Solid wood cabinets suddenly get colorful


November 02, 1997|By Karol V. Menzie & Randy Johnson

FALL IS the time to clean up from old projects and start dreaming about new ones, and the time to put away the old tools and dream about getting new ones.

To make sure you have something to dream about, here are some items from our mailbag:

* Used to be that solid wood cabinets came in two colors: wood tones and white painted. Now, however, according to the Hardwood Manufacturers Association, color is making a big splash in wood cabinets. Colors such as red, yellow, blue and pale blue, green, pale green, and even black are showing up in wood cabinet lines. Wood-Mode, of Kreamer, Pa., even created a maple kitchen island in fuchsia.

The association said there are three common types of finishes: stained, using a pigmented stain that allows the wood grain to show; opaque, spraying multiple coats of enamel that covers the grain but allows the wood texture to show; and distressed, artificially antiquing wood by adding signs of "wear" that reveal the natural color under the paint or stain.

For more information, call the Hardwood Manufacturers Association at (800) 373-WOOD, or check its Web site at

* Mannington Resilient Flooring has introduced a new line of wood and stone looks for the floor, with 20 plank and strip patterns that mimic pine, oak, yew, beech, cherry, maple, mahogany and other woods, and two patterns with a travertine look. Mannington notes that the new laminate floor colors complement the new colors of wood cabinets. They also coordinate with Mannington wood and vinyl wood-look products

Among the selections is a longleaf heart pine pattern, which provides in laminate a type of wood that is disappearing in nature. The flooring costs about $4 to $5 a square foot and comes with a 15-year guarantee. Look for the products at home floor and tile centers and home improvement centers.

* Bondex has several products designed to make repairing walls and woodwork easier. Among them are the Bondex spackling stick, designed to make small repairs in wallboard, plaster, stucco or wood as easy as using a pen. The applicator is about 6 inches long, with a blade that slides up to apply spackling, then down to smooth it out. Wood stain pens come in light and dark and are designed to cover scratches in furniture, woodwork and paneling.

A set of three texture repair stencils make repairing textured walls easier. You select the stencil that most closely matches the wall or ceiling texture, and apply spackling through it onto the wall, then let it dry and sand, smooth or paint.

Bondex also has a nonslip clear acrylic spray that can be applied to stairs, ramps, decks, handrails walkways, patio blocks and other areas that tend to be treacherous for hands and feet. Skid-Tex gives a nonslip finish to concrete, wood, metal and tile. Look for Bondex products in hardware and home-improvement stores.

* Finally, Black & Decker Corp. is celebrating the 25th birthday of its Workmate portable work center with a new Workmate Model 425, designed to be opened and closed more easily with one hand, freeing the other hand for more stability. It has a clutch feature that allows clamping of odd-shaped materials and includes a bench top that can be inserted to provide a bigger work surface. Available where Black & Decker products are sold, or, for more information, call the Black & Decker Information Line at (800) 54-HOW-TO.

Randy Johnson is a Baltimore home-improvement contractor. Karol Menzie is a feature writer for The Sun.

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Pub Date: 11/02/97

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