Style of Cabinets: There are hundreds of styles to choose from when it comes to the style of cabinets. In our showroom alone we probably have fifty different styles, and six or seven different brands to choose from. I know we talked earlier in the month about the difference between raised and flat panel doors, and that is an excellent place to start, as well as the amount of detail you want on your cabinetry. If you want a simple cabinet design I would recommend the Wellborn Prairie door or the Woodland Hill door. Both of these cabinet doors are the shaker style. Simplicity is exactly what you can expect with the shaker style, it is going to be a flat panel in the center with an outer square edge with no profiling. If you want a little more detail you might consider the Wellborn Harmony door or the Woodland Classic door. These are still going to be "simple" with a little-added flare. It still gives you the flat panel in the center but offers a few ridges for the border rather than just a square edge.
Brand of Cabinets: We have a few different brands of cabinetry to fit whatever your budget is. The brand we often steer people to is either Wellborn and Woodland Cabinetry which are both very comparable and are our top sellers at Stevens Kitchens. Both of these cabinets come along with extreme customization so we can make them fit in pretty much any spot. You want customized cabinets so there is no wasted space in your kitchen or bathroom. Wellborn Cabinetry takes about three weeks to come in; whereas, Woodland Cabinetry takes about six weeks to come into the showroom. Moving on to probably our most expensive brand of cabinetry, we have Kraftmaid. At Home Depot you will find the brand Kraftmaid, but here at Stevens Kitchens we have one step above that, it is called Kraftmaid Vantage. It takes about four weeks to come, regardless if you get it stained or painted. One benefit of ordering Kraftmaid Vantage is that all Kraftmaid Vantage cabinets come with all-plywood construction, something other manufacturers and stores charge extra for. If you are investing in a remodel to sell your home, you may consider US Cabinet Depot or Quality Cabinets. Both Quality Cabinets and US Cabinet Depot Cabinets are similar when it comes to price and quality, with US Cabinet Depot being a little more expensive. They are what we consider contractor grade cabinetry because more often than not, builders come into our showroom looking at these types of cabinets to put into homes they plan on reselling in the future.
Painted or Stained Cabinets: This is the fun part, not the area you should stress about! When it comes to the finish of your cabinetry you have two options (in any brand or style) and that is to paint or stain your cabinetry. What is the difference? Paints are typically going to be colors you can not find in nature. So the whites, grays, blacks, creams, or an eccentric color you might want to go with would be considered a "paint". The modern style that has begun to take over the kitchen remodeling world has made painted cabinets gain popularity. Stains are more natural looking, they offer an enhanced color to any wood cabinetry. Stains can come in lighter or darker finishes depending on your preference.
You should take your time when it comes to picking out your cabinetry, no matter the reason behind why you are remodeling your kitchen. I hope these tips and tricks help you. And if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below!
Till next time,