Is it Maple And Is It The Wrong Stain?
I've been reading some threads about KraftMaid cabinets and beginning to think I may be another victim of their quality control issues. :(
My cabinets from Lowes were installed 2 weeks ago. They're beautiful and only had problems w/3 doors. They were replaced. But two still had to go back. The main issue, however, is the crown molding decorative inset. It's an ivy molding design. My cabinets are Honey Spice. But the first batch of ivy molding arrived in what I'd consider "Toffee". Even the Lowes' sales rep to whom I brought one of the pieces was shocked at the color difference and totally agreed the stain used was Toffee. She allegedly showed it to a KM rep. But I suspect he/she never saw it and just okayed a reorder sight-unseen.
When the second order arrived - yup - they all came back exactly the same: Toffee. BTW, the unstained back of the wood from both batches doesn't even look like maple! Especially when I compare it to other pieces of batten moldings which have yet to be installed and are, IMO, definitely maple and most assuredly the correct color.
DH even took a piece of the ivy molding & a piece of the batten molding to 2 lumber yards. Neither could agree on whether the ivy wood was beech, birch or "maybe" maple. But all agreed the stains were definitely different.
Posting links to pics of the fronts and backs of the ivy molding and a piece of batten. I know different woods take stains differently. But this is a stretch for even that premise. No doubt it's a quality control issue at this point. IMO, it would be a waste of time to order yet a third batch if these issues still exist at this particular division of KM's factory. A KM rep needs to be present when I speak w/my Lowes' rep this time. I'd really & truly appreciate anyone's opinion on what type of wood this may be and whether you agree that the stain is different. Thanks so much in advance.