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Recipe: Lemon Zest Spiced Potato Cubes

Courtesy of our friends at Le Creuset, here’s a delightful appetizer to inaugurate your newly remodeled kitchen. These bite-sized fried potato chunks are the perfect tapas recipe, with a decidedly Spanish flair.

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Cabinet Wood Types

At DirectBuy you can choose from a myriad of beautiful wood cabinets, including cherry, maple, oak, alder, hickory, birch, walnut and pecan cabinets. With so many options to consider, it’s important to know the key differences and characteristics of each type of wood cabinet. Follow along to learn more about each type of wood cabinet and determine which one is the perfect fit for your home

Cherry Wood Cabinets


Red undertones are the key characteristic of cherry cabinets. There are a wide variety of tones a cherry cabinet can take on, from off-white to a deep rich red-brown. Cherry cabinets have a smooth, close-grained look and a mostly uniform texture. With cherry cabinets you can easily apply finishes due to the even grain.

Maple Wood Cabinets


Maple cabinets can vary from white to creamy-white in color. Maple cabinets look great with reddish-brown tones in the accents and paneling. There is a smooth, uniform appearance that can be attributed to the subtle grain.

Oak Wood Cabinets


The range in color in oak cabinets is wide – these cabinets can contain white, pink, red and brown tones. Mineral deposits in the wood lead to random streaks of yellow and green to occasionally surface. The most distinct feature of oak cabinets is the iconic grain pattern.

Alder Wood Cabinets


The defining characteristic of alder cabinets is the red and light brown coloration. The wood grain is very straight and even-textured, featuring blurred boundaries between the sapwood and heartwood.

Hickory Wood Cabinets


The heartwood and sapwood contrast in hue with hickory cabinets, so these cabinets often feature a color range from blonde or white to a red or dark brown. Hickory cabinets have a less consistent wood grain.

Birch Wood Cabinets


The tight wood grain and the smooth texture of birch cabinets make them a popular choice. Birch cabinets feature a hue ranging from creamy yellow to white, with heartwood accenting anywhere from red to dark brown.

Walnut Wood Cabinets


The grain patterns of walnut cabinets are graceful and soothing. The hues are mostly muted brown, and the wood grain is smooth and fine, with a color range between greyish brown and a deep chocolate.

Pecan Wood Cabinets


The color range is perhaps largest with pecan cabinets, going from white to blonde to red to dark brown. The colors and grains of pecan cabinets are dramatic and ever changing, which provides a bold look.

Compound Materials

At DirectBuy you can also choose select cabinetry made with highly-durable compound materials. These types of cabinets are less susceptible to discoloration and provide a low-maintenance alternative to the wood types listed above. Contact us today to learn more about our selection of thermofoil cabinets, laminate cabinets and other quality cabinets made of compound materials, as well as any of the wood types listed above. 

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