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...

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...

An Unforgettable Kitchen for the New Year

The kitchen is the heart of any home. Ring in 2019 right with the latest kitchen trends! Open shelving gives smaller kitchens the illusion of more space and highlights your personal style with displayed decorative jars and dinnerware. It is also a functional favorite for easy access to cookware. Shelves can be built into existing walls or suspended from the ceiling for an airy, translucent ambiance. Oak cabinetry is making a comeback this year due to its neutral, versatile color. The most popular oak trends incorporate transitional styling, which fuses together contemporary and traditional elements. Consider open glass and leather accents with conservative, dark-stained oak cabinets like our . Furthermore, making the kitchen island a different color than the perimeter cabinets or incorporating multiple finishes can add a “wow factor” to the space. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), most designers saw the mix of a paint and a stain in kitchen designs trending up in 2018. Pairing light and dark stains is also increasingly fashionable, as is defining the wood grain for greater texture. Smart tech is taking over the kitchen, too. Modern cabinetry often features a charging station, a docking station or device holder for tablets, and built-in wireless music speakers or televisions. Decorative laminates can be used to seamlessly conceal any hardware. To illuminate the kitchen working area, install LED lighting under countertops. LED lights come in different forms, including pucks, strips, and bars to fit any decor. Making a kitchen design uniquely yours never goes out of style and customization is 2019’s best trend.  Let the exceptional creativity and craftsmanship of Cornerstone...

Make a Clean Start with a New Laundry Room

These laundry room makeovers feature bold colors, pull-out-laundry baskets… and even a built-in pet station! Cornerstone Cabinet Company professionals design custom cabinetry, countertops, and innovative storage solutions to bring lasting appeal to this small, functional room. See some tips to create a space where doing laundry doesn’t feel like a chore:  Before and After: 5 Laundry Rooms That Make Washday More...