Cabinetry 101

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Here’s everything you need to know when making decisions about cabinetry during your kitchen renovation.

Please remember, if you ever have questions about anything regarding renovations or construction, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Instagram is usually the best way to get a quick answer.

When replacing, updating, or relocating cabinetry, you’ll want to consider:

  • Paint grade VS. stain grade

  • Wood species

  • Cabinet features

Find out a little about each below!

PHOTO SOURCE: Our “hills” reno project  (check out the rest of the kitchen right here)

PHOTO SOURCE: Our “hills” reno project (check out the rest of the kitchen right here)

PAINT GRADE VS. STAIN GRADE

You will need to a make the decision of whether you would like your cabinets painted or stained. In terms of aesthetics, the choice might be simple for you. However, in terms of practicality, you should make an informed decision.

Painted cabinets tend to hide dust, resist water, and provide durability, however they will also show a bit more dirt, last fewer years than stained cabinets, and an overall perfect look is harder to achieve (chipping/cracking can occur).

Stained cabinets will more easily attain a perfect look, show less dirt, last longer, and better highlight the natural grain of the cabinets. On the flip side, stained cabinets will be less water resistant, might wear down with thorough cleaning, and are prone to streaks/stains if spills or water are not cleaned up immediately.

Lastly, you should know that a price difference comes with purchasing paint grade cabinets versus stained grade cabinets. Paint grade cabinets are usually lower quality wood (since they will be painted), smoothed out to create a polished painted look and therefore cost less than stained grade cabinets. Stained grade cabinets are created with higher quality wood, highlighting dramatic grain patterns and marks.

For more information, here’s a great resource for painted cabinets vs. stained cabinets.


WOOD SPECIES

Typically, hardwoods are recommended over softwoods for creating cabinetry because these wood species can withstand wear and tear for years without damaging. Hardwoods such as Maple, Cherry, Ash, Hickory, or Oak are all great choices.

If you plan to stain your cabinets rather than paint them, then you should put even more consideration into your wood species choice as different species can create different grain patterns and aesthetics. Here’s a great resource for comparing the physical look of each species.

We usually build our painted custom cabinetry using maple or birch because they are durable hardwoods and also cost efficient without being cheap in quality or construction. For stained cabinetry, we can’t resist saying that Walnut is one of our favorites just because the final product is always so beautiful.

CABINET FEATURES

If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen or bathroom, then you’ll enjoy choosing the features of your cabinetry. Features such as drawer trays, spice rack pull outs, appliance garages, hidden trash can storage, and more aim to make your life easier and increase the functionality of your space.

Unfortunately we don’t have photos of all the cabinet features we have installed, but here are some sample photos of a few of our favorite cabinet features:

Day dreaming about new cabinetry yet?? We can relate!

Let us know if you have any questions at all!

A Kitchen on the Move--Relocating & Refreshing a Condo Kitchen

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This beautiful downtown Austin condo had so much going for it. Beautiful ceilings and architecture throughout, a great location, and good bones. However, the kitchen had room for improvement. It was located in a very cramped space and simply was not functional where it was in the entry space of the condo. There was a wrapped post in the middle of the island, very little countertop space and no natural light, which made food prep very challenging. Due to the concrete walls and ceilings in the condo already, the client worked with an architect and Allison Crawford who opted to keep the industrial style throughout the new kitchen plans and design. The final product has an antique mirror backsplash, dark navy blue cabinets, and lots of very accessible black granite countertop surfaces! Check out this amazing kitchen transformation below!

The previous kitchen was cramped and not very functional. However, moving the entire kitchen to the living room meant relocating electrical and plumbing, which is a logistical challenge in any condo space!

The previous kitchen was cramped and not very functional. However, moving the entire kitchen to the living room meant relocating electrical and plumbing, which is a logistical challenge in any condo space!

The newly relocated and renovated kitchen provides a welcoming space that is easy to use with lots of countertop & storage space!

The newly relocated and renovated kitchen provides a welcoming space that is easy to use with lots of countertop & storage space!

The selection and installation of materials kept with the industrial feel of the kitchen. Here are some that contributed to the overall design aesthetic: Appliances— Bosch Black Stainless Steel; Countertops—Honed Black Leather Granite; Backsplash—Custom Antique Mirror Panels; Faucet—Delta Matte Black; Cabinetry paint—Farrow & Ball Railings; Pulls & Hardware—Antique Brass or Matte Black. Allison Crawford, Designer.

The selection and installation of materials kept with the industrial feel of the kitchen. Here are some that contributed to the overall design aesthetic: Appliances— Bosch Black Stainless Steel; Countertops—Honed Black Leather Granite; Backsplash—Custom Antique Mirror Panels; Faucet—Delta Matte Black; Cabinetry paint—Farrow & Ball Railings; Pulls & Hardware—Antique Brass or Matte Black. Allison Crawford, Designer.

This kitchen condo renovation teaches all of of us to rethink the spaces in our home. Do you have a room that would make a better kitchen than the one you are currently using? Are there walls in your current space that could be removed to open up a more natural traffic flow in your house? What are you dreaming for your space? Contact Skelly Home today for a free walk through!

Designer: Allison Crawford Design

Photos: Sophie Epton Photography