Natural Wood and Veneer Kitchens

Beautiful new kitchens Sydney have different finishes. There’s the natural wood, painted, pressure and veneer laminated and other types of finishes.

Those who prefer the more traditional look may opt for natural wood or veneer kitchens. Natural wood looks very beautiful and ensures a classy look. One downside to it is that it is more susceptible to scratches. Metal spoons, forks and just about any abrasive material can scratch and damage the beautiful finish. But being natural wood, it can be sanded and polished back into its elegant finish then painted or varnished for aesthetics and protection purposes.



Veneer kitchen finishes make use of real wood chips that are delicately glued into particle boards or MDF. The process requires fine strips of wood are glued together using a special machine to form a very strong and large piece of wood laminate. At the same time, dry wood glue is sprayed into the MDF or particle boards. The wood laminate is then laid and delicately positioned on top of the board and laminated in a special oven.  The process activates the dry glue that bonds both board and laminate together. The result is a natural looking wooden board. For glossy finish, a layer of varnish may be sprayed. This also covers the pores in the wood finish in order to protect it from grime that may build up from the oil and kitchen grease.

Veneer kitchens cost a lot less than natural wood but look almost as beautiful. The inexperienced will not be able to tell the difference between natural and veneer finished kitchens. Even carpenters will have difficulty distinguishing veneer from natural wood from a distance or when in a relatively dark kitchen.  One downside of the veneer and wood finishes is that compared to pressure laminated boards, veneers are textured and more difficult to clean.

Depending on customer tastes, wood and veneer kitchens may be paired with various types of counter tops. Wood, granite, marble and solid surfaces are the most popular table top material as of this writing. Wood tops look best for some people but are the easiest to scratch. Marble is tougher than wood but not as hard as the more expensive granite. Solid surface, on the other hand, belongs to an entirely new category. Unlike the naturally occurring wood, marble and granite, solid surfaces are factory fabricated and made of resin. In terms of price, the best solid surface brands costs a lot compared to the other three types.

The decision of what counter top to pair with the kitchen cabinet ultimately rests upon the customer. The supplier can only present the characteristics, advantages, disadvantages and price of each item but the determination the best type ultimately rests upon the end user. Until now, experts in kitchens have varying opinions and the debate hasn’t ended with no clear winner.

Kitchen cabinets or any type of cabinetry is an expensive investment when building or renovating a house. It is therefore best to consult experts in the kitchens business and investigate a supplier before choosing one.