Painted Cabinets and Vanities are the Trend in Home Remodel in 2007, Says the American Homeowners Association (AHA)

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The new decorating trend for 2007 is clean and bright. Kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities are no exceptions.

The new decorating trend for 2007 is clean and bright. Kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities are no exceptions.

"Painted vanities and cabinets can give tired spaces new vitality," says Richard Roll, founder and president of the American Homeowners Association (AHA).

"However, many people do not know how to care for these newly painted surfaces once installed in their homes," he says.

Here are three recommendations from AHA to help homeowners who want their homes to stay sparkling and fresh:

-Prevent the finish from wearing prematurely

  • Make sure the area is well ventilated. Hot, humid air will cause paint to buckle and warp.
  • Keep water from settling on or dripping down cabinet faces.

-Prevent the drawer slide brackets from loosening and falling

  • Don't overload a drawer's capacity. Cans, heavy plates and dishes belong on shelves.
  • Don't slam drawers. Open and shut them with smooth and fluid movements.

-Keep the cabinets and cabinet doors flush and in alignment

  • Door misalignment can happen when the framework warps or dries out. This is normal and must be compensated for with regular hinge tightening.
  • Keep door hinges lubricated with a squirt of light lubricant once every two years.

"With proper maintenance, the decorating craze of 2007 will continue to look beautiful and classy well through the next decade," says Roll.

For additional articles and ideas on bathroom renovation, home remodeling and kitchen cabinet and counter ideas, see The National Home Maintenance Manual

About American Homeowners Association (AHA)®
The American Homeowners Association is widely regarded as the premier source for independent homeowner and first-time homebuyers advice, guidance and advocacy. AHA's expert advice and strong membership benefit value proposition have been featured regularly by the Associated Press, CNN, MSNBC, Consumer Reports, The L. A. Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, USA Today and Bottom Line Personal, among many others.

AHA provides it members with benefits that range from 24/7 home repairs, pre-screened contractors, affinity group home insurance and mortgage loan savings, property tax reduction advice, $350 of free legal assistance, $1,200 per year in grocery savings, $500 of online shopping savings, affinity savings from movers such as Allied and North American Van Lines. AHA also offers a 100-course online AHA Home University with expert tips and advice for homeowners, whether seasoned, novice, or first-time buyers. The full roster of benefits can be viewed at http://www.ahahome.com.

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