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5 Myths About Metal Kitchen Cabinets Dispelled

by Jessica Santina

If the idea of metal kitchen cabinets seems too cold, too modern looking, or too lacking in versatility, it's time you looked again. Here's the truth behind five myths about metal cabinets:

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Myth #1: Metal cabinets will make my kitchen look too industrial.

Today's metal cabinets can be purchased in a variety of colors and sizes and in more than 150 grades of stainless steel, so you can choose the look that's right for your kitchen. Plus, they can be dressed up with fixtures like copper molding or glass insets. Of course, if you like that industrial look, builders' salvage yards and restaurant supply companies are a great, affordable source for these cabinets.

Myth #2: Metal cabinets are too noisy.

Because the stainless steel encloses an inner core of wood, the sound is greatly minimized.

Myth #3: Metal kitchen cabinets show every ding, dent, and scratch.

Scratches can be burnished out quickly and easily. A professional can create a new swirl or embossed finish, to minimize scratches. If you're doing the cabinet refacing yourself, it just takes a non-metallic abrasive pad and precise, uniform strokes. Maintenance on metal is a snap--just use a damp washcloth to take out fingerprints.

Myth #4: Metal cabinets are expensive.

In fact, solid wood cabinets are often more expensive--especially if the wood you choose is more exotic than, say, oak or pine.

Myth #5: Metal will corrode.

Because today's metal kitchen cabinets use stainless steel, they resist corrosion and staining, making them the perfect choice for outdoor kitchens. Not to mention that they're recyclable and environmentally friendly.

Now that the truth about metal kitchen cabinets is out, consider using them to add a sleek look to your kitchen.

About the Author

Jessica Santina is a freelance writer and editor with 11 years' experience in media, marketing, and publishing, and 8 years' experience as a college writing instructor.

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