Kitchen Cabinet Ideas: How To Save Yourself Some Stress

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Kitchen Cabinet Ideas3“I need new kitchen cabinets and I need ideas…”

That’s the kind of sentence that usually makes a person cringe and mentally add another weekend project to the “Honey Do” list with a heavy sigh.

Personally, I’ve never seen anyone jump up and down shouting for joy while they’re thinking about the amount of work it’ll take to shop around for and then install kitchen cabinets.

Granted, there is a certain appeal and a sense of accomplishment when you’re thinking about how they’ll look afterwards, it’s the work it takes to get to the “afterwards” part that keeps us procrastinating.

If you just smiled, you can relate. Here are some time saving tips that’ll make this kind of home improvement project less hassle:

1. Know exactly what you want when you’re shopping.

That seems pretty straight forward right? Almost like a no brainer? You might be surprised how easily that’ll change once you choose that perfect wood type and find out that the cabinets you bought and paid for don’t look like they did in the home improvement stores.

This can also help you avoid “sticker shock” when you get to find out how much you’re paying, too. Remember that in a brick and mortar store, they’ve got perfect lighting and they’ve carefully arranged their products to show them off to the best advantage.

For example, the light in your kitchen is different than it is in the stores and while it looks great in store, you might find out that it doesn’t go well with the walls in your kitchen.

For a lot of people, your kitchen is where life happens so you want it to be warm and inviting.

Ask an online store for a shipment of some samples so that you can compare them and know exactly what you’re getting into before you buy.

This is going to save time, headaches, hair tearing out and money and that, my friends, is your ultimate goal.

2. Decide whether or not you want to go the professional route with installation.

Let’s face it, not all of us are willing or able to do the dirty work ourselves and while anyone will admit that hiring a professional to come do the work for you costs more, they also know exactly what they’re doing.

They’ve done this kind of thing before and for all you dyed-in-the-wool do it yourselfers out there, while I can certainly respect your “can do” attitude, you also have to remember that if you slip up, the cost to fix it is all yours.

If you hire a professional and they make a mistake, they fix it at no cost to you. That and they make it look easy because they can get it done in half the time which loosely translates into half the stress for you. I’d call that a win-win.

3. Measure, measure, measure.

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting exactly what you had in mind, only to discover that those gorgeous, perfectly colored cabinets that were chosen with a careful eye for quality and durability simply won’t fit in your kitchen because you forgot to measure the walls.

You’ll save time and money and avoid ulcers if you measure twice and make sure you got it right. I know that seems like it should be obvious, but it’s a detail that’s easily and often overlooked. Save yourself from running into this little obstacle and you’re home free.

That’s it, you’ve picked out your sweet new cabinets (don’t forget to measure!), bought them, gotten them installed and now you’re ready to enjoy them for the next several years or until you change your mind again, whichever comes first.

If you follow these three simple tips, you can rest assured that your relationship with your new kitchen cabinets will be a long and fulfilling one because you’ve just brought your ideas to life. Congratulations!

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