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Do you want a low maintenance kitchen when you remodel?

Schrock Thermafoil White Cabinetry

Schrock Thermofoil White Cabinetry

An important consideration when planning to remodel your kitchen is how much time you plan to spend cleaning and maintaining the cabinetry. It will only look beautiful for years to come if you care for it on a regular basis. With today’s hectic lifestyles, few people want to spend their precious free time cleaning. Of course, if you can afford it, you could hire someone to do this work. But for the moment, let’s say that’s not an option.

White cabinetry is very popular, and one type of white cabinetry is particularly easy to clean. Thermofoil cabinets are an easily maintained product. Sleek and smooth-surfaced, Thermofoil cabinetry from Schrock offers a sophisticated appearance along with exceptional durability and ease of maintenance for today’s hard-working kitchen. You should be aware that White and Cashmere color may change slightly over time, depending on environmental conditions.

Thermofoil is a process where heat and pressure are used to bond a thin layer of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) film to a shaped and glued component made from MDF (medium density fiberboard). The result is a seamless surface that covers a panel’s face and edges. The component back uses a white, seamless melamine surface – excellent for easy cleaning.

Cleaning guidelines from Schrock Cabinetry:
A soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your cabinets. If more thorough cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water. After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Dry immediately using another soft, clean cloth. Click here to read more, such as cleaning products to avoid.

Next time, we’ll talk about easy to clean and maintain countertop material.

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Kraftmaid Island End Cap Cabinet

KraftMaid Island End Cap Cabinet

The island has become the centerpiece of many kitchen designs today, and even with all of the great storage solutions and cabinetry options out there, you may be looking for that final piece to make your kitchen feel complete. One possible option is to use an island end cap piece from KraftMaid Cabinetry. You can finish a peninsula, an island, or an end run of cabinets with this two-legged storage piece. KraftMaid’s Island End Caps arrive as a single piece for easy installation, and you can top it with any counter you wish. Island End Caps come in a variety of sizes and styles, including the tapered-leg Garrison Maple in Mushroom (shown above).

Carefully designed with attention to every beautiful detail, KraftMaid Island End Caps are available in a variety of widths and depths, with a wide selection of doors, drawers and leg styles to create a furniture piece that offers great functionality and fits your style.

This and many other KraftMaid options are available from friendly cabinetry showrooms like Kitchen Views. See more furniture pieces available from KraftMaid cabinets.

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Bring Your Cabinet Door Samples Home – Dennis Serge

Dennis Serge, Designer at Kitchen Views in Mansfield, MA

Regardless of which cabinet manufacturer you choose to supply your new kitchen, one of the most important decisions you will make during the design process at Kitchen Views is choosing the door style and finish color for your new kitchen. Here is a very helpful hint. Once you have made your selection, arrange to sign out a sample door in the style and color you have chosen and take it home with you. Showroom lighting can be dramatic and varied and is not always similar to that of a normal residence.

Sometimes a finish color may not look the same in the showroom as it does at home. So, bring that sample home for a few days so that you can look at it carefully on a sunny day, a cloudy day, and at night when the lights are on. This way you can be certain you will be satisfied with the color once your new cabinets are installed. Every so often, I have had a customer come back and tell me that the sample looked “different” when they got it home, and, in a few instances, I have had clients change their color selection as a result. As the old saying goes, “better safe than sorry”.

Dennis Serge, Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
71 Maple Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
Tel.: 508-339-8020  Ext. 5617
Fax: 508-261-6426

Choosing Between Standard, Semi-Custom, and Custom Cabinets

While price point is an important factor in choosing the cabinetry that will fit into your home, it’s also important to consider the various levels of personalization and customization available in the three main categories of cabinets: standard, semi-custom, and custom.


Aristokraft Laminate Cabinets

Standard Cabinetry, sometimes referred to as stock cabinetry, is typically offered in a limited variety of sizes, styles, and finishes with a choice of options that are often categorized as “good, better, and best.” Short lead-times, easy installation, and affordability, make this an appealing selection for the budget-conscious consumer. Kitchen Views carries a wide variety of these lines: Aristokraft, HomeCrest, Merillat, and many others.


Dynasty by Omega Cabinets

Semi-Custom Cabinetry is constructed with higher-quality materials than standard; and offers a broader selection of door styles and finishes. Some modifications can be made, providing greater opportunity for personalized space planning and design. Kitchen Views carries a number of semi-custom lines, including Dynasty by Omega, Greenfield, HomeCrest, Schrock, and UltraCraft.


Omega Kitchen Cabinets

Custom Cabinetry is constructed and finished like fine furniture that has been built with the skill and dedication of a fine craftsman. In addition, the sizes, shapes, colors, and interior options are practically infinite. With the availability of exotic woods from around the world and the ability to match the color and patina of an heirloom hutch, custom cabinets can be built to very particular specifications. The price and lead-time for custom cabinetry usually depends on the level of customization and the availability of the products and techniques required for completing each piece. Kitchen Views is proud to carry fine custom cabinetry by such lines as Corsi, Crystal, Irpinia, and Omega.

Ask your kitchen designer which cabinetry lines make the most sense for you and your budget. Some semi-custom and custom lines, such as Dynasty by Omega and Omega, can be mixed and matched to get a custom feel for considerably less money. In any case, you want to be sure that the cabinetry you decide on is the best fit for the long-term.

Cabinets and the Winter Time – Bob Russo

Bob Russo, ACSD/PKBP

Now that we are back into winter, you need be aware of how this time of year can affect your cabinets. When the heat is on, in a lot of cases, our homes get very dry. We apply lotion to our skin to stay moist, but we don’t think of the home needing moisture, as well. Your kitchen cabinets and furniture can be a sign or an overly dry (or moist) home.

If you see unfinished wood on the cabinet center panels next to the door styles and rails (door frame work), one or two edges, opposite each other, it may be a sign that the center panel has shifted (easily fixed by tapping it back into place). But, if you notice that the center panels on your cabinets are showing an unpainted or stained line (see picture below) on three or all four sides, this is a sign that the wood is drying out and shrinking. You need to get some moisture back in to the air in your home. Room or home humidifiers work well to do this.

wood shrinkage from lack of moisture

Once you get the humidity levels back to a neutral state, you should see the lines around the center panel go away. If the panels are allowed to shrink up too much or are not controlled, they may not go all the way back and you may need to do some touch-up work. You may even notice that doors that were lying flat on the cabinet face start to cup or warp away from the cabinet face. This type of movement is normal, not a defect in the wood and is a natural occurrence; wood will always breathe and look for water.

But be careful not to introduce too much moisture into the home; it can have the opposite effect: doors can swell. Butt doors (double door cabinets where the two doors close against each other) can rub or ever start to overlap. A meter to check the moisture level of your home can be purchased for very little money.

When your cabinets are being built, every aspect is controlled, even the environment. Once you get them, it’s up to you to do the same,  so you can enjoy them for many years, trouble free. So watch your cabinets; they can tell you a lot about what is going on in your home.

Bob Russo, ACSD/PKBP
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham St. Newton, MA 02461
Phone: 617-244-8020

Lee Turner: The Underside of Wall Cabinets

When you are installing new kitchen cabinets, do not forget about the underside of the wall cabinets. In most cases, a piece of moulding is installed along the bottom edge of the cabinet frame, either for decoration or as a light rail to conceal the light fixtures, but this does not cover the seams and box construction of cabinets (see picture below).

Underside of Wall Cabinet

However, if there is a seating area such as a table, island or peninsula, the underside of the wall cabinet box construction is visible and not attractive to view. Below are several solutions that may be used on both framed and frameless cabinets.

1.  Place ¾ matching finished solid stock – the depth of the wall cabinet box  (one face and edge finished) and attach to bottom of cabinet with blind nails.

2.   Place a ¾ matching solid stock ¾ to 1 ½’ deeper than cabinet box (finished both faces and one long edge) with profiled edge of choice and attach to box as above.

3.   A ¼ matching plywood panel and light rail moulding are applied to the bottom in either of the two methods as illustrated below.

Omega Cabinet Installation Option Details Diagram

All of the above could be used with under cabinet lighting, but the lighting would be completely or partially proud (beyond) of the bottom of the cabinet box. Or, if puck lighting is used, the electrician could recess the fixture in the panel if it is a framed cabinet installation.

To completely hide the under cabinet lighting from standing position in work area, the light rail would have to measure between 1 ½”- 2 +” and ¼” paneling attached to cabinet behind the light rail and to bottom of cabinet, as shown below:

For a complete diagram of the finished undersides available from Omega Cabinets, visit this PDF on our website. To learn more about the many different options for wall cabinets, contact your nearest Kitchen Views showroom.

Lee Turner
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham St, Newton, MA 02461

Lisa Zompa: Types of Cabinet Glazing Techniques

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Views Designer, Warwick, Rhode Island

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Views at National, Warwick, Rhode Island

With 8 years of experience in kitchen and bathroom design, and an interior design degree, Lisa joined Kitchen Views in early 2010 to serve the Rhode Island area. She now works directly out of our Warwick, RI showroom. You can view Lisa’s profile here.

Who would have ever thought that there are so many decisions to make when picking out the cabinetry?  Besides the door style, wood type, and overlay (inset, framed, stained, painted), there are also glazing techniques to choose from, if you decide to do so.

Glazing is a technique used to highlight or accentuate the details of the door style you choose.  The glaze will look different as the door style changes.  It can be subtle or extremely obvious.  Glaze can be applied to either a stained or painted door.  It is usually hand applied and wiped off so every piece will not look the same.

Here is an example taken from Schrock of the same glaze combination on different door styles:

Glaze Examples - Galena and Huxley

Schrock's Galena and Huxley door styles with Amaretto Créme finish

Your choices for glazed colors will depend on the cabinet line.  Some cabinet manufacturers will offer certain color combinations and have names for those combinations. Other cabinet lines will allow you to choose a stain or paint, and then choose from a range of glaze colors.  The most common glaze colors are white, brown, pewter, and onyx.  As the cabinet lines become closer to a custom line, you will have even more choices, such as the type of glaze and how pronounced it will be. This means that they will offer a dry, wet, pen highlight, light, medium, or heavy application, to name a few.

You can find examples of Dry, Pen, and Wet Glazes and more here on the glazes page of Omega Cabinetry.

Whatever door style or glaze you choose, your Kitchen Views designer will help you to make your kitchen both beautiful and made to last.

Lisa Zompa
Kitchen Views at National
3356 Post Rd,
Warwick, RI 02886

Dennis Serge: Cabinet Overlay

Dennis Serge, Designer at Kitchen Views in Mansfield, MA

In this era of instant communication and access to just about anything on the Internet, I have noticed that the customers who come into our showrooms are much more well versed regarding cabinet terminology and construction features than they ever have been before. I have also noticed, however, that there still seems to be confusion in some people’s minds when it comes to discussing cabinet “overlay”.

Basically, there are three terms to remember, standard or partial overlay, full overlay, and inset. In all three, the cabinet box size does not change — the differences are in the size of the doors and drawer fronts.


Partial Frame Overlay

When viewing standard overlay cabinets, the front frames of the cabinetry are visible around the doors and drawer fronts. This is also sometimes referred to as a traditional overlay and is still a popular choice, particularly in older, more vintage homes. It also has the advantage of being the least expensive option.


Full Framed Overlay

On full overlay cabinetry, the doors and drawer fronts are over-sized and virtually all of the cabinet framework is hidden by them. Although a more expensive option than the standard overlay, there are two advantages to this construction. First is accessibility. Full overlay cabinets with double doors do not have a center stile between the doors as part of the frame that you need to reach around or behind. Many customers are very appreciative of this feature. Also, most manufacturers will offer a wider variety of door styles to choose from in full overlay than they do in standard.


Inset Overlay

Inset doors are the most expensive of the three options, and until recently were usually available only from the manufacturers of custom cabinetry. In this option, the doors and drawer fronts do not overlay the cabinet frames at all. Rather, as the name suggests, they are inset flush with the cabinet frame. This can create some dramatic effects and the rich look of fine furniture.

Let your Kitchen Views design professional help choose the overlay style that is right for your tastes, your home, and your budget.

Dennis Serge
Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
71 Maple St
Mansfield, MA 02048
Tel: 508-339-8020 x 5617

Don’t Fear MDF

Traditional vignette with cabinetry containing MDF

Would you have ever guessed that MDF could belong in a high-end kitchen?

“Don’t Fear MDF” by John Allen

When looking into painted cabinets, you will often find that the center panel on a painted door will be made of a material called MDF, or Medium Density Fiberboard. I have found that some customers that come through my showroom are resistant to the idea that part of the door would not be comprised of “real” wood. There are a number of benefits to such a product, and in most cases, it is a superior material to use in the panel for a cabinet door.

MDF is made from wood fiber and similar recycled products like paper and cardboard pulp. This material is mixed with resins and then pressed into sheets under very high pressure. The finished product is cut and milled into door panels the same way as a hardwood panel.

MDF is a strong and stable product. It does not swell and shrink with seasonal changes in humidity. As a result, door panels will not end up with unpainted areas showing during the dry winter months. MDF is much denser than particle board. Painted wood panels will show splits from time to time while the surface of an MDF panel will stay smooth and flat.

The only time where MDF is not used for a cabinet door’s center panel is when the door features an “antiqued” look where some of the painted finish has holes or areas that have been sanded through. When the material under the painted finish is visible, the panel must be the same wood as the frame of the door.

The rest of the time, there is no need to be worried about MDF. A customer who wants a painted finish for their cabinet door will have a better looking and more stable product with MDF panels. Also, since the manufacture of MDF uses wood that would otherwise be wasted, as well as some recycled content, it is a more eco-friendly material.

John Allen, Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham St. Newton, MA 02461

Stretch Your Money with Careful Renovation Planning


With all the home renovation shows getting our imaginations running wild, we have more options to consider than ever before. However, your budget might not match your wish list. For those of us who can better afford a less elaborate renovation, our designers can help you to make your dream kitchen fit within your budget, with some careful choices and wise substitutions. Click here for a series of before and after pictures of the new kitchen shown above.

When planning your dream kitchen, include every option you think you might like to have: cherry wood instead of maple, roll-out trays, trash bin, glass-front cabinets, etc. Once the design is completed, if the cost is above of your budget, then you can decide which elements you can or can’t live without. Your designer can recommend which selections will be most cost-effective. It’s easier for the designer to take out options depending on their importance rather than add more elements after you have received a base price. While the design cost is included in your cabinetry purchase, if there is an unusual amount of re-work design time involved you may be charged for the extra time required.

One element that varies greatly in price depending on brand and style is decorative hardware. You might select a lower cost brand to help the budget right now. The most important choice in the original planning stage is whether to use a knob or a pull since the contractor will need to drill either one or two holes. Deciding now which works better for your situation will avoid problems later. Many economical brand choices are available that complement a wide selection of cabinetry styles. Later, once you’ve had time to consider an upgrade that would make you happier, you can easily change the decorative hardware yourself as an afternoon project one weekend.

Wilsonart Laminate Countertop

Wilsonart Laminate Countertop

Another way to save money during your renovation would be to install laminate counter tops. They come in a wide variety of patterns, including many that mimic various stone. Laminate is durable and will serve you well. Then, a year or two down the road when you can afford to make a change, arrange to swap them out with granite or quartz.  It’s also helpful to keep in mind that once a granite countertop is installed you cannot easily change cabinetry underneath it, since most likely the granite will not survive such a change without cracking. So if you expect to renovate in stages over time, planning ahead will save you from some problems and reduce overall costs.

Kitchen Views designers are skilled at exceeding your expectations, no matter what your budget.

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