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The Importance of a Factory Finish


Part of every consultation is educating our Clients about the process of kitchen design, the realities of construction, the range of design styles and options, and the important facts about cabinetry construction.  There are certain buzz words that are associated with “good” cabinetry:  wood, dovetail, motion glides—most of which are confusing to the Client, and actually mean nothing unless they are used in the right context.

All wood cabinetry construction is critical for long term durability.  The reality is that hinges and hardware just can’t hold tight to particle board sides after years of normal (or active) use.  There’s little reassurance having a lifetime warranty on a hinge if the door is left hanging in your hand, unable to be reattached to a crumbling cabinet side.  Most of the kitchens we rip out and replace represent the era of particleboard cabinetry.  IKEA is still in the particleboard business—they make some pretty ads, with pretty cabinets and pretty prices—but they won’t be so pretty in a few years…

The other important feature is the finish of the cabinetry.  This is what is protecting the wood of your cabinetry, and certainly what you are going to see every day for a long time.  Catalyzed conversion varnish is key.  The strongest finish available, this needs to be applied in the Millshop with the proper prep, application techniques, ventilation and curing time.   Once the catalyzed conversion finish is fully cured, usually after another 2-3 months in the home, a Magic Eraser and regular touch ups, should keep a painted kitchen looking great for many years.  This just can’t be replicated with paint finishes applied in the field.

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