Cabinet Door Wood Types

One of the first steps in selecting which kitchen door you want to use is to establish what type of wood and finish do you want. This all depends on what look you are going for in your kitchen. You may want an antique look, a contemporary look, or just a good ‘ole functional kitchen. We will cover the basics of wood types and finishes so that you may make an informed decision or at least have a better idea of what you are looking for.

Cherry – is a dark red tint and is good for more traditional kitchen styles.

Maple – comes in a range of tints from golden brown to dark brown and is good for  traditional or ornamental styles.

Oak – typically will come in golden brown to dark brown tints and is known for its very descriptive grain patterns and can be used in formal kitchen designs.

Hickory – comes in variants from an almost white to a dark red tint. The grain pattern is visible such as oak but it is more streamlined and not as swirly as oak. This type is good for more elegant kitchen designs.

Thermofoil – is a plastic that has been combined with particleboard to create an economical and durable cabinet or drawer. This is great for contemporary or minimalist kitchens and it comes in a variety of colors.

Laminate – this type is actually particleboard that has laminate, several layers of paper that are compressed together to create a more durable sheet, glued to the front of it. This can come in many colors and designs, even that of wood grain. This type is inexpensive and very easy to clean great for minimalistic kitchen designs.

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Cherry cabinets with a standard overlay


Wood Tones – are more warm colors and come in a variety of tones from light to dark. The type of wood used on the cabinet will determine how much of the grain you will see. If you used Oak you will get the swirly look of the grain whereas if you used maple you wouldn’t see the grain that much.

Color Casts – allow you to add vibrant color to your kitchen design. Colors can come in reds, yellows, blues and greens. This finish tends to hide the grain of the wood underneath to give a more matted finish.

Glaze – is a finish that is great for accentuating the recesses, the depth and mold of the cabinet doors. Cabinets with this finish will appear warmer and have that antique look to it.

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Selecting the Perfect Kitchen Doors

In today’s economy many homeowners are refurbishing their kitchens and other rooms in their homes. The kitchen can be remodeled by updating the cabinets, painting, adding staining or replacing kitchen cabinets and doors. Embarking on a kitchen remodeling task may seem daunting, but if you follow a few basic tips the remodeling can be a fun experience.

Finding the Perfect Door

The first step in selecting the perfect doors for your kitchen starts with your budget. See how much you have to work with and this will narrow down your options. Secondly, your finances will help you to decide whether you can afford to go with custom made, semi-custom-made or stock kitchen doors. Once this is decided you can determine the style, the type and the finish.

When choosing a door type it is best to take these rules into consideration: solid wood is the most expensive, veneer is a little less expensive, foils are a nice cheap option, vinyl is better, and steel is extremely pricey.

Kitchen doors come in several styles: glass, wood, lacquer, steel, laminate, veneer, high gloss, frame, frameless, aluminum etc. The doors can come with a flat panel, raised panel, or with moldings and valances. Kitchen doors can accommodate a particular style like a European look, a country look, modern, contemporary, classic and traditional.

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Glass cabinet doors

Finishes and Stains

Kitchen doors can come in so many finishes like burgundy cherry wood, glaze, oak, maple, harvest, natural, frost, dulce, espresso, RTF finishes, handcrafted moldings, fluted fillers.

Refurbish or Replace

When looking to refurbish old doors or replace them with new ones it is less expensive to do it yourself. Things like refacing can be done by anyone. Staining can be done by anyone, but once you get into the more difficult task of replacing doors, let the professional installers handle that. A Kitchen door remodeling project can be wonderful and unique; you can mix up the textures and style to make it your own. You can decide on flush, shaker, paneled, tongue or groove molding. The proper door care can help keep the beauty and lifespan of the doors longer.

Fluted fillers, sculpted or square valances, box stiles and trails, veneers, oak hinges, brass handles, whatever you want to do will be wonderful because it is all your idea. Enjoy the remodeling or refacing project and start with your budget do the research and you will be very happy with your final choice. If you do decide to have professionals install your kitchen doors make sure they are licensed, bonded and experienced

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New Kitchen Cupboard Doors

Cupboard doors a little hard to pull on? Maybe it is time for a “face lift” for your kitchen area. Accomplish a new look by changing your cupboard doors, and this is not very difficult. Change your doors by placing completely new ones on or refinish the old ones and update the hardware. Whatever your solution, you will get a completely new look for your kitchen cupboards.

Cupboards are a place where families keep all kind of things from dishes to cookbooks. These doors get opened and closed all of the time and this can cause wear. Cupboard doors occasionally need replacing. When this is necessary there is a viable solution.

If you are handy with a hammer you can make new kitchen cupboards; these can be most attractive with just the grade of wood you want to use. Kitchen doors can also be refaced. There are companies that sell kits to show you how to do this. Kitchen doors can be solid, made with glass panels or have a small window panels, and they are ready to fit your lifestyle. Searching the web you will a large number of cupboard designs, so anything you need to look at can be done form the comfort of your armchair.

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New cupboard doors can bring life back to the kitchen.

The dramatic styles of cupboard doors on the retail market infuse housework with a new energy because of their beauty. Many doors are ready to be used with no staining and no polishing at all. Remember when buying hardware these cupboards will be opened and closed all of the time. Another thing is that good hardware looks nice even if you cannot afford to put a lot of money into the cabinets. If you should decide to buy new cabinets at any point, the hardware can be transferred to the newer version of your kitchen cabinets.

You can get wood doors, metal, and stainless steel along with hardware made from copper, steel, chrome and brass. Hardware can be elegant or plain. When you are putting your signature on a project, deciding how much flair is up to you. No matter how much you are able to spend, you will find something that will fit your budget.

Pick out the color, the style, the price range, and decide the best method of getting the cupboard doors you want. With prefacing, prefab or only upgrading the hardware, you can have an improvement to your kitchen storage area. Your selection of cabinetry for your cups and other dishes will be very nice and much of it is affordably priced.



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