When thinking of metal cabinets, two images come to mind--industrial and the 1950s. Although, the use of metal cabinets has been around for many years, it is making a resurgence in home interior design in the kitchen, bath and outdoor barbeque area. Today, many choices, colors and styles in metal cabinets are available from iconic retro to contemporary clean.
Materials and finishes
Virtually maintenance free-and easy to clean, stainless steel remains the top choice for sanitation requirements in food preparation. Stainless steel cabinets, appliances and countertops with clean lines add sleek, modern appeal. Stainless also provides a surface that resists acids, rust, stains and heat. This is why it is also an ideal material for outdoor metal cabinets.
Paint Lock® steel cabinets have a powder epoxy finish that is hypoallergenic and impervious to extreme conditions. The steel cabinets are sprayed with the powder finish, which is available in a variety colors from bronze or copper to bisque or red.
As with other metals, aluminum combines strength with moisture resistance. Like Paint Lock® cabinets, aluminum comes pre-finished in custom and standard colors ready for installation. Aluminum cabinets are also lightweight, which cuts down on installation costs.
Benefits of metal cabinets
Consider the many benefits:
- Sanitary and easy to clean
- Resistant to corrosion and staining
- Available in various sizes and colors
Some metal cabinets can be prone to fingerprints but with a sponge and a little soap and water can be cleaned easily from top to bottom without fading the finish. Scratches can be easily buffed out on stainless steel. Painted metal cabinet scratches are easily touched up.
Revamping your kitchen decor
Resurfacing your outdated kitchen with stylish metal is the way to go if you are looking for a cheaper and faster facelift. A simple 24-inch metal cabinet base without a top can cost $356, while a 66-inch topped cabinet with sink can run $858. Using stocked merchandise as opposed to custom-built can save you money.
If you already have metal cabinets, stripping and sanding and repainting is also an easy, affordable option. Stainless wrapped wood or MDF cabinetry is another alternative without the higher price. You can purchase metal cabinets from D.I.Y. stores or buy used.
If you want to redesign for a full makeover start by consulting a professional contractor, who can help you with your design while keeping within your stated budget. When you are ready to find out more about pricing, design and installation, you can get started by filling out the form on this page.