Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations


You put time and careful thought into selecting your kitchen cabinets, so naturally you want to keep them looking their best. The maintenance of your cabinets does not have to be a difficult or time consuming task. With some regular cleaning and care, you can keep your cabinets looking beautiful for years to come.

Cleaning your wood cabinets can be as simple as wiping the surface with a clean, damp cloth, then drying immediately. If you feel like you need something more than just water to cut through everyday soil and grease, a product such as Murphy's Oil Soap (containing no wax or silicones) is a perfectly acceptable option.  However, you may find that a mild dishwashing detergent is just as effective. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly.  Using a dish cloth is not recommended for cleaning your cabinets as it could contain grease or detergent remnants.

If you kitchen cabinets are laminate, thermofoil, or painted, most non-abrasive cleaners are okay, but avoid any cleaner with acetone, ethyl alcohol, or mineral oils as well as any harsh solvents or abrasives as they can be damaging.

Abrasives in cleaning are not the only elements that can cause damage to your cabinets. Water and excess moisture can compromise your cabinet's finish and possibly the wood itself. With that in mind, promptly remove any excess liquid and do not drape dish towels over cabinet doors.

By following these simple tips, your kitchen cabinets can maintain their original beauty and be an investment of which you can be proud for many years.


We recently completed a kitchen and master bathroom renovation with Glenn Gareis at GMG Architects, Tom Vriesman of Design Studio Vriesman and Randy Green of Green Trade Contracting. The clients purchased a home in Indianapolis' Meridian - Kessler neighborhood and made substantial updates to the home's layout and finishes throughout the house.

Overall, the homeowners' objectives were to open up the layout of the living areas and update the look and functionality of the kitchen.

Working through the project details, specific appliances, and cabinet accessories, our kitchen designer went through our process to create a final design that best fit the clients' wishes. To help our clients' visualize the end result, we use 3-D design software to create realistic looking elevations. The final elevations shown below are all computerized renderings.

Out of several cabinet lines we offer, the homeowners chose a line of cabinetry to best balance price and quality. They selected a white painted finish and a clean, Shaker door style. Square, chrome pulls were used throughout the kitchen to give a clean, transitional look. Granite countertops were in a complementary color. The homeowners also incorporated a number of cabinet accessories, including a cutlery divider, waste basket pullout, baking tray dividers, and rollout trays.

The final result looks stunning. After all the dust and construction was complete, we took the below photos of the finished project.


Decorative columns were placed on both sides of the sink to create a more balanced feel to the kitchen.

Stacked crown molding was taken up to the ceiling to make the room feel bigger and support the clean, fresh lines of the modern, Shaker style.

Wall Oven cabinet includes a lift up door over the ovens for convenient storage.

Note the under cabinet molding used to provide a nice finishing touch and allow the wiring to remain unseen.

Built-in cutlery organizer keeps utensils from scattering throughout the drawer!

Double waste basket pullout ... one for trash and one for recycle materials.

Tray dividers to keep cookie sheets and baking pans neat and orderly.

Deep rollout trays to organize storage and ease access to items at the back of the cabinet.

We would love to opportunity to help you transform your living spaces.  Give our staff a call to get started.

Spring is in the air … one of the most popular times of the year to remodel.  With the snow gone and kids still in school, it is a great time to plan and begin the process.  Here are a few items to consider in your planning:

  • Your home’s architectural style.  Start outside and work your way in. You chose your home because the architectural style appealed to you.  Keep the entire home … outside and inside … cohesive. If you have a cottage style home, your designer can help you choose elements for your remodeling project, such as the cabinet door style, that complement the overall feel of your home.
  • The good, the bad & the ugly. While you are planning, use magazines, Pinterest, Houzz and other design sources to find photos of spaces that appeal to you, fit your style or achieve the desired look. Don’t forget to keep photos of spaces you don’t like! This will help your designer know what direction to avoid.  These pictures can be kept in a folder or electronically.
  • Understand your routine. As you plan your remodel, work to understand how you use the space.  Where does the mail get placed at the end of the day? Where do you charge cell phones and tablets? With this understanding, you can design space into your home to handle these items. Also, keep paper close by to capture any frustrations with your current space or items that must be included in the project (e.g., breakfast bar).

  • Color. Now may be the time to move to another portion of the color wheel.  Pay attention to your surroundings and look for colors that you like or draw you in. Purchase paint samples and try them out on a wall in the “old” space.  This will help you decide and allow you to see the color throughout the different lighting of the day.
  • Heavy metal.  Early in the process, make it a priority to look for appliances.  This should not be an 11-th hour action. Depending on the timing of your last appliance purchase, you may find a significant improvements in technology. Deciding which appliances will be used in your remodeling project is important to ensure the design incorporates their requirements (dimensions, utility needs).

With proper planning, a remodeling project will go smoother, faster, and will avoid costly change orders. Give us a call if you have any questions about planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel.  We would be happy to help answer your questions. 



"Sonja and I want to thank you for the great experience that you and your company provided to us throughout the design, manufacture, and installation of our library cabinetry you made for our condo. Our friends and family rave about its quality and appearance. You are all craftsmen and it was a real pleasure watching the project come together during the whole process."
Al & Sonja
"Thanks again for successfully completing our project today. Special kudos to Mike and the other craftsmen at the shop for a job well done. We could not be more pleased with the results. Mike’s attention to small, finer details was very much appreciated. He was patient, pleasant and understanding. It’s all about the “fit & finish” with us and Spiceland Wood Products did not disappoint. We WILL be doing more business together soon – we look forward to it. Given the opportunity, we will highly recommend SWP to everyone. It was a true pleasure working together."
Wayne & Tonia