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The Importance of a Factory Finish

05-20-14

Part of every consultation is educating our Clients. The process of kitchen design, the realities of construction, the range of design styles and options, and the important facts about cabinetry construction is dire.  There are certain buzz words that associate with “good” cabinetry. Wood, dovetail, motion glides—most of which are confusing to the Client. Unless these terms correlate to the right context, they remain useless.

Cabinetry Construction: What to Know

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, the particle board will meet the inevitable.  There’s little reassurance having a lifetime warranty on a defective hinge. Eventually, you will be left with a useless handle that lay dangling off 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. Although they make some pretty ads, with pretty cabinets and pretty prices, 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. Therefore, the finish is certainly something you are going to see every day for a long time.  Catalyzed conversion varnish is key because it is the strongest finish available. The latter requires special application in the Millshop. Proper prep, application techniques, ventilation and curing time are all important factors in the process. 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 compete with paint finishes in the field.

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