Kitchen cabinets - light maple or white?

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Posted: 2/21/2011 7:54:41 AM
I'm re-doing my kitchen and I'm torn between light maple and white cabinets.

Which would you go with and why?

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Posted: 2/21/2011 7:58:38 AM
White.

Probably because all the beloved kitchens of my childhood (home, great-grandmothers) were white. My own kitchen is white. I like 20th Century vintage and white is classic for that style.





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Posted: 2/21/2011 8:00:28 AM
I'm redoing my kitchen in white right now. I just love it, so I would say white.



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Posted: 2/21/2011 8:08:57 AM
I did a kitchen renovation with eggshell white cabinets with an antique brown glaze undertone and they are just beautiful! I was going to do a light maple center island but went with a custom finish which has grey-green tones in it. I was going for a tuscany kitchen look.

It is a challenge to pick out all the elements of your kitchen design. While each one by itself is beautiful you cross your fingers and hold your breath when it's all put together that it will be spectacular!

I asked the cabinet manufacturer for samples of cabinet doors and took them with me to the granite yard. Once I selected my granite, I adked for a sample and took it with the cabinet doors to shop for tile and got samples from them too. It gave me the opportunity to put it all together and live with it and look at the elements in different light etc. before making final decisions.

Good luck with your selections!

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Posted: 2/21/2011 8:11:23 AM
I have shaker style maple and I love them. They are not stained, just
a clear coat. It is very clean and light looking.

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Posted: 2/21/2011 8:11:39 AM
White. Woodtones date, white doesn't. It's also easier to change the look of the kitchen with different coloured accessories.

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Posted: 2/21/2011 8:14:33 AM
Many people have painted their maple cabinets white in this area. BUT I'm not a fan of white so I'd choose maple and I'd be sure it was a very clean, modern design. I also think that 2-tone light and dark cabinets look great. For example, if you have an island, make that base cabinet a dark tone and the rest of the cabs light maple.


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Posted: 2/21/2011 8:32:05 AM
I've wanted light maple cabinets for over 10 years and in two houses! Lol!!

I'm not a fan of white cabinets, especially after living with these ugly white wood grained Formica things I have here. I like them in other peoples kitchen, it's just not something I'd want for myself.

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Posted: 2/21/2011 9:20:02 AM

White. Woodtones date, white doesn't. It's also easier to change the look of the kitchen with different coloured accessories.


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Posted: 2/21/2011 9:53:38 AM
I've been dying to paint my dated oak cabinets white - the only thing keeping me from it is my oak dining room set that sits in the kitchen - I think it might be weird looking - and painting/replacing the dining set is NOT an option (belonged to my grandparents).



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Posted: 2/21/2011 10:05:50 AM
With those choice, light maple. But I am not generally a fan of white kitchens, so take that into account. I have seen some fantastic white kitchens, but normally they look so blah.


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Posted: 2/21/2011 10:54:18 AM

I've been dying to paint my dated oak cabinets white - the only thing keeping me from it is my oak dining room set that sits in the kitchen - I think it might be weird looking - and painting/replacing the dining set is NOT an option (belonged to my grandparents).


I think that would look fantastic! I think white kitchens look best when they "play" off of wood/color finishes (floor, island, table, other). That's a very common look right now. As someone upthread suggested, what about white cabinets but an island/cabinet in wood to add texture and balance OP?

We love our white kitchen but I think I'm going to paint the freestanding island black or something - just to add some contrast.

To all - play around in Photoshop or other - even a mash-up quickie job can give you an idea for how the look will please your eye - or not. I'm a big chicken on painting wood so I tend to do this.




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Posted: 2/21/2011 12:09:16 PM
Light maple

Most of my furniture is darker wood and I really do not like painted wood. Went with the white painted baseboards due to $$ but the maple is very current, shaker style AND you can always paint them if you want to later.


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Posted: 2/21/2011 12:20:42 PM
Thanks everyone. I still can't decide.

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I think that would look fantastic! I think white kitchens look best when they "play" off of wood/color finishes (floor, island, table, other). That's a very common look right now. As someone upthread suggested, what about white cabinets but an island/cabinet in wood to add texture and balance OP?


That's what we've done.

It's a terrible picture because we're still under major construction, but you can see the white cabinets and the cherry island:




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Posted: 2/21/2011 1:15:58 PM
If you really can't decide, a combination of both would be lovely! I don't have a pic handy right now, but in the house we built we did light maple cabinets, and white beadboard lining the huge island. It's a great combination. If you have a lot of cabinets, then going all wood or all white can be overwhelming.

You would have more flexibility with the wall colour with white cabinets. As someone mentioned above, it's so easy to change the whole look and feel of a white kitchen by changing the wall colour.

Have fun! If I were you I would just google images and see what starts appealing to you more.


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Posted: 2/21/2011 1:16:55 PM
Peabay - your kitchen is beautiful.

My kitchen is a decent size but the configuration doesn't allow for any island. All the windows in my house are dark wood and I was thinking about leaving them, but I'm afraid they'll look funny.

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Posted: 2/21/2011 1:18:11 PM
I just thought of something else - what is your flooring going to be? White cabinets are also easier to combine with any flooring. If you are doing wood floors and wood cabinets, it can be TOO much of a good thing. I would suggest if you do go with maple, to go with a dark floor for contrast. In our previous house our floors were a medium colour, and I didn't feel there was enough contrast to the maple, and it all felt very woodsy. Our decor was really rustic though, so it was OK and suited the house. But I wouldn't do a medium tone floor with maple cabinets again.


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Posted: 2/21/2011 1:40:59 PM
Peabay your kitchen is going to be GORGEOUS.

I know that's only blue protective tape on your ovens but that blue color pops out so nicely that all I can think is "why doesn't someone make appliances in that color?"

A smart designer would run them over to an auto-finish shop. I love that (accidental) color!




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Posted: 2/21/2011 1:44:13 PM

My kitchen is a decent size but the configuration doesn't allow for any island. All the windows in my house are dark wood and I was thinking about leaving them, but I'm afraid they'll look funny.


First, if you want an island, don't be afraid to look at small, freestanding furniture. Our kitchen is a tight space and I still have an island (free standing, open bottom so it's airy looking). I use the space for cooking and prep and the kids can eat at it but really, it's tight around it. As long as we can still open the fridge, it's a win for us.

As for dark wood windows - I'd leave them. Again the point is CONTRAST. Say you have dark wood windows, white cabinets and a darker countertop? There's your contract/match. Or, if you have dark wood windows, light cabinets and counters, incorporate a dark wooden breadbox or decorative item into your plans so it all ties together.





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Posted: 2/21/2011 2:41:09 PM
Hey CrafterBeth, what color and type of paint did you use for your cabinets? This is on my to-do wish list but haven't found the time to get to it yet.

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Posted: 2/21/2011 2:45:12 PM
Oh, and I vote white

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Posted: 2/21/2011 2:49:26 PM
Absolutely light maple. I love the look of wood.


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Posted: 2/21/2011 4:20:23 PM
I'd probably go with light maple because it's a warmer look. That said, I like white cabinets also, and would be happy with either. I've had three houses; the first had white cabinets (original from 1930), the second had medium oak and our current house has medium/dark cherry cabinets. The cherry is a bit dark for my taste and the oak had too much grain - a light maple would be my favorite wood.

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Posted: 2/21/2011 4:22:45 PM
I have a question for those of you that have maple cabinets...

did they change colors?

If I had to do it all again, I would never get maple cabinets. 10 years in and they have 'aged' into a yellowish color and they are all different shades (depending on where they are in the kitchen). I've actually thought about painting them, unfortunately, there is are too many 'fake wood' type strips (on the side of the island, covering below cabinet lights) around that I don't know how to even approach painting them.


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Posted: 2/21/2011 6:09:48 PM

I've actually thought about painting them, unfortunately, there is are too many 'fake wood' type strips (on the side of the island, covering below cabinet lights) around that I don't know how to even approach painting them.


This Product is getting a lot of attention and should work on laminate aka "fake wood strips."




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Posted: 2/21/2011 6:24:09 PM
I would say white because I have been dying to paint mine white.


I did a kitchen renovation with eggshell white cabinets with an antique brown glaze undertone and they are just beautiful!


I would love to see a picture. Was it hard? Did you have a how-to or just wing it?

If anyone knows of any sites that talk about how to prime and paint your cabinets, can you post it? I would really appreciate it.

Edited:

CrafterBeth,

I skipped right by your post. I love your kitchen! It looks like a totally different room. Does the blog you mentioned have a how to on it? What kind of paint did you use?

Thanks for sharing.



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This Product is getting a lot of attention and should work on laminate aka "fake wood strips."



Laminate...thank you! I have the worst headache from watching a 3d movie and for the life of me I couldn't think of the word laminate - hence 'fake wood strips'. I'm going to check this stuff out! There are a few laminate areas that I can cover with an actual wood panel or molding, but I have a few curved areas (under a corner lazy susan) that if i remove the laminate it will look horrible and there is no way I could replace it with wood. Or, i can use this stuff on a bigger area and if it doesn't work, cover it with a wood panel! LOL!

Sorry for the slight hijack...


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Posted: 2/21/2011 7:09:33 PM

all I can think is "why doesn't someone make appliances in that color?"

They used to. And over time, people found them hideous. And I think if you had a blue oven I think you'd find the same to be true. Seems cool at first and then it's like ~Why did I buy this bleeping blue oven?~


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Posted: 2/21/2011 8:05:15 PM
Not white They make a room look so cold. Maple all the way


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Posted: 2/21/2011 8:10:48 PM
I have a lot of white painted furniture. it shows dirt really easily. I still want white cabinets but I will make sure and add a lot of distressing and glaze.


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Posted: 2/21/2011 8:26:36 PM
You really need to check this out,,,,,,,there are some amazing and gorgeous warm and inviting white kitchens on this blog!!

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Posted: 2/22/2011 5:55:47 AM
I would go for white at the moment, we had our kitchen done a couple of years ago and as much as I love wood and all things natural I wanted a change, so we have shiney cream so it reflects lots of light.

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Posted: 2/22/2011 6:18:47 AM
I would choose white-just painted my hideous honey oak cabinets a combination of white (top) and green (bottom and the side by the fridge). Now that I know how to include a pic, here is a gratuitous shot of my redone kitchen:



We aren't finished and still have to do the floor, which I am thinking will be some kind of gray and then the backsplash. I went to our local habitat for humanity restore and got handmade subway tiles for $12!!


And, Peabay-your kitchen is beautiful!!


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Posted: 2/22/2011 6:48:09 AM

I did a kitchen renovation with eggshell white cabinets with an antique brown glaze undertone and they are just beautiful!


I would love to see a picture. Was it hard? Did you have a how-to or just wing it?




We did a complete renovation, tore everything out to the studs! My cabinets were custom made.



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Posted: 2/22/2011 7:18:01 AM
White. Woodtones date, white doesn't.
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WHite will look dated in 10 years. Its popular right now but in time everyone will be wanting to do something different and white cabinets will be pegged as belonging to the 2010s.

I personally prefer wood tones and grain to color. But it is a personal preference.


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Posted: 2/22/2011 8:48:44 AM
Actually white is one of the more classic kitchen and they have been popular since the turn of the century.

Even any type of wood can become dated,,,,,we had wood and it was dated because of the style of the doors...everything will need updating with time......but some classic styles will last longer than others styles

I think a person should go with what they love, works for their lifestyle and what will make them happy ....as for resale there is always someone who will like it or chances are with any house the new owners will want to change things and put their own style stamp on it anyway.....

We custom built our first home as well,,,with lots of pine and pine cabinets with a red countertop. WE loved it and lived there for 6 years I was so worried that it would keep the house from selling.........it sold in less than a week and the new owner said part of the reason was the cheerful kitchen!!!LOL



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Posted: 2/22/2011 9:02:21 AM
Thanks Peabay I can't wait to see finished pic's of your kitchen!

I had posted to you about the Hafele magic corner shelves for corner cabinets, did you decide to go with those or something similar?

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Posted: 2/22/2011 9:04:10 AM
We didn't, but those things are so cool!



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Posted: 2/22/2011 9:04:18 AM
Both of you have gorgeous kitchens!!!

Peabay I bet you are getting anxious to have it done!



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