Choosing the Right Wood for Cabinet Refacing

Kitchen cabinet refacing is a great way to bring your kitchen back to life without incurring the expense of hassle of a complete renovation job

The cabinet refacing process involves four steps:

  • Step 1: Speak with a design expert from NuStone Transformations
  • Step 2: Select the materials for your new cabinets
  • Step 3: Have your cabinets refaced by our skilled experts
  • Step 4: Enjoy your updated kitchen

This blog takes a closer look at step 2 of the process.

In particular: Selecting the right wood for refacing your cabinets.

All wood isn’t made equal

There are many reasons why kitchen cabinet refacing is a popular option for homeowners.

One of which is that there are many popular wood options available.

And each type wood can give your kitchen remodel a unique look, feel and personality.

While they may appear to be the same on the surface (except for obvious differences like colour), the reality is that each type of wood has its benefits and drawbacks.

Below we’ll look at some of the most popular wood materials out there for kitchen cabinet refacing, and the pros and cons of each.

Pine

Pine

A smart choice if you’re looking to create a rustic or cabin-like atmosphere in your kitchen.

Features

Pros

Cons

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Yellowish or Whitish hues
  • Natural knots
  • Low cost
  • Easy to paint
  • Tough and long-lasting
  • Resists shrinking & swelling
  • Softwood material
  • Vulnerable to dents and scratches

Cherry

Cherry

Use cherry if you want to your kitchen to have a sleek, modern look to it.

Features

Pros

Cons

  • Hardwood
  • Straight grains
  • Reddish brown or blond in colour
  • Linear patterns
  • Great candidate for polishing
  • Keeps its colour even it left unstained
  • Expensive
  • Colour can darken over time

Maple

Maple

If your kitchen cabinets get used quite a bit, maple is tough enough to handle it.

Features

Pros

Cons

  • Cream-white colour combination
  • Sometimes comes with a reddish hue
  • Very affordable
  • Durable
  • Great for staining
  • Can be stained to look like a more expensive wood
  • Must be sealed first
  • Staining can finish spotty if not done correctly

Oak

Oak

Select oak if you want your kitchen to have an old-world feel and appearance to it.

Features

Pros

Cons

  • Comes in two types
  • Red oak is light brown  or pink red with swirls
  • White oak is a striped grain  with colour bursts
  • Strong and durable
  • Resists warping
  • Very distinct appearance
  • Grain patterns can be highlighted
  • Incorrect staining can darken the grain patterns
  • Colour may appear dual-toned over time

Walnut

Walnut

Walnut can make your kitchen appear straight from an antique shop.

Features

Pros

Cons

  • Dark
  • Strong grains
  • Brown or yellow in colour
  • Stable
  • Strong enough for decorative cutting or carving
  • Amazing colour
  • Grain patterns can be highlighted
  • Single pieces can have two colour tones on them
  • Very expensive wood

Contact us for a new look for your kitchen cabinets

Kitchen cabinet refacing can transform your kitchen from boring to beautiful – without the expensive cost or hassle of a full renovation.

And with a variety of wood types available at your disposal, you’ll be able to create the exact look you want.

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