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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
401-921-0400
lzompa@kitchenviews.com

What Countertop Materials Are Best For You?

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Views at National, Warwick, RI

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Views at National, Warwick, RI

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. Lisa is currently working out of the new Warwick, Rhode Island showroom, which opened in May 2010.

What Are Your Choices in Countertop Material?

IceStone Countertop at Kitchen Views Showroom, Newton, MA

IceStone Countertop at Kitchen Views Showroom

Today, there are so many types of finishes to choose from, when determining what to put into your project.  Laminates are a great inexpensive way to update any area as they have come a long way from the boomerang patterns of the past.  They have come up with patterns to mimic metals, granite, and marble.

You can purchase pre-made countertops and install them yourself; or you can purchase sheets from a variety of sizes and have custom tops made on-site, or use it as a backsplash.

Solid surface countertops are another option to consider.  It is a soft material that is easy to clean, and appears to have no seams.  You have the option to have a stainless steel under-mount sink; or a seamless integrated sink.  Typically, the purchase of this type of material will include having a company to come to your house, make a template of the area, then come back and install it.  There are a variety of manufacturers to choose from including DuPont Corian, Wilsonart, Formica, and LG Viatera, just to name a few.

Quartz is becoming the popular man on campus.  It is a man-made material consisting mostly of quartz, and epoxy.  It is similar to granite in that it is a hard material, cool to the touch, heat resistant, and comes in slabs.  It is superior to granite in that it is 4 times stronger than granite, easier to maintain, and colors are more consistent from slab to slab.  Colors are offered in a range from solids to mimicking granite and marble. Some brands in this category include glass in the mix to give a reflective value to the countertop.  Brand names include, but are not limited to:  CaesarStone®, Cambria, Silestone®, and Zodiaq® from DuPont.  Pricing will vary and include having the fabricator to come to your home, take a template, and install it.  Material warranty will vary by product.

Granite and marble are natural products.  Granite in the past used to be expensive, but has drastically come down in price.  Granite comes in light to dark colors and can come in wild and exotic patterns.  The beauty of granite is the natural pattern flow in the product.  Some have described as “works of art.”  Granite and marble are mined both locally and all over the world.  A simple sealant is required to be applied to the tops every 6-12 months, while some brands will include a sealant impregnated into the stone to help repel stains.  Fabricators will purchase large amounts of popular colors to keep the price down and pass those savings along to the end consumer, while exotic patterns will be more expensive.  Pricing will include the fabricator to come to your home, take a template, and install it.

Concrete is popular for outdoor kitchens in general, and inside the home in the South West and Western part of the United States.  Concrete is custom-made for your project.  You can choose the colors, and even add metals and other materials into the top to create different patterns and visual flow.  Pricing will vary and will include the installation.

If you want a more sustainable and green product, then recycled glass may be for you.  Recycled glass is mixed with cement and other additives to create the perfect countertop.  Manufacturers take recycled glass from beer bottles, sea glass, and even traffic lights to name just a few examples.  Depending on the manufacturer, you can get points towards your LEED certification.  Some brand names include IceStone, Vetrazzo, and EnviroGlas.  Pricing is in the high range and will include template, and installation.

Wood tops are a great way to add warmth into any kitchen project.  Typically customers will put them on islands for an accent.  Butcher block is great for cutting, while smoother surfaces offer a table-grade beauty.  Familiar wood tops would include maple or oak butcher block, but there is so much more out there.  You can now get wood species like: Cherry, Beech, Black Walnut, Canary Wood, Hickory, Iroko, Padauk, Purple Heart, Sapele, Teak, Wenge, and Zebrawood.  Pricing will vary, as you can purchase straight stock of Maple and Oak butcher block and install it yourself; or have custom tops made. If you want a “green” certified wood, Bamboo, Lyptus, and reclaimed woods are available.  As you can see, there is something for every project.

Lisa Zompa
Kitchen Views at National
3356 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401.921.0400
lzompa@kitchenviews.com

With so many beautiful choices, Kitchen Views designers will help you select the product that works best for your particular requirements. You can find more information on the benefits and limitations of various countertop materials in the Kitchen Views Design Guide (PDF).


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