Friday, 18 October 2013

The finished dresser

From old unit to new dresser.
So here it is. Ready for its final coat of paint. From battered old unit to new dresser, with a bit of imagination you can do a lot to up cycle what you have.
The dresser top and skirt were painted soft wood with an oak top for a bit of contrast.
The shaker style panels of the old unit doors are reflected in the new end panels of the base and top. The wood handles complimented by the work top.
I used Farrow and ball eggshell finish paint.
I think it gives the kitchen a lovely new style.


Kitchen face lift

Add a new top.
 The kitchen unit I am working on is old and battered. However it is quality unit and can take some changes.
I am making it into a dresser. With a painted top and oak work surface. 
See how it looks tomorrow.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Time for a face lift

This unit is in for a shock!
 I have been asked a few times if an old kitchen can have a face lift. Quite often they can, but only if they are quality units. Sadly people are often sold kitchens as "solid wood veneer" and think that they are getting solid timber. But a veneer is a very thin layer of wood on top of chip board, and when this is shabby, it is time for the landfill site.
Sometimes the doors are solid timber and the cabinets and end panels are made from chipboard.
You can quite often do something with these. Cloaking the end panels with solid timber and sanding and re finishing the doors, quite often with paint. 
You can replace doors with a new style. But this depends on the quality and repair of the cabinets. If there is nowhere solid to put a hinge it can be a problem.
My kitchens are solid timber cabinets. They are lacquered inside to make a wipe clean surface. The doors can be painted waxed or finished with a lacquer. And they can be a variety of colors. 
When they are old and past their best, they can easily be sanded and refinished, to look like new again.
Watch over the next few days and see what happens to this sad old unit!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Staying put

I have had a couple of weeks out of the workshop, doing some refurbishment jobs. It seems strange loading up the van and remembering a lunch box again, but it is nice to go into an average house and leave it looking a million dollars.
The financial crisis has left many people unable to move, but it is amazing what can be done to face lift a property and make it look like new.
In the last couple of weeks I have replaced skirting and architraves, swung some doors and cloaked a very ordinary stair case with oak.
Changing  the style of skirting board or architrave, perhaps changing the finish from paint to oak, and swinging some new doors can have a huge impact on a property. Replacing traditional features that have been lost, or bringing a tired property up to date does not have to cost the earth.
However, it is worth getting someone who knows what they are doing.
New oak style doors are heavy, so do you have a door frame that will take the weight? Or the right number of hinges? Does it need to be a fire door? All these questions can be answered by an experienced carpenter joiner.
Does your skirting board fit exactly to the contours of the wall? Are the joints in your door frame snug with no gaps. All these little things make a huge difference to the quality of the job and the overall picture. And that is where a joiners skill can shine.
Another thing that people get hung up about is the finish. I was asked this week if it was "ok " to have oak doors with painted architraves? And the answer? Why ever not?
You can have exactly what you want. It is quite common these days to have a mixture of finishes in a kitchen. Painted units with oak work tops are very homes and gardens at the moment, so why not your doors and skirting boards?