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Choosing Cabinets to Compliment Countertops

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:26 PM

Choosing Cabinets to Compliment Countertops

When it comes to modern kitchens, there are a variety of cabinet and countertops combinations to choose from. Generally, when planning out a sleek kitchen with modern features, simplicity is key. Because modern-style kitchens often feature whites, grays, and blacks, it really comes down to pairing a smooth cabinet style with a clean, polished countertop. For instance, for quartz countertops, a smooth, light cabinet such as our Calm White Shaker provides the perfect touch of elegance to contrast the gray color of the countertops. If your kitchen has an island, enhance the kitchen’s aesthetic by adding a cabinet with a rich finish, like our Cherry Glaze.

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Hello, readers, and welcome back to the WoodCabinets4Less blog. In our last post, we looked at plywood, what it is, and the benefits of plywood features in cabinets. Today, we would like to turn our focus to cabinet glazing, which is an important aspect of cabinet finishing. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets are not only functional objects found in these rooms, they are also the most visible aspect of these spaces and, depending on the color and finish, can either make a room look gorgeous and welcoming, or dry and dull. With two different types of cabinet glaze applications available—full-body glazing and pen accent glazing—we’ve had many customers ask about glazing techniques and the difference between them and, in today’s post, we’ll explore both of these techniques. Please continue reading below to learn more.

What Is Glazing?

Glazing is the application of a thin transparent or semi-transparent coating on the surface of the cabinet door that alters the look of the finish.It can deepen or lighten the original/base color of the cabinet door stain or paint. Glazing is applied by hand or by brush to the entire door once the cabinets have been stained or painted and then cured. The glaze is then wiped off by hand. As a result, the glaze articulates the details of the cabinet such as the molding, bevels, and corners, while adding depth and color to the finish. Our Madison line offers some great glazed looks: Madison Pewter Frost, Madison Charcoal Frost, Madison Chocolate Frost & Chocolate Walnut Frost offering glaze and finish distressing are a few great options for those looking for a glazed cabinet style. Our premium line also offers countless glazed finishes on many wood species: Alder, Maple, Cherry, Hickory, Walnut and is also available in rustic wood style as well.

Benefits of Glazing

Glazing is great for creating a rustic, yet sophisticated look, especially on traditional raised panel cabinets. Some of the benefits of glazing include:

  • Creates depth and highlights cabinet features.

  • Adds subtle shading on cabinet doors and fronts for a stylish look.

  • Excellent for those looking for a more traditional kitchen or bathroom style that emanates elegance.

  • Perfect style for country or mountain homes with rustic or modern features.

  • Glazing adds a touch of class to any kitchen or bathroom.

  • Works well with a variety of kitchen and bathroom appliance finishes.  



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What Is Pen Accenting?

Hand-applied glaze pen accenting is applying a transparent, semi-transparent, or colored coating to the grooves and bevels found on cabinet doors, particularly traditional raised panel styles, to highlight the architectural features such as the molding, corners, and bevels. Adding either a single line, double, or multiple lines to the bevels on the cabinets creates the illusion of a high contrast to accentuate every detail of the cabinet. This glazing technique may also alter the appearance of the surface texture of the cabinet, creating the illusion of deep grooves while drawing attention to the craftsmanship of the cabinets. Some of our styles featuring a penned accent glaze are: Cream Glaze, Cinnamon Glazed Maple, Mansion Pearl, Mansion Brown, and Belgian White Chocolate Glaze.

Benefits of Pen Accent Glazing

Pen accenting is a premium finish that offers an excellent way to add a unique, antiqued look to any kitchen or bathroom. Some of the benefits of pen accenting include:

  • Hand-applied pen accent provides a concise line.

  • Cabinets have a depth and contrast, unlike other, more streamlined cabinets.

  • Adds a vintage, rustic, or Old World look to any kitchen or bathroom.

  • Works especially well for rustic and country style homes.

  • Enhances the appearance of stone countertops.

  • Goes well with a number of kitchen appliance finishes and hardware features.


While both of these glazing and pen accent glazing techniques are simply a matter of taste and style preference, either can significantly improve and enhance the aesthetics of any kitchen or bathroom. For those looking for a more modern, sleek cabinet, check our shaker line, which includes our Oxford White Shaker and Storm Grey Shaker cabinets. If you would like to upgrade the appearance and function of your kitchen or bathroom with glazed or pen accent cabinets, contact our cabinet experts today at WoodCabinets4Less and start designing the kitchen or bathroom you’ve always wanted.

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Should You Hire a Contractor for Your Project?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 4:10 PM

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To ensure that your remodel project is done correctly and potentially a bit quicker than you may be able to do on your own, do your research so you can have peace of mind. In today’s blog post, we have compiled a list of questions you should consider as you plan your remodel project and weigh your options to hire a contractor or tackle the project yourself. For some of us, it is more than worth it to hire an experienced professional to do all or even a portion of a remodel.  Keep in mind that a true professional contractor can be costly, so be sure you know your budget limitations. On the other hand, if you’re an adventurous or experienced DIY’er who has the time to do the project, you can save quite a bit of money by doing it yourself. If hiring a contractor is a better fit for you make sure you spend a little time up front researching local professionals. It’s particularly important that you find someone who has experience in cabinet installation. You may also find a great trim carpenter who might be able to do the job for you. There are a lot of handy people out there and many may be perfectly qualified to do the job. Keep in mind that cabinetry is a commitment and can not be easily switched out if something goes wrong , so you will want to ask a lot of questions to ensure the job will be done correctly and efficiently. Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry is an investment if you want quality that will last.





Things to Consider When Hiring a Contractor:


  • Does the contractor have any references? Typically contractors, even small ones, at least have photos of prior projects they have completed. 
  • Do they have a license or proper training for the job? You may want to think about the insurance implications if you hire a non-licensed or non-insured contractor. Be sure to consider the things that could go wrong with the actual job to the possibility of someone getting injured.Talk with your insurance agent to find out if you have any coverage in case the unexpected happens. 

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  • Does the contractor have actual kitchen or bath cabinetry installation experience? I cannot tell you how many calls we get from contractors working on a project for a client of theirs and they need instructions on how to cut and/or install crown molding. Regardless of whom you hire, you need to know that the person you’ve hired knows what they are doing. 
  • Establish a clear timeframe with your contractor by asking them when they will begin your project. The contract should state when they will begin and include a projected completion date. You’ll also want to discuss delivery dates and times so you can determine if the contractor will be there to unload your cabinets and what they charge to do so.
  • Be aware that sometimes things can change during the course of a cabinet project. Ask your contractor to explain how they handle changes to the original layout, installation, timeline, and materials. How do they bill you? By the hour? How flexible and willing are they to work through changes? What happens if you need a different and/or additional piece that will delay the install? Will they give you priority and return to complete your job when the new piece arrives or will they put you on the bottom of the calendar? Get it in writing and be sure you are comfortable with the terms. The contract should also include working hours that will tell you when someone will arrive and how many hours per day the average expected schedule will be. Sometimes things cannot be known up front and can change as the job starts and progresses so make sure both you and your contractor understand this when looking over the contract together. 
  • Will you need to get a permit for the remodel? If so, can your contractor secure that for you? In some cases a licensed contractor is required to secure a permit. 
  • How do they bill for materials? Will they charge for the drive time if they have to drive to pick up any additional materials? Be sure they provide you with itemized pricing and ask them if they upcharge for materials they pick-up and/or order. If they do, confirm with them if you should expect that in the billing. If you do not want to pay the contractor upcharge for materials, then have it agreed upon and put into writing that you will be purchasing the items yourself and providing them to the contractor. 
  • Does the project estimate include dumpster or waste removal if needed? Will they charge for the drive time to visit the dump site? Make sure they explain these procedures and potential costs up front and get them in writing. 
  • How will you pay the contractor? How much must be paid up front, during the job, or upon completion? Make sure these agreements are in writing and that you have a clear understanding of charges, acceptable forms of payment, and when payment is due. 

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Specify clearly the amount you want to spend on the actual cabinetry and trim materials. It is important to be realistic in budgeting so you don’t put a contractor in the position of making promises that they simply cannot keep. While there are reliable and trustworthy contractors who will give you a fair cost and estimate for materials and labor; unfortunately, there a few bad eggs out there who do take advantage of their clients. In some cases, a contractor will go as cheap as possible on the cabinetry to save money so they have more for themselves, which is sad, but very true. Plan your budget carefully and make sure the contractor shows you the actual receipt from whomever supplied your cabinetry. This is one of the biggest and most common problems we see at WoodCabinets4Less. Homeowners often call because they have to replace cabinetry they purchased through a contractor within the last one to three years due to breaking glides, poor finish, and bad wear. They think they paid a certain amount for their actual cabinetry only to find out later it was not what they expected. These are situations where the contractor they hired went for the least expensive cabinetry they could get instead of spending the budget the homeowner expected on their cabinetry. The homeowner is then left to replace that cabinetry.

 

We hope you have found this advice helpful as you consider hiring a contractor for your remodel project. We at WoodCabinets4Less want your project to go as smoothly as possible, which is why knowing which questions to ask your contractor can save you money and stress in the long run. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our support team. For all of your kitchen and bath remodel projects, check out our tremendous selection of cabinetry for your home.

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Cabinet Features...Not Pretty, But Important!

Sunday, June 12, 2016 8:11 PM

Geneva Antique White RTA Cabinets With Roll-Out TraysRoll Out Trays

Our roll out trays are made to the same exacting specifications as our dovetail drawer boxes and include the glides. These trays can be added to most base cabinets & pantries in all of our styles. In our semi-custom line the roll out trays are solid Maple and in our other lines they are solid Birch. Both are great materials for this type of item and they come with a durable natural wood finish.

Dovetail Drawer Box

This construction method interlocks pieces of the drawer together making a strong drawer box that withstands time and wear. Our dovetail drawer boxes are solid Birch or Maple with 1/2", 5/8" or 3/4" sides and 1/4" - 3/8" thick bottoms.

Soft-Close Features

This feature helps prevent the doors and drawers from being slammed shut. It helps protect the integrity of the doors and drawer fronts by reducing the impact of constant use. Most of our cabinet styles offer as a standard feature: 6-way concealed, European style adjustable door hinges and full-extension under-mount drawer glides.

Plywood Cabinet Box

Plywood is generally the better product when it comes to cabinet boxes. It has superior construction longevity because it holds screws and other mechanical fasteners more efficiently. It has superior tensile and shearing properties (it resists pulling forces and side-to-side movement) and a slight advantage in compressive strength (the ability to bear weight). All of our cabinet boxes are 1/2" - 5/8" A-grade plywood. No particle board.

Finished Sides & Interior

All of our cabinets come with finished sides so you don't have to purchase extra skin pieces. All cabinet interiors are finished to match the exterior of the cabinet or offer a Maple or Birch veneer over the plywood.

Hardwood Face Frame

Similar to the plywood cabinet box, a hardwood face frame is important because your cabinet door hinges attach to it. You'll find a 3/4" X 1-3/4" thick Solid -Oak, Birch or Maple face frame on all of our cabinets.

Shelving

All of our cabinets offer 3/4" plywood shelving that is either stained/painted to match the exterior or has a Maple veneer for a beautiful natural look. A thicker plywood shelf prevents bowing from the weight of the contents on it.

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