Ever Changing, Natural Wood
Wood is one of the finest natural resources Earth has to offer us. When refined it offers us protection, comfort, and warmth. In it's primal state as a tree, it offers peace, hope, and beauty. Here at Stone Ridge Cabinets we pride ourselves in capturing that natural beauty and functionally transitioning it into your own personal dream space or sanctuary. Even after these magnificent trees transform into a breathe-taking kitchen, a warm fire place mantel, or a cozy window seat, the evidence of a living, breathing, moving part of nature still remains. As such, your dream space will reflect such attributes. It is important to remember nature is developing and adapting to it's ever changing conditions.
Knots and Distressing
Knots and distresses in wood can provide character and originality to cabinetry. They contribute to continuous color variety in finished cabinetry.
Cherry is widely known for it's colorful attributes. It's unique rich color, like other woods will enhance and darken as it ages.
End grains are typically a softer spot in wood. As such the end grains have potential to soak up wood stains and other variances creating color differences. This absorption is a natural continuance that cannot be prevented.
Wood density contributes to color contrasts. These contrasts can still appear even in finish cabinetry. If hard wood and soft wood are used together in cabinetry construction, slight color variances can occur between the different woods even when the same paint and finish is applied.
As trees pull water from the ground they also pull minerals which create natural color veins and streaks. Moss growing through burrowing insect holes causes similar streaking. Both types of streaking will be visible within your cabinetry.
Other environmental factors will effect finished cabinetry. Interior lighting, sunlight exposure, humidity, cigarette smoke, and heat emitted from within the home and kitchen can all impact the appearance and natural qualities of the wood.
Wood inherently expands and contracts. As might be expected, signs of this natural movement can be seen as small cracks along the joints of your cabinetry. The strength and quality of your cabinetry will not be decreased by these unavoidable natural occurrences .
Trees are as unique as a humans. Each have their own personal marks exhibited in the grain. The grain of wood is reflected in finished cabinetry. Some grains are fine some are coarse. It is important to know which attributes your wood choice has when designing your cabinetry.
Make the most of your Cabinetry!
While wood is an organic, ever changing natural resource, with unpreventable aging, there are some things you can do to ensure your cabinetry remains top quality.
- Use a soft, damp (not wet) cloth to clean cabinetry.
- Clean up spills and water spots as they happen - do not leave them on the cabinets.
- Use a good quality furniture polish that doesn’t contain silicone. The silicone will leave a residue which will tarnish the look of the cabinetry over time.
- When cleaning glass, be sure you don’t spray the face of the cabinetry with the glass cleaner: spray the rag, and then clean the glass.
- DO NOT use abrasive cleaners or furniture polishes containing silicone.