Rustic Kitchen Cabinet
Hardware and Cabinetry
Rustic Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
You can make your kitchen, bath, entertainment center or whatever "rustic" by
adding "rustic" handles or knobs to your cabinets (if you already have cabinets
and obviously can't add knots to them!!). Adding the rustic kitchen
cabinet hardware can add a great accent or theme that you can continue
throughout your kitchen design and decor, or even your entire house.
If you want rustic kitchen cabinets and you're lucky enough to start from
scratch, that's even better.
RUSTIC KITCHEN CABINET HARDWARE
There are tons of rustic looking handles, like hammered,
antiqued, and rusted looking. Using handles that depict deer, ducks and other wildlife.
Will also give a rustic feel to your kitchen cabinets.
The knob at right is a brand new knob, from the Belwith Rustic Iron
collection (BWP2011 RI). It looks like it has rusted, but, of course, it's
perfectly safe and the look is just the finishing process the knob has gone
through. With the right decor (maybe an old-time farm look or old antique
car theme) these knobs would be a great addition to your kitchen cabinets, and
there are several styles in the collection to choose from.
To explore more about other Decorative Cabinet
Hardware click here from our Rustic Kitchen Cabinet page.
RUSTIC KITCHEN CABINETS - YOU'VE GOT TO BE A BIT
Rustic kitchen cabinets have continued to grow in popularity, especially the
last ten years or less. What makes rustic kitchen cabinets rustic is that
they have knots, and the more extreme color variation in the wood the better.
You never know exactly what your kitchen is going to look like until it's done,
so, you have to be a bit adventurous!
If you purchase rustic kitchen cabinets from a home store (i.e. factory built
cabinets, or even semi-custom) you will have to pay more for rustic kitchen
If you purchase them from a custom cabinet shop, you may or may not have to
pay more. When we built custom cabinets, like the rustic hickory pantry
and cabinets at right, we didn't charge more for rustic kitchen cabinets.
Notice the knotty pine ceiling in this kitchen as well, which adds to the rustic
kitchen cabinet decor. Price all depends on who you go to, some places
will and some won't charge more for rustic kitchen cabinets.
TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND THE INTEGRITY OF YOUR
CABINETS - BE SURE YOUR WOOD IS SOLID, BUT DON'T EXPECT
Make sure if you get rustic kitchen cabinets, that all of the knots in the
woodwork (doors and frames) are solid. If they are loose, they will fall
out over time.
However, don't expect perfection, after all, you are getting rustic kitchen cabinets
and they aren't supposed to be perfect. Some knots may be huge, some
small, some pieces not that rustic, others really wild, all in the same rustic
Remember - if you see a display in a showroom, don't expect your kitchen to look just
like it. That is the beauty of rustic kitchen cabinets, you never really
know what you are going to get until it's all installed, because no two knots or
trees are just the same.
The photo at right is of a knotty pine kitchen we built and installed.
The doors have a southwest motif, and the appliance garage has a regular door on
it, rather than a rollup tambor door.
INTERIORS AND CLEANING
The interiors of you cabinets should not be rustic, unless it's a glass
cabinet or open shelf that you want to look that way.
You need to have good, clean, solid
interiors in your kitchen cabinets for easy cleanup and sanitation. The
best interiors are a thermal melamine. I prefer white to easily see inside
the cabinets, and for easy cleanup.
CLEANING THE RUSTIC KITCHEN CABINET EXTERIORS
If a lot of
dust builds up on your exteriors, rustic kitchen cabinets are a bit harder to clean
just because of divots and knots. But, if you use a little lemon oil, or
even just plain soap and water, rustic kitchen cabinets can be easily cleaned.
See our Cleaning Wood Kitchen Cabinets page from Rustic
Kitchen Cabinets, or go to the
Kitchen Cabinet Care and Cleaning page for
more information about how to keep your rustic kitchen cabinets (or any
cabinets) looking beautiful throughout the years.
VARIATIONS ON THE LOOK OF RUSTIC KITCHEN CABINETS
Ask your cabinet maker or cabinet salesperson about other rustic kitchen cabinet
looks: like distressed wood, worm-holes, nail holes, and more.
The picture at right is a cherry door that has been distressed.
Notice the tiny holes throughout. Those holes are what make the door
distressed, it has no knots, just distress marks.
Be prepared to pay a premium price for
distressed wood and the like, because it is usually not "natural" like knots
are. The doors and frames usually go through a manufacturing process to
add these distressed looks to your wood pieces.
The more a door is handled in its manufacture, the more expensive it will be
to you. You'll find the same thing in
cabinet finishes. Glazing is a
multi-step process. It will cost you more for glazed doors than for just
stained and finished doors.
MAKING YOUR EXISTING KITCHEN A RUSTIC KITCHEN
If you have an older kitchen and the right doors (like flat or laminate) you can easily make your
kitchen look rustic if you are a bit handy.
Knotty pine tongue and grove is very handy and can look great. Apply it to the exterior of your
cabinets, and you have an instant rustic look.
Add it to the INTERIOR of your cabinets, and suddenly you've got a beautiful,
rustic, display case.
No matter what wood you have (but it works especially nice with oak or pine)
you can take off your doors and finish the interior of an upper cabinet with
knotty pine tongue and grove. It gives your kitchen a completely different
look. You can also re-add glass doors and a curio light on the inside to
show off your "rustic" cabinet.
A BRIGHT IDEA AND MONEY SAVER: The photo at right is of an oak cabinet, lined with knotty pine.
Glass shelves are used with curio lighting for a nice display case. This
cabinet was built for the top of a stair way. Instead of having spindles,
the area was better utilized by this display cabinet. It was also actually
cheaper for us to build this cabinet than purchase, stain, and install spindles
and hand railing. Check it out. It might save you some money and
give you needed storage space.
IF YOU DO USE KNOTTY PINE WAINSCOTING OR TONGUE AND
GROVE TO JAZZ UP A CABINET:
- Finish the pine before you install it.
- Cut it to the lengths you need.
- Air-nail it into position.
You'll have to drill holes for shelf supports where you need them, but in not
much time at all (a good weekend afternoon) you can have a really nice, rustic
kitchen cabinet. I've done it myself, it really is easy.
ALWAYS HAVE FUN!!
Have fun with your kitchen. Your rustic kitchen cabinets should be something you enjoy, and
your kitchen a place where you like to be.
Rustic kitchen cabinets aren't only for the north woods. You can and
should enjoy them in your home if you love the look.
And remember - HAVE A HAPPY KITCHEN!!!
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Picture below: Rustic Oak Kitchen Cabinets just after they were
installed (the plastic is still on the countertops!!).
Picture below: Rustic Oak Kitchen Cabinets -
actually in a Bar area off the kitchen. Notice the wine
rack with stemware holder underneath. The upper cabinets have simple clear
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