Published at Friday, March 01st, 2019 - 19:33:50 PM. Cabinet Finishes. By Izolda Smit.
The two materials which make up this type of kitchen cabinets are thermofoil and MDF. Thermofoil is a type of a flexible, thin vinyl material that has no metal content. It acts as a layer of coating that is vacuum pressed above the main cabinet material which is MDF. MDF, or medium density fiberboard, on the other hand, is made up of recycled wood fibers that are bound by resins. It is machine dried and pressed into sheets to produce a stable and sturdy material which is better than solid wood. MDF kitchen cabinets can stand up to heat better and adapts well to changes in humidity and exposure to moisture. MDF alone is not strong enough to be used as a kitchen cabinet material, but once treated with thermofoil, the result is a smooth cabinet door that resists chipping and damage better than regularly painted cabinets.
Accent doors are used in a kitchen to provide an added visual interest into spaces. These cabinet door design is typically used as accents or highlights to emphasize a specific area of the kitchen, rather than being used for the whole kitchen space. Some accent cabinet doors make use of unique finishing materials such as engravings on a wood panel or etchings on a glass panel. Typically, an accent cabinet door is installed as an overhead storage unit or above a row of cupboards, often used to display fine dinnerware and precious china. Example of accent cabinet doors are glass insert doors, leaded glass cabinets, mullion style cabinet doors, louver doors, stainless steel door and aluminum frame doors.
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