There are two varieties of oak hardwood, namely red oak and white oak. White oak is heavier and harder than red oak. Red oak, opposite to what the name implies, comes in white shades and light to dark reddish brown shades. Red oak contains less grain patterns compared to white oak. The greatest advantage of oak kitchen cabinets is that they can be sanded, cleaned and refinished as per need and the luster of the wood remains the same.
When it comes to cabinetry I simply love to stain and varnish them each and every opportunity I get. I really enjoy taking my time and savoring every moment of it. From preparation to staining and varnishing to completion, I truly enjoy this special task and I guess it is because of my love for wood. Whether it's cheery, cypress, mahogany, birch, pine, red oak, white oak, walnut, pecan, or any other species; I love wood! In my opinion wood is in a class of its own and nothing else even comes remotely close. But sometimes wood needs a little something extra to bring out its beauty and charm--its grace and stateliness. And that is why we stain and varnish it to help bring out its natural elegance and splendor.
Oak cabinets are available in two different construction styles. Namely: full access and framed cabinets. Full access oak kitchen cabinets allow for more space and come with large drawers and shelves. In this kind of a cabinet, the hinges are completely hidden, thereby giving your oak kitchen cabinets a smooth and unbroken look. Framed oak kitchen cabinets are considered old fashioned and traditional. It comes with an applied front frame that is visible through the doors. In fact you can change the look of your cabinets by adding glaze to them. At the same time you can make your oak cabinetry look beautiful by making the oak darker to match with the decor of your kitchen. There are quite a few home owners who prefer RTA kitchen cabinets made of oak since it helps in blending the traditional with the needs of the modern day home quite effortlessly. Oak cabinets are now available in a variety of finishes like natural, frost and medium.
You can even stain your new oak cabinets or cabinet doors to add versatility. Be careful, however, when staining new doors that they will match the rest of the cabinets. Here you would probably want to stain both the doors and cabinets. Making sure they match is the key.
Oak kitchen cabinets can be a great addition to any new or existing one. Many homes are constructed with a lower grade wood for the cabinets simply due to the builder wanting to save a little money. While these cabinets may be functional, over time, they will simply not outlast the natural durability of oak.
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