When you’re updating your kitchen, the first thing you should invest in is the kitchen cabinets. The cabinets are one of the most used parts of your kitchen, plus they’re typically the first thing that people see, so you’ll want them to stand out but be long-lasting. Luckily, there are many options to choose from when designing your kitchen cabinets, such as shaker style, raised-panel, flat-panel and designer doors with applied moldings. Whatever design that you have in mind for your kitchen, there are an array of styles and finishes that you can choose from to get the look that you will love for years to come. Find out what options you have for kitchen cabinets with this guide!


Kitchen Cabinet Trends

One of the most used areas of our homes is the kitchen, where families gather together to eat, play games and make memories together. Since this area is used so often, however, the main parts of it can become worn with age and use, such as the kitchen cabinets. Whether you’re looking to replace your cabinets or simply update them, there are a few trends that you should know about that are improving the look of kitchen cabinets across the country. One of the most popular trends from the past few years that is still making its mark in 2019 is switching out cabinet doors for drawers. Drawers offer more storage space and accessibility for people, which make them more desirable than doors. Secondly, more and more homeowners are opting for cabinets that extend from the floor to the ceiling, offering more storage space and opportunity to utilize other areas of the kitchen for decorative purposes, such as accent walls that house appliances or books. Lastly, cherry wood has become a popular choice for cabinets to create rich finishes. Exotic looks are also being seen more regularly as homeowners are choosing mahogany, bamboo and sapele woods that can be easily stained to create a unique look. Refinishing these types of cabinets is common nowadays, especially as many have been seeking out more textured looks to their cabinetry versus old glazing techniques. Whatever your design aesthetic is, there are popular trends that you can incorporate into your kitchen remodel to make it more modern but still feel like you.


Tips For A Beautiful Kitchen

If you opt to replace your cabinets, make sure that you know what type of door cabinet profile you want. Cabinet doors are one of the first things that others notice about your kitchen, so you want them to stand out. From slab to raised arch to recessed square, there are plenty of ways to keep your kitchen modern without losing its traditional appeal. You can even choose designer doors with applied moldings to enhance the look of your cabinets, but it all depends on the overall look that you want to create. Your budget will influence what type of cabinet door and style you choose, so decide beforehand how much you’re willing to pay before going all-in with cabinetry that you can’t afford. Next, figure out what wood type and color you would like. You can choose shaker-style cabinets, which are less expensive but offer a variety of wood species and finishes, or you could pick raised-panel cabinets that have plenty of molding options available and offer a traditional feel to your kitchen. Many cabinets also can be fitted with a QuietClose mechanism that creates a quiet, self-closing motion as your drawers reach 1 inch from closing. This mechanism is attached to the hinges and prevents the annoying banging of drawers as you shut them, which can help them last longer. Lastly, you’ll want to maximize every area of your kitchen to its utmost capacity, that way everything can be stored where it needs to be and keep your kitchen looking organized. Kitchen islands are a great way to add extra storage space to your kitchen with more cabinets or pull out drawers to maximize space. Your kitchen island can be designed to match your beautiful cabinets, creating endless possibilities for a unique-looking kitchen.


How Refinishing Enhances The Beauty of CabinetsUP close view of a hand sanding a piece of wood

Many times, your kitchen cabinets don’t need replacing, especially if there’s no water damage. Even if cabinets are worn out, a new finish can increase their vitality without ruining your budget. Refinished cabinets look just as nice as new ones but cost a fraction of the price. When refinishing, the entire process takes 4-6 days to complete, whereas a replacement job takes much longer and involves pulling out old hardware and frames. The process begins in your kitchen where your cabinet frames will be coated and doors and drawers will be removed. The frames, doors and drawers are then washed, sanded, primed, caulked and sprayed with your choice of finish. Once completed, all pieces will receive three coats of commercial-grade acrylic coatings to create a beautiful and durable finish that will last for years to come.


When choosing the type of finish that you’d like, the most popular options available are solid, glazing, pinstriping, rustic and rub-through. While solid is the simplest finish with one color, glazing adds a multi-dimensional look to the finish in mocha, dark brown, black, gray or taupe. Pinstriping accents a solid color finish by outlining the edges of your doors to create an elegant look. Rustic combines glazing and pinstriping to create an antiquated look while rub-through sands the finish in random spots to create pockets of imperfections. Each of these finishes are unique in their own way and can be adapted to achieve your desired look.


Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Our Help!

At Summit Cabinet Coatings, we offer a variety of finishes to update the appeal of your kitchen and maintain its freshness for years to come. Whether you need design tips for your next kitchen remodel or help refinishing your cabinets, our team can help! Call today at (970) 282-9856 for a FREE estimate on your next cabinet project!