Faux is a French word which literally means fake; a faux finish within the context of cabinets refers to the effect created by employing a certain painting technique, wherein the finished product may resemble not only the color but the texture as well of a material different from what has been used to build it.

Faux finish is not new, but its current popularity is unprecedented. Modern technology plays a big part in the success of faux finishes; designs previously impossible or too cumbersome to achieve are now within reach by both professionals and creative laymen alike; tools and paint formulas have been improved, they are easier to use, they last longer, and are environmentally more sound.

Faux Finish: Glazing Cabinets

Faux Finish: Glazing Cabinets

A new and popular technique employed to achieve the desired faux finish of cabinets is glazing; glazing cabinets is popular for three significant reasons: it is practical, it is beautiful, and its design possibilities are infinite.

Applied to an entire surface, then hand wiped to the desired look, glazing is a popular technique for enhancing the grain pattern of most wood species. Glazing will slightly alter the color of the base stain, adding a much softer and warmer look to the appearance of the door.

Faux Finish: Dry-Brushing Cabinets

Faux Finish: Dry-Brushing Cabinets

A dry brush is dragged across the surface of a still wet glaze; the brush may be dragged vertically, horizontally or any direction, depending on the desired pattern although typically the brush is dragged down vertically.

A variation of this technique is to let the glaze dry after it has been dry-brushed; apply a new coat of glaze over the area and dry-brush in the opposite direction to create a weave or checkered effect.

Faux Finish: Sponging Cabinets

Faux Finish: Sponging Cabinets

The sponging technique makes use of a sponge; the sponge is used to either add or subtract color.

To add color, the damp sponge is used as the main applicator of the glaze or as an applicator of a second or third colored glaze. To subtract color, the damp sponge is pressed against the still wet glaze.

Faux Finish: Distressing Cabinets

Faux Finish: Distressing Cabinets

This warm, traditional look adds depth to the cabinetry for a finish that's commonly found on fine furniture. Adding cracks, dents and nicks give the appearance of aged wood.

To begin, the unfinished door and drawer fronts are distressed with random impression marks and over-sanded. Next, a darkening stain is artistically applied to the corners and raised areas of the doors and drawer fronts to create a distressed look. A base stain is then applied and carefully hand-wiped to reveal the natural beauty inherent in the wood.

Faux Finish: Splatter Cabinets

Faux Finish: Splatter Cabinets

Darker paint tops light or lighter tops dark to give the door a spattered look.

Faux Finish: Highlighting Cabinets

Faux Finish: Highlighting Cabinets

This technique is an excellent way to enhance the look of many different door styles. Due to the more controlled method of application, High Lighting creates a more defined look then glazing. First a base stain is applied to the wood to bring out its beauty and natural characteristics.

Then a highlight glaze is carefully hand-applied to the recesses in the doors and drawer fronts creating a rich accent of color without altering the appearance of the base stain.

Maple Wood Finish for Custom Cabinets

Maple Wood Finish

A closed grain wood that is white with a slight reddish brown tinge in color. This species is difficult to stain due to changing grain patterns in the close grain wood and any stain applied could appear blotchy on the end grain. The sapwood is creamy white with a slight reddish brown tinge and the heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown. The amount of darker brown heartwood can vary significantly according to growing region.

Alder Wood Finish for Custom Cabinets

Alder Wood Finish

Principally grown in the Pacific Northwest, it is the most abundant commercial hardwood and is one of the lighter weight hardwoods in North America. . It was once consider a trash species and used for fuel. The wood of alder is nearly 100% sapwood. Alder, a relative of birch, is almost white when freshly cut but quickly changes on exposure to air, becoming light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge. It is a relatively soft hardwood of medium density that has low bending strength, shock resistance and stiffness.

Cherry Wood Finish for Custom Cabinets

Cherry Wood Finish

Like all fruit trees, cherry belongs to the rose family. It has a rich closed grain wood that is reddish in color. The heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken with age and on exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. Sapwood is the major part of this wood and is allowed on the finished product. The wood is of medium density and is readily available.

Hickory/Pecan Wood Finish for Custom Cabinets

Hickory/Pecan Wood Finish

Eastern U.S., principal commercial areas: Central and Southern states. Tree height ranges from 60 to 120 feet. Botanically they are split into two groups; the true hickories, and the pecan hickories (fruit bearing) and is the first strictly American hardwood species. The wood is virtually the same for both and is usually sold together. Hickory is the hardest, heaviest and strongest American wood.

Red Oak Wood Finish for Custom Cabinets

Red Oak Wood Finish

An open grain wood that is pink to red in color. It stains easily with a varying degree of stain penetration depending upon grain structure. The oaks are by far the most abundant species group growing in the Eastern hardwood forests. The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending strength and stiffness and high crushing strength. Abundant. Most widely used species.

Pacific Maple Wood Finish for Custom Cabinets

Pacific Maple Wood Finish

Grown principally in the Pacific Northwest, where it is an abundant commercial hardwood. PC Maple is easy on the pocket book; it's about half the cost of hard maple. Its color is pale pinkish-brown to almost white. Generally there is no marked difference between heartwood and sapwood. PC maple has medium density, but is slightly harder than eastern soft maple.

Mahogany Wood Finish for Custom Cabinets

Mahogany Wood Finish

Mahogany has a generally straight grain and is usually free of voids and pockets. It has a reddish-brown color which darkens over time, and displays a beautiful reddish sheen when polished. It has excellent workability, and is very durable.

Beech Wood Finish for Custom Cabinets

Beech Wood Finish

Known as "Mother of the Forest" for its nutrient-rich humus. The sapwood is white with a red tinge, while the heartwood is light to dark reddish brown. The wood is generally straight-grained with a close uniform texture. Beech is classed as heavy, hard, strong, high in resistance to shock and highly suitable for steam bending.

Paint Grade Poplar Wood Finish for Custom Cabinets

Paint Grade Poplar Wood Finish

Sapwood is creamy white and may be streaked, with the hardwood varying form pale yellow brown to olive green. Fine textured, soft and lightweight. Easily worked and takes paint exceptionally well. Frequently finished to look like other woods.

What is European style cabinetry?
European style cabinetry, more commonly referred to as frameless or frameless full-overlay construction, is a cleaner, simpler style of construction. European-style cabinets can be suited for a variety of styles, whether traditional, contemporary, transitional or eclectic in nature.
What's the difference between your cabinets and those I can find at a major retailer?
In addition to superior craftsmanship, Precision Works offers endless customization. We build your cabinet order just for you. But most important are the benefits of working with a local, family-owned business and a well-trained professional staff.
How much should I plan to spend on my cabinetry?
It is difficult to declare an "average" price for a kitchen, as options allow us to create so many different combinations. Typically and for budgeting purposes, it's safe to say that you can expect to spend about $7,000 to $12,000 for a starter kitchen and about $25,000 to $35,000 for a well-outfitted custom kitchen. It's not unusual for some of our clients to spend upwards of $75,000 to $100,000 or more to remodel an existing kitchen, especially if we are providing cabinetry for other rooms such as a library, laundry room, baths, etc.

I'm already working with an interior designer (or a kitchen designer). Do I still need a designer?
Our staff has very specific knowledge of how our cabinetry works in the overall scheme of a design. Our staff happily works with interiors designer to harmonize every detail, granted they have technical knowledge of specific design parameters.

I am remodeling my kitchen, but not changing the footprint. How can I maximize my storage space?
You can increase your storage space up to 30 percent just by using adjustable shelves and under-mount slides available on new cabinetry, all available at Precision Works.

What wood should I choose?
We offer many different wood types—Beech, Cherry, Maple, Hickory, Alder or Knotty Alder and Red or White Oak. Since each wood has its own unique qualities, our staff can help you choose the wood and finish that best fits your idea of a dream kitchen.

How long will it take to get my cabinets?
The manufacturing process typically takes about four to six weeks from the time you sign the purchase contract, but it may take longer depending on production times. We ask that our customers please allow sufficient time in construction schedule for cabinet design, delivery and installation.

Who delivers my new cabinets?
Employees of Precision Works will deliver new cabinets in company trucks to ensure proper handling. The cabinets are wrapped at the factory and handled with great care in transit.

Who will install my cabinets?
All of the installers are employed by Precision Works, and take great pride in their work. While you have the option of installing them yourself or with your contractor, we cannot insure proper installation unless our team completes it, as it is their expertise.

How do I pay for my cabinet order?
We require a 50 percent down payment payable by cash or check. Another 30 percent is due on the initial delivery and installation of your cabinets. The balance is due at the conclusion of the project.

Do you provide the cabinet knobs and pulls?
Because of the many choices in hardware, both design and cost, cabinet hardware is not included with your cabinets. Our showroom is always open to customers to view our full line of handles and knobs. Some of our clients prefer the look of unadorned doors, which we can accommodate by incorporating a finger pull into the doors and drawers in lieu of knobs and pulls.

What will our staff do for you?
Our staff will ask all the right questions to help determine your wants and needs. It's their job to know all the ins and outs of your kitchen design, from the practical necessities of plumbing and electricity to the purely aesthetic considerations of color and finish choice.

Will your staff help me decide on flooring and appliances, too?
Our staff is very familiar with most appliance manufacturers and can help you determine your specific needs. They can help you narrow down the vast array of choices and steer you toward the appliance types that will make your new kitchen efficient and beautiful. While flooring and tile choices are typically left up to experts in those fields, our experienced staff can provide a helpful opinion about all aspects of your project.

What happens if something goes wrong?
Call our office at your earliest convenience and explain your concerns. We will confer with the Precision Works team to answer your questions and resolve any issue in a timely manner.

How should I care for my cabinets?
We use high quality, advanced solid-color and/or wood grain vinyl materials for our thermofoil cabinets. The State of the Art Laminating process results in a seamless surface that looks like paint but is extremely resistant to chipping, cracking and most household chemicals. For easy cleanup, just wipe with a damp cloth and a mild detergent.
Clean all spills immediately using a soft cloth and clear water. Remove oil, grease, or other general soil that does not respond to water alone with a non-abrasive cleaner. Tough stains may be cleaned using a soft cloth dampened with a "409" or "Simple Green" type cleanser. However, cleaners with acetone, ethyl alcohol or mineral oils should not be used. Do not wax or polish these surfaces or use harsh detergents, abrasive cleaners, or bleach, as these substances can damage the laminate surface and impair its protective qualities. Routine cleaning will help prevent long-term damage from smoke and grease. They should be avoided because they can form a hard film over time, dulling the finish. 

Do interior environments affect wood cabinets?
Wood expands and contracts normally as it adjusts to its new environment. This can also occur in season changes with the use of heat or air conditioning in your home.

Why do my cabinets look darker as they get older?
As with most natural materials, wood cabinetry will gradually darken or mellow in response to aging, light and UV sunlight exposure. Usually you will not notice this subtle aging process unless, in a few years time you compare your cabinets to brand new ones.

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