Published at Thursday, August 03rd 2017. by Hettie Morin in Cabinets & Drawer.
For a stylish industrial-chic look on a budget, shop for particle board or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) cabinets covered with Thermofoil or melamine. Thermofoil gives the look of paint, including high-gloss lacquer effects like the cabinets shown here, without the drips or brush marks. It's made by fusing thin vinyl onto the substrate with heat. Melamine is a plastic made from resin, pressed wood, and paper and is designed to be relatively maintenance free. To present a sleek wall of color, the cabinet drawers and doors in this kitchen were installed without hardware. The units rest on baseboards made from aluminum bought from a metal supply shop.
A black-matte finish on the generous island compliments the scene with striking contrast. To prevent today's traditional style from feeling stodgy and unlivable, add a thoughtful dose of casual embellishments, such as the beaded-board panels and wire-mesh door fronts that hint towards English country ambiance in this kitchen.
Refacing is a less expensive option than replacing the cabinet doors, though refacing won't work on some cabinets. Double-check the material your cabinet is made of before you decide to reface. Once you've decided on how you will update your kitchen cabinet doors, you will have to choose a style. A contemporary or modern style generally has a sleek, sophisticated look, so you'll want to steer clear of anything rustic or distressed.
Danish teak furniture builds a visual focal point and a storage haven in a wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinets. Laminate-front base cabinets in vibrant lime green and cool grey energize the workspace. The single style of cabinetry, plus like hardware throughout, unifies the variety of finishes.
Knotted pine and hickory are great for the outdoorsy rustic look, and oak works well for something more traditional. Glass cabinet doors work well for both modern and traditional styles as the primary door type or as accent doors to reinforce the tone and design style you choose.
Gracefully lilting S-curve moldings and cabriole legs are hallmarks of French design, rooted in Louis XIV furniture. Here the relaxed S curve shapes the mullioned doors of upper cabinets. Carved cabriole legs support the farmhouse sink as if it were a piece of furniture and help blend it in with the base cabinets. The island boasts characteristic French accents as well: Reeded molding bands the top edge, and the sinuous corner corbels are carved with traditional shells and bell flowers. The island's soft blue paint was sanded, crackled, and glazed with raw umber for an antique patina.