Acme Cabinet Doors

Bead Board Cabinet Doors

We offer several types of high quality custom built bead board cabinet doors. Most of our bead board cabinet doors feature solid wood center panels for the smoothest beads that require no additional preparation for painting or staining. Our bead board cabinet doors are available with bead spacing of 1 1/2” center to center of bead, if you require a different bead spacing feel free to contact us for additional information. Bead board cabinet doors can be made with arch or cathedral tops as well as with applied mouldings.

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Bead Board Cabinet Doors.

What are bead board cabinet doors? There are several types of cabinet doors that can actually be classified as bead board cabinet doors. The first is a very basic slab or flat cabinet doors that has beads cut into the front of the cabinet door. This is nothing more that a flat board, sometimes made up of several narrow boards to create the desired width that has beads cut into the front. Most commonly these beads run vertically.

Bead Board Cabinet Door Construction

The next and most common style of bead board cabinet door is the traditional 5 piece cabinet door. Comprising of 4 pieces of wood for the styles(vertical pieces) and rails (horizontal pieces) and of course the center bead board panel. This method of cabinet door construction has been around for centuries. The cabinet door frame is grooved on the inside and captures or surrounds the center bead board panel. Building cabinet doors in this manner allows the center bead board panel of the cabinet door to “float”, or to allow for the expansion of the center bead board panel. This is more important when the bead board cabinet door panel is made from a solid wood. Even composite materials such as MDF which is used regularly for bead board cabinet doors with expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity but it is far less than wood. Quality bead board cabinet doors will have a center panel that is slightly smaller than the opening to allow for the expansion. Bead board cabinet doors that are made with a panel that is the same size as this inner opening have a likely chance of expanding too far with a great enough force that the door can split apart at the stile/rail joint.

Bead Board Cabinet Door Materials

Bead board cabinet doors can be purchased in as many woods that are available in flat lumber. Bead board cabinet doors can be made from composite materials such as MDF, and there are several manufacturers that offer plywood beadboard. This plywood bead board is used widely for paneling or wainscoting, but can be easily adapted to bead board cabinet door applications. Of course bead board panels do have a quality variance especially when it comes to plywood bead board. The better materials have a thick top veneer in which the beads are cut into thereby eliminating cutting into the underlying layer of cross grain plywood material. With lesser quality bead board sheet materials you will see this “cut through” to the second layer of material, depending on its application, it usually requires manual sanding of the beads to smooth them out. Materials such as MDF bead board need only a fine sanding to remove the “fuzz” created by the cutting of the beads. Sometimes this sanding step can be done after a primer is applied, the primer helps lock in some of the MDF fibers. Care must be taken not to sand through the primer or sanding off the primer, in that case a re-coat may be necessary. The type of wood you select for your bead board cabinet doors will take into account whether they are to be a paint grade bead board cabinet door, or will they be stained and finished wood cabinet door. Almost any wood can be used to construct bead board cabinet doors, from domestic standards such as oak, maple, cherry, alder, all the way to the more exotic imported hardwoods.

Styles Of Bead Board Cabinet Doors

There are numerous styles of five piece bead board cabinet doors, the plain square top, arched top (sometimes called a roman arch or juliano arch), a cathedral arch top, and the deluxe versions where there is an arch on the top and bottom of the beadboard cabinet door. Even a provincial style bead board cabinet door is possible where there is a left and a right sculpted arch similar to that found on armoires and furniture. Bead Board Cabinet Doors can be crafted to the sizes you specify, making it easy to get beadboard cabinet doors to replace your old kitchen cabinet doors, bathroom vanity cabinet doors, new cabinets or other furniture item.

Refinishing wood cabinets with solid poplar bead board custom cabinet doors

Erica T. Atlanta Georgia Writes:

I have an older home in Atlanta, Georgia that has some of the traditional touches seen in the Atlanta area. I wanted to further emphasize some of the historic architectural details by refacing my existing kitchen cabinets. Since the look I was going for was a painted finish all I needed to do was to replace the cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones. While we were in there I also changed out the cabinet drawer boxes with new ones.  The door style I chose that went very well with our home and decor was the inset panel bead board cabinet door. These bead board cabinet doors are very reminiscent of a lot of the bead board you sometimes see in the Atlanta, Ga area. Im sure you can have bead board cabinet doors made from a stainable type of wood, but I’ve always seen it painted and thats my favorite look for my kitchen project. Bead board kitchen cabinet doors that can be painted can be built with an MDF center panel or you can get them with a solid wood bead board panel. Either one of these type of bead board cabinet doors work very well for painting. I decided on the solid poplar wood bead board cabinet doors.  Another thing I added to the custom bead board cabinet door order was a wainscoting style end panels made from the same solid wood bead board as the cabinet doors. I used these on the smooth ends of the cabinets and back of the island. Now these wainscoting bead board end panels match the kitchen cabinet bead board doors. By adding bead board cabinet end panels to the cabinet ends gives it a custom cabinet look and makes it look like we had a lot of money and a ton of hours in its construction. I also replaced the slab cabinet drawer fronts with bead board cabinet drawer fronts that match the bead board cabinet doors. Im sure I could have used a square slab poplar drawer front but I have several cabinet drawer banks with wider bottom drawers so I felt that kept the bead board theme going in the kitchen. I also used a bead board cabinet drawer front for the false front for the sink cabinet. This is just screwed to the cabinet face frame. Some people may have gone with the drop down drawer front tray, that was something I doubt I would have used so I kept it simple. During the mild kitchen renovation I replaced all of the cabinet drawer boxes with new maple dovetail drawers with the soft close drawer guide option. I really love that feature and I showing off those beautiful dovetails is a plus. I capped the kitchen refacing project with some pewter finish handles and knobs. There are a few minor things left such as the new poplar wood crown moulding and base board, but once those details are done ill have a wonderful bead board kitchen.

Making The Most Of White Bead Board Cabinet Doors

In the right kitchen with the correct lighting there is no doubt that white bead board cabinet doors can look fantastic. When everything is done in the right way your kitchen can easily resemble that of one for show in a factory and it is all because of how spectacular this white finish can look in the right situation.

First, it is important to talk more about the color itself as it does add an extra something to a style of door that is already attractive to look at. White is quite a pure color, and when it is used in a cabinet door it just gives it a certain crispness and this can then help make the kitchen feel lighter as a result. You will also find that it works well with subtle lighting in the kitchen as well as the bead board will create shadows on the door itself and the end result is something that is exceptional.

When it comes to the bead part you do have several options. Most people go for the slightly raised effect creating a rectangle in the middle of the door with the same shape replicated on the drawers in order to provide some uniformity in your kitchen. However, this does give you quite a clean cut, relatively modern look, as modern as this style can be in any case, but there are other options whereby the doors are going to be perfect for a more traditional, old-fashioned style of kitchen.

With this older style you will tend to find that the bead board will be curved at the top and it generally flows a bit more especially when compared to the more rigid form that was mentioned earlier. This can still look amazing, but only if the rest of your kitchen ties in with this style or things will quickly look disjointed and you will certainly not be happy with the end effect.

What you need to do is to look at things such as the rest of the décor, look at those little objects that you can use to decorate a room, and even look at the size and amount of light that comes in. This type of door is perfect for those smaller rooms where a lot of artificial light is required as it does help bounce the light around making it feel more spacious as a result. Do give some serious thought to the countertop as well because in all honesty you are best to go for something that is quite dark in color to act as a counterbalance with the lightness of the door, so go for a dark wood color or in some cases almost black would suffice although this does depend on personal preference.

So if you are wanting to have cabinets that come with a glossy, classy finish, then do give some serious consideration to white bead board cabinet doors. When everything has been installed you are going to love the end effect and with those predominantly straight lines with the bead board you will have doors that catch the eye and provide you with a kitchen that both you and guests are going to love.


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