Mid Century (or what normal people call "The 50's") kitchen cabinets usually were a simple slab style of door, if the cabinets were made of wood, such as seen in the picture above.
Often the cabinets were either painted, or birch or a knotty pine.
I have spent two months looking at various styles of kitchen cabinets now, and as I looked I reminding myself of these facts:
A slab door is 1.) the least expensive option 2.) easiest to keep clean 3.) keeps within the style of the house's era. 4.) can be dress it up with hardware.
The "easiest to keep clean" fact speak especially loudly to me.
For the past eight years I have daily dealt with cream colored cabinets that showed newsprint smeared fingerprints and coffee drips from blurry eyed breakfast preparations. The raised panels called for never ending gyrations of spritz and wipe moves on my part to keep the kitchen looking clean.
I swore I would NEVER have raised panel cabinet doors in a kitchen EVER again.
Slab doors were the doors for me!
Early in the kitchen cabinet style hunt I had several times admired a finish called Whiskey Black.
Each time I had told myself that since it was a finish only available on certain doors with extra detailing, I shouldn't chose it, since I was determined to keep the kitchen cleaning time at a minimum.
Well...the other day we were sent to a show room by our contractor to select some items for the renovation, and B. saw this model kitchen pictured above and...
Well, actually they aren't really raised panel.
Interestingly, the style and finish is very similar to our 32 year old bedroom set, which B. also selected just before we got married, and which I have always loved.
And yes, I have had to carefully dust those little inset details on the bedroom set about every other month or so too.
The cabinet style is by Diamond, the style is called LaGrange, created out of maple, and the finish is a glaze called Whiskey black.
Our oak floors will be close to the same color, but with more grain, which will create more high and low lights.
I don't know whether I will eventually regret not listened to my head, which insisted on either plank or simple frame doors.
All I know is that both my heart and B.'s heart just loved this fussier style.
(It did help in my head that B. has agreed to help with the cleaning...and that while I know the drips and smudges will still happen, at least they will not show so much on wood!)