Walnut cabinets with melamine inside? Anybody?

thedorkApril 10, 2013

I know the pros and cons between melamine and plywood for inside of the cabinets but I just cannot picture the white look inside with walnut on the door and the melamine is cheaper. Need to make a decision...

What would you suggest? Thank you!

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cookncarpenter

Melamine comes in black, and looks great with Walnut and other dark stained woods.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 6:06PM
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eleena

I am not sure if we mean the same thing but melamine comes in many different colors and "grains".

The doors on my cabinets have maple veneer on the outside and maple-like melamine on the inside. The melamine looks very "realistic".

Here is a link that might be useful: Melamine Colors and Grains

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 6:26PM
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live_wire_oak

The interior of wood cabinets is usually a light maple melamine. Only white cabinets get a white melamine interior. You do NOT want dark interiors, as it makes finding things difficult do to the darkness.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 8:35PM
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thedork

Great tips! I think the cabinet maker said WHITE - didn't mention any other colors.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 8:59PM
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andreak100

We *thought* we wanted our interiors to match (doing dark exterior cabinets) until one of the cabinet makers mentioned that it would make it more difficult to see things - lighter colors reflect the light better so you can see what's in there more easily.

If you have an IKEA nearby, you can get some ideas of what darker cabinets might look like with white interiors.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 10:13PM
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onedogedie

Are you going for a modern look? If so, white melamine would look great.

Here is a link that might be useful: wood with melamine

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 8:58AM
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thedork

I would say modern but not ultra :) - thank you!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 4:49PM
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