Lighting the Inside of Your RTA Kitchen Cabinets

Ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets offer the opportunity for a great deal of customization and character for your kitchen. In addition, they are also perfect for in-cabinet lighting accessories. This type of lighting can be both functional and decorative depending on the types of cabinets installed. Use the ideas below to help you determine if in-cabinet lighting is right for your kitchen and, if so, the best way to install it.

The Right Fit?
Before rushing out to purchase lights for the inside of your kitchen cabinets, take a moment to consider if they are a practical solution for your needs. If your kitchen is well lit with a lot of natural or artificial lighting, additional lights in your cabinets may not be necessary for practical reasons; or they may not even show up well. If, however, your kitchen tends to be dim and it is difficult to see into the back of your cabinets, installing additional lighting is a practical and appropriate option. Decorative lighting inside cabinets is also a great idea if your RTA cabinets have glass doors. The addition of lighting to glass front cabinets makes them stand out and gives the kitchen an updated look and style. Be sure that there is enough clearance for the lights; there should be enough clearance between the top of the highest dish or glass and the bottom of the shelf above.

Battery-Powered Lights
Some homeowners may not want to run electrical cords through their kitchen cabinets, but still want the addition of lighting inside the cabinet spaces. In cases such as those, the ideal option is to have battery powered lights that can be mounted to the inside of the cabinets themselves. One of the things to keep in mind is that you will need to manually push the lights on or turn a switch that is directly attached to the hanging light bar or circle. For that reason it is good to keep the lights close to the front of the cabinet walls.

Traditional Lighting
Other types of lighting that are ideal for kitchen cabinets come with a more traditional power cord or hardwiring. In most cases, these lights can be turned on with the flick of a switch on the wall. This is an excellent option for glass cabinets, as you want the backlighting without making a fuss about the light fixture. Bar lights are the most common types of lighting that can be hardwired; place them in the back of the cabinet on the underside of the shelf above. This out-of-the-way spot helps light up the cabinet’s interior without taking up a lot of space.

Lighting the interior of a cabinet can make your kitchen come alive. Not only will it add great decoration and style to your kitchen, but it will also make it easy to see all of those dishes and cups that are tucked in the back of the cabinet. Practical and decorative, RTA cabinet lighting can enhance your kitchen’s decor and make your cabinets more noticeable and attractive. Choose the lighting style that works best for your kitchen’s cabinets.

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Creating the Cherryville Bathroom From Our Cherryville Bathroom Vanity Page

Since the Episode of Rescue Renovation aired, we have had dozens of inquiries about how to make the bathroom layout that they created.   So we decided to show you tell you exactly what they used to create that look.

Cherryville Bathroom

To start, they used (2) DB18CHV from the Cherrryville Kitchen Cabinets for the middle piece

For the side vanities, they used (2)VSB3021CHV from the bathroom vanity collection
For the middle tower, they started with a 2×4 platform to support the cabinets, and used filler pieces to trim it out
They then used a W3030CHV and w3024CHV for the tower
Add crown molding to the top and your layout is done
For the mirrors, they took 42" filler strips, mounted them to the wall, then attached standard mirrors to the filler strips.

It is a rather simple design that turned out great. If you want to see some of the footage from the show, or the before and after photos, head over to our Youtube page at: http://www.youtube.com/RTACabinetStore

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Bathroom Vanities- A Quick Look at The High End Bathroom Vanities

If you’re considering remodeling a bathroom in your home, you’ve probably been looking through home design magazines, browsing interior decorating websites, and possibly even touring the model home parks of builders in your area. You may be wondering where all the antique vanities you’ve been seeing are coming from – how could there possibly be that many beautiful old pieces of furniture sitting around just waiting to be turned into someone’s designer vanity?

While you may be seeing a few actual antiques, the reality is that many of those old pieces of classic furniture are new cabinets that have been built to look old — it’s a trend in residential bathroom decorating that’s been rapidly growing.

Conventional bathroom vanities have been installed in homes for many years and continue to be extremely popular, but if you want to give your bathroom an elegant unique appearance, try one of RTA Cabinet Store’s collection of traditional furniture grade vanities. These beautiful cabinets would look right at home in a 19th century parlor or dining room and can do wonders in upgrading your guest powder room or hall bath. If you accessorize the room with period hardware and add marble floor tile as a finishing touch, don’t be surprised to see your visitors standing in line at the powder room door.

RTA Cabinet Store Traditional Bathroom Furniture Options

Choose from RTA Cabinet’s seven designer collections for your bathroom upgrade – most offer matching mirrors and many have matching wall cabinets, tall cabinets, and even clothes hampers. Traditional bathroom furniture isn’t just for powder rooms and hall baths – some styles have wider vanities available that can be perfect for creating a new look for your master bath. A few collections to consider:

Juliet – this beautiful vanity features Queen Anne styling in a natural cherry finish
Wingate – if you like a deep cherry finish, you’ll love this elegant vanity with raised door panels
Bastille – it may be difficult to find a more exclusive appearing vanity than one with a walnut finish – especially if it features curved doors
Hawthorne – choose from vanities ranging from 24 to 60 inches in width with this beautiful dark walnut finished furniture cabinet
Yorktown – simple elegance might be a good description for this Mission styled oak cabinet available in widths from 30 to 48 inches
Bellani – European styling in a dark wood or white painted finish
Berkshire – just about everyone likes the simplicity of Shaker styling.

These beautiful dark finished cabinets are available in 24, 30, and 36 inch widths

Think outside the box — consider traditional bathroom furniture vanities for your remodeling project.

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Thinking Green with your RTA Kitchen Design

A kitchen remodeling project is a great opportunity to show that you care about protecting the environment by using sustainable, recycled, or energy efficient products and materials throughout the room. There may not be another room in your house that offers as many eco-friendly options as your kitchen and at the completion of your renovation you’ll not only have a beautiful makeover – you’ll have one that reflects your efforts to build green.



Green Options for your RTA Kitchen Cabinets



Going green doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style during your kitchen remodel – many eco-friendly materials can give the room a unique look and may even be able to give your kitchen an instant sense of character that other products can’t. The best news is that RTA cabinets has numerous models lines that can complement just about any green option. A few areas you may wish to consider eco-friendly products:



Countertops – if you want to create a kitchen focal point that will practically grab your visitors’ eyes when they enter the room, installing a countertop constructed with recycled glass bottles might do the trick. The countertops are available in a wide range of colors and custom sizes. Kitchen remodels with a rustic country d├ęcor might look great with recycled wood countertops. It may be difficult to get more rustic than using old wood and how many houses on your block have countertops over 100 years old?



Flooring – there are numerous eco-friendly options when choosing the flooring for your kitchen makeover. Bamboo flooring and Cork are very sustainable flooring products and there are numerous ceramic tiles manufactured using recycled products. However, if you want a floor that stops guests in their tracks, try one of the many varieties of reclaimed flooring available. Talking about your 200 year old floor that was reclaimed from an old warehouse is sure to keep your dinner conversation going while entertaining



Appliances – if you’re purchasing new appliances for your kitchen remodeling project, it’s hard to go wrong with those bearing the Energy Star label. Energy Star appliances must meet the stringent testing standards designed by the Department of Energy and are considered the ultimate in the world of energy saving kitchen appliances



These are just a few of your eco-friendly options when remodeling your kitchen – ask your contractor about other green products that might be right for your room and application.

Don’t forget about our new lines of cabinets that will be arriving in August.   Our new Bamboo kitchen cabinet line!!   We will be the first distributor in the country carrying the Eco-Cabinets line of bamboo cabinets.

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Kitchen Renovation Contest About To Begin! Win Your Share of up to $10,000 Worth of Kitchen Cabinets

It’s about that time of year again… time to have another kitchen renovation contest!!  This year we are having our most ambitious contest yet.   We are giving away up to $10,000 worth of kitchen cabinets to TWO lucky people.  Last years video contest was so successful that we are using the same format again.   This time we are asking homeowners to submit their ugly kitchen for a chance to win.   Show us your kitchen, and tell us why you need new ready to assemble kitchen cabinets from RTA Cabinet Store….  then get your friends to vote.   If you are one of the two lucky finalists, we will give you a complete kitchen worth of cabinets!  Two lucky families will win up to $10,000 worth of cabinets.   So if your kitchen looks like this:

  Needs New RTA Kitchen Cabinets

You should seriously think about entering the Kitchen Renovation Contest!   For examples of last years entries, and the quality of the videos that you should submit, check out our Youtube page at: 
http://www.youtube.com/user/RTACabinetStore

 

 

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