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Cherry Kitchen Cabinets

Cherry is a well-loved furniture and cabinet wood, and for good reason. Its natural reddish-brown color and smooth grain, sometimes with interesting variations like tiny knots, are extremely attractive; while it’s especially renowned, and popular, as a mainstay of Shaker, Mission, and Craftsman styles, it works well in just about any setting, from the most elegant and traditional to the sleek and modern. It looks great when combined with other surface materials as well, such as glass and stainless steel. And its beauty is more than skin deep; cherry is quite durable and stands up well to the wear and tear of a busy kitchen.

Because of its natural beauty and characteristic color, cherry works best with finishes that accentuate its warm tones — you probably don’t want to paint it or stain it blue, for example. Depending on your design scheme, anything from a clear, colorless finish to a mahogany or walnut stain will work beautifully; your building professional should be able to offer a wealth of good advice to help you make your choice.

One thing to keep in mind with cherry is that it gradually darkens or “mellows” with age. This is a prized feature of the wood, and one of the things that makes it such a popular choice. However, one caveat: if, at some point, disaster strikes and you have to replace, say, a door or drawer front, it’s very likely that the replacement, being made of relatively new wood, will have to be custom tinted to match the existing cabinets.

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Cherry is a well-loved furniture and cabinet wood and for good reason—the natural reddish-brown color and smooth grain are extremely attractive. While it may be on the pricier side, you’ll find that it is well worth the extra cost. Read on to learn more.

Costs

Since cherry is considered a premium wood, it costs more than other woods, like maple, oak or hickory. Cherry cabinets can range anywhere from $6,000 to $60,000 depending on the style, manufacturer and cost of the finish. Contact a professional installer in your area for specific cost estimates.

Pros

Extremely durable, it stands up well to the wear and tear of a busy kitchen.

Looks great when combined with other surface materials, like glass and stainless steel.

Cherry cabinets fit well with any design style, from traditional to sleek and modern.

Cons

Cherry gradually darkens with age, so if one door has to be replaced, it will most likely clash with the rest of the cabinets.

One of the most expensive wood cabinet materials.

There are major variations in color (reds and yellows) that need to be addressed when purchasing cherry cabinets.

Durability

While not considered a hard wood, cherry will nevertheless withstand a heavy amount of damage. It easily resists the dings and dents that are common for softer woods.

Maintenance

In order to keep your cherry cabinets looking like new, it’s important to routinely clean and wax them. Here are a few maintenance basics to get you started:

  1. Begin by using a soft, dry cloth to ensure that the cabinets are free from dirt and dust.
  2. If your cabinets are oil-finished, wipe them with a lightly oiled soft cloth (linseed oil is best).
  3. Mild soap and water can be used to remove tough stains, but water should always be wiped off right away.
  4. Apply mineral oil to replace the finish.
  5. Polyurethane finishes can be washed with soap and water, and should be dried immediately.
  6. Unfinished cabinets can be cleaned with water and a mild detergent, and then scrubbed with a sponge. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry immediately.

Common Questions and Answers

What finishes work best with cherry cabinets?

Because of its natural beauty and characteristic color, cherry works best with finishes that accentuate its warm tones. You probably don’t want to paint it or stain it blue, for example. Depending on your design scheme, anything from a clear, colorless fi

Do white appliances work well with cherry cabinets?

Generally, the appliances that complement cherry cabinets the best are stainless steel. White may be too stark against the dark finish of the cherry.



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