Lightening Paneling and Cabinets
We are buying a home built in 1969. An old couple owned it since it was new. We love the house, the layout is perfect and just needs a young couples touch. The cabinets are only 3 months old and so dark. In addition, the darkest paneling I've ever seen. We want white walls and white cabs .it also has beautiful hardwood under the carpet..am I in for a headache or will this be simple... the paneling has finishing nails in it does this mean it has drywall underneath?
Finishing nails are a feature to hold the paneling in place. They are less visible. It also may be glued in place. Don't know what's behind the panel. Take off a piece close to the corner and see.
You can paint the paneling - just get a good primer on it and it will be fine. If you feel industrious, and have a lot of time, you can fill in the grooves with joint compound to get a smooth finish.
I think that your ideas are good ones. My wife "brightened" an old kitchen in one of our houses (had dark cabinets like yours). To do a proper job she sanded down each cabinet and door and repainted them white. What a difference! (We also put down new lino and countertops) The project took some time but we enjoyed the end result.
I'm not a wood paneling fan, but I believe you can paint them white as well (someone else here can probably advise you).
As for the hardwood floors....rip that carpet off and enjoy! My wife is always asking me to put down wood flooring (have complied twice in the past.) Hardwood flooring is a good selling feature now in many markets.
In any event, you can do this project on your own and reap the benefits of your efforts.
Cleaning Wooden Kitchen Cabinets
What can I use to clean them and take the grease off.
We always use Murphy's Oil Soap. If the finish is a polyurethane finish, still in good condition, you can use a stronger soap, just stay away from any with abrasives.
Loose cabinet hinge
Our kitchen cabinet door is coming loose at the hinge on the wall. we have gotten a larger screw and applied wood glue inside the hole that attaches the cabinet to the wall, but the hole has just gotten bigger. now what do we do to keep the cabinet door attached?
What I think would work, based on what you said.. and what I am guessing, is that you should drill a large hole.. say 1/4 inch. (DON'T go all the way through!!!) but go relatively deep in to the door. Then glue a hardwood peg into the hole. A 1/4 inch dowel rod. After the glue dries.. sand the top of the protruding dowel rod flush with the surface of the door. Then redrill you hole for the screw.
Make sure the screw is a wood screw for this purpose.. Like the other ones. This should hold.
Kitchen Cabinets Have Musty Odor
Our under-sink water filter recently sprang a leak and sent several gallons of water a day for several days into the cabinets under the sink. The leak is fixed, but the odor--like an old, neglected house--remains. Any tips on getting rid of the smell?
I would go with airing it out real well.. like with a fan blowing in there even. Then sprinkle around baking soda, and leave that for a day or so.
The baking soda absorbs odors.. how is a mystery to me.
Removing a Kitchen Cabinet
I would like to completely remove a kitchen cabinet that had an old trash compactor in it (which has already been removed). Before I start chopping away with an ax, what's the best way to take OUT a cabinet? Is it just a matter of a few screws, or are they usually glued in, too?
Usually the cabinets (I assume it's a lower cabinet due to the trash compactor) are just sitting on the floor and are screwed to the studs in the wall behind them. They may also be screwed to each other.
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