The Beauty and Durability of Solid Wood Cabinet Refacing

Solid wood has been used for centuries in everything from cabinet making to furniture, decor, and home building. Solid wood is incredibly versatile and, when used in cabinet refacing, can be used to make your kitchen truly one of a kind. Solid wood is an excellent choice for cabinet refacing, from its durability to its gorgeous patterns, a plethora of finishing and staining options, and the ability to add a unique touch to any kitchen. Solid wood offers various advantages over other materials like laminate or veneer when it comes to cabinet refacing. At American Wood Reface, we’re proud to offer 1/4″ solid wood cabinet refacing, including cherry, maple, birch, hickory, and more! Beautiful staining and finishes will give your kitchen a unique look and durability that can last a lifetime.

The Durability of Solid Wood for Cabinet Refacing

Kitchen with wooden cabinets.

Solid wood is, by far, the longest-lasting material you can use for your kitchen cabinet refacing project. Solid wood varies in durability, with certain woods like maple being more durable than oak. However, all-natural solid woods are far more durable than cheap laminate or wood veneer. At American Wood Reface, we’re one of the leading providers of solid wood cabinet refacing, using only 1/4″ solid wood and newly constructed solid wood doors for our projects.

Wood will age beautifully and is an excellent choice for homeowners who use their kitchens often. The primary problem with wood veneer is that it can peel off. Laminate can also experience delamination, where the color layers separate from the substrate and begin to peel off. Solid wood, on the other hand, is thick and robust. With proper care and maintenance, solid wood not only ensures that your kitchen looks great but also ensures that it can withstand the test of time.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Solid Wood for Cabinet Refacing

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As mentioned above, different types of wood have different characteristics to consider for your cabinet refacing project. Many homeowners might feel overwhelmed when choosing solid wood for their kitchen. Here are a few things to consider when exploring different woods and their finishes. 

Sample of cherry wood cabinet.
  • Birch: is a cost-effective and durable wood that can appear more luxurious with staining techniques. It’s highly resistant to scratches and can complement any contemporary kitchen. With its appealing light, golden-brown hue, it’s no wonder that many homeowners favor birch today.
  • Cherry: For a rich, dark-hued wood that ages gracefully like fine wine, consider cherry wood for your cabinets. This premium wood can withstand impacts and last for decades, although it comes with a higher price tag. One of the most alluring features of cherry wood is its natural color variation, which deepens over time in response to light exposure. If you appreciate the character of darker woods, cherry wood is an excellent investment for your kitchen.
  • Hickory: is a stunning pale yellow wood that suits natural finishes perfectly. While it can be stained, many opt for its rustic, farmhouse-style look in cabinetry. While it’s pricier than woods like maple or oak, hickory’s exceptional durability makes it a worthwhile investment.
  • Maple: With a range of hues from off-white to honey and darker shades, maple is a versatile wood for cabinets. Its fine grain lends itself to seamless integration with your home decor. Maple is also durable and can be painted, making it an excellent option for modern kitchens.
Sample of quarter sawn white oak cabinet wood style.
  • Oak: is a dense and weighty wood commonly used in traditional furniture, cabinetry, and decor. Its striking grain pattern, distinct texture, and light color make it an attractive choice. Plus, oak is naturally water-resistant, making it a great option for projects that may be exposed to moisture.
  • Walnut is a strong and durable wood that is highly resistant to water, making it superior to softer woods like pine. Homeowners love walnut for their stunning grain patterns and long-lasting durability. 

Many homeowners today prefer the modern, clean look of solid-colored kitchen cabinets over traditional wood finishes. While traditional wood finishes are beautiful and unique, solid wood is an excellent choice for both traditional finishes and solid color finishes. There are many durable finishes available in attractive colors to suit your contemporary taste.

How to Maintain Solid Wood Cabinets

To maintain the pristine condition of your kitchen cabinets, it’s essential to protect them from moisture, heat, dents, cracks, and other forms of damage. If you notice any fading, permanent marks, or discoloration, you can refinish the wood and apply a fresh layer of stain and lacquer. This process will not only restore the beauty of your cabinets but also preserve their durability for years to come.

Finally, proper maintenance is essential to preserve solid wood cabinets and prevent the need for refacing and refinishing early on. Some tips include:

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  • Wipe away spills and messes immediately
  • Keep cabinets away from heat sources and steam (such as those from rice cookers)
  • Minimize exposure to direct sunlight as much as possible
  • Use soft cloths for cleaning to avoid scratching
  • Avoid using any harsh chemicals, detergents, or solvents for cleaning, and use only wood cleaners
  • Ask your contractor for the best advice on maintaining your specific wood cabinets


From natural beauty to durability and one-of-a-kind character, solid wood cabinet refacing is the perfect choice for your kitchen remodel. With proper maintenance and care, you can keep your cabinets looking like new for years, improve your home’s resale value, and have a kitchen you’re proud of! At American Wood Reface, we’re proud to offer only 1/4″ solid wood for our refacing projects! Call us today at 800-645-4594 for a free consultation and start transforming your kitchen with the beauty and durability of solid wood.