QUESTION: I bought what I thought to be a high quality painted maple kitchen cabinets from …… (a store), but I have noticed some hairline cracks. The cabinet company said hairline cracks in cabinets is normal. Is that true? Ahwatukee homeowner
ANSWER: Yes, it is normal for hairline cracks to appear in cabinets over time where pieces are connected. Wood expands and contracts with changes in humidity at different rates, depending on the grain. Cracks will be more noticeable in light-colored cabinets, and in the winter when the air is dry. Bathroom cabinets with a shower that is frequently used will typically not show cracks because of the moist environment. –Let me say that you made a good choice for the wood specie. Maple is an excellent for a painted cabinet.
Tip: In the winter when the air is dry, keep a large pot of water on the stove on low heat, with some cloves and cinnamon sticks. Monitor to keep the water level high so it won’t evaporate dry and become a hazard. It puts a wonderful fragrance in the air, and the cabinets are quite happy with the moisture. It will minimize the appearance of cracks.
Happy Home Remodeling!