Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Installing Kitchen Cabinets: Hang Your Own? Or Hang It Up!by Wendy Croix, Ph.D.
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
I'm a can-do girl, so I'd never tell you to think twice about a project without a good reason. But installing new kitchen cabinets is one of those home improvements that looks deceptively easy--though it's not. Unfortunately, there's a lot of room for error unless you create a kitchen cabinet plan and follow it to the letter.
Your kitchen cabinet plan
How good kitchen cabinet plans go badCan you say catty-wompus? That means crooked beyond belief in Midwest-speak. The number one problem with a do-it-yourself kitchen cabinet plan is crooked cabinet installs or crooked doors. Next is failure to find the studs, which damages the cabinets when they fall off the wall. And that damages the wall itself.
A Safe, Sane Kitchen AlternativeA friend of mine opted for a bold solution to the problem of hanging cabinets. She has NO hanging cabinets at all. That's right. Everything in her kitchen is stowed beneath her counter--or in one of the antiques that create her kitchen's distinctive style. Where you'd expect to see hanging cabinets, you see antique mirrors or open shelves displaying her glass and pewter collections. Not only does her kitchen create a bold statement, nothing in her kitchen is out of reach. So, before you hang those cabinets yourself, know that you have choices.
About the Author
Wendy Croix, Ph.D. is a creative writer, freelancer, and self-confessed home improvement junkie. She's also a professor with more than twenty years experience in the field of education.