monica. Kitchen. October 09th , 2017.
Mahogany was one of the most sought after types of wood in the mid 1700s and early 1800s and is found in many quality antiques today. It was prized because of its straight wood grain and because very wide mahogany boards can be produced. Mahogany trees can grow to over 150 feet in height and over six feet in width at the base. They come from Cuba, the West Indies, Africa, Asia and a host of other countries, but the most prized wood comes from Cuba and the West Indies. It’s known around the world as an excellent wood for cabinets. Today it’s one of the most expensive options available, and only the select few people have quality mahogany cabinets in their kitchens.
The Benefits of Mahogany
There are a few key benefits to using mahogany cabinets over other more common types of wood. For some people they make the added cost of the cabinets worthwhile.
One of the main reasons mahogany is chosen for cabinets today is because of the beauty of the wood. It’s a deep red color that positively glows when polished properly. The wood also has a very straight grain pattern and grows nice and wide for good quality cabinet boards. Unlike other cabinets that need a lot of waxing and care to get to that glossy finish, mahogany does so naturally. When polished up and cared for properly it finishes to a gleaming shine that’s impossible to ignore. The lustrous wood takes on deep shades that really stand out in a kitchen when designed properly.
Mahogany is known for its durability and rot resistance which are excellent qualities for kitchen cabinets. The hardwood will stand up to regular use in your kitchen for years when maintained properly and that’s something that can’t be said for some of the cheaper alternatives like particleboard cabinets.
Mahogany cabinets have a very unique look that you can’t replicate easily. As the cabinets age they also take on a deeper and darker tone that gives them a richer look many people enjoy. That’s why mahogany antiques are so popular and sought after. There are finishes that can be added to mahogany cabinets to help them take on that darker look sooner.
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