CABINET FACTORY EDUCATION CENTER

Education Center Intro

INTRO

Welcome to The Cabinet Factory’s Design Education Center! We would first like to Thank You for visiting with us today. At The Cabinet Factory we want you to know that your business is greatly appreciated. We are Excited to help you turn your Design Dreams into the beautiful, “At-Home Oasis” your family will cherish for years to come!

Need to answer some questions and narrow down some choices? The Cabinet Factory Design Education Center can help you with anything you might be curious about. You can look up information regarding all aspects of your project, including Style Ideas, Wood Species, Door styles, Finishes, Countertops, and even Caring for your Beautiful New Cabinets. Cabinet care is the key to protecting your investment and maximizing the lifespan of your cabinets.

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Wood Species

WOOD SPECIES

The look of your cabinets is one of your most important decisions. Each type of wood has its own distinctive character, and offers its own advantages. Consider these choices:

  • Read Oak has a prominent, open grain that can appear in a sweeping arch or a close-knit array. Oak’s color ranges from reddish-brown, to yellow, to a lighter, whiter shade, and sometimes displays mineral deposit streaks of green, yellow or black.
  • Hickory has an open, flowing grain pattern. When finished with light or natural stains, its color ranges from light brown to deep brown; a darker stain softens the color range while retaining hickory’s natural specks, burls, or mineral streaks.
  • Natural Birch‘s distinctive grain can be straight, wavy, or curly. Birch is a medium-density hardwood with a predominant color of white or creamy yellow, and a a heartwood color ranging from medium brown, dark brown, to reddish-brown.
  • Pine has a white-yellow-pink color range. Although it is softwood with a straight grain pattern, numerous solid knots produce variation and color changes. Distressing, done in the factory, lends a country look to this versatile choice.
  • Maple is primarily off-white with pale pink or yellow-brown hues. Maple can also contain red or tan streaks that darken with staining. This species is a strong hardwood, typically having a close, straight grain, although it can sometimes display a wavy or curly pattern.
  • Cherry Hardwood is an elegant choice. It is primarily pinkish-brown in color, but can show shades of white, gray, green, or pink, which are accented by natural or lighter stains. Cherry mellows with age while retaining the figures, streaks, pine knots and small gum pockets that distinguish this species.
door styles

DOOR STYLES

Hudson

Traditional look for a timeless design

The striking mitered pillow design is available in a classic paint finish or two popular stains. Hidden adjustable hinges feature our soft-close mechanism to prevent accidental door slams. Add your own customized hardware for that uniquely personal touch.

Hudson cabinets are built from solid American maple, right here in the U.S.A.

Available Colors

Crimson with
Chocolate Glaze
Heritage with
Chocolate Glaze
Antique
White Paint
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Features

  • Maple doors with raised center panel
  • Maple drawers with recessed plywood panel
  • Full 1/2” plywood sides, backs, tops and bottoms
  • 3/4” bullnosed adjustable plywood shelves
  • Dovetail drawer construction
  • Full-extension undermount drawer glides
  • Hidden, six-way adjustable hinges with soft-close mechanism
  • Hidden plywood hanging rails top and bottom

 

Dartmouth

Clean, contemporary lines

The clean, simple lines of Shaker design can be highly flexible. They can blend beautifully with a traditional style, or make a bold statement that compliments a contemporary design.

Choose from warm crimson, honey or dark sable stains, or a painted white finish. In a nod to those Shaker craftsmen of long ago, Dartmouth cabinets are built from solid American maple, right here in the U.S.A.

Available Colors

Crimson Honey Painted White Dark Sable
WOLF Dartmouth Cabinets - Shaker Cabinet Crimson WOLF Dartmouth Cabinets - Shaker Cabinet Honey WOLF Dartmouth Cabinets - Shaker Cabinet White  

 

Features

  • Maple doors with a plywood center panel
  • Solid slab drawer heads
  • Full 1/2” plywood sides, backs, tops and bottoms
  • 3/4” bullnosed adjustable plywood shelves
  • Dovetail drawer construction
  • Full-extension undermount drawer glides
  • Hidden, six-way adjustable hinges with soft-close mechanism
  • Hidden plywood hanging rails top and bottom

Saginaw

Classic styling, with a nod to what’s new

The raised panel cabinets say “traditional” but with a slightly bolder, cleaner line, which makes WOLF’s Saginaw cabinets ideal for a wide range of kitchen designs.

Choose from four rich finishes: crimson, chestnut, honey or dark sable. Whatever you decide, you’ll enjoy genuine American craftsmanship, including the solid American maple cabinet doors and drawer fronts that are standard in all WOLF cabinets.

Available Colors

Crimson Chestnut Honey Dark Sable
WOLF Saginaw Kitchen Cabinets - Transitional Cabinets Honey saginaw-darksable

 

Features

  • Maple door with a raised veneer center panel
  • Solid maple slab drawer heads
  • Full 1/2” plywood sides, backs, tops and bottoms
  • 3/4” solid wood corner blocks
  • 3/4” bullnosed adjustable plywood shelves
  • Dovetail drawer construction with sidemount glides
  • Hidden plywood hanging rails top and bottom

York

You asked, we listened.

With clean lines, a classic look and our most popular color, York cabinets are a homeowner’s dream.

Available in painted white, York cabinets make the perfect match for any design. Versatile – but with enough detail to elevate the style of your space.

Available Colors

Painted White

 

Features

    • Full overlay
    • Maple doors with MDF center panel
    • Maple drawer with a five-piece drawer head and recessed MDF panel
    • Full ½” plywood sides, backs, tops and bottoms
    • ¾” solid wood corner blocks
    • ¾” bullnosed adjustable plywood shelves
    • Dovetail drawer construction
Kitchen Countertops

COUNTERTOPS

Granite Countertops: Granite is a beautiful countertop material and with the amount of granite suppliers, the price is not as expensive as it once was. Granite is a natural stone and embodies the image of beauty in a kitchen. Because we use a lot of granite in our kitchen designs, we are able to get high quality at a great price. From small to large kitchens, choosing granite will make a big impact. Granite is heat resistant and will virtually last a lifetime. Because it is natural, it comes in a range of many different styles and colors. An investment in granite means added value to your home for any potential home buyers. We seal all of the granite we install with special sealants that make it virtually maintenance free.

Stone: Engineered stone is a man-made stone countertop that is composed of a natural substance (quartz) and materials to ensure its longevity. Because it is engineered, it is available in a vast color palette to match the style of any kitchen. And, unlike stone, the surface is non-porous so it resists stains and scratches. Once installed in your kitchen, no sealing is required. The brands we carry include Silestone and Zodiaq among other popular suppliers.

Solid Surface: A solid surface countertop is a single unified solid block. Because the solid color runs the entire way through the counter, any scratches or nicks can be sanded out without damage to the countertop adding to their versatility. These kitchen countertops are custom made for your specific remodeling project. The vendors we use include Swanstone and Corian. The advantage to the custom build is there are no seams in the counters and the color can be custom made to match your kitchen. Though versatile, this type of countertop is vulnerable to heat.

Ceramic Tile: Ceramic is a great inexpensive choice for counters. They are inexpensive, come in a variety of styles, are durable, and very easy to clean. Whatever the style of your kitchen, we can find the right texture and design to compliment it. And, ceramic is not susceptible to heat like many other counter materials. Our remodelers are careful to prepare the surface of your counter so each tile will be even and we seal the grout after we are finished to ensure your grout will not become stained through use.

Laminates: A laminate countertop is very easy to clean and is made by a variety of manufacturers including Formica and Wilsonart. The laminate is basically a plastic like material with a very smooth surface usually laid on top of layers of compressed plywood or particle board. Laminate comes in sections, a variety of colors, is long lasting, and is very easy to clean and maintain.

Wood: Wood countertops (also known as butcher block countertops) give a very warm country look to any kitchen. The grains and patterns in wood are very unique and range from soft lines to very powerful grains and all come in many colors and finishes. The most common wood for countertop woods is maple because of its strength but other woods such as oak, bamboo, and many other woods are also being used. These counters are easy to clean and if they scratch can be sanded and resealed back to their original beauty.

Stainless Steel Countertops: There is nothing more suited for a modern kitchen then a stainless steel countertop. It gives a powerful look while still being functional. Stainless steel is used in restaurant kitchens because they are resistant to heat and extremely durable. For a residential kitchen, these can be constructed to be seamless. The steel material is also very easy to clean and will not stain. If you are looking for a modern look, this is your countertop choice.

Soapstone Countertops: Soapstone has not been seen too much as a countertop material but is gradually making a comeback. The actual material is bluish gray in color and very smooth. Many historic homes have soapstone countertop kitchens and it is making a comeback to modern homes because of its richness and deep color tones. Over time, the countertop will actually darken and gain richness. If you are interested in this countertop material, it does require some maintenance in the form of applications of oil at regular intervals throughout the year. Beauty does not come without some labor.

Marble: As granite countertops drop in price because of their wide availability, marble countertops continue to be one of the most expensive kitchen counters available today. If you like the look of marble, we recommend using it as an accent piece rather then your entire kitchen such as used on a kitchen island. Our contractors will professionally seal your marble to make is stain resistant but may still need periodic resealing. Marble is a beautiful accent look to any kitchen.

Concrete Countertops: Concrete is the new kitchen countertop of choice. The countertops are fabricated right in your kitchen and can be styled to any shape, color, or pattern – and we do mean any. And, because they are poured right in your kitchen, they will always be seamless. While you may not think of concrete as an expensive countertop, it does come with a high price tag because of the skill and artisan craft that goes into each cast of stone. While it is quite expensive, no one will ever have the same countertop as you as each one is unique.

Please use the information above to compare kitchen countertops and learn more about kitchen countertops before you decide which would work best for your kitchen.

Styles Ideas

STYLE IDEAS

Kitchen Cabinets, just like fine furniture, should be dusted or vacuumed periodically depending on the amount of particulate matter that may have accumulated. Always dust with a polish-moistened or damp cloth, as dry dusting may scratch the surface. It is also a good practice to follow the grain of wood when dusting – wiping across the grain could cause scratches to appear if the dust contains grit. Residues such as smoke, cooking vapors or body oils can be cleaned with a damp cloth with a small amount of furniture cleaner. Remember to use a clean soft cloth such as an old T-shirt, cheesecloth, dishtowel, flannel or chamois with no snaps or buttons that may scratch the surface.

Kitchen cabinets are used more often than dishwashers and stoves. And since they occupy a large space, they more exposed to elements that can help degrade their quality. Unfortunately, kitchen cabinets are less taken cared off as compared to stoves and dishwashers. During the cleaning, they are often left out unattended. This should not be the practice. Keeping kitchen cabinets in their perfect look requires regular cleaning and wiping. Wiping a clean cloth can help maintain the original look of the cabinet doors for a very long time. Door knobs should be cleaned as well.

There are specific cleaning aids designed for wood kitchen cabinets. Avoid using abrasive and caustic cleaners. Aluminum cabinets can be cleaned with warm water and regular detergent.

Those you cannot see are often more damaging. This is also true with kitchen cabinets. Usually, it is common to leave the top of the cabinets untouched – leaving the most important part of the kitchen cabinets that needs to be cleaned dirty. Avoid this by making sure that you start cleaning from the top before cleaning the visible surface.

Moisture, dusts, and crawling creatures can penetrate your cabinets any time if the drawers and doors are not closed properly. Ensure that all the doors and drawers are fully closed to maintain what’s inside. Doors or drawers that do not close fully should be repaired.

cabinet care

CABINET CARE

Kitchen Cabinets, just like fine furniture, should be dusted or vacuumed periodically depending on the amount of particulate matter that may have accumulated. Always dust with a polish-moistened or damp cloth, as dry dusting may scratch the surface. It is also a good practice to follow the grain of wood when dusting – wiping across the grain could cause scratches to appear if the dust contains grit. Residues such as smoke, cooking vapors or body oils can be cleaned with a damp cloth with a small amount of furniture cleaner. Remember to use a clean soft cloth such as an old T-shirt, cheesecloth, dishtowel, flannel or chamois with no snaps or buttons that may scratch the surface.

Kitchen cabinets are used more often than dishwashers and stoves. And since they occupy a large space, they more exposed to elements that can help degrade their quality. Unfortunately, kitchen cabinets are less taken cared off as compared to stoves and dishwashers. During the cleaning, they are often left out unattended. This should not be the practice. Keeping kitchen cabinets in their perfect look requires regular cleaning and wiping. Wiping a clean cloth can help maintain the original look of the cabinet doors for a very long time. Door knobs should be cleaned as well.

There are specific cleaning aids designed for wood kitchen cabinets. Avoid using abrasive and caustic cleaners. Aluminum cabinets can be cleaned with warm water and regular detergent.

Those you cannot see are often more damaging. This is also true with kitchen cabinets. Usually, it is common to leave the top of the cabinets untouched – leaving the most important part of the kitchen cabinets that needs to be cleaned dirty. Avoid this by making sure that you start cleaning from the top before cleaning the visible surface.

Moisture, dusts, and crawling creatures can penetrate your cabinets any time if the drawers and doors are not closed properly. Ensure that all the doors and drawers are fully closed to maintain what’s inside. Doors or drawers that do not close fully should be repaired.