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The kitchen is the center for cooking or long talks over drinks, and kitchen cabinets are the first things people lay eyes on. Although it can take up nearly half of a remodeling budget, updating kitchen cupboards will ensure that the most popular room in your home looks good and stays functional. Here are some reasons why cabinet renovations should top the home improvements list.
Constant Wear and Tear
Kitchen cabinets get a lot of use through their lifetimes. From fishing out ingredients for a meal to grabbing an extra snack for the party, these lockers are opened and closed frequently, accelerating wear and tear. Even the sturdiest materials can buckle under heavy use. Occasionally, the doors will begin to malfunction and become harder to close and open. Before reaching this point, homeowners should replace and upgrade to newer models. Specialists know that price is the largest concern for homeowners and therefore tend to offer financing, making replacement easy on the wallet. Not only will it add to the convenience of the room, but it will also save money and time on constantly repairing the older ones.
Give Your Home a Value Bump
If selling one's home is a future possibility, restoring or replacing kitchen cabinets is a must. Renovated and modern cookhouses are at the top of the list for factors relating home pricing. Since cabinets are such an important part of the kitchen, it is important to create a proper aesthetic by choosing the correct style for the area. Home improvement specialists can help homeowners choose the correct model of lockers that will yield the highest value for the kitchen, getting one the best price for his or her home.
Show off Your Space!
Everybody wants a beautiful home. To maintain a pleasant aesthetic, one must continuously clean and update the abode. Kitchens are one of the most frequently visited rooms in the house. Cabinets are the face of the area, and since they take up so much space, they must serve as the thread that brings the space together under a common aesthetic. Working with a home specialist will not only ensure the greatest deal but will also guarantee finding the best choice for your home's most important room.
Renovating the home takes a lot of time and decision-making. There are many different types of wood and styles to consider when updating one's kitchen cabinets. It can also be a pricey endeavor. From financing to consultation, a galley specialist will help one find an affordable style that works. Working with a home specialist will help even the inexperienced homeowner create a professional and stylish look with the correct cupboards for his or her home. … Read More
Whether you buy costume jewelry for your own collection, for investment or for resale, it’s important to know when to repair a piece that has damage or missing stones, and when to walk away. Whether you intend to wear it, or plan to sell it “as is” will determine the wisdom of repairing it. If you plan to repair the piece and then sell it, be sure to factor in the cost of repairs to see if it’s worth fixing.
If you have a piece of costume jewelry that you’d like to wear, but has loose or missing stones, or has other condition issues, what are the best ways to repair it so you can safely enjoy wearing it?
I’ve found that some issues are easy to address, others require more time, patience and money, and still others benefit from the attention of a professional.
If you’d like to repair your jewelry yourself, there are a few things you should invest in. If you don’t already have a jeweler’s loupe, or strong magnifying glass, you should get one. I have two – one stays on my desk, and the other stays in my purse, so I always have one handy, whether I’m working at home or out shopping for jewelry. Another handy magnifier is one that straps on your head, leaving your hands free.
The most common problem I see in costume jewelry is with the stones – rhinestones, crystal, glass or plastic, they may come out of their settings, be loose, or crack or dull. Older pieces may be set with glue that has dried and let the stone fall out. It’s important to use the right kind of adhesive, and to not use too much. Krazy Glue or Super Glue is not recommended, as it may break down when attached to glass. Super Glue may be especially damaging to vintage pieces – a film may develop if it reacts to old metal and plating. If you get it on the surface of the stone, it’s difficult to remove. Never use hot glue – it can expand and contract with temperature changes and may crack the jewelry or loosen the stone. The best adhesive to use would be one designed specifically for jewelry, which can be found in craft stores and on jewelry supply web sites.
Be careful not to use too much glue when replacing stones. The glue will not dry properly, and the adhesive will flow out around the stone and onto the metal. I use a toothpick dipped in a little pool of glue to drop minute bits of glue into the setting, a drop at a time, using as little as possible.
Putting the stone back into the setting is a delicate process – you can wet the tip of your finger to make the stone stick and then carefully drop it into the setting.
Save your old broken jewelry, or any unmatched earrings for their stones. You might find broken pieces at flea markets, … Read More