If you’re looking to redo your cabinetry, MDF is one of the best materials you can go with. MDF stands for medium-density fibreboard. It’s a wood product that’s condensed with wood residuals into a panel. They are incredibly affordable and flexible, making them a common choice among homeowners.

Just how much should you expect to pay for MDF cabinet doors in Canada? You should be looking at around $10 to $50 for the MDF boards. The price should vary depending on the dimensions of the wood boards.

It’s usually larger to buy very large boards and then cut them yourself. This isn’t recommended unless you are going to go through the whole process of measuring the boards, cutting them properly, and sanding them. While the job is simple, you’ll need all the tools and experience to be able to pull that off.

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When purchasing basic MDF wood boards, you do have to understand that these are basic boards you will need to paint. You have the option to go with MDF cabinet doors that are sanded, primed, and painted. For these MDF boards, you will have to pay extra.

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The prices for the boards that are ready to be installed will vary from brand to brand. You may expect to pay anywhere from 20 percent to 50 percent extra for going with boards that are already ready to be installed. The only problem with these boards is that you will need to find boards that have the dimensions you want.

One thing you should look for when it comes to MDF boards, in general, is discounts. Some retailers will be looking to offload their inventory and may offer significant savings off the retail price. You can see savings as big as 50 percent off the retail price if you look hard enough.

Now if you’re dealing with a custom cabinet maker that’s going to do all the cabinetry, you should be able to save money working with them. Contractors often get access to the best prices for materials such as MDF boards. You will mostly be paying them for the design, planning, and labor.

Handhills is a cabinet maker and manufacturer serving central Alberta. We specialize in custom cabinet design and installation, closet design, bathroom vanities, bookcases, custom entertainment centers, kitchen cabinets, shelving, MDF cabinet doors, cabinet parts and more. Send us your measurements and get started with custom cabinets from Handhills. Call the best cabinet maker in Calgary today on (403) 910‐2373 or send an email to [email protected].

A great way to transform your kitchen’s look is to repaint your cabinets. But before you go about doing that, you want to see if you have MDF cabinets. MDF stands for medium density fiberboard which is a wood product often used for cabinets. If you do find you have MDF cabinetry, it’s important to paint them properly. Here are the steps you need to follow.

Four Steps To Paint Your MDF Cabinet Doors 

Step 1: Detach the Cabinets

The first step is to detach the MDF cabinets so that the paint doesn’t drip onto the screws and hinges. Make sure you keep the screws and hinges in a bag so that you’re not left missing an important piece when you’re putting the cabinets back.

Step 2: Clean the Cabinets

The next step is to clean the MDF cabinets of any stains. Create diluted soap water with mild soap. Then take a microfiber cloth and dampen it a little bit. Squeeze the excess off and clean the surface of the cabinets.

Then dampen a different cloth with water to clean off the soap and any stains that were on the cabinets. Dry off the cabinets with a dry paper towel and let them air dry for a couple of hours.

Step 3: Sand and Spread Primer

If you see that your cabinets have a rough surface, you will want to sand the roughness away. You can use sandpaper to smoothen everything out. It can take a while but it’s well worth the effort if you want the paint to be consistent on the surface.

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Next you will need a primer for the doors. The reason you use primer is to give the cabinet doors a coating underneath. This coating will ensure that the coat of paint on top adheres to the surface. It will also provide longevity of the paint you will be applying. You can apply primer only to one side if you’re only going for a change of color.

Step 4: Paint the Doors

Finally, you will have to paint the doors. Paint from the top to the bottom to be consistent. Smoothen out the painting if too much has accumulated on one area. If you want the best results, go for a second coat of paint for longevity. Then set the doors somewhere for 24 hours to allow them to dry.

The last thing you’ll have to do is reattach your doors. But this should be fairly simple if you organized the hinges and screws as recommended earlier.

Handhills is a cabinet maker and manufacturer serving central Alberta. We specialize in custom cabinet design and installation, closet design, bathroom vanities, bookcases, custom entertainment centers, kitchen cabinets, shelving, MDF cabinet doors, cabinet parts and more. Send us your measurements and get started with custom cabinets from Handhills. Call the best cabinet maker in Calgary today on (403) 910‐2373 or send an email to [email protected]

When it comes cleaning the kitchen most people focus on the sink and the countertop. But you may have realized that your cabinets are in need of cleaning. Food splatter, grease, and set in moisture can make your cabinets unattractive. So how do you clean them if you happen to have MDF cabinets?

Start with a Gentle Solution

The easiest solution is a mixture of dishwashing soap and warm water. Do not use the strong dishwashing soaps as it can be harsh on the surface of your MDF cabinet doors. Instead, use a weaker one and dilute it with one part soap and two parts warm water.

Put the Solution on Microfiber Cloth

Microfiber cloth is the best tool to use for cleaning your MDF cabinet doors. They are known to be gentle on surfaces and will not leave marks when used to wipe sensitive surfaces. You want to soak some of the solution onto the microfiber cloth. Squeeze out any excess water.

On the area with stains or spots, you want to gently wipe the cloth in a circular motion to help loosen whatever is on your cabinet doors. You can put more pressure on the area if the spot or stain is stubborn. From there, you want to give the entire surface a wipe to remove dust and help bring a luster to the surface.

Avoid These Cleaning Mistakes

The big thing you must avoid doing is putting the solution directly on the cabinets. You do not want to put too much moisture on the cabinet doors. This can affect the finish of your cabinets. You also don’t want to let water run into any area that’s damaged or into the hinges as it can lead to further damage and rust the metal.

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If a spot or stain is really hard to remove, you’ll need to resort to some light scrubbing. Go purchase a soft brush toothbrush. Soak a bit of the solution onto the toothbrush and gently wring out the excess water. Then scrub out the spot or stain. A hard toothbrush can leave marks, so it’s best to avoid them.

Finally, wipe away the solution with a damp cloth. After it’s wiped, you want to dry the cabinets with a dry towel, preferably a microfiber cloth. All the steps outlined here are simple, but it’s just a matter of using the right method to avoid damaging your kitchen cabinet doors.

Handhills is a cabinet maker and manufacturer serving central Alberta. We specialize in custom cabinet design and installation, closet design, bathroom vanities, bookcases, custom entertainment centers, kitchen cabinets, shelving, MDF cabinet doors, cabinet parts and more. Send us your measurements and get started with custom cabinets from Handhills. Call the best cabinet maker in Calgary today on (403) 910‐2373 or send an email to [email protected]

Your kitchen cabinet doors provide one of the core functions of your kitchen. They add functionality to the storage space and also help define the look of your kitchen. Like any part of your kitchen, they’re going to go through wear and tear. It’s expensive to replace kitchen cabinet doors, so it’s a good idea to repair them if they get damaged.

Fixing Small Chips

If your kitchen cabinet doors are suffering from chips and scratches, you can easily fix them with plastic wood fillers. These fillers come in colors that match many cabinet doors. You can test colors to see if they blend in well. If you can’t find colors that match your cabinet doors, you should consider painting them after filling in the chips and scratches.

Fixing Deep Gouges

Now if you’re dealing with some deep damage, you need to use wood repair solutions. These are typically putties that you can mold into the area that has been damaged. Many come in the color of wood but color choices may be limited. Again, repainting the kitchen cabinet doors is an option.

Fixing Noisy Cabinet Doors

There are several different causes of noisy kitchen cabinet doors. First, you want to see if the bumper that was previously installed has worn out. If so, all you have to do is to install a new set of bumpers. You can also install soft-close dampers as an alternative, but it’s a more expensive solution.

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If you’re dealing with squeaky hinges, then all you have to do is to add lubricant. It can be anything from vaseline, wd-40, or even olive oil. Use a paper towel and put the lubricant on it. Rub the paper towel on the edges of the hinges and the creaking should go away.

Hiring Qualified Cabinet Manufacturers 

Of course, you may have to replace the kitchen cabinet doors if it’s been too damaged. A good way to save money on new kitchen cabinet doors is to find a local cabinet manufacturer. You’re going directly to the source, so you won’t have to pay retail prices.

The cabinet manufacturer will also have staff that can help you install the kitchen cabinet doors. If you’d rather get it done professionally, it might be cheaper than hiring a contractor. Many manufacturers will provide discounts for labor.

Handhills is a cabinet maker and manufacturer serving central Alberta. We specialize in custom cabinet design and installation, closet design, bathroom vanities, bookcases, custom entertainment centers, kitchen cabinets, shelving, MDF cabinet doors, cabinet parts and more. Send us your measurements and get started with custom cabinets from Handhills. Call the best cabinet maker in Calgary today on (403) 910‐2373 or send an email to [email protected]

The idea of a kitchen remodel is both appealing and overwhelming. While you may want to spruce up your kitchen’s look, you probably are hesitant about the cost. Therefore, be prepared. Learn about how much a remodel will cost starting with the price of cabinets.

Your Overall Kitchen Layout Determines Your Cost

As with most things, the more you buy, the more you pay. By this logic, bigger kitchens will obviously cost more. However, good kitchen design can maximize the use of cabinets even in a small place. If you pick more effective layouts, then you may be able to squeeze in more cabinets. This will give your kitchen more functionality, but you should expect to pay for that utility.

The Type and Finish of the Cabinet Makes a Difference

There are many options for materials and styles. You have to pick between plywood and MDF cabinets doors in Calgary. Plywood is cheaper, but it is not as sturdy. Accordingly, MDF cabinets doors offer a better bang for your buck. Other options may be available in real wood, and the cost for those cabinets is even more pronounced. In addition to materials, the style of the cabinets impacts your cost. Simple shaker-style cabinets are cheaper than more intricate wood faces. Special finishes and stains also change your cost.

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Getting Extra Flourishes Will Increase Your Cost and Value

In the past, cabinets were simple devices with shelves and doors. However, today, you can look at cabinets that do all sorts of special things. Your cabinets can have pull-out drawers or built-in spice racks. You can opt for soft-close MDF cabinets doors in Calgary or pan storage. While this newfound versatility is certainly appealing, you will need to make room in the budget for these upgrades.

Handhills is a cabinet maker and manufacturer serving central Alberta. We specialize in custom cabinet design and installation, closet design, bathroom vanities, bookcases, custom entertainment centers, kitchen cabinets, shelving, MDF cabinet doors, cabinet parts and more. Send us your measurements and get started with custom cabinets from Handhills. Call the best cabinet maker in Calgary today on (403) 910‐2373 or send an email to [email protected]

The world of building materials is constantly changing and improving. In our interconnected world, it is important to use our resources to their fullest potential so that as many people as possible may benefit from trees, water and food stores. One of the ways that we, as a society, make use of even the scrap materials from the forestry industry is through medium-density fibreboard (MDF) cabinet doors

Of course, MDF cabinet doors are only one way that we use the base product, which is MDF wood. We also use this material in the cabinets themselves as well as other indoor building projects and shop fitting, to name a few. For such a resilient and helpful product, the origins and manufacturing process seem shrouded in mystery. Today, we pull back the curtain.

The Process of Making MDF Wood

Fibre Production

After the lumber is gathered, the bark stripped, and the planks cut, there is a fair amount of leftover material. This is sent into the chipper, which makes chips of a regular size and cut. They are then stored or used for the creation of fibre. 

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The fibre production involved the heating of the wood chips to soften the natural binder material between the wood fibres. They are then fed through a rotating machine that pulls apart the fibres and turns them into a form of pulp. They are then coated with wax and then urea-formaldehyde, which serves the functions of binding the fibres together, increasing moisture resistance and reducing the likelihood of material clumping.

Sheet Formation

During the sheet formation, the bound and coated fibres from the previous stage are put through machinery to produce even sheets of material. It is pressure-treated and compressed to ensure a dense and strong final product. Occasionally, the boards will be laminated for additional strength. 

Where to Find MDF Cabinet Doors

Even though it is thrilling to learn where these building materials come from, it is even more exciting to see them inside your home performing their intended function. To learn more about MDF cabinet doors and how they can reinvigorate your favourite rooms, give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you.

Handhills is a cabinet maker and manufacturer serving central Alberta. We specialize in custom cabinet design and installation, closet design, bathroom vanities, bookcases, custom entertainment centers, kitchen cabinets, shelving, MDF cabinet doors, cabinet parts and more. Send us your measurements and get started with custom cabinets from Handhills. Call the best cabinet maker in Calgary today on (403) 910‐2373 or send an email to [email protected]

The question, “Is MDF Waterproof?” is a good one to ask, if you’ve ever noticed a water stain on one of your MDF cabinet doors. Many people wondering if their MDF doors are waterproof get told that they aren’t, and also that they need to replace the doors with either vinyl or aluminum. These are both terrible options, though, so let’s take a look at why this may be the case.

The first thing to remember is that the moisture will not go all the way through the doors – they will just leak out and have to be removed by a professional. Also, even if the moisture did reach the MDF door, it is usually only a small amount of water that leaks in, so the panels don’t typically splinter or crack, which is because the water from the leak isn’t all of the same temperature. The cabinet doors aren’t going to burst apart or melt because of the low moisture levels.

MDF Cabinet Door Considerations

You should also know that the components that make up MDF cabinet doors will almost always weather off over time and will need to be re-stained and repainted. When you decide to replace your doors, you can get an option of having the doors replaced or having the entire cabinet doors replaced (with new hardware). There are times, though, when you want a whole new cabinet, and that’s when the standard replacement cabinets come in handy, which is because, generally, the replacement parts come with the extra hardware.

Another thing to keep in mind is that MDF cabinet doors have designs in a wide variety of patterns. Some companies will print out various materials and colours so that their customers can choose them in a sense. Some of these materials will then need to be finished by a professional painter, though, as they may be too heavy for MDF doors alone.

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If you’re a little confused about this, you might consider how a patterned material will look on the inside of a cabinet door, so that you can get a better idea of what might be available for your project. When you find a material that you like, you can make sure it matches the pattern you want for your doors, and also that it matches the colour you’re trying to get.

MDF cabinet doors are also pretty inexpensive and are available for purchase in your local hardware store. As long as you have a good budget set, you can find a cheap set of MDF cabinet doors to fit your needs. Usually, they’re made from simple quality wood, so they’ll look nice, but there will still be enough room for all your baubles and decorations to fit in.

The Right MDF Cabinet Doors

Choosing an MDF door for your project will be something that you will have to live with, however. It’s not the end of the world, but it will affect the overall style of your room. Your project will not, however, look any worse for it than a door made from inferior material, and that you’re replacing will cost a lot more money. It would be best if you also remembered that you could get a door that has a built-in frame, which will also provide you with a less expensive way to replace the cabinet doors in your room.

Now that you know some of the basics, you should know how to handle this decision. If you do decide to replace your MDF cabinet doors, just remember that it will be an essential part of your room’s decor.

Handhills is a cabinet maker and manufacturer serving central Alberta. We specialize in custom cabinet design and installation, closet design, bathroom vanities, bookcases, custom entertainment centers, kitchen cabinets, shelving, MDF cabinet doors, cabinet parts and more. Send us your measurements and get started with custom cabinets from Handhills. Call the best cabinet maker in Calgary today on (403) 910‐2373 or send an email to [email protected]

Finding cabinet manufacturers can be difficult for some. Naturally, this problem is understandable. You want to make sure you find a company with sufficient experience and outstanding quality. Further, you probably want a reasonable price and an excellent turnaround time. 

Of course, with each of these stipulations, the search becomes a bit narrower, but also a bit more difficult. Luckily, with the help of information and knowledge, the search won’t be fruitless. See below for more info:

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Traits of Cabinet Manufacturers

Their Experience

One of the first traits that you should look for in a cabinet manufacturer is their level of experience. If you find a company that consists of a single individual working out of their garage, the chances are that they lack some experience. While this isn’t always the case, established cabinet makers usually have a workshop and some apprentices working with them.

Their Quality

Next, you will want to verify the quality of the company’s work. If you can, go to their business and look at their completed works. Clean finishes, drawers and doors that open easily and attractive designs are all marks of exceptional quality. If you cannot travel to their location, look through a gallery of past jobs to get a feel, or request examples of their work instead.

Their Price

Honestly, this part of your search will probably have the most research attached. You will need to look at several companies and find their prices for the cabinetry you are looking to purchase. Then you will need to compare their prices with the other factors listed here and make an informed decision to avoid making the wrong choice.

Their Timelines

Finally, you want to make sure that you are going to get your cabinets in a reasonable time frame. Obviously, the complexity and style of your cabinets will play a significant role in how long they take to build, but make sure you check with your chosen company before you begin. This step will allow you to plan appropriately for the next phase of your project.


Come to Handhills Cabinets!

Yes, the steps above will certainly help you find a kitchen cabinet manufacturer. However, you can contact our team of experts who meet the skills above and skip all the hassle. We specialize in custom cabinets and would love to hear from you!

Handhills is a cabinet maker and manufacturer serving central Alberta. We specialize in custom cabinet design and installation, closet design, bathroom vanities, bookcases, custom entertainment centers, kitchen cabinets, shelving, MDF cabinet doors, cabinet parts and more. Send us your measurements and get started with custom cabinets from Handhills. Call the best cabinet maker in Calgary today on (403) 910‐2373 or send an email to [email protected]

The cost of custom cabinets from a cabinet maker in Calgary can vary significantly based on the exact style and material you are looking to install. However, these costs can be mitigated by finding a reliable and experienced cabinet maker. As is common with all purchases, doing proper research and planning can make a big difference in what the overall budget will look like.

Therefore, the prices listed are estimates based on the current market value but are subject to change depending on the nature of the project that you are embarking upon.

Types of Custom Cabinets in Calgary

The material used to make your ideal custom cabinets will significantly influence the cost of installation. For instance, wood veneer cabinets, which are made with a thin coating covering plywood or multi-density fibreboard (MDF), will be significantly less expensive than stainless steel cabinets. 

On average, you can expect to spend $500 to $1,200 per linear foot installed for all types of cabinets. 

Wood veneer cabinets usually average a price tag of $2,500 to $15,000 with the upper-end usually reserved for exceedingly spacious kitchens. Wood veneer is a great low-cost alternative from fully-manufactured wood while also providing a similar look and feel.

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For a truly elegant look, try staining them your favorite wood color to give a breath of fresh air and style to your custom kitchen cabinets.

By proxy, laminate kitchen cabinets run between $4,000 to $15,000. Like wood veneers, they are a cost-friendly alternative to wood. As a synthetic material that’s placed on MDF by both high-pressure and low-pressure applications, they provide great durability and long-lasting appeal due to their lack of warpage. However, high-pressure laminate is often produced by premier brands and isn’t exactly a custom cabinet product.

Finally, we have acrylics. They range in price anywhere from $4,500 to $20,000. Acrylic is a very hard, high-gloss finish applied in a similar fashion to a varnish. It comes in various colors and can achieve an ultra-modern or classical look. 

Here are a few final tips to keep in mind as you go searching for the perfect custom cabinets:

A good rule of thumb to remember is that materials will make up between $300 and $750 per linear foot. 

Most homeowners will spend between $12,500 to $18,100 for a full set of custom kitchen cabinets made by a cabinet maker in Calgary.

Look for an experienced cabinet maker as they will make a big difference in the overall cost when they do not have to worry about extra time or installation costs due to their record of quality installations. 

Handhills is a cabinet maker and manufacturer serving central Alberta. We specialize in custom cabinet design and installation, closet design, bathroom vanities, bookcases, custom entertainment centers, kitchen cabinets, shelving, MDF cabinet doors, cabinet parts and more. Send us your measurements and get started with custom cabinets from Handhills. Call the best cabinet maker in Calgary today on (403) 910‐2373 or send an email to [email protected].