The Move to Modern Cabinets

Americans Are Turning Away From Traditional Oak Materials to Exotic Alternatives




Cabinets are becoming more cutting edge.

According to online surveys by MasterBrand Cabinets, the largest cabinet manufacturer in North America, traditional materials are losing favor to more exotic—and generally more expensive—alternatives. Although oak and maple still make up the largest dollar share of cabinet purchases, both have lost steam: Oak material now makes up 28% of total dollars spent—a decline of 20% over the past five years, according to the survey. In contrast, woods like alder, pecan, pine and walnut grew 44% in total dollars spent over that same period.

Cabinets—most of which are purchased for a kitchen—remain in homes for 20 to 25 years on average before being replaced. “The kitchen is so much the heart of the home,” says Jane Henderson Kenyon, broker associate with Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty in Princeton, N.J. “Whatever people put in there runs through the rest of the house.” As such, the shift to bolder cabinet materials indicates a broader move toward more modern designs, says Beth Dibert, senior manager for market research for MasterBrand.

Together with third-party researchers KeyStat Marketing and Burke, MasterBrand surveyed 2,343 individuals in 2007 to 2008 and 5,641 individuals in 2011 to 2012 on how much they spent on cabinet materials and finishes.

Consumers are experimenting with bolder woods and colors. Medium-colored finishes still make up the largest share of cabinet finishes, but painted and dark-colored finishes both gained more than 40% in dollar share in the past five years.

Fancier woods usually mean fancier price tags. For instance, the Artesia cabinet style made by MasterBrand subsidiary Dynasty by Omega can be 20% more expensive if it uses pecan or walnut, and 10% less expensive if it uses oak or cherry.

Repairing Heat-Damaged Countertops

A guide, organized by countertop type.

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It is rarely a good idea to put hot pans directly on a countertop. Even though a manufacturer may claim a countertop is totally heatproof, this is often untrue. Extreme heat may cause everything from minor, easily repaired surface burns to virtually irreparable cracks or melting. Here is a quick guide to dealing with heat damage for various countertop materials.

DIY Resource:

laminate_wilsonart_hdPlastic Laminates: To remove a minor, light-colored burn from laminate countertops, coat the spot with a baking soda paste for about 30 minutes and wipe it off.  Laminate surfaces with deeper burns typically need to be replaced, but it may be possible to replace the surface of just one section.




wood-counters-nj-ny-de-ct-paWood: Sand away burn marks on butcherblocks or other wood countertops with 120-grit sandpaper, then go over the area again with finer 180-grit sandpaper. Add a wood filler if needed. Then rub in a solution of four parts mineral oil and one part melted paraffin wax to protect the wood. For varnished or painted wood surfaces, it will need to be stripped with a food-safe chemical stripper. After sanding away the burn, replace the varnish or paint.




corian_solid_surface_countertop_kitchen_10_0Solid Surface: Heat can fairly easily damage Corian and other solid-surface countertops. However, the damage can also be reversed fairly easily by sanding around the burned spot. Then cover the tracks of your sanding with Bon Ami or other abrasive cleaner. Serious burns may require an electric sander. In either case, wet the surface to minimize dust. Severe heat can crack the countertop, which will probably require professional repair. DIY Resource:



Stone-Style-Countertops-in-The-Kitchen-915x610Stone: Many natural or engineered stone countertops are virtually heatproof. However, some stone surfaces are liable to crack if exposed to extreme temperatures. Again, these are best repaired by a professional, but some stone epoxies are available for repairing small cracks.





concrete-countertop-6Concrete: Extreme heat can also crack or burn concrete countertops, though penetrating sealers can help prevent such damage. Use a tinted two-part stone-grade epoxy to repair hairline cracks in concrete. Consult a professional for larger damage.






tileTile: Most ceramic and natural stone tiles are virtually heatproof. However, if an individual tile gets cracked or burned, it can be replaced fairly easily. Here’s basic instructions for tile repair: Use a grout saw to remove the grout all the way around the tile. Tap the tile with a chisel until it breaks apart. Then use the chisel to remove all the tile pieces, as well as any remaining grout or adhesive. Put adhesive on the back of the replacement tile and press firmly and evenly into place. Grout around the tile and wipe away excess grout before it dries, then seal the new grout.


ThinkGlass 1Meta & Glass: Glass and stainless steel or other countertop metals are virtually heatproof.

7 Awesome Add-Ons For Kitchen Cabinets

Jennifer Ott, Houzz Contributor and Interior Designer

I remember when having a microwave or an electric can opener mounted under your wall cabinets was considered state of the art. Now you can attach your smart phone and tablet, and even hide the necessary outlets out of sight. Curious what today’s cabinet additions can do for you? Check out a few of the latest and most useful offerings in cabinet-mounted gadgets and accessories to see what will work in your kitchen.


Even if you’re a minimalist who prefers to keep the area under your wall cabinets clear, consider installing some lighting. Undercabinet lights provides crucial illumination for food prep and, if dimmable, work well as a nightlight once the kitchen is closed for the evening. My current preference for undercabinet lighting is low-profile LED (light-emitting diode) strip lights. LED lighting technology is continually advancing, so check with your local lighting retailer or electrical contractor to see what is the best option for your kitchen. Prices vary depending on size and quality, but you can currently get 12-inch strips starting around $20.


You’ve spent time and money selecting and installing the perfect backsplash tile, so don’t mar the beautiful surface with outlets. An under cabinet outlet strip gives you a plethora of  plugs — and always one right where you need it — without a line of receptacles all across your lovely backsplash. If, however, you tend to keep your countertop appliances plugged in, you may not enjoy seeing the cords dangle down from underneath your cabinets.




kitchen-lighting-and-cabinet-lighting12 Tablet mount.

Watch a cooking video, refer to a recipe, check your email or call your mom on Skype, all  while keeping your device up and away from any countertop messes with an undercabinet  tablet mount.  If you have multiple devices that you want accessible in the kitchen, check out this modular under cabinet lighting system. You can get docks for all of your devices, along with the receptacles to power them




Knife block.

I realize under cabinet knife blocks aren’t exactly new technology, but this model from Rev-a-shelf is notable for its slim profile.





food-containers-and-storage12Jar opener.

For those who struggle with opening bottles and jars, here’s a clever gadget that’s easy to mount under your wall cabinet. This would make an excellent gift for someone who suffers from arthritis, or anyone else who could use some assistance with tough-to-open lids.





WWG466Stemware rack.

If you are tight on kitchen storage space, you’ll want to make use of every nook and cranny you can. Here’s a great option for storing your stemware under a wall cabinet. I’ve mounted a similar rack inside a cabinet, and I really like its functionality — you can store a good number of glasses in a small amount of space without the risk of having them tip over onto one another like dominoes. I should note that this may not be the best storage option if you don’t use the glasses very often, or if you don’t have adequate ventilation in your kitchen, as the stemware is likely to attract grease and dust.


SonomaSeriesWineRackBottle holder.

Display your wine bottles next to your stemware, all underneath your wall cabinets. Just be sure to mount this away from your range or cooktop, so the bottles don’t feel the heat

Top trends in kitchen cabinetry

Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 4:00 pm |Updated: 12:33 am, Wed Nov 13, 2013.

(BPT) – “A kitchen provides physical and spiritual nourishment, and for many homes is now the heart and soul of family life.” That’s how Terence Conran opened his classic Kitchen Book 20 years ago, and it’s probably even truer today. The kitchen’s central importance in most households means that Americans are paying more attention than ever to the design and decoration of this vital space – a search for functionality, comfort and beauty that’s reflected in current trends in hardwood kitchen cabinetry.

“We’re seeing increasing demand for rift-sawn white oak cabinets,” says Brian Yahn, sales manager of Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry in Schaefferstown, Penn. The reasons for rift-sawing oak are not just practical (it produces very stable boards that are especially resistant to warping and shrinking, an important consideration in moist kitchen environments) but also aesthetic. It results in a distinctive grain – tight, straight and even – that takes neutral or light stains exceptionally well.

Top trends in kitchen cabinetry“This is not your grandmother’s oak,” Yahn continues. “Today it’s creating kitchens that are sleek and modern but also warm and inviting.” Treated this way, the venerable hardwood gives contemporary homeowners the best of both worlds – cabinetry that’s clean-lined, efficient and durable yet still exudes a natural, organic quality.

Many customers are also requesting white oak cabinets that have been either cerused (limed) or wire-brushed, two textured finishes that produce an understated rustic. In fact “understatement”- or the impulse to keep things light and simple – is another watchword with today’s kitchens. Not as austere as the minimalist look that was trending a few years ago, light-and-simple refers to the design as well as the finish or color of the hardwood cabinetry: shaker-style recessed-panel doors in blond beech or white-painted maple are the classic example of this turn toward a bright, uncluttered kitchen environment.

The trend toward simplicity and understatement can be seen in more elaborately embellished kitchen cabinetry too. While add-ons such as carved feet, undercounter corbels, and crown moldings, or decorative flourishes like turned legs, raised panels, and fancy cutouts are still in demand, they are noticeably more constrained and smaller-scaled than they would have been a decade ago.“Homeowners don’t want decorative detailing that’s over the top,” Yahn notes. Carving is quieter and less ostentatious; lines are simpler and less convoluted.

Another way Americans are making the kitchen an even more central part of their homes is by installing cabinetry that looks like fine furniture. This style can range from totally freestanding pieces to kitchen islands that resemble tables to fitted cabinets that use furniture-emulating details. A current favorite is the stand-alone armoire, with drawers for storing silverware, table linens and serving pieces, and an upper portion


ideal for housing a flat-screen television. Made of painted maple, it will exude an easy country vibe; fashioned in stained cherry or black walnut, it will become a handsome heirloom-quality piece.  A bulky kitchen island can be transformed into an open, airy worktable by removing the base and replacing it with elegantly turned legs. And furniture-style drawer pulls and door handles on wall and base cabinets bring the atmosphere of the living room into the kitchen.

The pleasing visual diversity normally found in a living room can be introduced into the kitchen by using different finishes on different pieces
of cabinetry. Many homeowners are using this strategy when faced with the classic kitchen layout in which a central island is surrounded by walls of cabinetry: “We’re often asked for a dark-stained cherry or black walnut island and a perimeter of white-painted maple cabinets,” Yahn says. And of course it’s always possible to highlight an individual piece or a particular section of cabinetry by using a distinctive stain or paint color.

No matter what style of kitchen you favor, from the warmly traditional to the sleekly modern, American hardwoods in all their diversity will allow you to realize that vision perfectly. For more ideas on their use in kitchen cabinetry, visit

Dillon, Hornish toe-to-toe at Texas

By Brant James |

The Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. slugfest continues with just two races remaining in the Nationwide Series season. Something will have to give soon. It’s hard to determine what it will be.

Now races at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway will decide the series title between two drivers going in seemingly diametrically different directions: Dillon towNovemberRaceScheduleard a first full-time Sprint Cup launch with Richard Childress Racing, and Hornish into an offseason of uncertainty after what looks increasingly like his last campaign in a long, multi-regimen career with Penske Racing.

Hornish entered Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway second in driver points, eight back of Dillon, and was able to eventually gain ground by recovering from being a lap down early after a pit-road penalty with the help of a wave-around call to finish third on the 1.5-mile track. Dillon finished a more uneventful fifth but lost two points on his lead.

For Hornish, two points seemed like a large points grab considering the fact he fell briefly to 17th in the running order after his mishap on Saturday.

“It is a real good run to come back from being a lap down,” said Hornish, who has more wins (1 to 0), top-5s (15 to 12) and top-10s (23 to 21) than Dillon this season. “It was a good strategy call to get us the wave-around, and we had to start at the back, and then when we came down pit road, the yellow came out and we had to go to the back of the lead-lap cars.

“I am really proud of all the guys at Penske Racing and the work that they do, not only on the race cars, but on the setups and things like that. I tried to stay calm and work my way back up there. We overtightened the car up when we got back to the very end and it just didn’t happen. I didn’t have anything for Brad [Keselowski, race winner] or Denny [Hamlin] at the end. We had an opportunity to make it three wide for the lead there, but I thought better of it.”

With two races remaining, Hornish seemed more relieved that he didn’t lose points heading into the penultimate race of the season at Phoenix. Now he enters a 1-mile venue linked to several career milestones, where he made his debut in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series and won his first career IndyCar race.

“We did what we could do. We took care of ourselves. We had a decent run,” he said. “We came back when it didn’t look like we would gain points for quite a bit of the race. I was thinking that we would gain three today. But then I didn’t realize that he led a lap. I thought that we were going to chunk three off at a time.

“I am really looking forward torpm_g_hornish_kh_600 going to Phoenix. I love that track and have a lot of good memories there. We will see what happens. We didn’t lose any [ground], and that is the key thing. If we can take one or two off the following weekend, that puts the pressure on him. He doesn’t just have to finish within a couple spots of us then — he will have to beat us.”

Dillon, the 2011 Truck series champion, has finished no worse than sixth in his past three starts at Phoenix and started third and finished fifth in his only Nationwide start at Homestead.

In a sport driven by personality and controversy, the Dillon-Hornish tilt figures to be settled with on-track performance and little off-track histrionics. The pair might not be best friends, but they have become collegial combatants.

“You have to be civil when you’re racing these guys for 33 weekends,” Dillon said. “You just want to race hard and race the way you want to be raced. He’s done that. It’s going to be a challenge right down to the end.”

The very end, it seems.

Organizing Kitchen Cabinets

Brought to you by: American Profile

The days of endlessly searching for the right pot or baking sheet are over!  With these simple fixes, you will organize your kitchen in no time.

pot-organizerTo end kitchen clutter created by pots and pans, Club member Wallace Calvin of Metairie, Louisiana, created this space-saving storage system. He attached a length of 1-1/2 x 2-in. stock to a standard extension drawer slide. Then he screwed 1-1/2-in. mug hooks into the stock (about 3 in. OC) and mounted the assembly upside down in a base cabinet, just below an existing drawer. When he needs a pot, he simply slides out the holder. You can customize the hook spacing to accommodate your needs, and because drawer extensions are sold in pairs, you might as well make two racks.




kitchen-pegboard1To help his wife keep her many baking sheets organized, Club member John Bottomley of Lutz, Florida, came up with this clever storage device. He drilled a series of 3/4-in.-dia. holes at an upward angle of 10 degrees through a sheet of 1/2-in. birch plywood sized to fit the back of a kitchen cabinet. He then glued short lengths of 3/4-in.-dia. dowel into the holes. Once the adhesive cured, he fastened the panel to the back of the cabinet. The dowels hold the baking sheets nearly horizontal, providing quick and easy access.





Because It’s Wurth It

Wurth Wood Group Donates Over $3700 To Breast Cancer Research.

In the month of October Wurth Wood Group participated in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure.  Through Facebook Promotions, Silent Auctions, Web Order Contributions, and Race Registrations/Donations we have raised over $3700 for the Susan G Komen Foundation.

Here is a Break Down:SusanSupport

5% of Web Orders from 9/30-10/6: $1993.65

$1.00 Per Like: $70.00

Silent Auction: $400.00

Susan G Komen Registrations/ Donations: $1250.00








Wurth Wood Group strives to be involved in our local communities and we have a passion to help those in need.  We would like to thank those who made this event possible.  We will continue to keep you up to date as we reach out to the communities around us in the near future.


Hobby turns into business

By James Walsh

Times Herald-Record

Published: 2:00 AM – 10/06/13

John D’Ambrosio’s life curved in an unexpected direction 33 years ago, when he inherited a workshop full of tools from his father.

“He was a builder and he had a lot of tools,” D’Ambrosio recalled of his father, Vincent. “I had to decide then if the tools would make sawdust or gather dust.”

Woodwork D’Ambrosio, president of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, chose the former option, teaching himself the craft of woodworking and gradually building a professionally equipped home workshop.

Two years ago, at the suggestion of his wife, Marilyn, who once ran her own ceramics school, D’Ambrosio turned his hobby into a business — Doc’s Fine Woodcrafts.

The “doc” — for those not in the know — comes from his having a doctorate in college and university administration.

“It was a hobby gone amok,” D’Ambrosio said of a house rapidly filling with weekend creations ranging from cutting boards to fountain pens, from decorative bowls to intricately fashioned plaques, from cuff links to a ball-mark repair tool for golfers.

In between he found time to build a grandfather clock, cabinets to store DVDs and shelves for the kitchen.

The hours in the workshop helped D’Ambrosio unwind from the stresses of leading a chamber of commerce. The problems facing chamber members, the seemingly endless engagements and events demanding his attendance — these faded, he said, while shaping a piece of maple or walnut on the lathe.

“These demand your complete concentration,” D’Ambrosio said of the lathes and saws. “Nothing but accidents happen if you don’t concentrate.”

Q: So what spurred turning this hobby into a business?

Marilyn: Most of what John did we gave away as presents or for silent auctions held by charities. Then, so many people started asking if we sold things, too. They asked if they could order something.

Q: What’s your role in Doc’s Fine Woodcrafts?

Marilyn: I manage the business end. I take care of the orders, maintain the website —

Q: As the chamber president, you’re probably better informed than many business owners of the pitfalls to avoid.

John: I don’t know if that made it any easier. We started this business in the absolutely worst economy, and not a single thing we make is a necessity.

hobby Q: So where does that leave you?

John: We’re trying to determine our market niche. From going to shows, we see what sells, what doesn’t, and we can see the price range that people are willing to pay.

Marilyn: You try to get a feel for what people want and will buy. But you never know. You might have been at a show last month and sold very little. You can be at a show next month and sell nearly everything you have.

Q: What have you done to promote the business?

John: The smartest thing Marilyn did was join three chambers — Orange County, Warwick and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber.

Q: Why is that important?

John: We’re trying to develop our corporate business — orders for 100 or more pens, for example. We have a bank that gives the pens as gifts after high-end closings.

Q: Where do you show your work?

John: We go to juried art shows. We’ll be at a juried craft show at Dutchess Community College in November. We were at the Mystic (Conn.) Art Show over Labor Day weekend. Our things are also sold at the Gray Owl Gallery in New Paltz, and Craftsman by Design in Poughkeepsie.

Marilyn: And we’ll be at Applefest in Warwick on Sunday.

Q: What are your expectations for Applefest?

Marilyn: This will be our first time, but it’ll be a big crowd. You still have to wonder: Will it be a buying crowd, or a looking crowd?

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All About Kitchen Cabinets

More than just storage for pots and plates, cabinetry defines the look of your cook space.




All kitchen cabinets need replacing, eventually. Whether they’re falling apart after years of  hard use or standing in the way of that work-triangle overhaul you’ve been planning, a  coat of paint or new wood veneers simply won’t save them.

With so many door styles, finishes, and bells and whistles, such as built-in spice racks and  pull-out pantries, to choose from, investing in new cabinets can be exciting. But with a lot  of money at stake—cabinets account for about half the cost of a typical kitchen              renovation—it can also be nerve-wracking. To get the most bang for the buck, it’s  important to focus not just on good looks but also on the quality of materials, the type of  hinges and other hardware, and the joinery that holds the cabinets together. Those  factors determine whether your cabinets will hold your affections for the long haul or  soon force you to start shopping again.

New, custom-built cherry cabinets echo the expertly fitted and handmade look of  millwork in the rest of this 1904 Craftsman-style home. Flat-panel door with beaded  detailing in varnished cherry;