Kitchen Home Improvement

Create Your Own Bookshelf Using Recycled Cabinets

By Benedict Smythe

Recycled cabinets with a little bit of creativity will create for you a unique bookshelf or home library case. Why not position it near the window and provide a soft comfortable seat to resemble an exciting book nook? Add a little bit of vision and intermediate carpentry know-how and skill to custom build one for your home.

To make things easy, you can choose a simple design using reclaimed cabinets or inexpensive ready made units. Go ahead and find the perfect location. Maybe you have a south window so you can read your books while enjoying the warm rays of the sun. The light facing the north windows on the other hand, may be good for you since it is less intense and glaring on the eyes.

The ideal window is 30-40 inches of your floor. If it is any higher, the bookcase seating may not be properly lit. While if it is any lower, the seat may not support your back very well. The idea is to have bookcases on each sides of the window with a seat in between to provide a great corner to relax and read some books. You may want to take the opportunity to repair your old or broken window before you create your bookcase around it.

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You can imagine your own design from scratch, but it will give you a little inspiration to look at hundreds of good kitchen cabinets from stores that are upgraded often. They are available at little or no cost to the cabinet store, and you can request one in your area to contact you when some units become available.

A ‘nook’ is created when the two cabinet shelves are taller than the seat. If you can find a reclaimed matching pair of narrow cabinets, that’s great. If not, you can slice a long cabinet in two. It is natural for you to get different cabinets and shelves, and you might be wondering how it can match if you put it all together. Of course there will also be screw heads to cover, and perhaps an imperfect cut. You can fix these flaws if you buy cabinet-grade veneered plywood (about a quarter of an inch thick) and cover all the visible cabinet surfaces. You can glue them on and then you can also add some solid-wood face frames that will cover the front edges of the shelves.

It is really nice if you can create a good book nook, but remember that safety should always come first. The main concern is that you ensure that these fully loaded bookshelves will not topple forward. This is very important since you are working with salvaged cabinets.

Your book nook should be fastened on the wall, and the upper shelves must be stable. To be sure, you must not be content with just driving screws through the back panels. You have to anchor strips that should be included in your shelf design. This is the key: install three-quarter-inch thick by four-inch wide solid wood pieces that will provide the strong foundation for mounting the screws that will extend into the wall studs.

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Do It Yourself Home Improvement

By Alison Stevens

Home improvement is one of those terms that covers just about anything. Do it yourself home improvement is the process of renovating, remodeling or making additions to one’s home without the use of a contractor. Do it yourself home improvements are often performed to raise the asking price of a house before it is sold. Home renovating can be a costly affair that necessitates some type of financing, however, do it yourself home improvement can often be achieved quite inexpensively.


Do it yourself home improvement can include remodeling of a room, a garden or an entire house. A remodeling project, regardless of the size, requires planning and some major decisions so if you’re not up to d-i-y structural remodeling, consider a smaller project such as building a flowerbed out of railroad ties or stacked flagstones. Another easy remodeling project could be to build a garden pond. These small improvements can make a huge visual impact and improve the overall amenity and living space in your garden.

Do It Yourself Kitchen Renovations

A thoughtfully planned, well decorated kitchen is a sound investment in your home. Obviously, kitchen remodeling can be a major renovation project, however there are many do it yourself home improvements that can be done in the kitchen. Do it yourself kitchen home improvements can encompass kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring and appliances. Upgrading cabinets, fixtures, and sinks in the kitchen can be daunting but can often be tackled by the home handyman, with a bit of expert advice. And, remember, kitchen (and bathroom) remodeling usually brings greater returns than modifying or adding leisure amenities.

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Often a simple remodeling project can make an ordinary room beautiful. Do it yourself home improvement projects can be as simple as a small repair or repainting a room. Another small, or inexpensive project can be replacing the linoleum or carpet. Generally people categorize home improvement projects by the area where the improvement is located. Remember many projects require a permit from local planning authority. You may need to advise your home insurance company know about your renovations.


Home improvements can cover adding new flooring such as carpets, tiling, linoleum, wood flooring, or solid hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is a popular option as a do it yourself home improvement as it is durable, cost effective and easy to install. Vinyl or ceramic tile flooring can cost from $10 dollars to $40 dollars per square yard. Vinyl laminate flooring is ideal for a small budget home improvement job.


A small do it yourself home improvement plan usually does not require financing, however, larger projects often necessitate additional financing, or a home improvement loan. Refinancing refers to paying off the old loans and taking out a new mortgage on your home. The cost of obtaining unsecured loans is comparatively lower than secured loans and an unsecured loan is often advised for small home improvement projects with expenditures of less than $10,000. Secured home improvement loans are usually secured against your home.


Remember the old adage, ‘if you fail to plan you’re planning to fail’? Well, it applies to do it yourself home improvements as much as any other area of life. So take the time to draw up plans and a timetable to achieve your goals. If you find that you need to engage a contractor for any of the remodeling work review the plans and specifications prior to signing any contract. Get formal bids from a short list of three contractors on the same plans and specifications.

Do it yourself home improvement is more than just a new coat of paint and can have long term benefits for you and your family. Home improvements are a real investment, producing both a better house in which to live and an increase in the potential resale and value of your home.

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