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Wood Cabinet Door Finishes

There is no question as to why wood is the leading material in cabinet manufacturing. Wood's natural beauty and grain patterns along with its susceptibility to numerous stains and finishes make it a preference to home owners.

One of the major selling points of wood cabinetry is the versatility; with paints, highlights, stains, and glazes there is a wood look that will fit any design. Certain woods accept specific finishes better than other wood species. For example, Cherry wood takes dark stains better; while Maple is a very easily painted material.

The finish affects the price

The more detailed the staining process is, the more expensive the finished product will be. There are countless methods that manufacturers use in order to achieve the looks splashed across pages of Home and Garden. For a that requires multiple steps. Another method is when toner is added to the stain to produce even shading. After the finish is applied the excess stain is wiped away and a clear top coat is added to seal the finish. The staining and finishing process is exclusive not only to the manufacturer but also to the style that the home owner selects.

Kitchen Cabinet Finish: the top coat

Something many consumers over look is the top coat on their cabinetry. The top coat may be the most important aspect of the staining of cabinets. This final step is what keeps cabinets looking new. Like every other aspect of home remodeling, there are options in top coats as well. Many custom cabinet manufacturers utilize a lacquer or urethane; however, factory made wood cabinets typically have a catalytic conversion varnish. This top coat is baked on, and it is helpful in resisting many typical kitchen stains such as orange juice and oils. This top coat is so efficient that many manufacturers are offering lifetime warantees on the finishes on cabinetry.

Natural Finished Cabinets

Naturally finished cabinets are pretty self explanatory. There are no toners, stains, finishes, or paints applied to these cabinets. The beauty of naturally finished cabinets is that the woods' grains and patterns are evident. A simple top coat is administered.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Painted cabinets are also extremely popular with white and off white being the front runners for consumer favorites. Most manufactures utilize Maple cabinets when applying a painted finish; Oak is also occasionally used. When using Oak the open grain pattern of the wood may show through the paint. Due to wood's susceptibility to morphing, hair line cracks may be apparent after time. There is no need to refinish the cabinets, the cracks are usually extremely thin.

Special Cabinet Finishes and Techniques

Creative effects in cabinet finishes have grown in variety and popularity. These techniques may cost a little more because of the additional labor involved. Creative techniques can be combined with natural, painted, or stain finishes for different effects and accents.

Glaze Finished Cabinets

Another finish growing in popularity is glazing. Glazing is a great way to add that extra bit of flair to a typically stained cabinet. The process accents primary stains by highlighting details such as grooves, ridges, or detailed panels. There are both wet and dry glazes; the difference between the two is when the glazing is applied. Wet glazes are administered when the primary stain is still wet; this process simply alters the color of the primary stain. Dry stains are applied when the first stain is already dry, adding a more dramatic highlight.

Crackled Finish Cabinets

Many consumers are searching for an antiqued style for their kitchens, and what better way to do that than to add age to your cabinetry. A vintage style is acquired by applying a chemical to the cabinets that yields a crackled finish.

Speckled Finish Cabinets

For a speckled effect, different colored paint is splattered on the surface of the door in a random, speckled pattern.

Distressing Cabinets

Distressing cabinets is a more complex, exaggerated way to create a worn look. Distressing can include a combination of methods in order to produce the finished product. Many manufacturers utilize sanding over finishes, adding wormholes, and unevenly finishing cabinets.

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