The open grained hardwood is very strong and the color ranges from white to salmon pink. The natural texture is coarse with straight grained wood. Different oaks can have variations in grains, knots and color. Some oaks possess colorful streaks of gold, black and green mineral deposits and are beautiful to behold. Oak kitchen cabinets are finished in a long 11 stepped process. The flame shaped patterns of grains are wonderfully enhanced when the finishing coat is applied. Since cabinets set the tone of any kitchen, oak kitchen cabinet is a perfect choice.
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.
Believe it or not, there are some folk out there who do not appreciate the beauty and the richness of red oak wood and there are some people out there who really don't appreciate oak wood at all. But I'm not one of them and over the years I have come to love and revere oak wood in general and particularly red oak wood. In this article I am going to give you a step by step guide to help you stain and varnish your red oak cabinets. I will be focusing on new cabinets but the same procedures are in order for existing red oak cabinets with the exception being that all existing coatings on your cabinets must be completely removed before you can re-stain them. Once again, I cannot stress this point enough; all previous coatings-stains, urethane, paints and primers must be totally removed from your cabinets before you can begin your re-staining and re-varnishing system.
Maple Kitchens: The strongest contender of Oak when it comes to popularity is Maple kitchens. Maple kitchen cabinets are the exact opposite of Oak when it comes to grains. The tight, even grains of maple makes up for a fluid finish that is as smooth in looks as it is to touch. Naturally light, the cabinetry collection for wood-toned glazes that you can choose from ranges from honey to cinnamon. This can also be stained to brandish a darker looking timber such as espresso, painted any color you desire, or even finished to look like other hardwood choices such as mahogany and cherry.
Remodeling Oak Kitchen Cabinets: As time goes by, marks and other signs of wear and use will eventually show on the surface of your cabinetry collection. When this time comes, you can refinish your oak kitchen cabinets to bring back a renewed luster, making them seem as good as new. To remodel cabinet units, here are general steps to take: 1. Unscrew every hardware and label parts as you go along disassembling them for easier re-assembling. 2. Using a clan cloth lightly dampened in mineral spirits, wipe off the surfaces. Sand your cabinet pieces with a 220 grit sandpaper, then follow with a 180 grit for a smoother finish. Complete the cleaning process with a deglosser. 3. Apply the stain or paint product of your choice, as directed by manufacturer. 4. your oak kitchen cabinets will glow with a renewed polish.
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