Having your kitchen cabinets professionally refinished or or refaced is an excellent way to give your kitchen a facelift with out the expense and waste of fully replacing the cabinets. Like nay remodeling job, though, you want to take steps to make sure sawdust and paint fumes don't leach into the rest of the house, and you want to make sure the kitchen being remodeled doesn't interfere too much with daily life. The following tips can help.
Tip #1: Set up a temporary kitchen
If you still plan to do some cooking from home, then you need a camp kitchen set up since it will be too complicated to try and work around the refinishing work. In general, you just need a way to cook, which can be a microwave, crockpot, toaster oven, hot plate, or a combination of these. An electric griddle or wok can also be a versatile camp kitchen appliance.
A plastic tub can be used as a dry pantry and to hold cooking utensils. Simply slide it out of the way when it's not in use. The dining room or a breakfast nook works well for a kitchen location. You will only need to venture into the refinishing zone to grab refrigerated items and to wash dishes (if you prefer not to use disposables).
Tip #2: Protect your air quality
Refinishing can produce a lot of dust, which can end up all throughout your home thanks to your HVAC system. You can begin to prevent this by simply closing every duct inside the kitchen and shutting any doors that lead into the room.
For even better protection, cover each duct in the kitchen with construction plastic and tape it in place. You can also give the same treatment to any doorways. One door will need to have plastic that can easily be removed to provide the entrance/exit to the room. You can find construction door curtains with zippers up the middle or weighted bottoms that allow them to be pushed aside but hold them in place otherwise.
Tip #3: Stick to the schedule
When talking with your refinisher, set a firm time for them to show up to the job site. In many cases, construction remodelers start their day early, so if you don't want to be woken up at 7 with the crew arriving you need to arrange this ahead of time. Generally, anytime between 7 and 9 am is a suitable start to the workday.
This way you can finish any morning chores that take you into the kitchen, such as breakfast preparation. This also gives you time to shower without a lot of workers in the home, or get the kids ready and off to school.
For more help, talk to a cabinet refinishing and remodeling contractor, like one from Renew Your Cabinets, in your area.