Knotty Pine Kitchen Cabinets
Knotty Pine Kitchen Cabinets
As you know, knotty pine kitchen cabinets are absolutely gorgeous, and
usually not badly priced. Oak will usually be less expensive than knotty
pine, but not much less.
The photo at right is of a knotty pine kitchen that was
stained with a light, Provincial Minwax, then finished with Moisture Resistant
THE PROS OF HAVING KNOTTY PINE KITCHEN
Old world, rustic, look
Easy to match - especially if you are
building your house new. Most windows are pine, so using pine trim and
cabinetry will already completely match your home.
Versatile - you can put a clear
finish on your pine, stain it, or paint it. A beautiful idea is to paint
your kitchen cabinet frames, and clear coat (finish) your doors. It
makes for a beautiful contrast.
Usually economically priced
CON'S KNOTTY PINE
KITCHEN CABINETS (AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM):
For all the beauty of knotty pine, there are some drawbacks that
you need to be aware of.
Pine is soft, and not as strong as
other woods. If you have small children, you will need to take
extra precautions with your cabinets. We've seen hinges pull out of pine
because of it's softness. Or, let's say your little ones will hang on the
drawers (like they often do), they may just pull the drawer front off, not to
mention the scratches and dents.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE DRAW-BACKS
You can put child safety locks on your
cabinets, to keep kids from opening doors and hanging on them.
Another step you can take is to make
sure plastic dowels (press-in type hinges, like the Blum hinge at right) are
used on your cabinet hinges, not just wood screws. The plastic dowels
ensure that hinges can't just pull out of your cabinets (use Blum or Grass
press-in hinges, or make sure your cabinet maker does, or that the factory
cabinets you purchase utilize plastic dowels).
Real World Experience:
We built knotty pine kitchen cabinets for a customer that had
two children, ages five and three. (The photo of the kitchen is above, right,
under Con's) The kids were great, but we knew that
knotty pine kitchen cabinets might not hold up well in their household. We
let the customer know this, but they loved the look of knotty pine so much, they
went with it. We used press-in hinges for almost all of the doors, because
that was normal for us to do when we built any kitchen. For the base lazy
susan doors, however, we didn't use press-in's, nor for the drawer fronts - that
was normal as well, and we had never encountered any problems.
The couple had problems their lazy susan doors and drawer fronts
falling off, due to the children playing, etc. We learned quickly that
utilizing press-in hinges and dowels for the drawer fronts fixed the problem.
It really works to use press-in hinges.
HOW TO ACCESSORIZE WITH KNOTTY PINE -
PUT IT ON YOUR CEILING!
If you love the look of knotty pine, but are thinking you'd
rather have it as an accent, there are other applications for knotty pine that
you might like.
Have you ever seen knotty pine kitchen cabinets underneath a
knotty pine ceiling? Even if you have oak cabinets or another wood, knotty
pine ceilings still look great. These ceilings are easy to install and maintain too.
The picture at right shows a snipped of a knotty pine ceiling above rustic
It's best to finish your knotty pine before you install it on
your ceiling. You will cover all of the board with finish (get tongue and
grove for best results). If you finish your ceiling after it's on, first
of all, it will be much harder to finish because you will be working on a
ladder, above your head. Secondly, when the wood expands and contracts,
you will likely see where you weren't able to finish along the tongue and grove
lines at different times of the year.
KNOTTY PINE USED FOR BOOKCASE ACCENTS
If you love knotty pine, you don't have to have it throughout
the entire house. Maybe you have a den or another room where you can use
knotty pine as an accent wood. The photo at right is of a beautiful
gas-fireplace, where we built and installed a knotty pine bookcase on one side,
and an enclosed entertainment center on the other side.
In this way, if you are worried your kitchen may get too much
traffic for knotty pine kitchen cabinets to stay looking beautiful, you can use
knotty pine in another area of the house, where it may holdup better because it
is less used and abused.
FINISHING KNOTTY PINE KITCHEN CABINETS
You can clear coat (put a clear
finish on) knotty pine kitchen cabinets.
You can stain the knotty pine (but if
you wait a few years, you'll probably have the same color anyway - pine can
really darken over time). If you do stain your knotty pine kitchen
cabinets and want a more aged look immediately, be sure to use a wood
conditioner, otherwise you will have extreme lights and darks in the wood that
don't blend well.
Click here to link to our staining page that will give
you tips for staining knotty pine kitchen cabinets.
You can paint the frames of the
knotty pine (a deep green is beautiful) and then
clear coat (clear finish) the knotty pine kitchen cabinet doors. This is
a beautiful contrast, and a great place to begin decorating.
AND AS ALWAYS - HAVE A HAPPY KITCHEN!!!
OTHER RELATED LINKS:
Unfinished Pine Kitchen Cabinets -
Want to know more about pine kitchens and finishing - click here.
How to Stain Kitchen Cabinets - Super
Easy step-by-step instructions how to stain kitchen cabinets.
Kitchen Cabinet Finishing and Refinishing
- Do your homework before you finish or refinish and you'll have an easy
time of it.