Another unique character of oak kitchens is that direct sunlight can cause the surface to fade and darken through time. But this is not really a downside as many homeowners prefer the patina that it offers, and doesn't mind the changes in their kitchen cabinets.
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.
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.
You should keep a few distinctive features of these kitchen cabinets in your mind. Firstly, the hardwood is attractive only due to the presence of grains. Oak grains are visible even after staining with a desired color. This is an added advantage compared to other hardwoods. Even with a dark and rich stain, the distinctive feature of the grain is retained and hence is a favorite with cabinet builders. Secondly, these cabinets are extremely durable and can withstand high temperatures of heat and steam. However for continuous use and retaining of tenure, good sealing is advised. Thirdly, the hardwood is versatile. Fourthly, the resale value of oak cabinets is much higher. These cabinets last for generations and their appeal is retained. Lastly, like any other hardwood, oak kitchen cabinets are costly.
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