story by Joel R. Linn, Principal Designer
Forest Kitchen Design Studio
Anybody who knows someone who has remodeled a kitchen in the last five years knows that white kitchens are THE THING. Various shades of white on shaker and shaker-like door styles have enjoyed immense popularity for years, and national cabinetry manufacturers’ data show that there are no signs of white kitchens stopping.
White kitchens have always been a classic look for our remodeling and new construction clients, but please consider one thing – the finish is everything. Local shops can build a cabinet to last, but is the finish produced by sophisticated multimillion-dollar machinery, or applied as a simple spray without a whole lot of future in mind for the life of the kitchen? Remember, wood is a natural, “living” material that constantly expands and contracts. The finish surrounding it needs to be a durable encasement, a complex chemistry perfectly formulated to flex with these natural movements, and meant for a lifetime of wear and tear.
“is the finish produced by sophisticated multimillion-dollar machinery, or applied as a simple spray without a whole lot of future in mind for the life of the kitchen?”
We’ve had clients recently who have expressed regret over their recently purchased shop-built “custom kitchens” that have already begun to flake and chip due to a spray-on finish. Do you think your home builder or cabinet builder will truly warranty that flaking kitchen? Think before you purchase that big-ticket item that is the heart of your home.