Slab doors look BAD - Need suggestions!!
I need HELP! What are your thoughts on shaker uppers and shaker fridge panels with all the lowers cabinets slab?
We built a house and have had many bumps along the way. The current issue is the quality of the kitchen cabinets. They are custom maple slab doors with dark stain. (I told my builder I wanted a very dark espresso stain and he suggested maple - big mistake, but that's a whole other problem!)
We did slab cabinets EVERYWHERE! But the ones that look the worst are the uppers in the kitchen. When the light shines on them you can see every single seam where the maple boards were glued together. And the fridge panels are by far the worst of the worst. We're waiting for the third set of panels to be delivered (that's why it's only partially done in the photo.)
Our builder said he'd be willing to have "12 or so" more doors made, but I have no confidence that this cabinet maker can actually make a smooth slab door. The other option they mentioned is doing a veneer door so while the middle will be smooth, there will be a line all around the perimeter of the door where the solid wood is glued on the edges. I don't really care for that idea either.
So I'm wondering, would it look ok to have all the uppers shaker (then the veneer line would be covered up by the shaker trim around the perimeter)? Or would this look odd? I've seen pictures where all doors are shaker and all drawers are slab and that looks good. While we have all drawers under the uppers, on the island, there are a mix of drawers and doors.
Arggg! I'm so sick of dealing with all these house issues. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated!!