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When it comes to deciding on kitchen cabinets, the amount of options for different types of wood and finishes may seem overwhelming. But choosing the right wood for your kitchen cabinetry isn’t the only thing to consider. Before you can begin to make your selection of wood, color, or finish, you should have a good idea of what style you are aiming for and what are the important features to include.

Do you want your kitchen to be traditional? Maybe you have an interest in a contemporary look and feel. Maybe the middle ground is where you want to be which may lead to a transitional look. Or, maybe you want the coastal appeal. Whatever you decide, it’s important to consider your options.

Next, you’ll want to think through all the options that you may be interested in. Slide out storage compartments for cookware, cookie sheets, and small appliances are important ergonomic features that deserve careful thought.

Different Wood Types and Finishes

Choosing the Finish

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There are many different finishes available for wood cabinets, including stains, glazes, paints, antiqued patinas, and techniques for creating a distressed look. When choosing a finish, first take into consideration the type of wood that you are using. Different types of wood will react differently to each finish over the course of time; for example, cherry gets darker with age while oak may yellow. Next, think about the level of maintenance that you are willing to take on. One way to easily select your cabinet finish is to make it complimentary to your kitchen floors or other significant interior features adjacent to the kitchen.

To learn more about choosing the right wood and finish for your cabinets, contact A Cut Above today.


There are plenty of resources to use to help formulate your vision. Houzz.com and the woodworkingnetwork.com are two great places to start. And, here are several links to recent articles that will be helpful to you.

Woodworking Network – Big Kitchens Aren’t Better

Better Homes and Gardens – Top Cabinetry Trends

Forbes – 8 Trends to Avoid

If you want some help sorting through your ideas please feel free to call A Cut Above, Inc. today. You can reach us at 443-285-3800. There’s no risk in calling and we’ll meet with you to discuss your project without cost or obligation. We can help you get started.