Published at Friday, September 15th 2017. by Alexandre Simon in Cabinets & Drawer.
If your goal is to update the look of your existing cabinets, the cheapest route is to simply reface them. This process involves either stripping the stain or paint from the existing cabinets and adding new stain, varnish or paint; in some cases, you might even want to refinish the cabinets with a stick-on veneer. Whichever method you choose, this will be by far the most money-saving option, with only refinishing supplies and your own labor to account for. Be aware that this option does require considerable "sweat equity," however.
When preparing to renovate an old kitchen or install a new one, exploring the range of kitchen cabinet components will be an essential first step in creating a custom kitchen to reflect your own unique style.
In her own kitchen, Jennifer is using black cabinetry to set off a wood island of Macassar ebony, which has a distinctive linear grain of black mixed with brown and gold tones. "I didn't want too much of the patterned wood grain, so I added black as a complementary color," says Jennifer. Whether you choose to go black all the way or merely toss it in on a kitchen island, there are some things to keep in mind when you go over to the dark side of cabinetry.
Coco Chanel pronounced the "little black dress" indispensable, so what might that particular color do for a kitchen? Black cabinets are new on the kitchen design radar. Whether you use it only on a center island or for all the cabinetry, it can make your kitchen a design standout.
"Black is a great accent and grounding tool for the eye. In a traditional-style kitchen, a big black island or unfitted piece of cabinetry with a black rub-through finish would act as an elegant counterpoint to the other cabinetry within the space, perhaps distressed cherry, or even crisp white," says Susan.
Once you've decided on a style, you'll need to choose your material. Cherry wood is a very high-end choice, popular for its extreme durability and an attractive natural color, which can range from deep brown to red. Maple, oak and hickory are also high-quality wood choices. Pine can be a great choice for a rustic, country kitchen look. More exotic woods like mahogany, ebony and bamboo are much higher-priced options, but they're known for ultimate durability and a truly unique unfinished appearance.