Thermofoil Kitchen Cabinets: They’re Not Your Grandma’s Cabinets
Why did Grandma paint her kitchen cabinets? Was it to freshen up the look of the room, to dramatically alter the look of an area she spent so much time in, or simply to match the new kitchen curtains she'd sewed herself? It may have been those reasons and more. To give her full credit, Grandma may have known that a painted cabinet is easy to clean, an inexpensive way to remodel, a clever way to circumvent traditional wooden cabinets, and that they would provide a bright, contemporary appeal in her space.
Today, painting one's kitchen cabinets is still an inexpensive option to improve the look of a kitchen, but there are innovative, affordable custom cabinetry options that will accomplish the same goal with a more stylish and convenient modern appeal.
Contemporary Style that Lasts
Thermofoil kitchen cabinets give the appearance of a painted cabinet, minus the brushstrokes and drips. And unlike your grandma's painted cabinet, quality thermofoil cabinets are resistant to moisture, so they defy cracking and peeling after a few years of steamy meals cooked on the stovetop. Made by heat-fusing a thin layer of vinyl onto a substrate material, thermofoil cabinetry is a popular option for those who loved the uniform, "less is more" look of their grandmother's kitchens.
Easy to Maintain, High-End Look
A snap to clean with a swipe of mild dish soap and water, thermofoil cabinets brighten any kitchen with a contemporary, clean look and come in a variety of colors Grandma couldn't imagine - picture glossy, bright, lacquer-like enamel finishes in black, red or crisp apple green to replace Grandma's traditional country blue. These are stylish colors that last, perfect for those who wish to avoid the chore of repainting every few years. Given their ease of maintenance and high-end look, they are a popular choice of builders, remodelers and "house-flippers" alike!
With a highly stylized kitchen cabinet, such as a metallic or textured design, changing the overall look of the room without changing the cabinets may be a challenge. Thermofoil kitchen cabinets are a bit sneakier - their clean lines can blend into a traditional kitchen with vintage accessories or a modern space with contemporary elements. For example, one can take their bold red thermofoil cabinets from a Euro design, complete with their stainless steel appliances and modern fixtures, to a fun, kitschy "Coca Cola" room with vintage accessories. Your interior decorator might cringe at the thought of going from Euro-chic to Coca Cola-inspired, but your real estate agent will celebrate your forethought in choosing a style easy for future owners to make their own!
If you're looking to remodel or build for the first time and have your heart set on the perfect country kitchen, thermofoil kitchen cabinets might not be the choice for you. Real wooden cabinets with rich grains and textures might be more your style. But if clean lines and vibrant colors, in conjunction combination with affordability and easy maintenance, are in your sights, consider thermofoil contemporary kitchen cabinets and leave the paint brush to Grandma.
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