matching new cabs to weird old molding

Fori is not pleasedOctober 14, 2012

We're going to go with stained wood for this kitchen remodel, probably in a simple slab style. The entire house is trimmed out in a skinny wood molding. I'd like to match it in color if not species. I don't think it would be overkill since the molding is so thin. The cabinets in the home originally were probably a good match as well. There are two doorways in the kitchen with this trim and we will try to match it for a new opening (possibly taking old stuff from inside closets).

Anyway, is it a mistake? We like the trim, where it is clean (that's another project--just look at the crud!). What wood species would look right with this stuff? It is Honduran mahogany and decidedly orange. I don't think that is a reasonable thing to do cabinets in is it? Should we not try to match it at all and go light maple? Or dark? Can I get walnut to look right?

Window casing (none in kitchen):

Door casing in kitchen (needs some degrunging):


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Go for it! We had our contractor recreate the original dentil molding and match everything. We are very happy with the result.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dusty's kitchen

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 7:50PM
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we have that mahogan trim throughout the house and grains like cherry/birch/walnut don't look good in my opinion. I like alder with a moderate stain because it is quite smooth and grainfree,maple in a few different stains and hickory with the darker stains works.Of course quartersawn oak works. I'll be replacing old merillat cabs. We did some window trim[sills and aprons]-I had a woodworker cut white oak because the stock stuff at lumberyards had more relief than what was needed. Stained it ourselves in early American color [minwaxx]with a little cherry thrown in to redden it a bit-ends up a caramel or fruitwood/teak color, which looks good adjacent to the trim-not an exact match.For cabs-don't try to match the trim exactly-go 1 or 2 shades lighter or darker-maybe you'd like the more swirly grained woods-I did not. I have yet to get to the kitchen-layout issues-but it will be with stained wood and less rather than more movement in counters/backsplash [think nouveau neutrals]-maybe a little more grainy or rustic on the floor.I like the trim...painted some walls [office and bedroom]whitish,recently, and the lighter walls play up the wood.For me I'm not doing a white kitchen,-but the light walls with wood cabs and this trim in all the rooms and hallways,is the simple/straitforward treatment I'm anticipating when my derriere gets a move-on. [there is a ton of prep and thought with projects]-I've just learned to work with exisiting elements and the solid mahog trim is certainly something I have catered to in the thinking and planning[I'm not yanking it out or painting it, and not duplicating exactly either]. Best luck whatever you choose.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 8:15PM
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