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Episode #726, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner repair a leaking PVC drain trap underneath his kitchen sink...… more
Episode #725, Season 7 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor and an electrician help a homeowner install a new ventilation fan in her bathroom...… more
Episode #724, Season 7 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install a new garage door...… more
Episode #723, Season 7 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner prepare his concrete basement walls for finished wallboard...… more
Episode #722, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps install a new type of "zoning" control for her forced-air heating and cooling system… more
Episode #721, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a new "dual flush" water-saving toilet… more
Episode #720, Season 7 of ATOH
Our annual "kids" episode features family-friendly projects that parents and kids can build together!… more
Episode #719, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner quiet his banging pipes by installing a water hammer shock suppressor...… more
Episode #718, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to prune her neglected crabapple tree properly.… more
Episode #717, Season 7 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner clean, stain and seal his mahogany backyard deck… more
Episode #716, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner convert a claw foot bathtub into a shower… more
Episode #715, Season 7 of ATOH
Episode seven hundred fifteen, Season seven of ask this old house

Original Air Date: Week of 01/08/2009

This special episode is dedicated to making the most out of your existing kitchen cabinets. First, host Kevin O'Connor and expert painter Rich O'Neil show a homeowner how to prepare and paint her oak kitchen cabinets. Next, general contractor Tom Silva visits a pair of Connecticut homeowners in need of some organization solutions for their cramped, cluttered cabinets.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Kevin and painting expert Rich O'Neil showed a homeowner the proper way to paint her kitchen cabinets. After a trip to the home center to pick up a few supplies, Rich starts on the cabinet doors by showing how to degrease and sand them so that the new paint will adhere well. Next, he removes the sanding dust with a tack cloth and applies an acrylic bonding primer with a brush, being careful to use long brush strokes for a smooth appearance. To paint the backs of the doors, Rich hangs them from hooks screwed into 2x4's set in-between two ladders. This allows one side to dry while the other side is painted. For the remainder of the job, Rich and Kevin instruct the homeowner to apply two coats of latex paint and two coats of water-based polyurethane for added durability.

Where to find it?

Rich suggested the following materials to prepare and paint the cabinets:

Krud Kutter Degreaser
800-466-7126
Krud Kutter

Glidden Gripper Bonding Primer
800-454-3336
Glidden

Behr Premium Plus Interior Satin Enamel No.7050
800-854-0133, Ext. 2
BEHR

Minwax Water Based Polyurethane
800-523-9299
MINWAX

All of the painting supplies used for this project were purchased at:

The Home Depot
The Home Depot

Improving Kitchen Cabinet Storage

Tom helps a pair of homeowners make their existing kitchen cabinets more functional by installing accessories that will improve the available storage. For the cabinets underneath the kitchen sink, Tom installed wire baskets that run on slides, making them easy to pull out. In another base cabinet, Tom installed a sliding unit that allows recycling and trash bins to be hidden inside the cabinet. Finally, in order to make a "blind corner" in a base cabinet more usable, Tom installed a half moon-shaped "lazy susan." This unit swivels and swings out, making it easier to access pots and pans. Later, up in the loft, Tom showed some other accesories that can be installed inside cabinets to make them more organized and functional.

Where to find it?

All of the cabinet accessories were supplied by:

Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Company
2700 Oak Industrial Drive NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
800 253-1561
Knape & Vogt
Episode #714, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner in Charleston, South Carolina fix a sagging wooden gate...… more
Episode #713, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing & heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor replace an old tank-type water heater with a new, energy-efficient "tankless" unit...… more
Episode #712, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners break apart and remove a large boulder...… more
Episode #711, Season 7 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair a very dangerous deck...… more
Episode #710, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing & heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Indianapolis...… more
Episode #709, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners build a retaining wall using pressure-treated timbers...… more
Episode #708, Season 7 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner prepare a shower enclosure for tile using a new type of waterproofing system...… more
Episode #707, Season 7 of ATOH
This episode has many tips for making your home more energy efficient...… more
Episode #706, Season 7 of ATOH
Up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor how to repair damaged laminate countertops...… more
Episode #705, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner transplant a giant Rhododendron bush...… more
Episode #704, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps two homeowners repair the damage done to their lawn...… more
Episode #703, Season 7 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor travels to Nashville, where he helps a pair of homeowners brighten up their kitchen. Then...… more
Episode #702, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows a pair of homeowners how to transplant a large, mature tree to their front yard. Then Roger, along with...… more
Episode #701, Season 7 of ATOH
ATOH kicks off with Tom Silva preventing a garage roof from collapsing by replacing a rotting support post, Then Tom, along with...… more