Cherry’s natural color, while stunning from the beginning, continues to enrich as time passes and is most apparent in clear or light stain finishes. Cherry is a multi-colored wood characterized by shades of red, white and brown. With time, darker tones will turn a deep reddish brown, while light areas will mellow to medium yellow and brown.
Predominately off-white in color, maple is a smooth, closed-grain wood that may contain shades of brown and pink. Other characteristics include occasional fine dark mineral streaks, small black knots or “bird’s eye.” Maple accepts a variety of stain colors, although a random “blotchy” pattern may occur with medium and dark stains that add to the character of this warm wood.
Hickory is a very “wild” wood known for its wide variation in color that can range from white to dark brown with wormholes and black knots. A clear or light stain will maximize the color variations, while darker stain selections will give this wood distinguishing characteristics all its own.
Oak offers depth in color from pink to white and light brown. In addition, green, yellow and even black color veins may appear as mineral streaks. Oak is also known for its wide and narrow grain patterns that are considered desirable qualities of this strong, open-grained American classic.
Tinted varnishes give cabinets a “painted look” and are one of the hottest trends in cabinetry. Durability isn’t an issue with tinted catalyzed varnish finishes since they are designed to hold up with today’s lifestyles. Assembled with a combination of select hardwoods and MDF to minimize door and cabinet frame joint movement, homeowners should expect minor cracking of the painted finish in these areas and therefore items will not be replaced under warranty.