Published at Sunday, 31 December 2017. Cabinets. By Aloin Chauvin.
Walnut is sought after for its tight, graceful grain and light complexion. Hardwoods like pecan and walnut are more difficult to stain, but you can‘t beat their durability and resistance to blemishes. In addition to types of lumber, you can consider characteristics of the wood itself that might enhance your space. Characteristics can add visual interests to your custom cabinets and provide a more "natural" or "earthy" feel to them. Some common characteristics are bird pecks, sugar tracks, wormholes, burls, mineral tracks, and knots. These traits are unique to each individual tree.
There are several ways that you can change the color and sheen of your wood in order to bring the finished product more in line with your vision. Staining is a popular option used to bring out the natural color of the wood. Many modern brands come with a sealant that prevents moisture from seeping into your wood. Painting is also an option; adding a base coat will also prevent moisture from warping or rotting your cupboards. Thermofoil-a process in which a plastic material is attached to the surface of the cabinet-wards off water, as well as unwanted discoloration and minor scrapes and blemishes.
Oil-rubbed bronze or brass looks amazing on white or grey cabinets which are very popular this year. See what can be found in antique stores and skip the cookie cutter pulls that are found in big box stores. Another vintage look is glass and ceramic pulls. Country style shaker cabinets will sing for attention and get it when adding these contrasting elements. These knobs and pulls come in a variety of styles and colors, and also opaque and transparent styles.
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