Kitchen Cabinets / July 4, 2018 / Addison Smith.
There are three basic structural components to a cabinet: the box, the shelves and the drawers. Each can be constructed in a number of ways. generally come four ways: boxed and ready to install in standard dimensions, boxed and ready to assemble, semi-custom and custom.
modern upgrade from inset, partial overlay doors and drawers are mounted over the face of the box, covering the opening completely and partially covering the finished face frame. This construction also makes it possible to install more functional hardware, though the face frame still reduces the amount of accessible space inside the cabinet.
Material type. Your material choice matters greatly to the look of stained cabinets, while for paint-grade cabinets, solid wood material relates more to the quality of construction. Stained oak, cherry and alder are three commonly used materials (there are many others) and each takes stain and shows wood grains differently.
To keep costs low, my husband (a builder) and I did the cabinet work ourselves, from installing the open shelves to painting the existing cabinets. It’s definitely something you can learn to do if you have the time and patience.
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