of the exceptional things about having a solid, reasonably uncontroversial color like this to decorate your Calgary home is that the opportunities are limitless. Go big with a jaw-dropping paint shade like Night Watch on the walls of your residence, or maybe try an accent wall. Offset lighter wooden accents with the extensive shade for something more informal, or bring in gold and brass accents to counter the jewel color for something that screams opulence.
All of you, Calgary Homeowners out there, If you are looking to cover a full space in color, it can be a good idea to help establish niche spaces in homes by providing the significant space attention. And if this color seems familiar to you, it should: Pantone famously chose Greenery, a lighter color for the 2017 Color of the Year. Just like Night Watch, Greenery was picked for its refreshing and revitalizing features, suggesting that possibly not much has changed in the cultural climate in at least a couple of years.
Conclusion: To us at Gio's Painting Ltd, Night Watch signifies this distraction-free, euphoric feeling that you appear to only find in nature today. Here in Calgary, Alberta, we have the beautiful Canadian Rockies just around the corner so when I go hiking with my family, and we pass others along the paths in the woods, we can’t help but notice how engaged, and happy everyone is. I love how nature is one of the main influences tied to color trends for 2019 .
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