Should You Use RTA Cabinets for Your Kitchen Renovation?

Bristol Birch cabinet

The prospect of replacing your kitchen cabinets can be daunting, but there are many good reasons to do it. You might be concerned about the sturdiness or age of your current cabinets, or maybe the layout doesn’t work for your specific needs. Whatever the reason, there’s a very good chance that buying ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets is a great option for your cabinet replacement project.

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Ways to Use an Interior Rolling Barn Door Hardware Kit

There are so many creative ways to use interior rolling barn door hardware kits in your home. No matter your style we have something for you. With our kits all you have to pick is the rail size and which design works for you. Then go out and get the size and type of door you want. It’s simple and easy. Here are some more great ideas on how to use rolling doors in your home…

Open Concept Room Divider

Open concept homes can be great but sometimes you might be looking for a little bit of privacy for a conversation or perhaps you want to keep people out of the kitchen while you’re cooking. No matter the reasons sometimes it would be nice to close our open concept for a little while. A great way to do this is with a rolling barn door hardware kit!

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Spring Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

Spring is coming and that can mean only one thing: Spring cleaning! The place to start is with your kitchen. The kitchen is the hub of any home but it can also be the messiest. It is where we cook, bake, and eat. This is where we congregate as families and where we talk with friends over coffee. It seems like the perfect place to start, especially the cabinets.

Kitchen cabinets tend to get a little greasy from all of the cooking and activity. To give your cabinets that old shine try using oil. Mineral oil or even just vegetable oil takes the grease off of your cabinet surfaces but will also give them a beautiful sheen. But it’s not just the outside that matters.

Organization is the perfect way to keep away the clutter and mess. Among our products you will find any organization tool you might need. Whether your pots and pans are a clanking mess or your plastic ware are a cluttered avalanche every time you open the cabinet door, we can help. You can make next year’s spring cleaning easier by staying organized all year long. After a long, hard winter treat your home to a refresh with these helpful organization products and many more found at Custom Service Hardware.

 

Use our corner lazy Susan to keep things like plastic ware containers in their place. Put lids on one shelf and stack the bins on another.

Corner Lazy Susan

 

Keep your spices or smaller kitchenware within easy reach with our pull out base organizer.

Pull Out Base Organizer

 

Nothing is as frustrating as the clashing of pots and pans when you can’t find the one you need. Keep your cookware and lids organized with our two-tier cookware organizer.

Two-Tier Cookware Organizer

Organizing Cabinets & Shelves: Closet Space

Part Two in this Series, this week we look at how to make the most of an oft-crowded space: your closet. Whether you have a sprawling boudoir or a compact NYC apartment with “less-than adequate” space, here are some tips for you.

Being organized has its advantages, all throughout your home. How many of us have a not-quite-so-functional closet, either too small or too cluttered? Here are some great ideas on how to use a little bit of creativity and some cleverness to make the most out of your closet storage space.

Closet Storage:  Valet Rods (sliding & pull out)

Ever need an extra hand? Valet rods to the rescue. Standard or collapsible rods can be installed in a variety of places. Now you can keep that freshly ironed shirt ready for an upcoming event, or remind yourself what needs to go to the dry cleaners. Continue reading “Organizing Cabinets & Shelves: Closet Space”

8 Clever Ways To Use A Rolling Library Ladder – All Over The House

Time to go above and beyond library walls.

The classic rolling library ladder often evokes images of majestic libraries, full of epic bookshelves, and maybe Belle sing-songing about escaping her provincial life. But they can be used for a great variety of purposes – from straight utilitarian practicality, or adding a unique sense of design and room architecture. You may even be able to combine the two; let’s browse how a rolling library ladder could be just the right addition for your room. (Note: all photos were customer submitted!) Continue reading “8 Clever Ways To Use A Rolling Library Ladder – All Over The House”

How to Maximize the Space in Your Kitchen

Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes homeowners will compromise on the kitchen initially with visions of improving it later on. The kitchen is quite often a bustling place for cooking meals and entertaining. If the space is limited, don’t feel cheated. Get creative! Consider some useful ideas for maximizing kitchen space and your less-than-ideal kitchen will feel like a perfect fit.

Extend Countertops

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Bring Spring Into Your Home

Now that we are officially into spring, it's time to update the look and feel of your home to match the season. There are variety of ways to bring spring into your home without spending a fortune or using up all of your free time. Here are a few of our tips- what do you do to bring spring into your home?

One way to bring spring into your home- literally- is with fresh flowers and plants. Place fresh flowers from your garden in a nice vase and place them on your dining table as a lovely centerpiece. Flowers also look lovely in the bathroom on the vanity top, especially if you have guests coming over.



If fresh flowers or plants aren't your thing, you can still bring those elements into your home in the form of items such as decorative hardware. Floral knobs or leaf pulls can easily be taken off and replaced seasonally if you prefer- although leaving them up year-round will make every day feel like spring.



Spring decor is typically related to brighter and bolder colors. You don't need to paint your walls or furniture each time the season changes- that would be a bit excessive. By simply changing up the rugs, pillows, paintings and other items, you can give your home a new, spring look. Eliminate darker colors from winter and opt for whites with touches of brighter colors such as yellows, greens and blues.



If you can, allow for natural lighting during the daytime. Make the most of the extra hour of light by opening your blinds and curtains. This not only brightens your space, but also will let you save on your electricity bill.




Although many homeowners dread this time of the year for this reason, spring cleaning is a must. Work on de-cluttering each room, eliminating dust, washing fabrics and organizing your closets. Items such as shoe storage, closet storage pullouts, hampers and pant racks all let you easily organize your closet. You should also give your RTA cabinets a thorough cleaning to restore their shine and color.

Wine Storage Ideas

Whether you have an entire basement or just a small corner in the kitchen, you can easily show off your wine collection with the right form of storage. Avid collectors may dedicated an entire room solely to show off their collection, while others have specialty storage in their kitchen for their favorites.

When deciding which type and level of storage you will bring into your home, you must take a variety of factors into consideration. First, you need to clear out and find a space to fit your collection. Popular areas include the kitchen, the living room or a wine cellar (for larger collections). Then you have to choose what type of storage you'd like. Popular storage ideas include wine closets/pantries, lattice wine racks, bottle racks, X-racks and more. Lastly, decide which wines are to be consumed soon and which should be stored for long-term aging. Keep popular wines out in the open for guests, and store finer wines for special occasions in another place. Remember that factors such as light, humidity and temperature affect the wine's condition, so keep that in mind when choosing storage spaces.

Here are a few of my favorite wine storage ideas.

This interesting and unique wine holder is made from PVC pipes. Not only does it provide storage for your favorite wines, but it also serves as a decor piece. Learn how to DIY one of these yourself here on Houzz.




lattice wine rack
These lattice wine racks are a great option for kitchens. They easily fit in an empty space or where a cabinet would be installed. Add a stemware rack underneath to store wine glasses and you have your own mini bar right at your fingertips!




wine x racks
These “X” racks store a few of your favorite bottles. These innovative wine storage racks are great for a kitchen or living room area where guests can clearly see your selection of wine. They take up very little space and fit wonderfully in a corner or bare space in your home.




If you have an empty closet or pantry space that's not currently in use, why not convert it into a wine closet? This saves space and money and provides you with plenty of space for storing wines by type, age, etc. Dividers, shelves and drawers help to easily separate wines, wine glasses and other necessities. See more inspiration here at Houzz.




Houzz features a variety of unique and cool wine cellars as inspiration. Try keeping track of them by labeling each bottle and grouping similar types, flavors and ages together. Some avid wine collections even invest in wine room management software programs to keep track of their bottles.




undercounter wine storage
If you're lacking space in your kitchen, storing wine under your countertops or in your kitchen island is a great idea. You can keep them out in the open like this photo from Better Homes and Gardens, or add a lock or door to keep them away from children or animals.
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