Which Kitchen Island is Right For You?

Kitchen islands are a must for luxury homes because homeowners love the extra storage, seating, and workspace. There are six basic types: L-shaped, U-shaped, Galley, Circular, Rolling, and Furniture Style. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. For example, a round or half-moon island can accommodate the most seats, but unless you employ the creative solutions of Cornerstone Cabinet Company professionals, storage space is quite limited. Whichever style you choose, keep on trend by including kitchen island cabinetry for dishes and appliances, a second sink, and pub chairs for casual dining. Learn more about choosing the best kitchen island for your space...

Finish First!

Make the best of your cabinets by selecting a finish that enhances your kitchen style.  Painted finishes come in a wide variety of colors. Paint can be used to accent or fully cover the cabinetry. It works best for maple cabinets because the wood is smooth and uniform, but be aware that the natural grain often shows slightly through the paint. Paint finishes chip, hairline crack, and rub off in high use areas. Adding a tinted varnish to natural wood cabinets can create a look that is similar to painted cabinets, but shows more wood grain and is more durable. Staining enhances the wood pattern, but always has a slightly irregular look. Although the variations seem noticeable on individual pieces, when the cabinets are installed, the total effect is complementary and brings extra depth to the design.  However, here are fewer choices in stain colors and finish types. Glaze is a finish type that has some color, but glazes are transparent or semi-transparent, so the color is lighter rather than opaque. Glazes are brushed on over paint or stain, then rubbed off by hand so the color remains in the corners, recesses, and imperfections of the wood. Glazing creates a unique look, but it can be expensive. Most cabinet manufacturers finish all of their natural cabinets with polyurethane varnish to make them harder and more corrosion-resistant. Polyurethane varnishes create a glossier appearance. Some green manufacturers now offer a water-based, ultra-violet (UV) cabinet finish that contains virtually no volatile organic compounds, and emits no toxic fumes or chemicals into the air. The look is basically the same as polyurethane and...

Kitchen Countertop Options

Choosing a kitchen countertop isn’t all about looks! Durability, maintenance, and cost are all factors.  If you select a favorite and it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, chances are that there is a similar style in another material that will work.  However, regardless of whether it is granite or concrete, you must care for it appropriately to maintain its beauty. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, granite is the top choice in kitchen countertops.  It is available in a wide variety of colors and no two pieces are ever exactly alike. Granite can be polished to darken and shine the stone or honed to make it soft and matte. Similar natural stone materials, like marble and limestone, are softer than granite and require more delicate use. Quartz, a combination of mineral, color, and resin, is not cheaper than natural countertops but is a durability superstar.  Hot pots, serrated knives, abrasive pads, and most stains are no match for quartz. All natural stone countertops must be sealed periodically to keep them looking great, but quartz does not require sealing. Concrete countertops are gaining popularity because they can be completely customized with pigments. Concrete is available in several different finishes: trowel (smooth), ground (sanded to expose the sand aggregate) and pressed (a tool is used to reveal marble-like veining). Extreme changes in temperature may cause concrete to warp or curl, damp sponges left on the countertop can cause discoloration, and acidic spills may mar the surface. To keep concrete countertops in shape, seal them four times per year and wax them with a paste every two to three months. Wood...

Kitchen Countertop Options

Choosing a kitchen countertop isn’t all about looks! Durability, maintenance and cost are all factors.  If you select a favorite and it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, chances are that there is a similar style in another material that will work.  However, regardless of whether it is granite or concrete, you must care for it appropriately to maintain its beauty. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, granite is the top choice in kitchen countertops.  It is available in a wide variety of colors and no two pieces are ever exactly alike. Granite can be polished to darken and shine the stone or honed to make it soft and matte. Similar natural stone materials, like marble and limestone, are softer than granite and require more delicate use. Quartz, a combination of mineral, color, and resin, is not cheaper than natural countertops, but is a durability superstar.  Hot pots, serrated knives, abrasive pads, and most stains are no match for quartz. All natural stone countertops must be sealed periodically to keep them looking great, but quartz does not require sealing. Concrete countertops are gaining popularity because they can be completely customized with pigments. Concrete is available in several different finishes: trowel (smooth), ground (sanded to expose the sand aggregate) and pressed (a tool is used to reveal marble-like veining). Extreme changes in temperature may cause concrete to warp or curl, damp sponges left on the countertop can cause discoloration, and acidic spills may mar the surface. To keep concrete countertops in shape, seal them four times per year and wax them with a paste every two to three months. Wood...

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Hardware

Cabinet hardware has a huge impact on the overall look of your kitchen. Changing your hardware is a great way to update your kitchen without a big investment of time and money. The hottest hardware craze not yet seen everywhere is square bin pulls for drawers and cabinet latches for doors. These looks pair perfectly with a modern farmhouse décor. Trending drawer pulls are more traditional than the usual long, skinny handles, and although latches are not the most practical, they are great accents for undersink or pantry cabinets. Finishes in brass or silver give this heavier hardware a rich, timeless style. Learn more...

The Easiest Way to Add Elegance to Your Kitchen

When it comes to dressing up your kitchen, you’d be surprised at how important your cabinet hardware is. Often seen as a small detail, hardware has a huge impact on the overall picture. So how do you make the most of it? One option is to go large. Another factor is to choose hardware that’s timeless. C and D-shaped hardware give you both, plus another advantage… ease of use. Starting with large hardware, designers have long understood the effect of placing large handles on cabinet doors and drawers. Both C and D-shaped hardware come in different lengths and depending on the size of your cabinets, feel free to go as big as 7-8 inches from end to end. Going long creates a ‘designer look’ with a relatively small investment. This hardware is also timeless. While cup pulls and knobs may customize a current look, just like complicated patterns in floors and walls; they tend not to stand the test of time.  With C and D-shaped hardware, you have multiple styles and metal types to create your current custom look plus adapt to future changes and upgrades. The benefit least talked about but most important is the ease of use. If you haven’t heard about Universal Design - you will in the future. Our aging population is demanding it, yet it’s not just for seniors. People with mobility issues, especially arthritis (which inflicts over 50 million today) need to have easy access to stored items.  And even if you and your family are in perfect health; think about times when your hands are wet, greasy or soapy. The ability to...

Low Maintenance Kitchen

The kitchen is where family and friends gather for food and fun, so it’s always got to look its best. Stop endless dusting, scrubbing, and wiping kitchen surfaces and remodel smart instead! Flat-panel cabinets are easiest to clean, but if they look too modern, shaker-style cabinets are a good compromise. While dark stained cabinets show fingerprints and dust, and white cabinets show absolutely everything else, a medium stained finish is the best choice for effortless style. Otherwise, consider flat painted cabinetry, which is still very durable. Brushed nickel or dark bronze hardware hides water spots and fingerprints well, and quartz countertops are also virtually indestructible. Cornerstone Cabinet Company crafts worry-free kitchens without compromising elegance and quality. For more ideas on how to keep your kitchen looking great without the stress click...

A Grand Garage

According to the Woodworking Network, the size of the average garage is steadily increasing. Garages no longer have to be purely utilitarian. You can create customized storage solutions for the ultimate in garage makeovers. Storage cabinets along with custom flooring, updated lighting, and wall organization allows you to keep seasonal items close at hand, increase the value of your home by adding extra living space and eliminate the need for rented storage units. …and who says that a garage has to house only cars and seldom-used junk? Your garage can be a craft room, home gym, a pantry extension, or the ultimate man cave. Cornerstone Cabinet Company experts can create built-in shelves and cabinets for your every need and even install a home bar or utility kitchen for garage entertaining. Popular Slatwall panels and overhead storage cabinets can also be constructed to house specialized equipment. Even if Mom wants a laundry station and Dad wants a workbench, both can be customized to form one cohesive design concept in this large, open space. When choosing cabinetry for the garage, the best options include melamine laminated on MDF or plywood, injection-molded resin, or steel. However, laminated cabinets may not hold up well if your garage gets a lot of use or is exposed to frequent moisture. Hanging cabinets of all materials reduce the likelihood of moisture transfer from the garage floor. Hanging cabinets also ensure that they will be level and open perfectly because there is often a slight downward pitch to the floor of a garage that diverts water toward the outer doors. Well-fitted cabinetry protects belongings by keeping out...

Home Renovation Without the Headaches

Let’s face it: Updating and your home is not always fun.  In the following article, an expert designer shares her helpful hints for achieving the best results without the stress. At the top of the list is choosing the right team for your project. Although online reviews and referrals can point you in the right direction, it is important to have a personal conversation with your home improvement professionals to discuss budget and expectations before you hire. Cornerstone Cabinet Company offers individual attention to every client and has built their success one relationship at a time. Learn more about how to avoid common pitfalls by clicking the link below.  10 Things to Do for a Smooth...

A Great White Kitchen

Kitchen trends come and go, but a white kitchen stands the test of time. It’s clean, fresh and adds resale value because it’s a blank slate for any new buyer to customize. White kitchens have a grand history. In the 1920s and 30s, white was the only color offered by manufacturers. White was associated with sanitation and health. Since it began keeping records, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers reports that white appliances have consistently outsold all other colors. White also regularly tops the list of the most popular kitchen colors in the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual survey. Why white? As the brightest color, it makes even small kitchens seem spacious. It’s a great color to build upon with light fixtures, cabinet hardware, and tile accents. It’s easy to change elements around it whenever the mood strikes. It is applicable to traditional, contemporary, and transitional design styles. Because it’s a standard color for any manufacturer, white cabinets, tile, counters, faucets, sinks, and appliances are usually cheaper. All white kitchens can still have options. Appliances are offered in variations of white. Decorative white overlay panels can even cover existing stainless steel appliances. Countertops are available in a wide selection of white granite, quartz or marble. Some modern designers are even incorporating white concrete into their kitchen visions. Glass shelves or light colored wood can provide a little contrast without sacrificing the monochromatic theme, too. To keep a white kitchen from appearing boring, add interesting details like decorative bowls or baskets, detailed trim, and knick-knacks with character. Perhaps paint the ceiling or the kitchen island with a bold contrast...