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Sample ImageDesigning cabinetry for one of the country’s most noteworthy show homes is a privilege any cabinetmaker would covet. For Kent Moore Cabinets that prestigious opportunity knocked when custom builder Dale Christian, owner of Jefferson Christian Custom Homes, Inc., asked the cabinetmaker to build for a Southern Living magazine Idea Home.
For Sherwin-Williams, this also meant an opportunity to showcase the beautiful, durable wood finishes it provides to Kent Moore Cabinets, the largest privately-owned custom cabinetmaker in Texas.
In designing the Southern Living Idea Houses (three are built annually across the South) the country’s top architects and builders pull out all the stops, calling on leading manufacturers of the most innovative products for the home. The magazine’s esteemed Idea Houses inspire home buyers, builders, remodelers and interior designers with fabulous floor plans, unique architectural details and beautiful, livable interiors.

Sample ImageEach home boasts a distinct identity often originating with the region’s own architectural flavor. More than 20,000 visitors tour every Idea Home, with proceeds from the tours donated to charity. The homes are also featured in the pages of the magazine, and online visitors can take virtual tours at www.southernliving.com.  Southern Living’s Bryan, Texas, Idea Home is located just a few miles from Kent Moore Cabinets’ 47,000-square-foot finishing plant and a 160,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, both in Bryan. The company sells primarily to builders of custom homes such as Jefferson Christian, and to high-end residential production builders.

Auspicious Wood and Stone Dwelling
Bold and subtle is the statement made by the Texas home, which wraps around a wide, undulating and spectacular lot. The sprawling, ranch-style dwelling consists of multiple structures linked by a series of glass-filled halls and tucked-away pathways. The home’s striking cedar-and-stone exterior encompasses four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a two-story family room with an over-size fireplace created from native stone, and a private master wing. Outdoor dining and living areas overlook the pool and spa, offering views of the championship Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

Kent Moore Cabinets’ design professionals worked with the home’s interior designer to plan cabinetry for the kitchen, family, game and craft rooms, bathrooms and laundry room. In the kitchen, both dark and light-colored cabinets co-exist harmoniously, while a large T-shaped island with pedestal legs and an off-white wood-paneled base serves as a food preparation and casual dining area. The impressive family room’s high ceilings draw the eye upward toward substantial cedar trusses, with additional wood elements including a run of cabinetry and a timber ledge balancing the stone fireplace.
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For most of the rooms, alder cabinets were chosen. Alder’s naturally light color and fine grain provides an ideal palette for stains and glazes. Many of the cabinets were finished in warm-toned Autumn Harvest stain, often enhanced with a dark, dramatic Ebony glaze. Since all Kent Moore cabinets are made to order, customers can request an almost endless variety of custom-blended, proprietary stain colors and glaze effects. Cabinetry featuring door styles with unique curves and slopes and just the right trim and moldings can be enhanced with distressing.  Kent Moore Cabinets has invested heavily in finishing systems and other technologies to support the workmanship of its experienced craftsmen with efficient production processes.  The centerpiece of the finishing process is a new flatline finishing system from Giardina. Growing demand for Kent Moore Cabinets throughout the region and a commitment to “go green” were the catalysts for the decision to invest in the $6 million Italian-made system.

According to Teresa Galliher, Kent Moore vice president, the flatline system allows the company to produce high-end, furniture-quality finishes with greater efficiency than ever before. The flatline system’s more environmentally-friendly process features microwave-based, ultra-violet curing of waterborne coatings. Further, a recycling component collects overspray for reuse.

Custom Finishes for Custom Cabinets
Sample Image“We have a commitment to green technology, so our challenge was to find a coatings supplier with the technology, resources and dedication required to provide water-based coatings for our cabinets,” says Galliher. “We were adamant about not altering the equipment settings on the flatline to adapt to conventional chemistry or off-the-shelf coatings.”  For a custom solution, Kent Moore Cabinets turned to Sherwin-Williams, knowing the coatings supplier could be counted on for both technical assistance and custom formulation of wood finishes. The Sher-Wood® Ultra-CureTM Waterborne UV Coating System, including stains, sealers and topcoats, was selected for precise modification for use with the new flatline. Ultra-Cure coatings provide outstanding physical properties along with ultra-low VOC content. The UV coatings also dry incredibly fast, allowing for increased productivity, faster throughput and better transfer efficiency.

The finishing process begins with wood pieces being fed by hand into the flatline system which houses a stain line with rotary stain application; a seal-coat line with a reciprocating head application; and the topcoat line, which also uses a reciprocating spray system. Wood pieces travel twice through each line, providing complete coverage on all sides of wood parts.  Each line in the system features a combination of heating methods to trigger the curing process. For example, the stain line employs forced hot air and infrared lamps. The sealer and topcoat lines use microwave operating systems, two types of hot air blowers and high intensity ultra violet lights.
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“Sherwin-Williams has provided us with the waterborne spray/no wipe stains that give us the same high quality appearance as a hand-wiped finish.  The waterborne sealer and topcoat provide both durability and clarity while allowing for flexibility in application for our wide range of materials,” Galliher says.   Galliher says her company offers “more combinations and colors than Baskin-Robbins has flavors.”   Sherwin-Williams delivers its Sher-Wood stains in custom-blended colors for Kent Moore Cabinets. Popular choices available from the cabinetmaker include Burnt Sienna, Golden Nutmeg, and a Classic Chestnut-Ebony glaze combination.

Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams
Chemical Coatings
920 Midland Building
101 Prospect Avenue, N.W.
Cleveland, OH 44115
Customer Service: 1-800-524-5979
www.sherwin-williams.com/oem