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Old 12-11-2015, 08:54 PM   #1
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What kind of Kitchen Cabinets are these?


Hello:

I haven't closed yet on the home, but I took pictures of the kitchen area and cabinets.

I am sure these are the 'standard run of the mill' kitchen cabinets.

I'm curious to know if anyone can identify the wood in these??

Not a big deal, just trying to figure out all my options with a possible remodel of the kitchen...
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:18 PM   #2
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Oak.. Looks like
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I certainly agree that they look like they are Oak. Whether they are solid or veneer can only be determined by close examination.
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I'm pretty certain those are oak cabinets. Look to be in great condition. But I don't understand the rationale for not having knobs on the drawers and cabinet doors.

We have custom cabinetry in our log home. They draw a lot of comments because of what their made of: hickory with a clear stain. We had to special order them because they were fairly expensive and no store carried them in stock. Home Depot does stock some hickory cabinets but there's not a large selection, they're much more cheaply made (the boxes are particle board while mine are solid wood), and the hinges and drawer slides are cheap Chinese stuff.
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I'm pretty certain those are oak cabinets. Look to be in great condition. But I don't understand the rationale for not having knobs on the drawers and cabinet doors.
My house had old oak cabinets like those, with no handles.

The doors and drawers had a "handle" groove routed into the bottom of the doors and drawers. IMHO that doesn't work very well, just leads to a lot of dirt and dirty fingerprints collecting on the doors and drawers.

But that was the style 25-30 years ago.
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We have custom cabinetry in our log home. They draw a lot of comments because of what their made of: hickory with a clear stain. We had to special order them because they were fairly expensive and no store carried them in stock. Home Depot does stock some hickory cabinets but there's not a large selection, they're much more cheaply made (the boxes are particle board while mine are solid wood), and the hinges and drawer slides are cheap Chinese stuff.
We too have hickory with natural finish in our garage!

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Just a few minor corrections. You'd be hard pressed to find cabinet carcasses made of solid wood. And if you found someone to build them for you, you can't get it from either of 2 major cabinet manufacturers (or their subsidiaries). You'd have to go to what they call a "bubba shop," or a small mom and pop operation locally. The price will be astronomical.

The cabinets in my garage are from omega, one of the finer cabinet companies, under the masterbrand companies. Carcasses are made mostly of ply, and they use some "particle board" as well.

Home Depot most likely orders very few custom cabinets, most have to go through actual designers. But, the big box stores can "special order" standard made cabinets.

I personally don't have a problem with particle board as the carcass in most situations. It saves money and if used within the intended scope (e.g. not stashing all your gold bars in a stand alone wall cabinet), they'll last forever if not abused.

The OP's cabinets are most definitely oak. Personally the finish job is off putting to me, but that can be changed. Just don't forget to fill the pores if you decide to paint.
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Red oak with a clear coat finish....
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The OP's cabinets are most definitely oak. Personally the finish job is off putting to me, but that can be changed. Just don't forget to fill the pores if you decide to paint.
Painting over oak cabinets should be considered a sin! If you want cabinets that you can paint get something made out of pine or some other nondescript would. Oak is certainly too pretty to paint.
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We too have hickory with natural finish in our garage!

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Just a few minor corrections. You'd be hard pressed to find cabinet carcasses made of solid wood. And if you found someone to build them for you, you can't get it from either of 2 major cabinet manufacturers (or their subsidiaries). You'd have to go to what they call a "bubba shop," or a small mom and pop operation locally. The price will be astronomical. .
I dont' think I said my cabinets were entirely made of solid wood. If I did, I misspoke. I think the boxes are plywood with some solid, very durable finish on them.

For a garage, you have some very nice cabinets.
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Thanks everyone. I am not going to paint them, but I will clean them upand put some knobs and pulls on them.
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Painting over oak cabinets should be considered a sin! If you want cabinets that you can paint get something made out of pine or some other nondescript would. Oak is certainly too pretty to paint.
Well, I guess I'm destined for an uncomfortable and warm afterlife. I've got an entire home of oak - floors, all trim, all solid oak doors and then there is the office where all walls, the entire ceiling and the shutters are all oak. It's enough to date your home back to the 80's and 90's. Well, it does date the home, which was built in 1990. So yes, we have painted doors, trim and cabinets. Mostly done by PO's. Is it a sin? perhaps, but I didn't pick it. Oak actually isn't that expensive of a wood, so perhaps it is a "lesser sin."

Luckily, my cabinets are finished in a manner more pleasing to me than the OP's. Finishing in a manner which accentuates the the bold grain isn't for me, but then again, neither is oak.
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I too painted my old oak cabinets. (Actually did the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations, which I highly recommend.)

The cabinets were the classic golden oak, bold cathedral grain style that badly dated the entire house to the 70s-80s.

IMHO the new look is well worth violating the semi-cardinal sin of painting over wood.
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Its a matter of preference but oak was popular in the 70s and 80s but has been less popular since. So for some it is a very dated look. So if you own or buy a home that already has oak then painting them to update the look is a reasonable and frequently recommended option. No reason to replace them if they are in good condition and in the layout you want. That isn't a sin it's just practical. If you like oak the leave em.
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Cabinet pics op posted my moms house built in the 90s has those


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i'm not a fan of painting wood. but, i am even a lesser fan of that honey oak.
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