Glass Cabinet Doors
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Glass Door Shown in Cherry
Glass Door Profile
Note: Glass Does Not Come With Doors
Poplar Frame/Poplar Panel
Poplar wood is generally straight grained with a fine, even texture. Creamy-white to pale brown heartwood and sapwood. Poplar varies from white to a light green with occasional black and purple streaks. Poplar is a relatively hard hardwood with good durability. This door style has a solid poplar wood center panel.
Price Per Square Foot $8.99
Alder wood is straight grained and even textured. Pale yellow to reddish brown with indistinct boundary between heartwood and softwood. Alder is an excellent choice for staining, as it will take a clear coat, or a light to dark stain very well. Has also been used quite commonly to mimic the look of cherry if stained and finished properly. Since alder is a straight smooth grain wood it also takes painted finishes very well.
Beech wood is a very hard hardwood with excellent wear resistance with straight or sometimes interlocked grain with a fine, even texture. Dark to light reddish brown heartwood and very thin, nearly white sapwood. Beech wood stains well, but is seen often with a glazed finish, it is also another ideal paint grade material due to its hardness and wear resistance and smooth grain, it takes paint beautifully.
Cherry wood is a relatively hard hardwood with great wear resistance. Cherry is generally straight grained with a fairly uniform texture and a rich luster. Light to dark reddish brown heartwood and narrow, nearly white sapwood. Cherry takes stain very well and is regarded as one of the most highly prized cabinet woods in North America.
Price Per Square Foot $21.99
Maple is a very hard hardwood, with excellent wear resistance. Maple wood has a straight, close grain with a fine, uniform texture. Nearly white sapwood, sometimes with a reddish tinge and light tannish heartwood. Maple is very hard and can be stained, although it is seen with a glazed finish. Maple paints excellently and is a great choice for a durable material for painting.
Price Per Square Foot $15.99
Red Oak - Plain Sawn
Red Oak wood is a straight grained with a coarse texture and prominent rays. Light reddish tan heartwood and narrow, almost white sapwood. Red Oak is a very hard and durable hardwood with great wear resistance. Oak accepts stain very well, from light to dark. Due to its rather coarse grain patterns Red Oak is not recommended for painting as this coarse grain will show under some painted finishes.
Glass For Kitchen Cabinet Doors Can Look Fantastic
Are you tired of the same old block of wood for cabinet doors? Do you want to have something that is just that little bit different, but still looks fantastic? If you answer yes to either of those questions, then it may be worth your while considering using glass for kitchen cabinet doors because there is no doubt that when it is done correctly it really can look stunning.
Why it is a good idea
Using glass for kitchen cabinet doors allows you to get that happy medium between having a solid wooden door and completely open shelving. Thanks to the glass you can see inside without it being left open to the elements and when done correctly there is no doubt that it can look amazing. Obviously because you have still sealed everything in it does mean that there will be no need to worry about dust or debris accumulating on the different items, but at the same time it does allow you to potentially show off what is inside, but only if you dress it correctly and also use the correct lighting to maximize the effect.
The lighting aspect
In order to have everything looking amazing it is always a good idea to be clever with the lighting in the cabinets and ideally you should consider using soft lighting that gives off quite a warm glow. It is also advisable to use soft spotlights built into the shelf above as this will highlight the items in the cabinet without the light itself being too intrusive. This will then create a number of shadows in the cabinet and overall it can make everything look so much better and bring your kitchen to life simply by having glass in your cabinet doors.
Is it modern or traditional?
Some people may worry about whether this is a modern approach to the kitchen or if it is actually quite traditional. In all honesty it does depend on the style of the cabinet door as well as the glass itself, but it is capable of working in every type of kitchen from plain to those that are going for a classier look. The glass can be just plain, you may have some lead work on it to break it up, there could be designs on it, and there are a whole host of other options out there that helps to ensure that you can use glass in your kitchen no matter the end result you are hoping to achieve.
What are the advantages?
There are a number of advantages of using glass for kitchen cabinet doors and some of them have already been discussed above. There is no doubt that glass really does open up your kitchen and it does make it look rather classy when it is done correctly. Glass allows light to bounce across the room, making it feel more spacious than it ever has done before. Glass also breaks up the monotony of solid wood as you can have glass in only those doors that are higher up on the wall rather than those at floor level. Finally, it just looks different to the norm as a smaller percentage of people actually have this type of door in their kitchen.
Are there any disadvantages?
The only disadvantages of using glass in kitchens is that you will need to work at keeping it clean especially if it is near your cooker and is constantly being splashed. However, with the correct glass cleaner, and a bit of elbow grease on your part, this should not really pose too big a problem. The only other disadvantage is that it does mean that you need to keep the inside of your cupboards as clean as possible due to the fact that people can see inside at all times. Keep those groceries lined up perfectly, make sure that those dishes are neat at all times as people will notice it and it does actually ruin the way that your kitchen looks.
The types of glass doors available
Finally, it is worth quickly discussing the different glass kitchen cabinet doors available for your home as there are several types to take into consideration before you go ahead and buy any.
First, do you want just one solid panel of glass covering the entire door, apart from the wooden frame, or do you want it broken up into more of a lattice pattern resulting in smaller piece of glass? This can depend on the overall look you are trying to achieve with your kitchen as the smaller pieces of glass are perhaps slightly more traditional and classy whereas the single piece opens up the room a lot better. There is a third option available to you and that is to use frosted glass, but that does lend itself more towards the most modern of styles where there is not even a wooden frame to the door, but instead uses chrome hinges and handles to complete the look. If you do not like the frosted idea, then how about etched or textured glass that will still allow that light to bounce around the room, but at least offers some kind of privacy to the items inside your cabinets.
Lead on the glass is another option if you are looking for something classy or traditional, but do note that this type of glass can often be the most expensive purely because of the work that has to go into its production. There are a number of designs available with this type of door, so once again do think about the end look you are hoping to achieve before settling on the one you wish to buy.
In short, glass for kitchen cabinet doors really can work as long as you choose the correct style for your kitchen and also consider using the appropriate lighting in order to create that perfect atmosphere. Do not worry about it being modern or traditional as the main thing is that it looks good and when you look at some of the examples that are readily available you should see that it can also work for you and your very own kitchen. Think carefully about the style of glass you prefer more than the actual frames as it is easier to get the wood to match than the other way around. Look at a number of examples and picture it in your kitchen and you should ultimately end up more than happy with how your glass cabinet doors turn out.