By Zaida Levi. Cabinet Finishes. Published at Wednesday, March 06th, 2019 - 00:57:39 AM.
The shaker style cabinet design originated during the American colonial era and was characterized by their simplicity and functional aesthetic.This design veers away from ornamentation and has a utilitarian design. Shaker style cabinets are known for their sturdy build, the use of quality wood materials and a design made up of a paneled door with rail frames.
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.
Remove your doors and drawers, then clean them with a degreasing agent and sandpaper. From there, apply a primer and several top coats. You could also pay a professional about $50 per door to do the same.
Glazed kitchen cabinets come in two forms. First, is a pre-glazed kitchen door which is already ready made and finished, while the other one would still include self application of a store bought glaze. The glazing process involves painting or staining the cabinet first, and then allowing it to cte for some time. Once the paint or stain has dried, a thin coat of glaze is applied over the cabinet door, using a brush, and then the excess is wiped. The glaze is then allowed to cure and once fully dried, a top coat of polyurethane is added.
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