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Options for Wood Cabinetry

Options for Wood Cabinetry

If you are ready to upgrade your kitchen cabinets, there are few tips and tricks to choosing the best option for your needs. Since it’s generally a pretty significant investment, you want to make sure you find the cabinets that you will love for years to come, and will remain stylish and well-maintained.

Most kitchen cabinets are made of wood, but you do have a wide range of options in what type of wood cabinetry you select.

  • Red oak is one of the most popular choices, since it’s strong and durable with an attractive pronounced grain.
  • White oak is perfect for those who like a lighter finish. It’s just as durable with a lighter grain pattern.
  • Maple is not as dense as oak, but has a rich color that is often showcased with a clear finish.
  • Cherry is more contemporary, with its red tones and uniquely pronounced grain.
  • Pine is less durable than other choices and dents easily, so it’s not a great choice in homes with children, but its knotted pattern looks nice in country-themed kitchens.

Once you choose the type of wood for your new cabinetry, you can also modify the color with a stain. Most unfinished kitchen cabinets will not be uniform in color, so experts will stain them prior to installation so they all match. Some wood cabinetry looks better with a clear stain, which helps amplify the appearance of the wood’s grain. You might also choose a darker stain, which modernizes the look of the kitchen without having to pay extra for darker and rarer types of wood.


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    Boston, MA
    I am having l nightmares over the Rhino Shield covering on my house, installed just over three years ago. Large bubbles are in the material that I can slit and hand peel the material, right down to the bare red cedar clapboards, which were also primed with an oil primer and finished with latex paint before the Rhino-Shield was applied. The material has a lifetime guarantee, so when I called several persons, including the owner Rhino Shield they all came over quickly.
    Rhino Shield said that the material was probably put on when the cedar was damp, and thus would strip everything and apply a new primer and finish coat, let dry, then apply new Rhino Shield, adding that there will be no more work till flashing is….
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