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Oak Kitchen Cabinets: Still a Wise Choice for Your New Kitchen Remodel

Oak kitchen cabinets are still a popular choice among homeowners remodeling their kitchens, not because they’re going for a retro 1980s look, but because oak cabinets have so much to offer.

Oak is durable.
This hard wood can stand up to the wear and tear your busy kitchen will dish out, and it’s handles the moisture of a kitchen better than other woods as well. That’s why so many homes still have the original oak kitchen cabinets: The homeowners haven’t had a reason to replace them!

Oak is flexible.
Although the noticeable grain of oak offers a natural beauty, oak kitchen cabinets are perfectly happy hidden under stains, glazes and even paint. Only look at this elegant kitchen to see how well oak takes on a dark, rich brown color for a kitchen that looks luxurious without sacrificing the durability of oak.

On the other hand, oak can be rustic and artisanal in appearance, as with the kitchen pictured here. The oak kitchen cabinets are stained dark brown, but the beautiful wood grain shows through and integrates perfectly with the rough stone work on the walls.

Oak also pairs well with almost every kind of color. If you want oak kitchen cabinets, but not a whole room full of wood (as in the kitchen described below), you can use a mix of natural oak cabinets with cabinets painted white, gray or a custom color. Or keep the oak cabinets as oak and use the color on the walls or in the accessories instead. We’ve seen kitchens pairing natural oak with yellows, pale mint green, and even red walls—and each kitchen was stunning.

Oak is beautiful.
The owners of the kitchen pictured here opted to go all out oak, taking advantage of the natural beauty of oak kitchen cabinets and then enhancing that unadorned beauty with simple wood flooring, walls and ceiling. Is it overpowering? Not at all, because the golden hue of the oak, the pattern of the grain, and the warmth of the wood create an inviting, cozy space. The addition of a few curvy embellishments and cornices work well against the neutral backdrop of wood.

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel and you want cabinets that will last for many years to come, consider oak. Oak doesn’t have to mean you’re going to a country kitchen look, because it’s flexible enough to be whatever you’d like it to be. But it won’t ever lose its durability, no matter the style, stain or color you choose.

Traditional Cabinets Go Rustic and Artisanal With Semi Custom Cabinets

Artisan products are enjoying immense popularity these days, as I’m sure you know! From artisanal cheeses to breads, even beers, consumers are seeking out foods and goods crafted in hand-crafted, traditional ways.

This preference for the artisanal and hand-crafted is showing up in home décor as well. Only go to Pinterest to search, and you’ll see all manner of rustic furniture, accessories and design ideas—even furniture built from pallet boards.

That popularity has naturally carried over into kitchen design as well, where we see rustic and artisan-influenced elements appearing—and we have customers asking us for rustic or artisan-styled kitchen cabinets.

We are only too happy to oblige! Of our dozens of semi custom cabinet styles, many of our traditional cabinets work nicely for a rustic look or artisan feel. Choose one of our glazed finishes—including heirloom glazes, brushed glazes and glaze applied over paint—and those traditional cabinets will look even more rustic.

For a rustic cabinet that still has the beauty of wood grain without glazing, we have created two styles specifically for this style of kitchen: the Artisan and the Retreat. The Artisan is fancier, with more detailing, and is available with arch design. The Retreat is simple, almost Shaker-like in design, with the details provided by the intricate patterning of the wood grain.

Why are rustic-looking traditional cabinets so appealing?
Why this surge in interest in a rustic look? Perhaps it’s because it’s so homey, warm and comfortable. A home or kitchen with a rustic feel looks lived-in, promising comfort and coziness. Maybe it’s all part of wanting the artisanal foods as well, as we move away from the mass-produced products that have become so pervasive.

In part, maybe it’s our reaction to the technology that has become such an integral part of our daily lives. Maybe we want a rustic, hand-crafted design in our kitchens to offer us a contrast to all of that high-tech, always-connected, always-on way of living.

Traditional cabinets that are truly artisanal
Regardless of the reason for the popularity, there’s another meaning to that word “artisan” when we talk about kitchens: how we build semi custom cabinets.

Semi custom cabinets are hand-crafted. Although not totally custom-built (which is a cost-prohibitive option for most homeowners anyway), traditional cabinets such as those crafted at Wellborn Forest Products are built to order…for you. You choose the style, the finish, even the hardware. You give us the dimensions. And we build your semi custom cabinets just for you and your dream kitchen.

We’re not so artisanal that we’re building your cabinets with old-fashioned lathes and hand-cranked tools. We do use modern machinery and techniques in the making of your cabinets! Yet our approach is artisanal, as we build these cabinets specifically for you, and your rustic kitchen design.

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“Going for Broke” in the Oak Kitchen

If you’ve been on Pinterest because you’re thinking about an oak kitchen for your new kitchen or kitchen remodel, you might already know what I’m about to tell you: oak kitchens are versatile kitchens! And by that I don’t mean versatile in the sense that you can get lots done, from cooking to homework to crafting. By versatile, I mean the oak kitchen can go a lot of different design directions.

But oak is also such a beautiful wood that it can be just that: oak. And this kitchen is a remarkable example of that…

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The oak kitchen as standard

People have been using oak for their kitchen cabinets for decades. Oak is a beautiful, durable wood that stands up well to the heavy use a kitchen gets, and even the moisture generated by cooking and washing up. For kitchen cabinets that will look good and last, oak is a great choice.

But an oak kitchen is also a beautiful kitchen. Unlike some of the other woods often used for kitchen cabinets, oak has a noticeable wood grain. For those of us who love the look of wood, this texture is attractive and appealing, and it can become part of the “look” of your oak kitchen. Oak also comes in a variety of shades, from yellow to pink to honey and more. And it turns out that oak can carry a room…

The oak kitchen as…well, oak!

This oak kitchen really plays up that quality of the wood, celebrating the color and grain of all things oak, from the cabinet to the ceiling, floor and even walls. The result? A warm, welcoming all-wood kitchen that’s a charming mix of homey and refined. The wide plank walls and simple shaker style cabinets give this oak kitchen a slightly rustic feel but that’s balanced by the sophisticated touches such as the fancy faucet, the elaborate cornice under the kitchen’s island top, and the scroll work on the vent hood. The stainless steel appliances also help to balance out the room, offering a counter to the warm honey of all the wood.

Overall, it’s an extremely appealing, attractive kitchen, and one any of us would love to cook or eat in. With the grainy quality and warm color of the wood, this kitchen can’t help but say, “Welcome! Come on in and have a seat!”

Who would have thought a kitchen going for broke with oak would be such a beauty? Well played, oak kitchen, well played!

You Haven’t Seen an Oak Kitchen Like This Before!

When you think of an oak kitchen, you might picture a country style kitchen like those popular in the 1980s, with natural wood cabinets, curtains embroidered with chickens, and some farm-y looking accessories. But this oak kitchen is about to change your perception of what an oak kitchen can be!

Why people still choose an oak kitchen when remodeling

Oak has been a popular choice for kitchen cabinets for a very long time and it probably will stay ever popular, for several good reasons. First off, there’s the look of oak. For those of us who enjoy the texture of real wood, oak has an attractive noticeable grain. It’s also a hard wood that’s quite durable—always a good thing for busy kitchens that get lots of use! It’s a lot less likely to get dinged up and damaged over time, and it stands up to moisture better than some other woods. And finally, it’s versatile, easily stained to create the look you want for your new kitchen.

What does an oak kitchen look like?

Avenue-Oak-MahoganyAn oak kitchen can look like whatever you want! Although the natural wood is appealing on its own, and colors range from yellow to beige to pink and even red, oak can also be stained a lovely darker shade. Only soak up the glamour of this elegant, luxurious oak kitchen pictured here and you’ll see what we mean. Yes, the cabinets are oak, but the wood has been stained a gorgeous deep rich brown. (These cabinets are the Avenue style in oak wood with our mahogany finish.)

At Wellborn Forest Products, your oak kitchen can be stained in a wide range of shades, and even gray. We can finish your cabinets with a pencil glaze on the stain. We do oak cabinets with glazes. And we can paint your cabinets, add a glaze over the paint, or do an heirloom glaze. All told, we offer almost 60 different ways to color or shade your kitchen cabinets to create exactly the kind of oak kitchen you’re dreaming of.

For kitchen cabinets that will look amazing and last for years…