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There’s a lot of buzz lately about the clean, natural look and feel of Domestic Veneer doors and drawer fronts for new kitchens, baths and other spaces.

Why the buzz?

That’s an easy answer – the buzz is because Domestic Veneer (slab style) doors and drawer fronts create a calm, restful vibe, and at the same time, introduce some interesting, often subtle texture.  It’s like bringing the great outdoors, indoors.

SHOWN HERE: Dyson door style, Domestic Veneer in Flat Cut Maple, Eclipse stain

Design by Westborough Design Center Inc., Westborough, MA, photo by Jonathan Burke

What are Domestic Veneers?

Domestic Veneers are created from slices of wood, such as Red Oak, showcasing the natural variations of weather, soil content and growing seasons of the wood’s natural habitat.  Siteline Domestic Veneer doors and drawer fronts are crafted from a slice of Domestic Veneer, applied to a ¾” Medium Density Fiberboard, with matching wood edge tape.

Siteline Domestic Veneer choices include Alder, Cherry, Maple and Red Oak in a “flat cut” slice.

What is flat cut veneer?

Flat cut veneer is achieved by slicing the wood parallel to a line through the center of the log, creating a combination of cathedral and straight grain patterns, revealing a lot of visual interest.

Why would a homeowner select a Domestic Veneer over a five-piece, hardwood door and drawer front style?

Slab style Domestic Veneer door and drawer front styles, such as the Siteline Dyson and Elliott offerings are often used to create an upscale, architectural millwork look and feel; the result is a luxurious, understated space, like the Dyson bathroom vanity below, without the visual disruption of a five-part door style.

SHOWN HERE: Dyson door style, Domestic Veneer in Flat Cut Alder, Harvest stain

Design by Proud House Studio, Boulder, CO, photo by JC Buck

What does a homeowner need to know about a Domestic Veneer?

A few things: first, it’s a natural wood product.  It will have natural grain variations from piece to piece, which we celebrate with our stains, not mask them.  There is no “pattern” so the randomness of the grain patterns and naturally occurring markings, such as mineral streaks are part of the deal.

Secondly, at Siteline, we do not grain flow match the doors and drawer fronts, as seen below on the Elliott door and drawer front style.  Notice how the vertical grain of the drawer front does not “flow” through to the door – if this is a bit too wild for your homeowner, perhaps they should consider the Dyson style, where the drawer front grain is purposely horizontal, and the door grain is vertical.

SHOWN HERE: Elliott door style, Domestic Veneer in Flat Cut Red Oak, Pebble stain

SHOWN HERE: Dyson door style, Domestic Veneer in Flat Cut Cherry, Natural (clear) finish

Thirdly, Siteline Domestic Veneer doors and drawer fronts have a Maple/Natural backside, which complements the Maple/Natural plywood interior upgrade – it creates a cohesive “view” when the doors are open.

Lastly, Domestic Veneer door styles are not available with a glazed stain option, because literally, there’s no place for the glaze to “hang up.”  Glazing is more suitable for five-part doors and drawer fronts, where hand-applied, wet glazing can do its thing.

To see the four Siteline Domestic Veneer choices, click here.

To visit with an authorized Siteline dealer about Domestic Veneer for your new space, click here.

Feature photo: design by Cherie Garcia Design, Centennial, CO, photo by Virtuance




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