We went to look at cabinetry again over the weekend, and while I was willing to settle for an alder or a red birch as an alternative to the painted cabinetry I love most (I know, totally different, but going for a vintage look and working for domestic harmony here), my husband most liked the birch samples. We brought a few samples home, and a honey stained birch with brown glaze actually looked best with the existing quartersawn oak buffet in the adjoining dining area that I've been trying to plan around. However, I don't know much about birch wood, its strength or durability for kitchen use. Does anyone know more about birch? The cabinetry line is Bertch Legacy.
Thanks all, for your help; you are keeping me from going completely mad during this project that has dragged on and on and not even started yet!