FAQ

1.  Why should I buy custom Greenfield cabinets?

Custom means built just for you; similar to how no two people are alike, no two homes are alike.  Each home has its own specialness, quirks and challenges, which requires a custom approach.  When you work with our authorized dealers and designers, they will create a one-of-a-kind design that meets all your design, storage and aesthetic needs.  If you’d like to get the name of the dealer in your area, click here.

2.  Who owns Greenfield Cabinetry?

Greenfield Cabinetry, LLC is owned by The Corsi Group.  The Corsi Group is an American cabinetmaking company, started in 1973 by Pat Corsi.  To learn more, visit www.thecorsigroup.com.

3.  How do I buy Greenfield cabinets?

Greenfield cabinets are sold through authorized cabinet dealers and designers.  You cannot purchase our cabinets online.  You cannot purchase them directly from us.  They are all build to the designer’s exact specifications, one order at a time.  Just for you.  To get the name of a dealer near you, click here.

4.  Where are Greenfield cabinets built? How are the cabinets shipped?

Greenfield cabinets are built in one of our two U.S. manufacturing plants, located in Elkins, West Virginia, and Indianapolis, Indiana.  We ship most of our cabinet orders on our own trucks; however, we do use third-party transportation services for some U.S. locations, from time-to-time.

5.  What is Greenfield Framed cabinetry construction, versus Full Access construction?

A Framed cabinet is a cabinet which has a front face frame, or a frame of hardwood that is built onto the front of the cabinet’s sides, ceiling and floor.  Doors are mounted directly to the face frame with hinges, and the drawer front gets attached to the drawer box for the Greenfield Modern Overlay construction type.  For Greenfield Framed Inset construction type, doors and drawer fronts are mounted inside the face frame.

A Full Access cabinet has no front frame.  The Full Access cabinet has sides, a ceiling, a floor and a back which are all connected or joined together.  A Full Access cabinet has a larger opening, because there is no front frame, and hence, why it’s called a Full Access cabinet – there’s nothing reducing the opening or face of the box.

6.  Is Greenfield Framed or Full Access construction better/stronger?

The short answer is that neither Framed nor Full Access construction type is stronger; it’s really about preference.  Full Access cabinet construction provides more interior space for storage, and a larger opening to each cabinet, not to mention a very tight “reveal” of the cabinet case, because the doors and drawer fronts overlap the Full Access case more fully.  But, some homeowners perceive the front face frame as a preferred construction type, and opt for it.

According to Wikipedia, the frameless (aka Full Access) cabinet style, notable for its architectural minimalism emerged in European kitchen design post-World War II.  And although Full Access cabinets may be thought of as a more European or Modern type of cabinet, the reality is that a Full Access cabinet can be specified in Greenfield with Transitional and Traditional door and drawer styles as well. In other words, the outside appearance of your new Greenfield cabinets is one thing, the construction type you desire is another.  Your authorized Greenfield dealer will be happy to show you all the details.

7.  What is Inset cabinet construction?

A Framed Inset cabinet is one where the door and drawer front are mounted such that they are flush or nearly flush with the front face frame; the doors and drawer fronts literally sit inside the front frame.  It’s a more traditional look, which is enjoying a resurgence in preference.

Greenfield Cabinetry offers four different types of Framed Inset looks – keep in mind that all Inset doors and drawer fronts sit flush or nearly flush with the front face frame.  That won’t change; but what can change is the way the door and drawer front look inside the frame.  Greenfield offers two nearly flush options of Framed Inset called SR Inset and ER Inset.  Additionally, we offer a BI (Beaded) Inset option, where we carve a decorative detail around the inside edge of the front frame, which creates a bit more visual interest.  And lastly, we offer a CI (Coventry) Inset option, which is similar to the Beaded Inset option, only the decorative detail is larger.  Chunkier, if you will, for a more pronounced look.

Your authorized Greenfield dealer will be happy to show you the detailed differences.

8.  How do I clean Greenfield cabinets?

Caring for Greenfield cabinets is pretty simple.  We’ve written a blog about cabinet care basics.  Click here to read.

We also address care and cleaning of all our various Greenfield cabinet materials in our Care & Cleaning Instructions, posted online.  Click here to read.

9.  Are there specific humidity and temperature recommendations for Greenfield cabinets?

Relative humidity environments outside of a 25%-50% range will typically cause dimensional changes and possible structural damage to cabinet components, and will not be covered by our warranty.

Of particular importance for warranty coverage are storage and installation environments. Examples of environments that can be prone to out-of-warranty relative humidity are: homes in desert areas, lake or ocean front homes, homes lacking forced air systems that include humidification and/or de-humidification equipment, and storage or installation of products on freshly poured concrete floors.

Any modification to the hardware, structure or finish of your cabinetry by anyone other than those specifically authorized by Greenfield Cabinetry will void the warranty.

10.  Do Greenfield cabinets have soft-close hinges and drawer guides? How are they adjusted?

Yes, all Greenfield cabinets have soft-close hinges and full-extension, soft-close drawer guides made by Blum®.  Blum is the industry’s gold standard for functional hardware.

To adjust Blum hinges, click here.

To adjust Blum drawer guides (tilt/depth), click here.

To adjust Blum drawer guides (tilt/height), click here.

To adjust Blum drawer guides (side to side), click here.

We note that Roll-out Shelves do not have the same adjustability as drawer boxes, but are Blum guides as well.

11.  Are Greenfield cabinets made with plywood or particleboard?

Greenfield Cabinetry features plywood construction for most cabinets.  There are instances where MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) may be used to create a more stable or smooth product.

12.  Are there optional drawer materials for Greenfield cabinets?

Yes, in addition to the 5/8” dovetailed Maple drawer box (standard), Greenfield Cabinetry offers two different drawer box upgrades:  1) the Blum Legrabox (metal drawer, for Full Access construction type only), and 2) a 5/8” dovetailed Walnut drawer box, which is part of The Corsi Collection.  For more drawer images, click here.

Your authorized Greenfield dealer will be happy to review the choices with you.

13.  What is the difference between mortise and tenon and mitered door construction?

A mortise and tenon joint is a peg fit into a hole, and is a very common door and drawer front joinery technique for the frame.  The door’s 4- part frame wraps around a center panel, which is typically made of hardwood or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard).

Mitered doors are fitted together from parts cut at angles.  Door frame pieces are cut at 45-degree angles fit together to form snug, 90-degree corners for the door’s 4-part frame, which is wrapped around a center panel, again, typically made of hardwood or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard).

Click here to view all Greenfield door style options.

14.  What is a Slab door?

A Slab door is a door that is typically ¾” thick, and is made from a solid piece of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), with a painted finish or a veneer applied, and then finished with a stain/topcoat.  A Slab door/drawer front have no 4-part frame and center panel, which is the typical, 5-part door/drawer front construction (see Mortise and Tenon and Mitered door construction discussion under #15).

Click here to view all Greenfield door style options.

15.  Can I order my Greenfield cabinets in a custom paint match?

Yes!  Custom matched paints are a very popular choice among Greenfield homeowners.  In fact, choosing a custom match to a standard fan color from Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Farrow & Ball is the second most popular Greenfield finish option.

To explore a custom match, contact your authorized Greenfield dealer.  He/she will work with you to identify a color you would like for your new cabinets, and request a color matched block from us.  From there, you can discuss if this is the route you’d like to go.  There is a modest charge for the color match process, in addition to the paint premium.

16.  What is Glazing?

Glazing is an artistic, hand-applied translucent color that forms a layer atop a paint or stain.  Glazing lends additional, subtle depth and detail to the finish.  Glaze not only changes the overall color but will also hang-up or build in the cabinet details to add drama and visual depth.

The amount of Glaze that hangs up will vary greatly, depending on the selection of door style and even construction type (think of the beaded detail for a Framed Beaded Inset or Framed Coventry Inset construction cabinet).

Our Glaze is applied to all exterior finished parts of the cabinet, and loose items such as moldings, wainscot panels, legs, etc.  Also, any finished cabinet interiors will be glazed.  Backs of doors and drawer fronts are not glazed; however, for painted cabinetry, they are finished with a complementary finish.

Speak to your authorized Greenfield dealer to see samples of our Glazed finishes.  Or, visit the STYLES area of this website, to view various door samples that are shown with black, brown or grey glazing, or, with liming.

17.  What is Liming?

Liming is a classic finish method used to enhance the natural grain characteristics of wood.  This hand-applied material is also called a ceruse treatment.  In the distant past, the technique used actual lime as a colorant.  Today, the products are very safe.  We offer a white Liming on Rift Cut White Oak and Quarter Sawn White Oak choices.

We magnify the Liming effect by hand-scrubbing the wood with metal bristle brushes prior to the Liming application, working the brush parallel to the grain to avoid scratches.  As with any hand-applied finish treatment, the end result will vary from piece to piece.

18.  What is the Weathered & Worn finish treatment?

The Greenfield Weathered & Worn treatment is actually two different treatments that work hand-in-hand.  They are always used together.

Weathered is the sanding-off or softening of corners of doors and drawer fronts.  This Weathering effect will also be applied to select loose items such as turnings, wainscot, filler overlays, and more.  Interior elements (those behind doors and drawer fronts) will not be Weathered.  The finish color is applied after and over the Weathering process.

Worn is the over-sanding of edges of doors and drawer fronts with sanding emphasis on the Weathered portions.  This over-sanding exposes the raw colored base wood, creating a two-toned effect.  Weathered & Worn may be used with all stains, stains with Glazes, paints and paints with Glazes.

19.  What is the Heavy Distressing finish treatment?

Heavy Distressing is a very bold application of physical alterations to the exterior of the cabinetry, including:  bird pecks, dents, faux cracks, spattering and edge rasping.   The Heavy Distressing package includes Weathered & Worn.

Heavy Distressing may be ordered with all stains, stains with Glazes, paints and paints with Glazes.

Heavy Distressing will be applied to select exterior/loose items, in addition to the doors and drawer fronts.  Interior items, those behind doors and drawer fronts will not be treated.  This includes items behind glass front doors as well.  Heavy Distressing is performed before the final color process; therefore, distressed areas will appear darker than the overall background finish.

20.  What is Fenix NTM?

Our Fenix NTM doors and drawer fronts are made with an innovative material created by Arpa Industriale. The Fenix NTM surface is developed using nanotechnology and it is characterized by next generation acrylic resins, hardened and fixed with an electron Beam Curing process.  Far out, right?  With low light reflectivity, the surface of Fenix NTM is extremely opaque/matte, finger print resistant and features a very pleasant (think velvet) soft touch.

21.  What is Acrylic?

Acrylic doors and drawer fronts have an MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) core with a permanently-fused acrylic outer layer. Our Acrylic feature an ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) colored layer, which is permanently fused with a clear, ultra-high gloss Acrylic top layer. High tech stuff.

The high gloss surface on Acrylic pieces becomes more scratch resistant over the first few days after the protective film has been removed. Acrylic components are scratch resistant, not scratch proof.

22.  What is 2D Laminate?

Think of 2D Laminate material as a cousin to Acrylic material.  Our 2D Laminate doors and drawer fronts have an MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) core with a permanently-fused PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) material on top.  Our 2D Laminate doors and drawer fronts have a very subtle, vertical striation.

Like Acrylic, the high gloss surface on 2D Laminate pieces becomes more scratch resistant over the first few days after the protective film has been removed. 2D Laminate components are also scratch resistant, not scratch proof.

23.  What is the difference between Natural and Composite Veneers?

A Natural Veneer is a thin slice of hardwood adhered to an MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) core.  Natural Veneers show the variations of weather, soil content, and traits of the natural habitat.  The front and edges are of the specified Veneer (e.g. Flat Cut Cherry, Flat Cut Maple and Flat Cut Walnut).  Door and drawer front backs are Natural Maple Venner, for cabinets specified with a Natural finish. When a stain is applied, Maple door and drawer front backs are stained to complement the face of the door and drawer front.  Click here to see the Natural Veneer choices from Greenfield Cabinetry.

A Composite Veneer is a horse of a different color.  Composite Veneer is a “re-engineered” wood veneer.  It’s part art and part science.  The process begins with Obeche hardwood logs from environmentally-managed forests in Africa and supplemented with plantation-grown Poplar from Italy. These logs are then trimmed, sawn to length and peeled to create neutral-colored veneer.  The dried veneer is then dyed to produce the desired color. The dyed veneer is glued, stacked and pressed into large rectangular blocks which are sliced at precise angles to produce leafs or slices in the desired grain patterns. The new slice is then adhered to an MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) core.  Magic, right?  Composite Veneers are available in a variety of patterns and colors from Greenfield.  Click here to see them all.

24.  How do I touch-up my Greenfield cabinet exteriors?

Because Greenfield has so many different types of exterior material, that’s one question with many answers.

The easiest answer to provide is to consult your authorized Greenfield dealer for specific information on your specific exterior material(s).

The lion’s share of our Greenfield cabinets, however, are ordered with a painted or stained finish.  We do offer a Touch-up Kit which includes a touch-up crayon, a paint/stain pen, some topcoat material, extra door/drawer front bumpers and shelf pins.  This kit is highly recommended for minor, normal wear and tear touch-ups.  A Touch-up Kit is available through your Greenfield dealership.

A separate Touch-up Kit is necessary for every wood and paint/stain combination in your new kitchen or other room.  Additionally, a Pre-val Sprayer is necessary to catalyze the paint and topcoat, should you have a more substantial touch-up to do.  This item too is available through your Greenfield dealership.

25.  What is the Greenfield Cabinetry warranty?

We offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty for all Greenfield cabinets and components.  Click here to read (scroll down to page two).

26.  What are the typical items not covered by the Greenfield warranty?

There are a number of factors when considering whether or not a requested replacement part is covered by the Greenfield warranty.  In all cases, the homeowner is to work through the authorized Greenfield dealer for such requests.  If the dealer is no longer associated with Greenfield, write to info@thecorsigroup.com for the name of the sales rep in your area.

Our warranty does not cover or apply to any defect that is not caused by Greenfield Cabinetry.

Causes of product defects or malfunction that are not the responsibility of Greenfield Cabinetry and are not covered under this warranty include, but are not limited to:

  • Normal wear and tear,
  • Aging,
  • Finish degradation due to exposure to sunlight or other ultraviolet light sources,
  • Abuse,
  • Exposure to water or excessive heat,
  • Post-manufacturing modification,
  • Environmental conditions including storage environments,
  • Improper installation and
  • Neglect.

The typical requests we receive for replacement are for doors and drawer fronts on/around dishwashers and garbage can cabinets.

Dishwasher panels are exposed to more humidity than the other wood components of the typical kitchen, and can exhibit moisture issues.  There is no way to prevent such issues, and these requests are not covered by the warranty.  They are considered normal wear and tear.  Replacement panels can be ordered through the dealer at a charge.  A color match will likely be required, depending upon the age of the cabinet.

Garbage can cabinet doors/drawer fronts are high frequency touch areas, and wear on the finish around the decorative hardware on these cabinets is considered normal wear and tear.  Our catalyzed finishes are the best available, but, over time, these cabinet doors/drawer fronts will exhibit wear and are not considered eligible for warranty replacement.  Replacement doors/drawer fronts can be ordered through the dealer at a charge.  A color match will likely be required, depending upon the age of the cabinet.

We note that products installed in a horizontal application, such as wood tops, as well as doors and drawer fronts specified with touch latches or finger routs, in which the user repeatedly touches the finished surface will show wear over time, and are not considered cause for warranty and replacement.