Kitchen Cabinet Doors

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Choosing premium door finishes will undoubtedly create the difference adding beauty and sophistication to your rooms!

Impress your family, relatives and friends using that perfect finish on your doors which will create a style statement of its own and augment the overall look and feel of your sweet home.

At Revive Kitchens & Bathrooms, we have a wide range of door finishes from which you can choose from that would be ideal for home and office cabinet doors, vanity cabinet doors, pantries, wardrobes, commercial areas including TV sets, custom furniture and kitchen cabinet doors Sydney. (3)

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Doors & Panels

Kitchen cabinet doors and panels are made up of two components – the core board (usually mdf or compact particle board) and the surface layer that is applied to the board. There’s 5 main types of door & panel products available, each with their own benefits and which one you choose will depend on the purpose of your new kitchen, who’s going to be living there and how much money you want to spend.

Laminate/melamine is manufactured using thin layers of printed paper which are sealed and protected by thermosetting resins and bonded/laminated onto large sheets of MDF board using advanced high-pressure machinery. These pre-finished boards are then machine cut and edged with matching ABS edging by a cabinet maker or joiner in their factory before installing.

Laminates are tough, hard wearing and resistant to heat, moisture & scratching. As technology is constantly improving, so are today’s laminates which are far superior in quality than predecessor versions.  Advanced, high-clarity digital printers allow brands like Laminex & Polytec to offer products that mimic natural stone or timber, with textures so realistic you may even mistake it for the real thing.

Boasting a large range of colours & prints in different finishes (matte, gloss, textured & super gloss), laminate is one of the most versatile and cost effective kitchen cabinet products available.

Pros: Hard wearing, resistant to surface wear, heat (up to approx 180 degrees) and scratching, great for rentals or homes with small children, plenty of colour, texture and finish options to satisfy, least expensive material available (with some exceptions for the higher range laminate products).

Cons: Not much. It has an edging applied that isn’t as seamless as polyurethane but that’s about it.

Thermofoil is a plastic material which is “thermoformed” to match the profile of an underlying engineered wood core, quite often a medium-density fiberboard. Thermofoil generally has a high-quality sheen and may incorporate metallic elements in its finish, which provides this extra shine.

Thermolaminated doors & panels are made from moisture-resistant E-Zero MDF, constructed with a durable and decorative vinyl surface. The result is a stylish, fully profiled door with a thermoformed surface making it resistant to the usual knocks and bumps of a busy household. All surfaces are non-porous and easy to clean ensuring your kitchen will remain a showpiece for years to come.

Thermolaminated doors & panels are suitable for any internal joinery application including vanities, wardrobes, custom-built furniture, storage units and laundry cupboards. Using high-grade materials and ultra-modern technology


Thermolaminated doors & panels are made from moisture-resistant E-Zero MDF, constructed with a durable and decorative vinyl surface, surface making it resistant to the usual knocks and bumps, water and other liquids of a busy household, All surfaces are non-porous and easy to clean,
Thermolaminated doors & panels are suitable for any internal joinery application including vanities, wardrobes, custom-built furniture, storage units and laundry cupboards


These doors are sensitive to heat – If you’ve got a kitchen where there’s always cooking happening and it’s not unusual for it to be hot and steamy in there, stick with traditional re-facing materials. Thermofoil can be very sensitive to heat. Too much heat means the glue.

Acrylic surfaces (e.g. Ultra Glaze by Polytec) are a cold pressed acrylic foil that’s mounted to the MDF board through a machine lamination process.

If high-gloss is what you want, look no further than this super reflective, colour-fade and UV resistant product. Acrylic’s mirror-like finish is one of the most lustrous surfaces available for kitchen cabinets today and looks stunning when paired with a contrasting material in a matte finish.

If you’re the eco-conscious type, you’ll be pleased to know that acrylic surfaces are VOC-free, colour pigments are free from heavy metals and it can also be recycled.

Acrylic surfaces are similar to laminates in that the product cannot be wrapped around corners so the edging is a separate piece that is mounted to the board after the pre-finished panels have been cut down to size.  Edging is usually available in 3 different options: matching colour, glass bead or aluminium finish.

Acrylics are usually only available in gloss, however some brands have recently released in a low-sheen, satin/matte finish.

Pros: Durable & hard wearing, gloss rating of 90% (poly has 60% in comparison), now available in a satin/matte finish, easy to keep clean, UV resistant, different edging available if you fancy something different.

Cons: Has a separate edging like all laminates do (not a seamless, wrapped edge finish like poly), limited colour range, can scratch if not cared for properly.

Polyurethane (often referred to as poly) is an MDF board that is sprayed with 2 pac paint in either a gloss or satin (matte) finish. There is no need for separate edging with poly as the paint covers the front and sides of the board all at once.

The best thing about poly is that you can choose any colour from any paint brand such as Dulux, Taubmans, Wattyl or similar. (Although, we recommend Dulux over other brands due to it’s reliable, consistent colour finish.)

Pros: Infinite colour options, smooth consistent edge finish, available in gloss or satin (matte) finish.

Cons: Chips easily, expensive to replace, takes longer to manufacture than laminate.

Fine sheets of actual timber that are applied to the board’s surface and coated in a clear protective resin finish. Much like laminate only using a real timber product as opposed to a paper-printed one.

Pros: Durable, resistant to UV, scratching, staining & moisture, contains real timber so looks and feels authentic.

Cons: Most expensive option

Our Recommendations

Investment / rental properties

Why we prefer laminate:

  • It’s the least expensive surface available
  • Has plenty of colour, texture and finish options
  • Hard wearing, low maintenance for rentals
  • Adds as much value as any other kitchen cabinet material

The main purpose of an investment property is to make money and ideally, you want high returns for low spends. Laminate will give you that.

Tenants don’t look after things the same way an owner/occupier would so it’s wise to choose a cabinet material that can take a few hits without needing repair or replacement too often.

Laminate is durable & very hard wearing. It won’t dent or chip like polyurethane can. Even if it does happen to get damaged it’s inexpensive to replace.

The laminate manufacturing process has come a long way over the years, lasting even longer and withstanding moisture, wear & tear better than ever.

With so many colour, texture and finish options available, laminate makes it really easy to get a designer kitchen without the designer price tag.

Owner/occupiers (no kids)

Why we prefer polyurethane or timber veneer/poly combo:

  • Both are a deluxe finish meant to be enjoyed
  • Poly colour options are almost endless, easy to match
  • Timber veneer is a premium product in line with current trends

Timber veneer adds a natural, organic element to your kitchen that can be used to create contrast between finishes for a more contemporary design. It also lowers the required maintenance that usually comes with using natural products.

Poly is a beautiful finish that wraps seamlessly around the edges of the door panels. The only downsides is that it chips easily if not cared for and it’s expensive to replace. However, when you live in your own home you are more likely to look after things so the risk of damage is greatly reduced (especially if there are no small children running around).

Because poly panels are spray painted, the colour options are virtually limitless. Choose from any dulux or taubmans (or similar)  paint chart and mix half or quarter strength colours to get the perfect colour and shade that matches harmoniously with all your other finishes.  (We recommend Dulux above all paint brands due to it’s reliable, consistent colour finish.)

Owner/occupiers (with kids)

Why we prefer laminate or a poly/laminate/acrylic combo:

  • Small children wreck things
  • Laminate & acrylic is hard to wreck
  • Mixing finishes creates a high-end effect in line with current kitchen trends
  • Poly’s flexible colour range makes it easy to match with other materials

Small children and nice things don’t mix. If you bang an object into a laminate or acrylic board, not much will happen besides maybe a minor scratch. Do the same with poly however, and it will chip to reveal the core board beneath it which is not the same colour as the surface. You will notice the defect. If this doesn’t sit right with you, we don’t recommend choosing poly for lower cabinets in homes with small children who are likely to damage it at some stage.

(Despite this, plenty of people still prefer poly and use it anyway. There’s nothing wrong with that if you’re prepared to replace a panel every so often.)

Alternatively, if you’re not keen on a full laminate or acrylic kitchen, why not combine two different materials together? Place the poly up top away from reach of children and the more durable laminate or acrylic on the bottom for the best of both worlds.

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