buy unfinished cabinets and furniture? Few companies offer a
wide range of finishes for their products, so you have to take what
you can get, even if it does not exactly fit your existing decor or
isn't really what you want. With unfinished wood, you can create all
kinds of custom designs using wood stains or the paint colors of
your choice. You can match the style and finish of existing
furniture or create your own entirely new look.
refinish my existing kitchen cabinets? Refinishing existing
cabinets or furniture is a good option for do-it-yourself homeowners
who are willing to put in the effort to strip and recover old wood.
However, there is a limit to how much better you improve upon
low-quality products. Consider the following questions:
What are your cabinet doors and face plates made of? If they
are laminate, veneer, or a low-quality type of wood, then your
end result will be less than optimum. For instance, if you have
oak cabinets, expect a grainy appearance, even when finishing
with paint. If you have laminate or veneer, you can try and
apply a good primer and paint,
How do Woodcraft cabinets compare with brand name
lines like Merillat or Kraftmaid?
Woodcraft cabinets are built with solid wood, not
veneered particleboard or synthetic MDF like most other
builder-grade brands. The doors and face frames are entirely solid
wood while the rest of the cabinet is solid cabinet-grade plywood.
As a result, they can be finished with any custom stain, paint, or
glaze. Not only are Woodcraft cabinets better, they are also less
expensive than the name brands because you don't have to pay for
the marketing expenses and retail prices at stores like Home Depot
and Lowes. You can't do better than higher quality at a lower
Is it difficult to finish them myself?
It depends on how fancy you want to get. A wood stain
and a polyurethane finish can be applied with just a brush or
roller. They can also be painted in solid colors and finished off
with polyurethane for protection. However, applying a glaze to
provide a custom faux finish takes skill and practice. If you are
willing to learn, you will be able to create all kinds of dramatic
effects. For the best looking cabinets, consider buying a
professional-quality "low-pressure high-volume" sprayer.
This will deliver a superior smooth finish with no brush or roller
marks when painting or applying polyurethane. Click
here for instructions on applying stain.
What if I want a professional to finish them for me?
We can have your cabinets factory finished with
one of 45 stains or paints in a flat, satin, semi-gloss or glossy finish.
To see the color choices, click on the catalog
page. You can also choose to have them finished any way you decide
by an experienced faux finisher. Just let us know and we will
refer you to someone who can help you to decide what
finishes would look best in your home. We can deliver the
cabinets or furniture directly to her workshop. Click
here for more information on custom finishing services.
Is it difficult to install them myself?
It does require some physical strength to lift wall
cabinets into place and the ability to use a drill. However, one
person can do the job by attaching a 1x1 inch piece of lumber to
the wall and building another support to hold the cabinet in
place. Otherwise, it just takes time to make sure everything is
level and plumb and screwed into the wall studs. For complete
instructions, click here. I know they work because I've done it
myself. Click here for complete
Can I have them installed?
We do not install cabinets ourselves, but can refer you to someone local who would be willing to install them for
Can I have someone design my cabinet layout?
While we are not available to make visits to your home
and take accurate measurements, let us know if you have any
questions about how to plan your layout. Try browsing through home
decorating magazines or the pages on this site for ideas. Your
cabinets can be custom built to virtually any size you need, and
you can accessorize as well, so the possibilities are almost
Can I use kitchen cabinets to
build a home office?
Yes! We've done it. Since most desks are 29 inches
high compared to 36 inch kitchen counters, you just need to specify
a custom base cabinet height. Desk areas can be created in the
corners, for maximum space, or along the walls in between the
cabinets. You can use solid wood counter tops as your desk surface.
Not only are they much less expensive than granite, Corian, or even
laminate countertops, but you can stain or paint them to match or
complement the rest of your office. Or, you can place a stand-alone
desk in the center of the room and surround it with base and wall
cabinets, drawer cabinets, or other options for storage and
additional surface area. Click here to
learn more about how to arrange
a simple home office.
What is the difference between a kitchen cabinet and a
The difference is that the vanity has: 1) no
back piece, 2) no adjustable shelf, 3) false drawer fronts
at the top instead of real drawers and 4) a height
of 30 inches instead of 34.5 inches.
How will your
unfinished wood products differ from finished products?
Unfinished cabinets or furniture require some minor attention to prepare for
finishing. For instance, you may need to use some extra-fine sandpaper to remove
any hanging strands of wood from the comers. You should also wipe the wood down
with a damp cloth to remove any wood dust still on the surface. There will also
be unfilled nail holes that will require filling with wood putty, although any
such holes will be very small. In some cases, the wood may contain minor defects
that can quickly and easily be corrected with sandpaper or wood filler.
Kitchen and bath cabinets, like almost all other solid-wood products on the
market, are constructed with plywood sides. If you want the sides to be exposed
and stained, it would be advisable to select the option for "finished
sides." This replaces the standard plywood with a stain-grade plywood.
Another option is to cover the plywood sides with a sheet of beadboard or other
material that you can purchase from your local home improvement store (e.g. Home
Depot, Lowes) and cut to fit. Since the face frame of cabinets are about 3/16 of
an inch wider than the sides, the beadboard will make the sides look flush with
not come with any hardware and no holes will be drilled into your cabinet
doors or drawer fronts. We have some knobs and pulls available, but recommend Rockler.com
and other stores on our links page for a great selection of cabinet
pulls. Bookcases and furniture pieces that come with hardware will have holes
drilled into them.
What kind of hinges do you use?
Kitchen and vanity cabinets come with completely
concealed hinges, which are shown at the right.
bookcase doors will come with a low-profile hinge pre-installed
that permits the doors to open all the way and helps them to stay shut when the
door is closed. The hinge is not entirely hidden, but only about 3/8 of an inch
is exposed. If you prefer to have hinges that are completely hidden, you will
need to purchase and install your own hardware (see the links
page for sources). IMPORTANT: If you plan to install your own hinges, you
must also let us know NOT to install our standard hinges, since they are
installed at the factory by cutting into the door
|Closeup of Nickel Knob
||Closeup of Furniture Door Hinge and old kitchen &
vanity hinge (2006 and earlier)
(door is painted a cream color)
|Concealed kitchen & vanity hinge (new in 2007)