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Kitchen Cabinet Finish Characteristics

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Stain Finish

Stain toner characteristics vary with different wood species, grains and end cuts. Once the stain is applied it is hand wiped to remove excess stain. There can be small amount of residue build up in small notches and where door panels and frames come together. This is a normal part of the stain finish and cannot be prevented. No matter which species you choose, please keep in mind that no two pieces of wood are exactly the same. Stains are likely to exaggerate the difference between open and closed grains and other markings in wood. Grain variation and color change should be expected. As hardwood ages, it will darken when exposed to different types of light. Color differences or changes in wood can also be caused by exposure to harsh chemicals, extreme heat or other contributing external conditions. Based on independent testing, discoloration will occur to doors, drawers and cabinet parts after prolonged exposure to tobacco smoke. This is especially noticeable on white and other lighter finishes. However, we do not warranty any of our finishes against discoloration due to exposure to smoke.

NOTE: All wood species and finishes should avoid long term exposure to moisture.

Painted Finish

Hardwood Maple or Cherry is used for all Painted styles. Paint will develop hairline cracks in the finish, most notable around the joints - especially miter joints. This is a result of natural expansion and contraction of the wood. With that, Cabinets.com, uses MDF for center panels with all painted door styles to help with the stability of the door. Painted doors do require more maintenance for chips, marks, residue from normal kitchen use, and hand/finger prints. Paint may also have a slight difference in tones between doors, drawer fronts and face frames.

Glaze Finish

Glazing cabinets is a technique for antiquing them by mixing glaze with the same color paint as the cabinets. Glazes are hand-applied. The glazed effect is accomplished by rubbing the glaze and paint solution on the cabinet or by rubbing a watered down layer of paint over the cabinet. The technique will create a translucent layer over the existing paint. As a result, the glaze highlights the details of the cabinets.

Glazing is most apparent in contours where "hang-up" can occur. Doors with less detailed profiles will show less hang-up which accentuates the grain's natural attributes. Glaze adds depth, dimension and an understated appearance that's guaranteed to endure.

1. Glazing will range from a consistent, even appearance to varied, almost uneven, coverage.

2. Glaze marks may appear outside of the general "hang-up" area.

3. You should expect subtle to dramatic look based on the complexity of a cabinet door's design, as glaze may collect in the corners and grooves.

It's always wise to order sample doors because everything will look a bit different depending on the amount of light you have in your space. You will spend a lot of time in your kitchen so make sure to consider what overall look and feel you are going for when you choose your new cabinets.

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