Main site > MoneySavingExpert.com Forums > Household & Travel > In my home (includes DIY) MoneySaving > High Gloss kitchen cabinet doors - good or bad? (Page 1)

IMPORTANT! This is MoneySavingExpert's open forum - anyone can post

Please exercise caution & report any spam, illegal, offensive, racist, libellous post to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com

  • Be nice to all MoneySavers
  • All the best tips go in the MoneySavingExpert weekly email

    Plus all the new guides, deals & loopholes

  • No spam/referral links
or Login with Facebook
High Gloss kitchen cabinet doors - good or bad?
Closed Thread
Views: 72,915
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
# 1
indigo1613
Old 19-03-2007, 3:11 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 26
Default High Gloss kitchen cabinet doors - good or bad?

I'm thinking of splashing out on a new kitchen, and I like the white high gloss cabinet doors I've seen in the showroom. I'm just a little worried about how robust they are (re: scratching, staining, cleaning etc). Has anyone had a bad experience with them? Advice would be appreciated!
indigo1613 is offline
Report Post
# 2
drowningnotwaving
Old 19-03-2007, 3:42 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Berkshire
Posts: 87
Default

i wouldn't personally - show up every finger print and may look v dated in a couple of years time

but that's just my opinion!
You'll never see a rainbow if you don't first put up with the rain . . .
drowningnotwaving is offline
Report Post
# 3
betheebee
Old 19-03-2007, 4:46 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: SOMERSET
Posts: 1,807
Smile

I would go for it indigo, I'm a painter/ decorator and have done several kitchen make-overs. White never dates really, look at bathrooms, besides you can allways repaint them. Fingerprints tend to show more on wood surfaces, and the finish on the doors are hard wearing
Good Luck
betheebee is offline
Report Post
# 4
drowningnotwaving
Old 19-03-2007, 6:21 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Berkshire
Posts: 87
Default

i stand corrected!

although, i would say i've lived with a white kitchen for the last 4 years and i thought it looked horribly dated when everyone else is going for wood - but as i say that's just my preference (and experience)

i'm about to fit a new kitchen in my new house and will def go for for wood - but i would go with what you like, if you like it have it!
You'll never see a rainbow if you don't first put up with the rain . . .
drowningnotwaving is offline
Report Post
# 5
Claire DC
Old 19-03-2007, 8:04 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Manchester
Posts: 1,250
Default

drowningnotwaving - I'm inclined to agree with you, we moved into a place with a white kitchen, and it does look dated - ok it's not overly offensive, but it definitely looks/feels dated to me. If you're looking for a modern kitchen then you're looking for a modern kitchen and any colour can look dated if it's in the wrong style so to say white doesn't date purely based on the colour, imo isn't totally accurate.

Also the high gloss kitchens do scratch easily, and they do show up fingerprints and marks so much more than wood. Gloss seems hard to clean without it looking slightly streaky too. If you're not going to use your kitchen much, and it's purely a kitchen for show then go for a gloss one oh and make sure you don't have pets that might wreck it too.

If you want something harder wearing, that will keep looking good and is easier to cleanto a good standard then go for one of the wood type ones.

We have gone for an Ikea kitchen, the plus side with the kitchens from Ikea is that they have a 10 year warranty on them. Read more about it here:

http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_GB/complet...ity/index.html
Lost lbs =
Gained £s = Quidco £261.90, Free Fivers £22.26, Matched Betting
Claire DC is offline
Report Post
# 6
Doozergirl
Old 19-03-2007, 10:40 PM
Deliciously Dedicated Diehard MoneySaving Devotee
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Midlands
Posts: 18,111
Default

I think that the gloss units are actually hard wearing! Yes, you can see dirt when it appears, but IMO this is a good thing; why would you want dirty units?!

I've lived with high gloss units in two houses so far and I really like then. Had no problem with them scratching at all and because the finish is so smooth I find it easier to remove anything stuck to it (which there always is with a 2 year old in the house!). You just need to dry them quickly with a tea towel after you wipe them with the wet cloth to stop any streaky marks from appearing.

I would never consider taking a scourer to them, but them thinking about it, I've never needed to. High Gloss Rocks!

As for dating; everything dates. I can guarantee you that people will be recoiling in horror at shaker style units in a few years time!
Doozergirl is online now
Report Post
# 7
across
Old 19-03-2007, 11:00 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,577
Default

ive got the white gloss "space" ones from MFI and they are very nice no problems with cleaning them at all but i dont mind cleaning anyway and i DO use the kitchen very much i love it, i just wipe them all over with a damp cloth and then dry them off straight away with a kitchen roll or teatowel to polish them up and i dont think white dates at all my kitchen before this one was white too and it still looked like new, i have a three and five year old full of sticky fingers and it still looks great as it so easily wipeable! they charge about banging dolls prams and toys into it and it still looks fab so dont worry! enjoy and good luck as the worst bit is getting it fitted!
across is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to across For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 8
misgrace
Old 20-03-2007, 7:17 AM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Greater London
Posts: 1,474
Default

I have a vanilla cream one,bevilled doors, that I got from MFI about 5-6 years ago, I think they are still in stock, its not exactly high gloss, but quite shiny, and I have no problems with it, I just give it a wipe down with a damp cloth, and they still look brand new.

Every few months or so I do clean the tops, and I wash down the doors with sugar soap, and you will be suprised at the dirt/smoke/ grease that is on it, not a lot mind you, but when you see the water you realise how dirty it can get, but its not notacable in situ.

After I wash the doors with sugar soap, I then buff up with a dry cloth/teatowel, and they look stunning, and then after that if I get a mark or finger print on them, I just wipe off with a damp cloth.

If I moved, I would definately go for the same cupboards in my next house.
misgrace is offline
Report Post
# 9
skim
Old 20-03-2007, 7:39 AM
MoneySaving Stalwart
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 407
Default

We bought a B&Q white gloss kitchen over 7 years ago in our previous house & have just moved. It still looks like new & so easy to clean & didn't really ever appear dirty even when you knew it needed a clean. It is one of the features that sold the house within 7 days of it going on the market.
I don't think white dates because there is always one in the range for sale whereas wood fashions goes from dark to light & back again & colours date quickly.

The missus has got me ripping out the kitchen in our new house & we've gone for white again.
skim is offline
Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to skim For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 10
ginvzt
Old 20-03-2007, 10:14 AM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Germany
Posts: 4,661
Default

We have just moved into a house with kitchen with white high gloss cabinet doors. While most of the house wasn't clean and needed some elbow grease to be cleaned, these doors where so easy to clean!!!! I used window spray andjust wiped them down with paper kitchen towel and they aer nice and shiny witout any streaks. We just painted the rest of the walls with 'Expresso' colour from Dulux, put 'Grundal' shelves/racks (Ikea) on the wall to store pots, etc. and hang spice rack, chopping board and spme kitchen utensils, got kitchen appliances in white and the kithcn looks really great!!!!
ginvzt is offline
Report Post
# 11
indigo1613
Old 20-03-2007, 10:38 AM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 26
Default Thanks!

This was my first post on the forum and I didn't expect such a great response! I think on balance I'll take the plunge and go with the gloss white. Thanks to everyone for their comments!
indigo1613 is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to indigo1613 For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 12
amyandoli
Old 20-03-2007, 7:09 PM
MoneySaving Stalwart
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 457
Default

we have high gloss white units. they havent got scratched yet. they show all dirt and grime, and need wiping down more than any other units Ive ever had. they show the streaks too. however, they are light and bright and bounce the sun around the room. hope they work out for you.
amyandoli is offline
Report Post
# 13
nomorec
Old 20-03-2007, 7:47 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 16
Thumbs up

hi would just say it's down to personal choice there are good points and bad points about gloss and wood, what i would say is when buying your new units if you are getting integrated appliances take note of the appliance make and model and search for best price as some places like HOMEBASE mark up appliances by huge amounts as a example AEG SN718404i fridge/freezer there price £839 i seached the web this site http://www.3pinsappliance.com/cgi/pr...cgi?prodID=785 - 24k - sold it for £504 +£25 delivery.
nomorec is offline
Report Post
# 14
rl1
Old 03-03-2008, 1:11 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 86
Default

Hi - I am resurrecting this old thread to ask Indigo if she went for the gloss white in the end and if so what you think? I've got the same dilemma at the moment and would love to know.

I was really surprised when I read this thread from a year ago to hear that white gloss was regarded as dated then. Everyone round here seems to be getting it now. Maybe we're behind the rest of the Country
rl1 is offline
Report Post
# 15
pixielady206
Old 01-10-2008, 8:35 PM
MoneySaving Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 2
Smile High Gloss Doors

Hi there, I'm glad someone else is like me.. I too am looking into changing all my cupboard doors and unit tops and wanted to go for the high gloss but fancied cream not white.

So by the sounds of it, it's ok for cleaning, pretty hard wearing but potentially out of date!!

Also can I ask you all what colour unit tops did you go for if any of you had cream? I've got stainless steel appliances and want to have something dark (like black/dark grey) top but have noticed that wood looks good too but surely that's not as hard wearing and must be treated.

Also, anyone know any good companies that do doors without the whole re-fit??
pixielady206 is offline
Report Post
# 16
soulworks
Old 22-10-2008, 9:19 PM
MoneySaving Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 1
Default re white high gloss kitchen

hi there,

My partner Rhona and I have been developing for a while now, but we have come to loggerheads about our latest project.

As with all our projects they are being done up to sell, initially we live in them for a few months before the sale is agreed.

My partner would like to put in the high gloss as she thinks they are "hot right now" and I am more of the opinion we should do the same kitchen but in wood to better suit our target market as I feel gloss is a little more specialist than the wood and a smaller percentage of our market would find them allurring.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Debbie :-)
:confused:
soulworks is offline
Report Post
# 17
vansboy
Old 22-10-2008, 10:17 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 4,173
Default

The 'wood' is fine, if it's what YOU want - but, if it was for not looking dated, in years to come, maybe dark wood will be in, but a light colour, a big no, no.

Same with gloss colours, I think.

We did our first in gloss black, 5 years ago. The second, gloss red 2 years & the current one, gloss white, this year.

All from Ikea, haven't a pic of the black one, but it is discontinued, so maybe they thought it out of fashion - but we'd have bought it agian, probably!!

all the units have lasted well. I do the cleaning in our house, so looking after the finish, is a spray of glass cleaner (5ltrs from local commercial cleaning suppliers £8) & buff with microfibre cloth & it's done!

In each of our installations, wood wasn't even a consideration!

Red Kitchen
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/i...k/IMG_1705.jpg
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/i...k/IMG_1703.jpg

White Kitchen
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/i...k/IMG_2099.jpg
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/i...IMG_2103-1.jpg
No black pics, sorry!

VB
I HATE wasting money but I LOVE saving it !!
vansboy is online now
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to vansboy For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 18
Ladybird20
Old 22-10-2008, 10:47 PM
MoneySaving Stalwart
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 460
Default

i have a cream high gloss and dark wood work tops ,,long slim chrome handles and everything is integral,,luks a treat
Ladybird20 is offline
Report Post
# 19
Ladybird20
Old 22-10-2008, 10:50 PM
MoneySaving Stalwart
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 460
Default

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m...ebster/010.jpg this is my kitchen

Last edited by Ladybird20; 22-10-2008 at 10:54 PM.
Ladybird20 is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to Ladybird20 For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 20
vansboy
Old 22-10-2008, 11:07 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 4,173
Default

Like the curves on the dining chairs you have there!!

VB
I HATE wasting money but I LOVE saving it !!
vansboy is online now
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to vansboy For This Useful Post: Show me >>
Closed Thread

Bookmarks
 
 




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 Forum Jump  

Contact Us - MoneySavingExpert.com - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:45 PM.

 Forum Jump  

Free MoneySaving Email

Top deals: Week of 16 July 2014

Get all this & more in MoneySavingExpert's weekly email full of guides, vouchers and Deals

GET THIS FREE WEEKLY EMAIL Full of deals, guides & it's spam free

Latest News & Blogs

Martin's Twitter Feed

profile

Cheap Travel Money

Find the best online rate for holiday cash with MSE's TravelMoneyMax.

Find the best online rate for your holiday cash with MoneySavingExpert's TravelMoneyMax.

TuneChecker Top Albums

  • VARIOUS ARTISTSNOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! 88
  • COURTEENERSHOW GOOD IT WAS
  • ED SHEERANX (DELUXE EDITION)

MSE's Twitter Feed

profile
Always remember anyone can post on the MSE forums, so it can be very different from our opinion.
We use Skimlinks and other affiliated links in some of our boards, for some of our users.