By Twila Lucas. Cabinet Finishes. Published at Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 - 01:28:18 AM.
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.
Painting shaker style cabinets in white or gray, for example, allow them to fit in a more contemporary setting. Pairing it with a luxurious natural stone countertop and a rich color makes it well suited for classic kitchen settings. Alternatively, the use of wood stains in deep, dark color helps in enhancing the rich undertones and bringing out distinctive graining patterns of the wood. Overall, shaker style cabinets offer flexibility and versatility in terms of design despite its traditional origins.
The mullion kitchen cabinet style is the perfect fit for traditional, classic and transitional kitchens. It embodies timelessness and elegance, while giving off a traditional feel to kitchens. However, it can also be used in more contemporary settings, as the design is highly customizable too. Using textured accent window paired with streamlined brushed metal hardware can easily update the look of traditional mullion kitchen cabinet doors.
They come in a limited number of styles and colors. Semi-custom cabinets have more configurations and options for style to work better in your kitchen.
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