Cabinet Materials

Where it all starts

Mid Continent’s innovative thinking first starts with smart material selection. No two pieces of material are the same, just like no two trees are alike, which results in unique variations of strength, versatility and appearance.

Natural Hardwoods

The warmth and texture of hardwood provides a natural contrast to stainless steel and glass accents found in most kitchens. In addition to grain, material exhibits defining characteristics such as mineral deposits, knots and sap runs that also contribute to its beauty, and are highlighted by stains and glazes.

Common Natural Characteristics

  • Bird Pecks – Small marks in the grain pattern caused by pecking birds
  • Burl – A swirl or twist in the grain of the wood that does not contain a knot
  • Sound Knot – A knot solid across its face, which shows no sign of decay
  • Unsound Knot – A circular area that once formed the base of a branch or twig
  • Wormholes – Holes in the wood ranging in size to a maximum of 1/16”
  • Sugar Tracks – Yellowish to dark brownish streaks that run throughout the wood
  • Mineral Streaks – Streaks of color ranging from olive to blackish-brown typically following grain pattern
  • Gum Streaks – Mineral-like streaks of color naturally occurring only in Cherry
  • Heartwood – The mature, usually darker wood, extending from the sapwood to the center tissue
  • Sapwood – Lighter colored parts that grow from inside the bark to the heartwood

Compound Materials

These materials are highly durable, less susceptible to discoloration and easy to maintain. They also provide flexibility in color, design and styling – a great option for many homes.


PureStyle features a color consistent, velvety smooth finish and clear, integrated top coat that won't crack or craze like painted wood products. PureStyle boasts a true 5-piece construction that effectively emulates the look of painted wood cabinets.


Thermofoil is a process where heat and pressure are used to bond a thin layer of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) film to a shaped and glued component made from MDF (medium density fiberboard). The result is a seamless surface that covers a panel's face and edges. The component back uses a white, seamless melamine surface - excellent for wear and easy cleaning.