Unfinished kitchen cabinets are a great way to add custom stains, colors or design options to a kitchen to make them unique.
The box of Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets may be made of different materials, depending on the manufacturer. What are usually the least expensive cabinets may have particle board sides, easily recognized by the lack of a distinctive wood pattern or grain. Other manufacturers may veneer the sides of the particle board with a thin sheet of plywood.
The face frame and doors of Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets may be made from a wide variety of woods.
Most manufacturers will commonly use red oak, as it is a popular option for consumers who like the look of bold wood grain in their kitchen. Red oak will be a harder wood, and may be less susceptible to damage from use over time. Other popular woods for kitchen cabinets include pine, maple and birch. These woods may have a finer grain than oak, and take stains and finishes differently.
When sanding the cabinets, many manufacturers recommend two different grits of sandpaper, a coarser for the initial sanding, and fine grained sandpaper for the final pass. To finish unfinished kitchen cabinets, many people will use an oil-based stain, or a satin or semi-gloss paint to add color to the bare wood. If the cabinet has been stained, an additional layer of protection may be added with a polyurethane or other clear topcoat.
Another consideration when using Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets is the type of hardware that will be used after the finish coat is applied. There are many styles and colors of hardware available for the cabinets. They are most easily classified into knobs and pulls. Pulls are a wider type of hardware that may afford a larger grip to open and close the cabinets. Common colors of cabinet hardware may include polished or antique brass, pewter, chrome, ceramic, or even brushed nickel finishes.