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5 reasons oak kitchen doors are all the rage

by Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Fine oak kitchen doors have often been considered a high-end, very attractive option for a kitchen remodel. But despite all the good reasons to opt for oak cabinets, the price can be a bit too rich for some tight budgets.

The good news is that oak cabinets are some of the hardiest on the market and can last for many decades. In addition, new options for oak veneer cabinets can pose less of a sticker shock and make this beautiful wood a more feasible option for new kitchen doors on a budget.

Why it can pay to opt for oak kitchen doors

There are plenty of reasons to look to oak doors as a lovely and sturdy addition to your kitchen remodel. Here are just a few of the top reasons:

  1. Durability. Oak is one of the most durable woods on the market. It is just hard enough to stand up to everyday use for a very long time, but soft enough to handle the wear and tear without showing its age.
  2. Classic style. Oak cabinets have a very traditional look that goes well with almost any kitchen style or decor. But they also have the option of "dressing up" with paints, stains a and wide variety of finishes. They also work very well with less traditional options, like glass inserts.
  3. Perfect for stain and paint. Oak is a porous wood that allows stain and paint to soak into the grain. This means a nice, even coat and less work for you when you want to resurface the cabinets.
  4. Natural resistance. Oak is naturally resistant to mold, mildew, as well as the typical scratches, dings and dents. If you do wind up with a small bit of damage on your oak cabinets, they are forgiving enough to handle the sanding that is required to fix the problem.
  5. Cost effective. Though the sticker price for oak might be higher than that of other woods, remember that you do get what you pay for. Solid oak kitchen doors can literally last a lifetime. Oak veneer can last many decades. Choosing these doors can be a very reasonable investment.

If you are looking for new kitchen doors that may truly last, oak is a great option. Solid oak is always a durable bet, but high-quality oak veneer can be a very suitable alternative on a smaller budget.


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