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Kitchen Cabinetry Frequently Asked Questions 

Toe Kicks Kitchen Cabinetry

What Are Toe Kicks?

Toe kicks are the recessed finish piece at the bottom of a base cabinet. They are named toe kicks because they allow you to get closer to the countertop while you are working. Toe kicks are also important because they protect the bottom of the cabinet from dirt and moisture and provide a finishing touch between the cabinet and flooring.

What is the Most Popular Cabinet Insert?

Trash inserts are pretty much a given in modern kitchen design, so we recommend pull-out shelves as an organizational choice. We can design a spacious and easy-to-use pantry in the space of one or two cabinets for you.

Come by our showroom and try other specialty inserts, including inserts for spices, silverware, utensils, and lazy susans for blind corners. We’ve also helped homeowners build cocktail or coffee bars, family snack stations, and specialty baking workplaces. Work with our kitchen designer to choose the best inserts to support how you and your family use your kitchen.

What is the Difference Between a Knob and a Pull?

When selecting hardware for your kitchen cabinets, you may wonder what the difference is between a knob and a pull. The main difference is that a knob has a single-point attachment, meaning it has only one screw to hold it in place, while a pull has two or more attachment points. Pulls offer more surface area to grab onto when opening a cabinet door.

Knobs are considered to offer a more traditional look, while pulls give a more modern touch. However, many homeowners choose to mix the two for a unique style.

Choosing the right hardware is important because it serves two purposes. First, it makes opening and closing drawers and cabinets easier and protects the cabinet door finish. Second, it can enhance the overall look of your kitchen. For example, adding chrome hardware to your cabinetry can tie the design together if you have stainless steel appliances and a chrome faucet.

What is Crown Molding?

Crown molding is a decorative trim piece installed on the top of doors, windows, cabinets, and pilasters. It comes in a variety of styles, from simple and understated to ornate and elaborate.

Here are some of the key functions of crown molding:

  • Aesthetics: Crown molding adds a fine-finishing finished look to cabinetry. It can also draw the eye upwards, making the ceiling appear higher and the room feel more spacious.
  • Hiding imperfections: Crown molding can help to hide minor imperfections or lighting. 
  • Transitioning between materials: Crown molding can be used to create a smooth transition between different wall and ceiling materials, such as drywall and plaster.

Crown molding is made from various materials, including wood, plaster, and MDF (medium-density fiberboard). Wood is the most traditional material, but it is also the most expensive. MDF is a less expensive alternative that is becoming increasingly popular. Plaster crown molding is the most durable type but also the most difficult to install.

How do you Get a Kitchen Cabinet Estimate?

  1. Cabinet Showroom Visit (s): We recommend visiting a cabinet showroom in person if possible. Bring the physical or digital examples of your design inspiration with you.  We can help you build a designer board with our cabinet doors, countertop samples, backsplash, and flooring samples from our local partners. This process can take as much or as little time as you need to ensure you choose cabinets you will love.  You can check out cabinet door samples to take to countertop, tile, and flooring showrooms or your home to see how they might look.
  2. Kitchen Designer Consultation and Site Measure:  Once you’ve visited our showroom and gathered your design Inspiration, the next step is a home visit from our experienced kitchen designer. Their expertise will help you maximize your kitchen’s potential, whether you’re looking to install a pantry, a beverage station, or specialty storage for your copper pots. This consultation is your chance to turn your dream kitchen into a reality. 
  3. Design and Approval: After the consultation and site measure, your designer will present and review drawings of your proposed kitchen layout with you. You can make any necessary changes at this stage. As part of the design process, you will also receive a detailed quote, providing you with a clear understanding of the cost and scope of the project. 
  4. Cabinet Sales Package Review: After you are satisfied with the design and quote, you will meet with your sales assistant, your designer, and our project manager to review and approve the final quote and design and start the ordering process.  

The whole process behind buying your kitchen cabinets includes: showroom visit and selection, design consultation and measure-up, design review and approval, sales package review and completion, field check, installation, and finish work. Cabinetry is likely one of the most significant purchases for a kitchen remodel, so we recommend you choose a cabinet company with a history of successful installations. You should also make sure your cabinets come with a manufacturer’s warranty. 

What is the Difference Between Painted and Laminate Kitchen Cabinets?

Material:
Painted: Typically made from wood, furniture board, or HDF.
Laminate: Usually HDF core with a laminate layer on top, which can mimic the look of wood, stone, or other materials.

Appearance:

Painted: Offers a smooth, even finish in a wide range of colors. It can show brushstrokes or imperfections depending on the painting technique.
Laminate: Available in many designs and textures, mimicking wood grains, stone patterns, or solid colors. The finish is consistent and uniform.

Durability:

Painted: Susceptible to chipping, scratching, and fading over time. Requires repainting if damaged.
Laminate: Generally more scratch and chip-resistant than paint.

Cost:

Painted: Can range in price depending on the material and paint quality. Generally more expensive than laminate.
Laminate: Usually more affordable than painted cabinets. Higher-quality laminates with realistic textures can approach the price of painted cabinets.

Maintenance:

Painted: Requires regular cleaning and touch-ups to maintain its appearance.
Laminate: Easier to clean and maintain, usually requiring just a damp cloth.

Choosing the Right Option:
Ultimately, the best choice depends on your budget, priorities, and desired aesthetic.
Consider factors like:

Your budget: Laminate may be a better option if affordability is a significant concern.
Your desired look: If you want a unique, custom color, painted cabinets might be the way to go.
Your lifestyle: Laminate might be easier to maintain if you have busy days and easy cleaning is essential.
Your commitment: If you plan to live in your home long-term and anticipate changing styles, painted cabinets offer more flexibility with repainting.