Five Easy Ways to Upgrade Kitchen Cabinets

Are your kitchen cabinets beginning to look dated? Are they boring, builder-grade cabinets? Do they make your kitchen feel closed in? If you answered yes to any of those questions, consider a cabinet upgrade. Easier and cheaper than a full-on renovation, giving your cabinets a facelift can make your kitchen feel fresh and new. Here are some simple ways to upgrade your cabinets.

Paint

If your kitchen has good bones, but just looks a little tired or dated, a paint job could make all the difference. Try mixing up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands to add dimension and richness.

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Lose the Doors

A closed off kitchen can be lightened up by removing some of the doors to create an open shelving concept. Tip: To make open shelving practical, fill those shelves with the things you use most often.

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Add Glass Doors

If open shelving is not your thing, adding glass door inserts can also create a more open look. And there are lots of options besides plain glass: etched, colored, crackled, and fluted are some alternatives.

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Attach Crown Molding

Adding crown molding to plain builder-grade cabinets adds height (which can make the space appear larger), and is a easy way to achieve a high-end look.

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Change the Hardware

One of the simplest fixes for boring cabinets is swapping out the hardware. Updating your cabinet hardware can give you a fresh new look without spending thousands of dollars. Tip: If you’re switching from a two-hole pull to a one-hole knob, choose hardware with back plates that will cover the holes.

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Replace the Countertops

And last, but certainly not least, new countertops can take a dated-looking cabinet from drab to fab in no time. Of course, we’re partial to this solution, but especially if you are going to paint or reface your cabinets, be sure to put the icing on the cake with beautiful natural stone countertops!

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Whether you’re going for a kitchen refresh or a full-on renovation, Prestige Marble &  Granite is  your Middle Tennessee source for beautiful natural stone countertops. Stop by our Columbia showroom and browse our large selection of exotic, rare, and classic stones!
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Why is Italian Marble So Desirable?

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Michelangelo’s philosophy of artistic creation motivated him to use the best marble in the world for his sculptures. He believed that quarries in Carrara, Italy—located in the northwest corner of Tuscany—fit that description.

Though marble is quarried in many countries, it is closely identified with Italy, where marble formations are spread throughout the land. Italy has many of the finest marbles in the world, having stood the test of time in some of the most famous places in the world. For centuries, Italian marble been transformed into stunning works of art by the world’s most-famous artists, architects and designers, and the demand for Italian marble is high around the globe.  Marble stones can be found in different geographical areas and in different countries, so what makes Italian marble so special?

Italian marble has earned its reputation primarily because the quarries in Italy have access to some of the best raw material in the world. Italian quarries also have  the highest standards for quality control – everything from selecting and cutting the blocks to packaging and shipping is done with precision. Italian know-how in stone processing and production of new manufacturing technologies, as well as in innovation and design, is the added value that makes Italian marble competitive all over the world today.

The most desirable Italian marble varieties are Carrara, Calacatta and Statuario. To the untrained eye, these stones may all look like the same type of white marble. To confuse matters even more, Calacatta is quarried in Carrara, Italy. Here is nutshell description of the three types of marble:

CARRARA MARBLE

Carrara marble is grayish-white and the veining is smaller and finer. Although Cararra can have have some large and dramatic veining like Calacatta, it will also has many fine feathery lines.

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                                          Carrara marble – Photo by The Spotted Frog Designs 

Calacatta Marble

Calacatta marble is a rarer than Carrara and is more white than gray. Large, dramatic veining is a trademark of Calacatta and the patterns tend to be bigger and bolder than Carrara.  While Calacatta is defined by the whiteness of its background, it can have brown and gold undertones.

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Calacatta Gold – by Prestige Marble & Granite

Statuario Marble

Statuario (or Statuary) is the most precious marble variety found in Italy. It contains the subtle gray hues found in Carrara with similar gray veining that you’ll find in Calacatta slabs. This stone is a very bright white in color, also making it the white marble par excellence and incredibly valuable. While Statuario is haled in Italy for being the perfect marble for carving statues, it is also a highly sought after material for residential and commercial projects.

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Statuario marble – Photo by Melissa Miranda Interior Design

 

Here at Prestige Marble and Granite, we only select the best marble slabs – the rarest, the most unusual – the one in a thousand. The slabs with the most gorgeous veining and most pleasing patterns are the ones you’ll find in our designer showroom. You can count on us to have the finest stones available for a look that’s unique and characteristic of your personal style. 

What is a Vein-Cut Stone Slab?

 

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There’s nothing like vein-cut stone to give a soothing, zen-like ambience to an interior. Flowing, linear striations give a sense of effortless, ongoing flow, like the currents in a river or the undulations of the ocean waves. The look is very popular and used with many design styles, but what exactly is a “vein cut” slab?

Vein-Cutting Explained

Stones that will eventually become your countertops are originally cut from the quarry in the form of a massive block. Veins of minerals run through the block of stone. These mineral veins (each of a unique color and texture) run through the block of stone and will give the future countertops their pattern and character. The character is inherent in the stone itself, but the pattern is determined by what direction the stone block is sliced.

In the vein-cut process, the block of stone is cut along the grain, which will show the layers of sediments and horizontal veining. In contrast to vein-cutting, isthe cross-cut process, in which the slabs are cut across the grain. This is also referred to as a “fleuri” cut because it reveals a flowery, more circular vein pattern, instead of the striped pattern of the vein-cut stone.

Whether you’re going for a traditional, classical look or a sleek, contemporary design, there’s just no substitute for the beautiful banded look of vein-cut natural stone!

When it comes to your countertops, Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!