New Trend Alert: The Bejeweled Kitchen

The kitchen is often the focal point of the home, and spending extra time crafting the perfect design is well worth the effort. Most people like to create a theme with their kitchen cabinet layout, including specific choices on hardware and finish. The newest trend on the block is “bejeweled kitchens” that mimic the glamour of a regal home without the cost. Here we take a look at the ways you can transform your kitchen into a jewel of a room.

Paint and Accent Pieces

Gemstone colors are bright, but you can use them sparingly if you’d still like to present a traditional kitchen look. This trend can be adapted for any personal taste. The easiest step: paint the cabinets! Whether you prefer a vibrant green jade or a deep smoky quartz, painting your kitchen cabinets is the first step to a bejeweled kitchen. Go full force and paint the cabinets in full, or consider using a jewel tone as a framing color for just a splash.

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Adding elegant accents such as brass or chrome door pulls and lighting fixtures will add to the gemstone coloring. Unusual lights or faucets will add to the older-era feel.

Counters and Backsplashes

Sleek and colorful granite countertops provide a way to inject color into your kitchen.  Depending on the color desired you may have to search but there is a good selection of blue, red, green, and other combinations to discover. Alternately, a backsplash behind the counter can offer some shine. Typically silver or gold, backsplashes can add a bit of glamour.

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See the examples below to discover new ideas! While bejeweled kitchens may be on-trend, choosing just a few jewel tones here and there is a great way to create a new subtle look.

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Are you going to jump on the bejeweled trend for your kitchen design? Tell us about it! Share you pictures here, or with us on our Bejeweled Kitchens Pinterest board. We’d love to see what you come up with!

Custom Type Features for RTA cabinets

Ready to assemble kitchen cabinets are great for the conveniences they offer. The lead time between ordering your desired cabinet and receiving them is often non-existent because the parts are ready to be shipped. The selection of finishes and styles are large enough that you can find exactly what you need. Once you receive your RTA kitchen cabinets you'll be able to easily and quickly assemble these cabinets.

However, if you want the ease of assembly, but desire some special customization, you're in luck! Most ready to assemble cabinet lines offer the option to add specialty pieces. You'll get quality materials and a high end look without breaking the bank. Whether you want extra functionality in your kitchen cabinets or just want it to fit with the theme of your kitchen stylistically, there are a variety of options to choose from.

Customize for Utility

Add custom-like features for your RTA kitchen cabinet to help make life easier for you as you work. Specialty wine racks offer storage not just for wine bottles but other bottles and glasses you may want to keep out of cupboards. A wine lattice is both attractive and functional, and if you choose a deluxe wine rack option that comes with unique molding. Consider adding appliance lifts to your cabinets for easy use of your heavier appliances. You won't have to struggle with lifting heavy mixers or your microwave with an appliance lift.

Customize in Style

Even if you don't need special function, you want your kitchen cabinets to feel unique to your home. There are other ways to customize your RTA cabinets to enhance or incorporate them into your kitchen's theme. Decorative moldings for your cabinets are a great way to personalize your kitchen. From crown molding to rope molding and beyond, the options are endless. Another specialty option for many RTA cabinets is decorative hoods for your range. Many lines of cabinets offer a wide range of gorgeous wood hoods that come in different styles and trims. You'll find a truly great style in this selection of custom decorative hoods from arched to rectangle to Victorian styles.

How to Assemble Base Cabinets with Glue, Dowels and Brad Nails

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Although many people tend to assemble their cabinets with glue and cam locks, it can also easily be done with glue, dowels and brad nails.

1. Prep for assembly. Start off by placing the face frame on the ground. The two side panels with toe kicks should slide easily into the frame’s grooves. Next, insert the bottom panel board into the groove on the bottom of the two panels with toe kicks.

2. Assemble main pieces. Insert the two dowels onto the opposite end of the openings (this is the top of the door’s face frame). They should fit into the grooves nicely. Your last panel slides in the empty slot (this will be the back of the cabinet). Insert dowels on the ends of the toe kicks and then add a panel to the front of the toe kicks. This panel should fit perfectly underneath the face frame.

3. Add supports & drawer pieces. Place corner supports on the top of the cabinet and nail them in with brad nails. Then install in drawer sockets and drawer slides.

4. Add door front & shelf pieces. Attach the door front by nailing in the hinges to the face frame. Add in shelf supports and slide shelf in.

5. Assemble the drawers. You will have four pieces and then the bottom (so 5 all together). Apply glue to the grooves of the front drawer piece. Add the two side boards by matching the grooves together. Then install the bottom of the drawer by sliding it into the grooves. Add the back of the drawer piece with glue. The grooves should match up nicely. Slide in drawer slides. Attach decorative drawer front and secure with nails.

After assembling the base cabinets, you’ll probably want to install them. Measure the base cabinets and use a pencil and level to mark a line of the highest point in the floor to the cabinet height. Use the stud finder to locate the studs and mark them accordingly. Fit your cabinet into place and check to make sure it is level. If so, predrill the top framing piece into the wall studs and secure with screws.

Click hereto watch a video tutorial of how to assemble base cabinets.

How to Assemble a Lazy Susan Cabinet with Glue and Cam Locks

Lazy Susans make a great addition to your kitchen. They provide a simple solution for unorganized spaces and make all your goods easily accessible. A great way to make the most of your kitchen space is to install a lazy Susan into a corner cabinet. Here are some basic assembly instructions using glue and cam locks.

1. Prep for assembly. Open your box and lay out all of the parts separately. Lay down one of the side panel pieces with a toe kick on a flat and clean surface. Apply glue to the grooves of the panel and then insert a regular side panel board upwards on the right side.

2. Start to assemble cabinets. Then take the bottom piece with the turntable (make sure the turntable is facing inwards), and attach that to the toe-kick side. The turntable piece should be attached to both of the boards now. Tighten all locks so the panels are secure.

3. Repeat assembly on remaining pieces. Now repeat a similar process with the remaining board with a toe kick. Attach a regular side panel to the toe kick board with glue. Secure and tighten the locks. Take this two-panel construction rotate it so that the toe kick panel is on the opposite side of the existing toe kick panel. Attach it to your previous 3-board piece. It should fit nicely. Tighten all locks once again.

4. Combine two pieces together. Now flip your assembly over so that the turntable piece is on the bottom with the turntable facing up. The toe kicks should provide a few inches of space underneath the turntable base. Apply glue to the edges of the back and then insert the thin piece and top corner piece.

5. Install face frames. Now you will apply glue on the borders/grooves of the face frames. Attach these to the opening of the cabinet and then tighten all screws and locks. Where the two face frames meet, you should install a screw with a screwdriver for security. Do the same on all joints where the two frames meet the panels.

6. Add height to cabinets. There should be two pieces of wood left that match the existing height of the toe kicks (these are short toe kicks). Position these onto the cabinet under the door and screw them in tightly. Now your cabinet should stand up easily with the toe kicks on the ground.

7. Assemble cabinet doors. The last thing to do is to put the cabinet doors together. Screw the hinges into the door openings. Add shelf clips and insert the second lazy Susan shelf in the middle of the cabinet. Make sure all is flush and that the lazy Susans are rotating correctly. Screw in corner braces on top of each corner.

How to Assemble Base Cabinets with Glue and Cam Locks

Assembling a base cabinet takes a bit more time and work than the basic wall cabinet assembly. With that being said, you can still get it done quickly and easily with just a few products. The instructions for assembling base cabinets are very similar to wall cabinets, with just a few added steps. All you need here is some wood glue and a screwdriver.

1. Prep for assembly. Open your box and separate all of the parts. Place the door and face frame facing down on a protected surface to start. Apply wood glue to the edges of the face frame, making sure to not apply too much. Make sure there is an ample amount of glue in the joints.

2. Assemble first few parts. Use a screwdriver to make sure the cam locks are in an open position on the side panels. Insert one of the wall side panels so that the male and female parts of the cam lock fit effortlessly. Repeat with the opposite side panel.

3. Assemble toe kick. You want to install the toe kick panel (bottom piece) with wood glue. It should fit into the grooves easily. Tighten all remaining locks.

4. Finish assembling pieces. Add glue to the dadoes (groove in the wood of the side panels). Add the back panel with the unfinished side facing out. It will fit into grooves nicely). Tighten all cam locks remaining and wipe off any excess glue. Move the cabinet so the face frame and door are facing the ceiling.

5. Assemble drawers. You will have four pieces and then the bottom (so 5 all together). Apply glue to the grooves of the front drawer piece. Add the two side boards by matching the grooves together. Then install the bottom of the drawer by sliding it into the grooves. Add the back of the drawer piece with glue. The grooves should match up nicely. Screw in the locking devices/clips. Then screw in the sockets. Slide in drawer slides. Now is a good time to install the shelf clips and place the shelf on top of them.

6. Insert drawers. Then it’s time to insert the drawer you assembled earlier. The box should fit smoothly in the drawer slides until you hear the locking mechanism “click”. Open and close the drawer a few times to make sure it works.

After assembling the base cabinets, you’ll probably want to install them. Measure the base cabinets and use a pencil and level to mark a line of the height point in the floor to the cabinet height. Use the stud finder to locate the studs and mark them accordingly. Fit your cabinet into place and check to make sure it is level. If so, predrill the top framing piece into the wall studs and secure with screws.

How to Assemble Wall Cabinets with Glue and Cam Locks

You don’t need be a professional or spend a ton of money to successfully assemble your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. A glue and cam lock assembly is very easy to do yourself- which is one of the benefits of choosing ready to assemble cabinets. Installing your wall cabinets should take less than 10 minutes, leaving you with plenty of time for other home remodeling projects. All you need for this is wood glue and a screwdriver- the rest should come with your cabinet kit.

1. Prep for assembly. Open your box and separate all of the parts. Place the door and face frame facing down on a protected surface. Apply wood glue to the edges of the face frame, but be careful to not add too much.

2. Start to assemble. Use a screwdriver to make sure the cam locks are in an open position on the side panels. Insert the side board so that the male and female parts of the cam lock fit effortlessly. The glue will also help these pieces adhere. Do the same on the opposite side panel. Now you will have your base and two side panels all secured together.

3. Continue assembling. Add glue to the dadoes (the grooves in the wood of the side panels). Install the top and bottom panels and lock the cams. You now should have the bottom/base, top and both side panels installed.

4. Finish assembling & add shelves. Add the back panel with the unfinished side facing out (it will fit into grooves nicely). Tighten all remaining cam locks and wipe off any excess glue. Install shelf clips and slide in the cabinet shelf. It should fit snugly. You’re done!

After you’ve assembled your wall cabinets, it’s time to mount them to your wall. There are various tutorials for this online, but you can always consult a professional contractor for further help. Below are the very basic steps for mounting cabinets to your wall.

Measure the space from the floor up to the cabinets, taking into consideration the base cabinets, counter tops and more (if they aren’t already installed). Using a level and a pencil, mark a line on the wall where your cabinets will end. Use a stud finder and mark them so you know where to drill. Most people secure a ledger board to the wall for support and screw it into the marked studs to support the cabinet’s weight temporarily. Install the cabinets on the ledger board and secure them into the wall at the studs.

All About Birch Kitchen Cabinets

When choosing new cabinets for your kitchen, the wood type is one of the many deciding factors. One of the more popular and affordable wood options for these RTA cabinets is birch.

One of the main strengths of birch is how it compares to maple. Birch has many of the same strength qualities and can easily be finished to resemble maple. The best part is that birch is less expensive than maple, so you can get the quality look of maple at just a fraction of the cost. Birch is becoming a popular choice for ready to assemble cabinets, so it is readily available in a variety of styles for consumers to choose from.

Birch is a very sturdy, strong wood that is dependable and will last. Although it is not the strongest wood type out there, it gets the job done. Birch cabinets will stand up well to daily use, including scrapes and bumps. They also hold nails and screws well.

Birch wood has a uniform texture and appearance, so it is easy to finish and paint to your liking. Whether you like the natural, uniform grain of birch or want to transform your birch cabinets to appear like walnut, the process is simple.

Birch is generally light in color, although it can be stained darker if you'd like (as mentioned above). It generally ranges in color from white to slightly red to a golden brown. There are over 50 species of birch around the world, so the options are endless. Below are examples of the different styles and looks of birch cabinets. Which one is your favorite?

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These are natural birch cabinets. The handsome, light-brown wood gives a natural and traditional feel to your kitchen.

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These are brandy birch cabinets. The darker stain is an easy way to change the natural look of birch to appear more luxurious.

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These are white birch cabinets. The lighter color gives a sleek and simple look to your kitchen. White also can brighten up your space.

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This is another example of natural birch cabinets. The all-wood construction and slight toffee finish are a popular choice among home owners.

Benefits of Choosing RTA Cabinets

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When choosing cabinets for your home, there are a variety of options to consider. Remodeling your home- whether it's just the kitchen or a few rooms together- is an easy way to increase the value of your home and enhance your quality of living. However, remodeling these days can be quite costly. This is where DIY ideas such as ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets come into place. If you're looking for a quick and easy assembly, are remodeling on a budget or love do-it-yourself projects, then ready to assemble cabinets are your best option. Here are a few benefits of choosing RTA cabinets.

The price. RTA cabinets are commonly considered an affordable alternative to custom-made cabinetry. They retail for only a fraction of the cost of custom cabinets, which comes in handy when you're on a strict budget. Since customization and assembly are eliminated from the process of buying RTA cabinets, you'll save a ton of money. Since these cabinets are easy to install yourself and come ready to assemble, there's no need to spend tons of money on carpentry tools, expensive contractors and more. The shipping is also generally less expensive since the gatewaycyber.com pieces can be flat-packed.

The time. Since RTA cabinets don't need to be custom made, the lead time is far quicker than custom kitchen cabinets– which can take months to be completed. Due to their popularity there are so many manufacturers and companies producing RTA cabinets all over the US, so your shipping time will also be quicker (typically 1-2 weeks compared to 6-8 weeks for custom cabinets). The cabinets are always fully stocked and ready to ship, so you can start and finish your remodel sooner than you thought possible.

The ease. RTA cabinets are shipped with the parts and directions you need to install and assemble them yourself. Most RTA cabinets can be easily assembled using items such as a hammer, nails, wood glue or a screwdriver. For example, the doors are pre-hung on the face frame for easy installation. If you do need extra help with the installation, there are a ton of resources available online- including videos, tutorials and step-by-step photos. With the popularity of these cabinets, a new DIY culture of home remodeling has become more and more apparent online. If you're still looking for help, some companies will install the cabinets for you upon delivery. And even if you do end up hiring a contractor to help with the assembly, you'll still be saving money in the long run opposed to purchasing custom cabinets.

The look. RTA cabinets are available in a wide variety of popular styles- ranging from handsome maple to practical Thermofoil. With so many different colors, stains, grains and details, there is a cabinet style out there for every kitchen. RTA cabinets use common hardwood to create the cabinet frames, doors and drawer fronts and then use plywood for the inside. The all-wood construction is durable and handsome, making them a fine alternative to the poorly-constructed particle board versions you see at mass retailers. Why not spend a fraction of the cost and get the same quality look as the high-end custom cabinets?

The Kitchen Work Triangle

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The kitchen is one of the most frequently-used rooms in any home. Therefore, it's important that your kitchen is set up for maximum efficiency and ease of use. Having the right furniture, kitchen cabinets and accessories– and placing them in close proximity to each other- can change the entire workflow of your kitchen. This is commonly referred to as the “kitchen work triangle”.

The concept of the kitchen work triangle was established in the 1940s and is still used in many houses today. It focuses on the three main tasks performed in the kitchen (cooking, preparing and storage) and the appliances that help us get them done (the stove, sink and refrigerator). If these three items are in close proximity to one another, and form a triangle shape when connected with imaginary lines, it is easier to be more efficient in your kitchen.

There are a few others rules that the kitchen work triangle should have. These include each leg of the triangle being between 4 and 9 feet, no obstructions (including kitchen cabinets and islands) coming between a leg of the work triangle and that household foot traffic shouldn't interfere between the triangle. However, these don't need to be strictly enforced to have a successful kitchen working space.

Today's kitchens are fairly larger and more complex than those in the 1940s. Microwaves, coffee makers, dishwashers and other appliances all perform specific duties that take place in the kitchen. There are now spots in the kitchen for socializing, working on homework, watching TV and more. If you connected all of these new “areas”, you'd have more of a star shape than a triangle. Still, the main 3 functions listed earlier are crucial to a functioning kitchen, so the triangle concept still holds up to serve as a guideline. With all of your leftover space, you can focus more on decorations and extra appliances without everything being too crowded.

In larger kitchens, it's usually best to keep the work triangle to one section of the kitchen. From there on, you can use the rest of the space for seating or entertaining. This separates the kitchen into “work” and “play” sections, allowing everyone to make the most of the space.

If you're planning on remodeling your kitchen or starting from scratch, it is the

perfect time to try to incorporate the kitchen work triangle into your space. The extra planning and money you spend will save you time and energy in the long run. Placing your appliances too close together can make your kitchen feel cramped, while spacing them too far apart makes preparing food a hassle. Keeping the kitchen work triangle in mind when remodeling will make a large difference.

If you have a small kitchen, like a 1-wall kitchen in an apartment for example, the kitchen work triangle may not be feasible. In this case, it's best to do everything else you can to make your kitchen work for you. Keep important appliances and frequently-used accessories and utensils close to one another for easy reach and use. Make the most of your cabinets by maximizing their storage space with pull-outs or door racks.

Fun Knobs for Kitchen Cabinets

Many kitchen cabinets feature basic brass or wooden knobs in simple shapes, colors and sizes. An easy way to update the look of your kitchen is to add fun and funky knobs to your cabinets. Whether you're looking for bright colors, intricate designs, architectural shapes or animal and food knobs, there are a variety of options to choose from. Here are some fun knobs for your kitchen cabinets.

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Colored knobs. To add a pop of color to your kitchen, try installing colored knobs. If you have wooden knobs, they can easily be painted at home as well. Choose a color that matches with your decor or bring in a contrasting color to warm up a white or black kitchen. Reds, greens and yellows are known to blend well with black, white and wood cabinets.



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Crystal knobs. Crystal knobs add a hint of elegance to your kitchen. They look great in Victorian style kitchens or kitchens that need to look a little fancier. Try a clear crystal for a versatile look or choose a bright, rich color for some added drama.



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Glass knobs. Glass knobs often feature unique patterns and colors and are sure to make your cabinets stand out. These types of knobs are often seen in bathrooms, but are becoming popular in kitchens as well.



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Modern knobs– For a modern kitchen, sleek and stylized knobs are a must. Opt for modern shapes, elegant finishes and nothing too flashy. Brushed satin nickel and polished stainless steel are great options for modern knob materials.



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Flower knobs. Since you can't always have fresh flowers in the house, why not display them on your cabinet knobs instead? These flower knobs will make every season feel like spring indoors.



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Nature knobs. What better way to bring the outdoors inside than with nature cabinet knobs? These knobs make any home feel warm and welcoming. Choose seashells or starfish for beachy homes or leaves and acorns for country themed kitchens.



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Animal knobs. The rooster has been a popular kitchen symbol for many years, but there are a variety of other animals that can be brought into your home as well. Animal knobs are a fun way to dress up your cabinets and make for a great story to tell house guests. Birds and farm animals are popular options for animal knobs.



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Knobs with fun shapes. Installing knobs that circular or square seems predictable, so why not switch up the shape of your knobs? Just make sure that they are easy to grasp and pull, since you'll be needing to get into the cabinets on a daily basis.



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Food knobs. Knobs featuring food are a perfect fit for the kitchen. You'll often see pineapples in the kitchen (they are seen as a symbol of hospitality and welcoming), but there are so many more options you can choose from.