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How to Choose Kitchen and Bathroom Materials

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When it is time to remodel your kitchen or start a bathroom renovation project, the large variety of different products available can make your choices very difficult. As always your choice will be highly influenced by the amount you want to invest in your remodelling project.  Here we will explain the five major types of products available, and the benefits and drawbacks of using them in your kitchen or bathroom remodel.




wood: bathroom and kitchen reno materialAll species of wood are available (eg. maple, hickory, walnut, teak and so on).

Benefits:  Hardwood is a luxury material.  Hardness of the product makes its lifespan last a really long time.  It can also be sanded down and refinished.  The product can be finished in unlimited choices of opacities, stains and finishes or it can be painted in any color of your choice.

Drawback: Most certainly, the price and also, wood tends to warp in a humid environment.



acrylicAcrylic is a process of layering a film of Methacrylate that is a flexible plastic fibre over an MDF or HDF base.  The finish result is a high gloss look.

Benefits: The look only an acrylic finish can create; modern and unique.  It is very easy to maintain and the life span is really long compared to melamine.

Drawback: Less durable than wood and it cannot be repaired when broken.


melamineMelamine is a product that has been around for ages but it has also been improved over the years.  It is now more resistant than when it was first introduced. Composition is MDF panel covered with a sheet of melamine.

Benefits: Melamine is very affordable.  Melamine is now offered in a variety of imitation finishes and is really easy to clean.

Drawback: Melamine is relatively less durable than wood and it can’t be repaired once broken.

PVC and Polyester

Both materials are a really good alternative to melamine.  They are a little more expensive but better resistance in everyday usage.  Price points are comfortable and are about the same in both products.  The difference between the two is in the assembly and composition.

PVC construction materialPVC is an MDF base panel covered with PVC that is molded to all contours with the processes of heat. The base can be composed of multiple pieces. Joints are on the inside of the doors.

Polyester is typically a 5 pieces MDF base assembly covered with a sheet of polyester molded to the base. It is molded on all sides in the process, which is what makes its lifespan longer.

Post written by Taniya Lawrence
Interior designer at Kitchens and Bathrooms First

Vintage Kitchen Design

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Pinterest  is one of the new and most popular social network people are using today to organize their ideas and inspirations. Users create photo boards to “pin” everything from home decor ideas to favourite recipes and travel destinations.

Whether you are a Pinterest user or not, you have free range to explore pins and boards of other users. Simply use the search bar to explore your topic of interest.

Vintage Kitchen Design

Here are a few of the kitchen design ideas that we have dug up from Pinterest.

This kitchen offers a great open concept bring lots of light into the space. There is plenty of working space and cabinetry which is always a plus in the kitchen. There are many great details in this space including the use of texture to and lines to create a “wow” factor. The looks is complete the various accessories and vintage fixtures to complete the look.

Vintage Kitchen Design

Source: via Philip on Pinterest

Here is another vintage kitchen design that offers a little more pattern and colour. The entire kitchen includes vintage cabinetry, fixtures, colours and pattern. You can really see the clients personality come across in this design by highlighting the spice cupboard, collection of recipe books and fresh flowers.

Vintage Kitchen Design

Source: via julianne on Pinterest

Your kitchen is an important element of your home as it is space that allows you to cook and entertain. Nothing is better than a great kitchen.

Talk to a kitchen design specialist at Kitchens and Bathrooms First 5-850 Industrial Avenue in Ottawa to design and build your dream kitchen.


Kitchen Renovations Ottawa

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Kitchens and Bathrooms First was established in 2002 as Bathrooms First. We initially just focused on bathroom design and renovations. By popular demand, we expanded our services offerings to also include kitchen design and renovations.

We now have two specialized in-house design teams that focus on bathroom and kitchen renovations exclusively.

Kitchen Renovation and Design Services

  • 3-D Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Detailed Cost Estimates
  • Product Selection / Sourcing
  • Project Management

Visit our kitchen and bathroom showroom located at 5-850 Industrial Avenue in Ottawa to explore our products and meet with one of our experienced designers. We focus on making your dreams a reality. Contact us today 613-749-1512

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