Succeeding with Quarter Sawn White Oak Cabinets

The kitchen design industry is seeing a significant increase in homeowners selecting Quarter Sawn and Rift Cut White Oak cabinets in bleached and cerused finishes.

These finishes are primarily being used as an island accent wood. Quarter Sawn White Oak and Rift Cut White Oak are generally only available in the more expensive semi-custom and custom cabinetry.

In response to increased demand, some slightly less expensive brands are starting to offer this wood species and finish option.

However, this option is expensive! So, custom cabinet brands not only do a better job with the difficult finishes – their offerings will only be only slightly more expensive. And, well worth it! Choosing a custom line for these finishes makes more sense.


Main Line Kitchen Design’s Brighton and Wellsford custom lines do many striking versions of Quarter Sawn and Rift Cut White Oak cabinets in bleached and cerused finishes.

Brighton Cabinetry's Quarter Sawn White Oak
Brighton Quartersawn White Oak colors above

Wellsford’s Wayland door style in Quartersawn White Oak in Driftwood satin finish below:

Main Line Kitchen Design often designs an Island kitchen using two different cabinet brands.

When a designer uses two different cabinet brands, s/he uses a less expensive brand for the main kitchen, and the pricier brand needed for the quarter sawn oak door style, for the island. This approach saves up to 50% on cabinetry costs!

Brighton Cabinetry in QS Oak

Brighton Quartersawn White Oak kitchen island by Chris Rossetti – Take a virtual tour HERE


Contact us today and create a kitchen that exceeds your dreams with the help of experienced professionals.


Paul McAlary

Blog notes:

WHAT IS CERUSED WOOD?
Answer by Wood & Co.


Ceruse is a white lead-based pigment first used in 16th century Europe. It was originally
used in cosmetics as a skin whitener. However, this was found to be toxic due to its lead
content. Craftsmen then later repurposed ceruse for use in wood as a way to preserve it
and prevent rot.
The modern iteration no longer contains lead and is safe for us to use. Modern cerusing
uses white liming wax or diluted paint instead. This is why a cerused finish is also
sometimes called a “limed finish.” A cerused finish mutes the original color of the wood and
greatly emphasizes the wood’s natural grain and texture.

Quarter Sawn and Rift Cut White Oak cabinets in bleached and cerused finishes have grown in popularity. New high-end kitchens use these finishes either for the whole kitchen or more often as an island accent wood.

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