How to Pick Cabinets
You’re ready to start a little facelift project on your house but what seemed like fun now seems crazy. Here’s how to pick cabinets to get you started.
It. Is. Done. We started out on a journey to create a quiet, beautiful, and simple space and it has far exceeded our expectations. We will update with our office reveal soon enough, but in the meantime, here’s how to pick cabinets as I know we couldn’t possibly be the only ones out there totally overwhelmed by the idea of picking through hundreds of ideas and brands.
Enough of that! Here are the details. We partnered up with MasterBrand Cabinets and Diamond Cabinets, a brand within MasterBrand’s family of brands, because we wanted to work with someone who knew and understood a redesign project. Diamond had exactly what we were looking for in a simple, clean design for the door as well as the beautiful white paint. MasterBrand is kind of like Target and I KNOW you love Target like I do. The number of styles and organization features reminds us of the vast selection at Target. They are experts and take design seriously. You can ask questions, look at samples and find whatever you need so you can compare and make well thought out decisions. It is not worth driving all over town and trying to remember what things look like. Trust us. You will be stressed and exhausted. Instead, count on someone you can trust like MasterBrand and just get to work.
When you are ready to pick out cabinets you really aren’t ready at all. You think it’s all about door and color but you learn that there’s different woods, and different brands are able to include different features. We believe the best way to start is with your budget, then you can start to get excited looking at ideas on pinterest and you’ll notice we have quite a few boards for home design such as kitchen, bedroom, living room, home office, bathroom and just for the home, so clearly we get excited as well.
Next up, style. We kept things really simple because we wanted to be able to change things with time without taking on a major project again. Once you have your style picked, go through the brands you selected based on price again to weed out any that don’t have a match on style and color options. Diamond was a perfect fit because they are a great price, good quality and they had our style/color. You may be tempted to start looking at other details in this process but it’s going to boil down to what you want, is the overall door look more important or the extra features. You may find a brand that has both or you may need to sacrifice a little of the features to get the look.
We wanted both the look and functionality which is again why Diamond was the best fit. We have soft close doors and drawers and the clean, craftsman look. After far too much research we settled with Montgomery for the style because we love how Diamond keeps it so approachable and it can hold up to traditional, modern or classic styles so we can change things out as we like.
Light is so important to us, it’s what creates beautiful photos, what lifts our mood and allows us to really see each other so we love pulling light into every room, whether through a window or artificial. We added lights under the shelves and in our bookcases and I can’t wait to show you how it takes things to a whole new level, especially at night.
When you’re ready you’ll want to find on of MasterBrand’s authorized dealers with their Dealer Locator and will work with them to determine what can be achieved in your budget. So much better than stressing about things. Just taking it one step at a time then talking with a local will change your whole experience. Just reach out to dealers in your area to learn more about what options fit best into your budget.
After figuring out your style you need to pick a wood species. Again, this is preference as some will show through certain paints or stains, but for us it was mostly about durability and paintability. Is that even a word? This is an office that’s used every day by both children and adults we don’t need it getting scratched and dinged with every touch. MasterBrand’s dealers can help you determine which wood species and finish combination is best by showing samples of different varieties to ensure that you are completely happy with the finished look? I love seeing things in person and it helps us to all be on the same page when we can have an expert to help move us in the right direction.
Maple is the wood species we used. We felt that this would be a stronger wood and that it would look better painted white versus having any grain showing through. It is exactly what we had hoped for.
The finish is obviously white, but again this was a choice so that we could reflect a lot of light, things look cleaner and help to lighten emotions and mental wellness, but also it’s a great way for us to never be stuck to one design. We can easily swap out colors and go for anything we want in the room.
We really went back and forth on the hardware. At first I wanted to really kick things up a little with specialized hardware, but Cade made a point that I have to completely agree with, we still want this space to feel simple and kid friendly. Once the kids are older we can go a little fancier but lets keep things simple and timeless for right now. I love that. We found the perfect hardware with Atlas Hardwares. It’s the Champagne which adds a real warmth to such a white room. They maybe be simple, but they are beautiful and the quality is superb.
Again, I’m like a broken record but I really think timeless is the way to go. Both Diamond and Atlas are just that.