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Types of Moldings for Cabinets

Molding is an important detail and finishing touch for kitchen cabinetry. Molding improves the overall effect of the kitchen by creating a custom and polished look. There are several different kinds of molding options available. Depending on your design preferences and selected cabinets the options are almost limitless.

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Installing Glass in Cabinet Doors

Do the cabinets come with the glass from the manufacturer? Or do they come prepared for glass from the manufacturer and then you have to buy your own glass? Make sure that the cabinet interior is finished the same color that the door is finished, so that you can see through the glass and it matches the door.

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Replacing vs. Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

Replacing vs. Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

Ten years ago, the main reason why people were refacing their cabinets and replacing the doors was mainly due to cost. In more recent years, the cost of the full cabinet has gone down and the quality has actually gotten better. So the cost difference is not that much more to replace your cabinets completely.

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Wood Veneers vs. Melamine Veneers

Generally speaking, the term veneer describes a very thin layer of material that covers another thicker material. Many assume that all veneers are wood veneers, but veneers could also be made from melamine.

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Frameless vs. Face Frame Cabinets

A Face Frame Cabinet consists of stiles and rails which make up the front portion of the cabinet to which the door is attached. The side panels on a Face Frame Cabinet are inset and attached to the stile and rail. The stile is the vertical member of the face frame and the rail is the horizontal portion of the face frame. Frameless Cabinets only consist of the side panels of the cabinet. The door actually attaches and hinges directly to the side panel of the cabinet.

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Assembled Cabinets vs. RTA Cabinets

Assembled Cabinets vs. RTA Cabinets

Assembled kitchen cabinets are delivered already assembled, built from the manufacturer and ready to be installed in the home. Assembled cabinets do not require the homeowner to build the cabinets; everything is complete, including all the drawers and hardware components.

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Benefits of Dovetail Drawers

Throughout their lives, kitchen cabinet drawers are opened and closed around 7-10 times a day, or up to 3500 times a year! Making sure that you pick a drawer joint that can withstand this type of wear and tear is crucial to the longevity of your kitchen cabinets.

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DIY - Attaching Cabinet Handles or Pulls without Damaging the Door

Attaching Cabinet Pulls without Damaging the Door

This DIY project seems easy, and it is. The tricky part is not damaging your door. Measure twice, drill once, and drill from the front of the door.

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Purchasing Kitchen Cabinets Online (Video)

Buying new kitchen cabinets is a big investment for a homeowner. You want to make sure that you are making the right decision for your home in order to capitalize on the added value that a new kitchen can achieve.

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Our Kitchen Cabinet Finishing Process

This DIY project is for the more advanced, as it requires a special curing oven. We reveal our process for kitchen cabinet finishing.

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What is a 10x10 Kitchen?

A 10'x10' Kitchen is a sample kitchen used for universal price comparisons across different cabinet types and styles. The kitchen industry uses the 10’x10’ kitchen layout to give the consumer a general idea of what that particular cabinet door style costs.

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Particleboard Cabinets vs. Plywood Cabinets

Particleboard Cabinets vs. Plywood Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets consist of many different materials; particle board, MDF, plywood, and solid wood are the most common. All of these woods have very different characteristics, so it’s important to know what you are buying and to be educated on the different types of materials.

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Different Wood Characteristics

Graining differences, as well as normal color change can be expected. Wood species in all finishes will exhibit color change when exposed to different types of light. Color differences in wood are caused by variations in minerals found in the soil in which the tree was grown and the absorption of these minerals.

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Kitchen Cabinet Finish Characteristics

Learn the characteristics and differences of painted, stained, and glazed kitchen cabinets.

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