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Kitchen wall units

May 23, 2013

kitchen's wall units

Reach the heights:
Break away from the standard run of units and opt for an individual look. In pale ash with ebony inlay, this kitchen’s wall units are in varying heights set directly on to a worktop. Its curvy bow-fronted island unit is a characteristic touch from the makers, Mowlem & Co. The worktops are in granite.

Cognac cabinets

October 16, 2012

Putting a slant on this kitchen in a Chicago high-rise not only hid unsightly radiators but also gave a dynamic lift to the small-scale design. James W. Livingston, CKD, of Smartrooms, Inc., chose Wood-Mode’s “Brandywine” cabinets in a Cognac finish on cherry to establish the rich color theme, which is accented by black ceramic tiles and oven fronts. But what makes his design noteworthy is the trio of work areas he has created within the limited space. There is elbowroom on the limestone counters beside the refrigerator and the gas cooktop; there is also a self-contained baking area, its lowered granite surface topping a series of apothecary drawers. The flooring picks up the limestone look in a random arrangement of mixed-size ceramic tiles.

Kitchen design cabinets

September 25, 2012

The focus of this kitchen face-lift was the cabinets. Originally, the base units were blue and the upper cabinets were laminate with a wood look (see inset above). In redoing the kitchen, designer Cynthia Kasper of Redding, Connecticut, had the base cabinets spray-painted white and replaced the upper doors with new ones—white with glass panels—sized to fit the frames. New hardware completed the look. The appliances were mostly unchanged.
Space for Two $9,550.00

Cognac Cherry cabinet

September 9, 2012

In remodeling the kitchen of a 100-year-old farmhouse for the Vassar Showhouse in Chester County, Pennsylvania, designer Jan Petersen chose Wood-Mode “Lancaster” maple cabinets stained to re-create the ambience of a Tuscan villa. The same cabinet style used on the island was darkened with a Cognac Cherry stain and made furniture like with the addition of “farmhouse legs.” The floor is 12- by 12-inch Italian tile with an inset made of the same tumbled marble that appears on the backsplash. Sash windows replace the jalousie unit from a previous renovation.

Stock cabinets

August 30, 2012

For a relatively affordable way to add personal flair to stock cabinets, consider trimming the upper, lower or coun-tertop edges of the cabinet with a single strip of molding. If you have some flexibility in your budget, you may want to select more detailed moldings, such as crown, rope, dentil or plate rail, or combine a number of these to create a unique look for your kitchen.

Kitchen cabinets

August 28, 2012


Many manufacturers offer simple stock cabinets with bevel-edged doors and drawers, which makes knobs and pulls unnecessary and eliminates additional cost.
The most basic cabinets will generally feature adjustable hinges, with more expensive lines offering fully concealed, self-closing hinges as standard. Because concealed hinges cannot be seen when the cabinet is closed, you’re not tied to matching them in your knob and pull selections, and so will have more decorative choices.

Wood cabinets

August 27, 2012


According to Edwards, cabinets in all price ranges should have sturdy construction and solid hardwood frames. Expect shelves to be at least Vi inch thick and adjustable. Interiors and exteriors should have an easy-care finish, and the cabinets should come with at least a one-year warranty.
Shelf thicknesses on higher-end stock cabinets can run from % inch to % inch thick. Upgraded options you might consider include solid wood drawers and plywood sides with a matching wood veneer finish.
Look for cabinets with smooth-running drawer glides for easy operation. Higher-end cabinets will feature under-mount glides that reduce dust collection and provide more drawer space.
It may be worth the added expense to choose one or even two specialty cabinets, such as a lazy Susan or an angled cabinet that can provide added convenience and a better use of space.
Accessories will also increase costs, but with budget permitting, you can have some fun here. Items to consider are cookbook racks, bread boxes, message centers, spice shelves and recycling centers, to name just a few.

Raised-panel doors

August 26, 2012

For a smaller budget, you can choose among simple, basic door styles in laminates and veneers.
“The more detailed the style, the more expensive the cabinet will be,” says Edwards. Indeed, while you might appreciate raised-panel doors for their classic beauty, be prepared for a higher price tag. As a less costly alternative, you may want to consider recessed-panel traditional door styles.

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