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Maple wood cabinets: Perfect finish for your new kitchen

One of the reasons that maple wood cabinets are so popular is that they can be finished to complement the aesthetic of any kitchen. Maple is a readily available domestic hardwood that is both durable and modestly priced, and its natural creamy white color can be stained or finished in a variety of appealing ways.

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Maple wood cabinets to match your kitchen

Consider these types of finishes:

  1. Staining maple wood cabinets can produce an eclectic array of finishes that can mimic the colors of various types of other woods. Cabinet companies, such as Armstrong and Thomasville use dark stains, aptly named Espresso and Chocolate, to make their maple cabinets look like they are constructed from ebony, which is an exotic and expensive tropical hardwood. Likewise, Armstrong's Bordeaux stain produces a deep red color that looks like natural cherry wood.
  2. Maple cabinets can be painted just about any color under the sun, which means you can create a colorful kitchen that is unique and personalized. You can choose white painted cabinets for a clean looking traditional aesthetic, or you can add a splash of color to your kitchen by choosing cabinets that are painted red or blue.
  3. Distressed finishes are available that can make your cabinets look like aged antiques. Special glazes and finishing techniques, such as edge sanding and hand scraping, can make your cabinetry appear timeless and special, which can be a perfect finish for a rustic styled home or an old-world styled kitchen. Most companies charge a 15-20 percent premium for distressed finishes, but the added expense may be worth it if your cabinets are the showpiece of your new kitchen!

When choosing the right finish for your maple wood cabinets, it is important that you look at actual cabinet samples so that you can be sure that the finish you choose complements the other important features of your kitchen, such as your counter tops and appliances. You can borrow cabinet samples from Home Depot or Lowe's, or you can request a finish sample directly from the cabinet manufacturer.


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