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So I'm buying cabinets for my kitchen.

Written on 04-06-2015

Recently I've had the pleasure of searching through a cabinet catalog for my own kitchen. After 50 years of the same cabinets it's time that my home see an upgrade. I'll admit despite the shanty look of the old cabinets, they held up very well. I called up James Allen over at RSI Professional Cabinet Services about new shiny cabinets. He and his brothers have been involved in the cabinet world for many years.

I have a linear kitchen with a very basic and symmetrical layout making it easy to design. I plan on renting the property out at some point in the future, which makes an impact on what style I choose. The doors must be durable and be able to take a few hits. Initially I wanted the sleek look of painted maple shaker doors. The style is timeless and fits well into the history of my neighborhood. James and a few other cabinet guys warned me that the paint tends to crack over the years around the seems of the joints in the doors. It's not a big issue, but something I'd probably notice in 5 years or so.

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Then they introduced me to Thermofoil. Thermofoil is a laminate placed over the door's core that can come with faux wood prints making them look like the real thing. Thermofoil works well in high humid areas but if it's gets damaged, water can soak under the laminate and have a hard time getting out. Thermofoil also doesn't like heat and many articles suggest putting heat shields between heat generating appliances and Thermofoil doors.

I've been reading a lot of comment sections about the pros and cons of Thermofoil. It's as heated of a comment section debate as Mac versus PC. Some people say the problematic nature of plastic doors has been improved upon in recent years. Other people say it's future is limited. With those thoughts in mind, I've listed some options. I always like to see the affordable compared to the expensive. It makes me more confident in my purchases.

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The Affordable Option

Thermofoil Slab - Millennium

This is the least expensive option. Don't forget to buy heat shielding near warm appliances.

Sable
Thermofoil - Millennium
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Harvest
Thermofoil - Millennium
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Two beautiful Thermofoil slab doors

The Reasonable Option

Thermofoil - Mission

This is the a better option for someone who is willing to pay a little more for style.

Wheat
Thermofoil - Mission
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Satin White
Thermofoil - Mission
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Two beautiful Thermofoil mission doors

The Luxury Option

Solid Wood Maple - Newport

This is for those kitchens that want a little more quality and show a little more income.

Natural
Maple - Newport
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Java
Maple - Newport
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Two beautiful solid maple doors
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The Executive Option

Solid Wood Maple - Marquis

This is the option for those people who don't question getting the extra guacamole on their lunch out.

Natural
Maple - Marquis
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Java
Maple - Marquis
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Two beautiful solid maple doors

Update

Continuing my research, I came across this comment on Houzz (link here) which debates painted maple versus thermofoil. Here are the results:

  • Comments in favor of thermofoil: 2
  • Comments in favor of painted maple: 4
  • Neutral: 2

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