making kitchen cabinets to look like furniture

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Customize your kitchen cabinets with furniture-style details.
The right type of cabinet component can help refresh and add character to your kitchen’s style — whether you want brand-new cabinets or just need to revamp your old ones. But some design elements with the most impact may be small ones you haven’t even considered. Here are some details to integrate into your cabinets for a truly stylish design.

Take a basic kitchen up a notch with decorative add-ons that give cabinets a high-end look

Armoire-Style Cupboard

Armoire-Style Cupboard
There’s no end to the usefulness of this stand-alone armoire-style cupboard. The multiple drawers could contain table linens, silver, and serving pieces. And the upper level of the cabinet could easily house a large flat-screen TV. Cabinet-style cupboards feel like fine furniture, but offer all the amazing perks of modern cabinetry such as pullout storage and drawer dividers.
 

Surprising Turned-Leg Sink

Surprising Turned-Leg Sink

Here’s a surprising look for a kitchen sink — intricately turned legs. The ornate legs and white-painted finish create a custom look. The chinoiserie-style fabric creates a skirt to hide undersink storage and tie the room’s color palette together.
 

Cabinetry-Clad Refrigerator

Cabinetry-Clad Refrigerator

These large doors appear to be cabinetry, but instead hide a pro-style refrigerator and freezer. Built-in overhead cabinets make this refrigerator and side storage ensemble feel like a large piece of fine furniture.
 

Bookshelf + Open Storage

Bookshelf and Open Storage

Oh, what to do with all those cookbooks? This bright bookshelf/storage wall solves that problem with style. Simple cubbies above the books store single bottles of wine, and colorful baking and serving dishes are displayed on the shelves above.
 

Furniture-Style Island

Furniture-Style Island

A decorative painted exterior, ornate inlays, and tapered, carved feet make this stone-topped island look like an antique — but it’s not! This kitchen gets all the style of an antique piece of furniture with the hard-working practicality of an island.
 

Inspired Details

Inspired Details

Glass-front cabinets on the island add a custom look and mimic the look of a curio cabinet.
 

Beverage Center

Beverage Center

A series of small apothecary-style drawers and curved detail inset transforms standard cabinetry. Here, the beverage station feels like a stand-alone piece of furniture because of its staggered depths and sweet arched inset. Different heights (or finishes) make permanently installed furniture feel more freestanding — and more furniturelike.
 

Mantel-Top Range

Mantel-Top Range

A ceiling-hugging range hood (with spectacular crown molding) surrounded by inset cabinets takes center stage. Architectural add-ons, such as the corbel-supported mantel over the range, use furniture elements to make standard cabinetry look like they were custom-made.
 

Dresser-Style Cabinets

Dresser-Style Cabinets

You really can’t have enough drawers in a kitchen — especially in the cooking area. Here, a dresser-style cabinet contains stacks of drawers and serves as a room divider. The arched, floor-level cutout makes the kitchen cabinet feel like it has feet.



 

Furniture Details on Kitchen Cabinets

Furniture Details on Kitchen Cabinets

Architectural details on standard cabinetry give it a custom look. Here, crown molding and turned feet transform standard cupboards into a decorative asset in the kitchen. Search online for tons of stylish options.
 

Island with Table Legs

Island with Table Legs

The tapered legs of this island add-on make it appear to be a piece of furniture. The marble top continues from the rest of the work space to create an unbroken look.
 

Built-In Bookcase

Built-In Bookcase

Added to the end of this island is a built-in bookcase. Beautiful trimwork showcases this as a deliberate addition to the kitchen — for beautiful and smart storage.
 

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Kitchen Design – What’s Hot and What’s Not

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What’s Hot and What’s Not in Kitchen Design
Here are some of our top picks for the latest trends and brands in Kitchen Design. Let’s see what is Hot and what is Not.

Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim

Trend: Reclaimed wood

The Upside: Kitchen cabinets made from reclaimed wood or with reclaimed-wood surfaces provide a sense of “history” and complement black metal hardware, said Jacob Kindler, owner of Urban Homes in New York City. “In 2000, dark veneer was trendy. A few years ago, it was all gray. It’s now all reclaimed wood,” Mr. Kindler said. Pictured: a showroom kitchen with reclaimed-wood bottom cabinets and lacquer wall cabinets.

The Downside: Along with a high price—“it’s one of the most expensive, just before stone doors,” said Mr. Kindler—this kind of wood requires cleaning with specialized cleansers.

Cutting Edge

Trend: Glass and ceramic surfaces

The Upside: Tom Wilkinson, owner and president of Arete European Kitchens in Austin, Texas, says new technology is making glass countertops and cabinet fronts not only possible, but functional and comparable in price to marble and high-gloss lacquer. The glass is back-painted and matte, and thus could be mistaken for another material, but when sunlight hits, it offers the distinctive glow of glass, Mr. Wilkinson said. Pictured: A showroom kitchen with matte-glass countertops, backsplash and cabinet fronts. Also popular now are giant slabs of matte, textured ceramic—think one big tile.

The Downside: Thus far, ceramic slabs come in a limited array of colors—about two dozen to date, Mr. Wilkinson said. Glass countertops aren’t as durable as stone, “but as long as you’re not cutting on it, you’re not going to scratch it,” he added.

Ups and Downs

Trend: Hydraulic lifts

The Upside: Hydraulic-lift technology costs about a quarter of what it did 10 years ago, according to Ken Burghardt, co-owner of kitchen-design firm Domicile in San Francisco. Most in demand: a drawer for a standing mixer, food processor and blender, all plugged in, that rises out of the countertop and sinks back down when the appliances aren’t needed. Also popular: televisions that slide down from behind wall cabinets. The lifts can be controlled by iPhone. Pictured: a recently completed Silicon Valley kitchen with a fully stocked bar that rises out of the counter.

The Downside: Distracted home chefs or curious toddlers could get their hands caught in a descending hydraulic lift. Mr. Burghardt said his countertop sections pop off as a safety precaution, but this isn’t standard across the industry.

Mixed Media

Trend: Mix-and-match materials

The Upside: Steven Cooper, designer and owner of Cooper Pacific Kitchens in Los Angeles, looks for interesting ways to mix materials. Recently for clients, he has built countertops of natural quartzite and “live-edge” wood—where the edge isn’t sanded down. In his showroom (pictured) is a kitchen with quartzite, wenge wood and stainless-steel countertops.

The Downside: Using the wrong materials in the wrong workspace can backfire. “A zinc countertop isn’t going to wear as well in a high-use zone,” said Mr. Cooper.

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kitchen cabinets that go with oak floors

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There are SO many colours of oak in the world – virtually every colour in the rainbow it seems! And while some colours of oak can be quite timeless, there are also many versions that can be challenging (understatement) to modernize and update.

And why do I call them colours of oak not species of oak? Because oak is often stained a different colour than its roots (literally) suggest – so we’re going to base things on the overall ‘colour’ that you see – not the chronological history of the tree!

The Best Paint Colours to Update Oak Cabinets, Flooring, Trim, and More! This is going to be TREE-LY exciting, so let’s get started!

Before you get in to the nitty gritty, you need to decide whether you want to accent your oak or whether you want to blend or camouflage it a bit.

(The photo above shows a colour that lightly accents the oak cabinets)

To Accent Oak or Wood

Cool colours such as green, blue and neutrals with those undertones may accent your light oak, making it appear more colourful. If you love your oak and want to play it up then this is good. If you want to neutralize your wood, this is not
Paint colours that are a few tones lighter or darker than the wood tone can also help to accent. However, simply painting the walls a cooler colours regardless of depth will do a good job
To Blend or Camouflage Oak or Wood

Most warm colours and neutrals with warm undertones will blend a bit more with oak, lowering the contrast and reducing the overall effect of them. So if you aren’t loving your oak, then a warm toned colour might hit the spot!
Neutral paint colours with very subtle purple undertones can complement many oaks without accenting or blending
Keeping the paint colour a similar depth to that of your wood is a great way to keep things seamless, but can be a bit bland feeling if you choose a warm or neutral colour. It’s better to go just a bit lighter OR darker than the depth of your wood.

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Have the Best Home for Your Family

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For the best home on the block you don’t have to go far.  Make your home the best you know by personalizing it to fit your family, friends and lifestyle in the best possible way. SemBro Designs and Remodeling has been here for years, helping Columbus Ohio homeowners like you discover the vitality and beauty of their own homes.  Voted Best Local Construction Company, Best Contractor and Best Kitchen and Bath Remodeler with the Columbus Ohio Angie’s List for four straight years, SemBro Designs and Remodeling promote confidence in our neighbors and customers.

To have the best home on the block, a good rule-of-thumb is to make sure it is the best to you.  The ones spending the most amount of time in a home are those who should have the most influence over how it functions, appears, and entertains.  If the work you do on your home is purely for showing to people who only visit occasionally, it may not be a look that necessarily brings you comfort so choose your home remodeling changes wisely, knowing the many hours you will spend with them.  SemBro Designs and Remodeling is a pro at helping you envision how your changes will look and feel.  We use a digital imaging software that shows you a before and after view of your home and lets you make changes before your home remodel gets started.

Malcolm Seawell is cooking Quinoa vegetable salad with his sons Cole and Will, at their house in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.

With all the home remodel options available for remodeling your home, kitchen and bath it can be hard to know where to start!  At SemBro Designs and Remodeling we make sure that you have the professional designer help to gauge what areas of your home need the most work and how to make it all come together into a style that feels perfect for you and your family.  A common complaint from Columbus homeowners is that the kitchen needs an update from an old-fashioned, constricting layout or cabinets that clutter the view.  They also hope to maximize the natural light their kitchen receives and to make socializing with guests while cooking much more comfortable.  Additional Columbus home remodels include room additions for new family members, growing home-businesses, and even outdoor living arrangements.  Whatever your family feels would make their home the best home on the block is important to us at SemBro Designs and Remodeling.


From kitchen upgrades to total home remodeling, SemBro Designs and Remodeling knows how to do it right and we love to build the confidence of every Columbus client, year after year.

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Re-Design for Peace of Mind

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For your best home and life this summer season, get ready with a beautiful new makeover for your home, kitchen, office, or bath and surprise yourself with a better summer than you’ve had in ages! We know it’s hard doing what you do; tirelessly following the grind day in and day out, responsibly looking toward the future with high goals and plans.  Make a well-maintained, pleasurably inviting home a part of that future with a Columbus Ohio home, kitchen or bath remodel that will not let you down whether you choose to sell or to stay there forever.

If you love the summer months but could do without the hectic family visits and late-night craziness that sometimes accompanies great parties, learn about how a Columbus kitchen remodel, bath remodel or outdoor living area remodel can help ease every gathering into a pleasant time both at the beginning and end.  For the family member you just can’t get away from, design a layout for your gatherings that makes it easy for you to slip out of sight at a moment’s notice, letting other guests help with the burden.  If you feel like there aren’t enough thrilling activities for the more rowdy members of your gang of friends, add some cool features like a waterslide to your pool or a covered patio with billiards table.  Whatever you’re missing at your home’s get-togethers now is the time to get it covered with an awesome Columbus home or deck remodel.


When you just want to come home some days and forget about all the troubles of the day, don’t let unpredictable appliances or faulty floor boards trip you up; let a Columbus home and kitchen remodel streamline every little task you have to accomplish.  Because let’s face it: any kind of work – even making a sandwich – is better completed with the best tools of the trade.  And appliances that give up on you or storage that swallows all your needed implements doesn’t help accomplish much; it can even cause us to give up.  So save your sanity and peacefulness this summer with a fix for all your appliance concerns and with storage that makes everything you need accessible with a simple touch, turn or click.  And get back to enjoying your time off instead of secretly dreading it.

For the best summer that you can remember, make it the one you spend at home, with people who matter and things that work.  Don’t waste another season not taking complete pride in the home you live in; instead, re-design it to fit your style, tastes, passions and life. Come see our SemBro team of designers today to discuss your next project.

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