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...

Mix Metals for a Modern Kitchen

Matching metals in the kitchen has gone the way of matching furniture suites in the living room. To bring a new level of depth and interest to a kitchen design, incorporate multiple metal finishes. Although mixing metals can be intimidating at first and it’s important to coordinate with non-metal finishes to avoid a mismatched look, there are compelling reasons to follow this hot new trend. For example, a combination of shiny and worn metals can add a sense of age or a contrasting metal can be used to highlight a focal point. Cornerstone Cabinet Company offers a wide selection of the best quality kitchen hardware from Hardware Resources to spark your creativity. Begin mixing metals like a pro today! 5 Compelling Reasons to Mix Metals in the Kitchen...

Create A Spa Experience

Spa bathrooms feel luxurious and effortless. New Home Source offers some tips on how you can transform even a small bathroom into a relaxing retreat on any budget. Among them are choosing natural materials like bleached oak and marble and installing shelving solutions to keep clutter at a minimum. A calming design palette, like white tile with neutral walls, is also a must for a peaceful sanctuary. Cornerstone Cabinet Company specializes in creating the most beautiful and functional spaces. Read more spa bathroom ideas...