Renovating your kitchen can be an exciting project, but there is plenty of planning and designing that goes into the job. The traffic pattern is important, as is the location of appliances and the convenience of your overall space. The look means everything, because people spend a lot of time in their kitchen and the area needs to reflect an air of both functionality and beauty.
One of the biggest choices you will have to make in your kitchen is what type of cabinets to have, and not only that, you will need to determine size, shape, and how many. Do you want plain pine doors with wrought-iron handles, or have magazines portraying beautiful walnut kitchen cabinets caught your eye?
Why is Walnut So Special
What makes a set of walnut kitchen cabinets more noteworthy than another type of wood is basically the fact that people associate that type of wood with money, knowing that pine is readily available and far cheaper. The laws of supply and demand come into play.
Since walnut is not as easily procurable on the market and only a handful of custom cabinetmakers offer cabinets in solid top versions, it is considered rarer and therefore, has more notoriety.
The question that might come to mind is whether you really want to choose walnut kitchen cabinets. You will be exploiting a wood that is not available in great quantities, takes years to grow from seed to harvestable tree, and basically just has guests arch their eyebrows and nod because they are impressed. There is a lot to be said for knowing the look that you want to achieve, but there are different ways to go about getting the decor you want.
Changing your doors to those beautiful walnut kitchen cabinets can still happen, do not worry. The real deal of walnut cabinetry might be costly, both ecologically and economically, but faking it comes cheap. Choosing pine cabinetry and staining it to the color of your choice, dark, rich walnut, right? – can be an excellent way to get the look you want and cut down on costs. Will your guests really know the difference between the particular open grain of walnut and the more common look of pine? Probably not.
Another way to fake having walnut kitchen cabinets, if you really think that people will notice the difference, is to choose veneers or laminates over solid tops. No one is going to look close enough at your cupboard doors to notice whether they are truly solid walnut or a version that fits more within your mean.
In the Buff
Most kitchen cabinetry ends up having a layer of stain slapped on. If you do end up choosing walnut kitchen cabinets, ask yourself why you would want to cover up such a beautiful, expensive wood with something that is not natural? Leave your walnut doors in the buff and enjoy the unique grain the wood offers. Should you truly want to stain your doors to replicate something you have seen in a magazine, choose another wood.