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Metal Cabinets

Doesn't it seem like every fancy appliance they make these days is now made of stainless steel?  Refrigerators, toasters, coffee makers, microwaves and dishwashers all made of steel are a must nowadays to give your kitchen that modern and updated look.  So why not take it a step further and add metal kitchen cabinets instead of the standard wood cabinets? You may think that having that much metal in one room may be overkill, and you may be right.  However, there are certain major advantages to metal as well as ways to make sure your kitchen doesn't look too industrial.  You don't necessarily want your house guests thinking they are walking into commercial cooking center, right?

How to Use Metal Cabinets to Make a Unique Kitchen

There are many customizations you can make to not overdo the industrial look of your kitchen.  One idea is to combine the metal with plastic hardware (handles, hinges, etc) for contrast.  By using plastic you can pick colors that match your paint, dishes, or any other features you have.  Another hardware option is to choose pieces that are of a different color or style of metal than the cabinet door.  You can also customize the actual doors by ordering them with holes to fill with glass or other decorative pieces.  Lastly, you can order your cabinets with different finishes and metal accents.  By using copper, brass or brushed nickel, you can achieve a more customized look.  In addition, by adding texture to the finish, you make it easier to conceal those fingerprints left by people who don't wash their hands!

Potential Downsides of Metal Cabinets

Like anything, there are also some negatives to be aware of when it comes to metal cabinets.  The first is to understand that just because the cabinets are made of strong durable metal, this doesn't mean that they are all resistant to warping.  Why is this you ask?  Many metal cabinets actually have some sort of wood at their core which helps to dampen the 'tinny' noise you get when opening and closing the doors.  Depending on the wood used, it may be more prone to warping or even water damage.  It is a good idea to get cabinets with plywood or wood at the core instead of particle board or fiber board.  This will ensure that the cabinets will better resist water and will also provide better support for those heavy loads.  That large stack of plates you have can cause a weaker cabinet to bend over time.  If you don't want to switch to lighter paper plates, make sure to get a cabinet with plywood or wood at its core.

Another potential downside to consider is the fact that metal can dent.  Just like your car, it's possible to get small dents and scratches on the doors.  This is another reason why many times it makes sense to get brushed metal or some sort of texture that will conceal small dents and scratches.  Lastly, you should make sure the metal is durable and not prone to rusting.  The last thing you need is a bunch of rusty metal cabinets in your kitchen. 

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