Cabinets

Ric Plummer is a longtime veteran of the remodeling industry and owner of Ric’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom, a Diamond Certified company since 2003. He can be reached at (510) 371-4954 or by email.

Catalyzed Conversion Varnish for Cabinets

Posted on June 13, 2018 by James Florence

CASTRO VALLEY — When buying new cabinets, an important aspect to consider is the finish. A cabinet’s finish seals the stain/paint and protects it from scratches, dents, water damage, and sun fading. For this reason, a cabinet’s finish has a considerable impact on its long-term performance.

There are several different finishes used on cabinets today. One of the most common is lacquer, a single-component clear coat that’s air-cured following application. However, a better option is a catalyzed conversion varnish, a two-component, chemical-cured finish that’s reinforced with a hardening agent added during application. Since a catalyzed conversion varnish has twice the dry film thickness as lacquer, it offers superior durability against wear. Additionally, conversion varnish is slightly more elastic than lacquer, Read more

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Video: Choosing the Right Cabinet Finish

Posted on May 31, 2018 by James Florence

CASTRO VALLEY — Host, Sarah Rutan: When shopping for new cabinetry, there’s an important yet easily overlooked attribute you should look for. Today we’re in Castro Valley with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ric Plummer of Ric’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ric Plummer: When you’re out shopping for cabinetry, it’s very important to know exactly what you’re getting: the wood species, the finish, and so on and so forth.

We have, in our showroom – what we carry is what they call a catalyst conversion, which is the hardener on a cabinet, and that is the finish. These are oil and lacquer finishes. Read more

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Video: Two Steps for Maintaining Kitchen Cabinets

Posted on May 30, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAMON — Host, Sarah Rutan: After having new kitchen cabinets installed, you’ll want to protect them from premature wear and damage. Today we’re in San Ramon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Frank Canova Jr. of Diablo Valley Cabinetry to learn two major maintenance steps.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Frank Canova Jr.: At the end of every project, every homeowner wants to know how to take care of their finished kitchen. There’s two main things to keep in mind. One is protecting against moisture. Especially at the kitchen sink area, no standing water, no food residue, no oils. All that, you want to make sure you that you wipe up very quickly. Read more

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Tips for Maintaining Kitchen Cabinets

Posted on May 23, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAMON — If you’ve recently had new kitchen cabinets installed, you’ll want to be proactive about maintaining them. This primarily consists of two aspects: cleaning and repairing minor damage.

Cleaning

Water, grease and food particles can cause damage to wood cabinets over time. Here are some tips for preventing this:

• Promptly wipe up spills with a microfiber cloth. Avoid using paper towels—due to their abrasiveness, they can damage your cabinets’ finish if used recurrently.

• To remove grease and food particles, use a mild cleaning product that’s appropriate for wood cabinetry.

• Don’t hang hand-drying towels over your cabinets—these tend to hold a lot of moisture, Read more

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Differentiating Quality with Cabinets

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ROHNERT PARK — When shopping for new cabinets, consumers often get confused by the price disparity between seemingly identical cabinet models. This is because the differences in quality that constitute the price difference aren’t always apparent at first glance.

Take two craftsman-style cabinets that look almost exactly the same but have a 20 percent difference in cost. Each is painted white, made of wood and has soft-close hinges, which allow the door to close smoothly and quietly. However, upon closer inspection, differences begin to emerge.

First, the doors: While the door of the less expensive cabinet is made of wood, it has a plywood center. You can tell by knocking on it—it has a more hollow sound than the other, Read more

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Video: Comparing Quality with Wood Cabinets

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ROHNERT PARK — Host, Sarah Rutan: When comparing wood cabinets, it can be hard to spot subtle differences in quality. Today we’re in Rohnert Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Stan Wahl of Cabinets 101 to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Stan Wahl: Okay, I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about the difference in quality of a cabinet. With these two white, craftsman style cabinets, they look exactly the same. They present exactly the same. There is a difference of about twenty percent over the one manufacturer and the second. Both of them have soft-closed hinges, which allows the door to close smoothly, quietly. But once you start looking at the cabinet you’ll see the difference between the quality. Read more

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Differentiating Cabinet Styles

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

WALNUT CREEK — Some homeowners assume shopping for new kitchen cabinets will be a simple endeavor, but there are actually numerous options from which to choose. By familiarizing yourself with the various cabinet styles ahead of time, you’ll be able to make a more educated choice. Here’s some information on three of the most common styles:

European cabinets
Also known as frameless cabinets (due to their distinct lack of a face frame), European-style cabinets are structurally supported by “gables,” which are situated on either side of the cabinet, as well as on the top and bottom. In addition to being very sturdy, frameless cabinets offer advantages such as ample storage room and optimal shelf access. Read more

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