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Cabinet Wood Species: Maple

Cabinet Wood Species: Maple What is Maple Wood? Sugar maple (Acer sacharrum)-the same tree that gives us pure maple syrup-is also used for furniture and cabinet making. It is sometimes called Hard or Black Maple. A dozen other species of maple, such as striped, silver, red, or bigleaf, are classified as “soft” maple and sometimes used in fine furniture making.  The maple tree is native to the northern United States… Read More »Cabinet Wood Species: Maple

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Cabinet Wood Species: Cherry

Cabinet Wood Species: Cherry Where Does Cherry Wood Come From? Cherry wood comes from the American Black Cherry Tree (Prunus serotina). It grows all along the east coast, midwest, and throughout parts of Mexico. The majority of the cherry wood used in furniture and cabinetmaking is grown in sustainably managed forests in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York. The American Black Cherry tree produces a tiny, tart, clustered fruit that… Read More »Cabinet Wood Species: Cherry

Clear Alder and Knotty Alder

Clear Alder and Knotty Alder What is Alder Wood? Alder is a fast-growing deciduous (annual leaf-shedding) tree and a member of the birch family. It thrives near rivers and streams from the Great Plains to the Western part of the U.S., Northern Europe, and parts of the Middle East and Eastern Africa. Alder trees are grown for their wood, medicine, decorative bark, and catkins.  What Are the Types of Alder… Read More »Clear Alder and Knotty Alder

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Interior Designer’s Own Home

One of the interior designers that we work with regularly asked Cabinets of the Desert to provide cabinetry for the renovation of her own home. The designer chose a mix of matte black, glossy white, and sophisticated walnut cabinetry to showcase the new open kitchen layout and integrate it with the living area. The white cabinetry-a modern take on the 5-panel Shaker door with slender rails-is repeated in the Master… Read More »Interior Designer’s Own Home

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Artists in Residence

This is a special one. This whole house cabinetry installation in the Sun City neighborhood in Palm Desert included the kitchen, a full gallery wall installation in the living room, and the master bath. The clients are glass artists and wanted to incorporate their work into the upper display in the kitchen too. Italian textured laminate European flat panel cabinetry in a driftwood medium grey paired with marble, porcelain tile… Read More »Artists in Residence

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Storage and Style in Palm Springs

Our clients wanted a whole-house refresh plus additional storage for this cabinetry project. Highlights include space in the new kitchen layout for an eat-in area and a wrap-around buffet for storage.  They chose a glossy European-style flat panel cabinetry throughout. They used charcoal dark grey cabinets to ground the kitchen and eating areas and then mixed it up with bold orange and blue glossy cabinets for the master and guest… Read More »Storage and Style in Palm Springs

Buying Kitchen Cabinets

Know Before You Go You’ve done your online research and looked at articles like our Kitchen Remodeling Steps article. Now you are ready to move on to actually buying your kitchen cabinets. Making the right cabinet choice is important because kitchen cabinets play a big role in how your kitchen looks. They can have a big impact on budget too. In this article, we are going to walk you through… Read More »Buying Kitchen Cabinets

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Kitchen Cabinet Finishes

Know Before You Go You have figured out the door style you like – now it is time to bring some personality into your space with cabinet door finishes. This choice will establish the final aesthetic of your kitchen cabinet design. We will cover the different types of kitchen cabinet finishes in this post, the manufacturing techniques used, and the pros and cons of each type of finish. Painted Cabinet… Read More »Kitchen Cabinet Finishes

Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

Know Before You Go We’ve talked about what makes a quality build for a cabinet box and what materials are used in cabinet building.  Next up is the fun part – choosing from the different kitchen cabinet door styles.  Which style is right for you? The door style you choose will set the overall design for your kitchen.  Is your dream kitchen sleek contemporary, chic transitional, warm traditional?  Maybe you have… Read More »Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

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Kitchen Cabinet Materials

Know Before You Go Are you curious about the materials that go into building your kitchen cabinets? You may be on our site looking at products and thinking, “what is the difference between MDF, HDF, plywood, and particle board?” And what exactly is melamine? In this blog, we’ll talk about the materials that make up a quality kitchen cabinet build – focusing on the Box or base of the cabinet.… Read More »Kitchen Cabinet Materials