Decisions, decisions! 

 

In this blog post, we explore the most common kitchen design dilemmas and the advantages and disadvantages of possible solutions.

 

 

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Painting Kitchen Cabinets vs Replacing

Painting your kitchen cabinets is one of the easiest kitchen upgrades there is, and it’s popular as a do-it-yourself project. You’ll definitely want to consider replacing your cabinets if your concerns are more than surface deep, however. This includes any concerns about water damage to the cabinets, or if the configuration just isn’t working for you. 

 

Kitchen Cabinets from Lowes vs Home Depot

Lowes and Home Depot both have many stores throughout the United States and carry a number of cabinets in stock. Home Depot’s house brand is Hampton Bay and Lowe’s includes Project Source and Diamond NOW. Usually, retailers specializing in cabinets will have a greater selection of cabinets in stock, though Home Depot and Lowes also feature cabinets available for order.

 

Kitchen Cabinets vs Shutters

Shutters aren’t just window coverings – when talking about cabinetry, it actually refers to what “shuts” the cabinet door. A shutter can be lift-up style, which can be practical if you want to keep cabinets open without the doors getting in the way. Other options with this same advantage include a roller-up or flap-up shutter styles, which are best used with overhead cabinets.

 

Kitchen Cabinet Handles vs Knobs

Drawer and door handles are preferable for heavier cabinetry because they are anchored at two separate points, rather than with knobs, which are connected at just a single point. Plus, being able to get a grip around the length of the handle also gives you greater control when opening and closing doors and drawers. Knobs can add real elegance to your kitchen’s overall look however, especially for more ornate or antique design styles.

 

Kitchen Cabinets vs Open Shelving

If you have glassware and dishes that you would like to display, or if you like to have quick access to items while you are working in the kitchen, open shelving could be an attractive option for you. Tidiness and organization are the key to maintaining open shelving, however. It definitely requires more upkeep than kitchen cabinets, which can keep clutter hidden behind closed doors.

 

Kitchen Cabinets vs Bathroom Cabinets

The main difference between kitchen and bathroom cabinets are the standard dimensions. Bathroom vanities, like kitchen base sink cabinets, are often designed to hide the plumbing beneath a sink, but are smaller. Other than the size, the cabinets are frequently the same style and can be used interchangeably, depending on the measurements of the spaces where they’ll be used.

 

Kitchen Cabinets vs Shelves

Shelves can give a kitchen a modern, “deconstructed” look with everything on view. Having kitchen shelves definitely reduces the likelihood that you’ll lose track of items, since everything is visible. Kitchen cabinets have shelves inside and provide some greater versatility in terms of storage.

 

Kitchen Cabinets vs Drawers

Drawers are indispensable for organizing small items that are used frequently, such as cutlery, napkins, and kitchen gadgets. Most base cabinets come with either drawers or shelves, and standard kitchens will feature a mixture of both. 

 

 

 

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White Kitchen Cabinets Versus Wood

Both white and wood cabinets are a traditional choice, though white cabinets tend to be more versatile. Wood cabinets add warmth to the room and can be a stunning centerpiece for a kitchen. If you have wood floors, it’s best to choose contrasting woods rather than trying to match. White cabinets, on the other hand, brighten up a kitchen and can be matched with different kinds of countertops, flooring, and wall colors.

 

Kitchen Cabinets: Paint Versus Stain

If you already have wood cabinets, you might want to opt for a stain so as to show the grain and color of the wood to its best advantage. Stained cabinets will give your kitchen a more antique feel, whereas painted cabinets will add a more contemporary edge.

 

IKEA Kitchen Cabinets Versus Home Depot

IKEA has a kitchen cabinet system, SEKTION, with 24 different styles. Though IKEA cabinets have a dedicated following, the styles are somewhat limited and there is a greater selection at big box stores such as Home Depot. If you want a more personalized cabinet shopping experience, it is recommended to shop with a retailer who specializes in cabinets, or even better – the manufacturer.

 

Kitchen Cabinets Wood Versus MDF

MDF, or medium-density fiberboard, is frequently used in cabinetry because it is easy to work with and in many ways is cost-effective. As an engineered product, it does not have a grain like wood does, and in some cases it can be better resistant to water. However, wood is prized for its durability and is generally the preferred choice in high-quality cabinetry. Sealers, varnishes, and/or paint can be used to provide wood with water resistance and a smooth finish.

 

White Kitchen Cabinets Versus Brown

Kitchen design palettes come in and out of fashion, though white is a constant go-to. Brown was especially popular in the 1970s when earth and autumn tones were in style. Today, lighter shades of brown like a creamy caramel or latte are in keeping with trends that favor bright color schemes and clean lines.

 

Refacing Kitchen Cabinets Versus Replacing

Refacing cabinets is a somewhat more involved process than refinishing them, which is just changing the existing color or finish. On the other hand, refacing involves putting new materials on the cabinet doors. This can cost up to 80% the cost of simply replacing the cabinets, since it entails purchasing new door and cabinet fronts. Sometimes these will need to be custom-made.

 

Painting Kitchen Cabinets Versus Replacing

Painting your kitchen cabinets is one of the easiest kitchen upgrades there is, and it’s popular as a do-it-yourself project. You’ll definitely want to consider replacing your cabinets if your concerns are more than surface deep, however. This includes any concerns about water damage to the cabinets, or if the configuration just isn’t working for you. 

 

Kitchen versus Bathroom Cabinets

The main difference between kitchen and bathroom cabinets are the standard dimensions. Bathroom vanities, like kitchen base sink cabinets, are often designed to hide the plumbing beneath a sink, but are smaller. Other than the size, the cabinets are frequently the same style and can be used interchangeably, depending on the measurements of the spaces where they’ll be used.

 

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