Natural Wood Expectations
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"In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they are still beautiful."-Alice Walker
It's hard to believe, but the materials for you dream space had a life long before you. And it is that history that makes them perfect for your home. Before they look residence in your home, they lived in nature. And, in many ways, nature lived in them. This is evident in the grain of the wood, the pinholes, the knots, the burls and the eclectic coloration left behind by mineral deposits. If you look closely, you can read the story of their former life. As with all organic material, there are also things to expect as the wood adjusts to a new life in your home.

Joint Lines

Wood is in a constant state of expansion and contraction.

This normal movement may cause some hairline cracks at the joints in the finish surface on cabinet doors and face frames.

This is a natural occurrence and does not weaken or diminish the strength of the joints.

End Grain

End grain surfaces are softer in composition than other areas of the wood.

As such, they absorb more stain and often appear darker.

This is a natural reaction and potential variances cannot be prevented.

Mineral Streaks

In nature, mineral deposits may form in the wood as the tree extracts nutrients from the soil.

Common in many wood types, these mineral deposits cause blackish-blue streaks in the grain.

When a finish is applied to mineral streaks, it may appear lighter or darker than other areas of your cabinetry.


A wood product is typically affected by environmental conditions that may alter its appearance from what it looked like when it was new. Here are a few conditions to keep in mind:

  •  As wood ages, the appearance of the finish may change or darken over time due to environmental factors such as interior lighting, sunlight and humidity.
  •  Finishes react to prolonged exposure to tobacco smoke, resulting in discoloration, which is especially noticeable on white and lighter finishes.
  •  Ovens and ranges emit heat and steam during operation. To protect the finish of adjacent cabinets, we strongly recommend the use of heat shields. On painted cabinetry, heat           shields are required.
  •  Showroom cabinetry samples, depending on age, room lighting and environmental factors, may look different from the new cabinetry installed in your home.

All mayland finishes are hand-crafted. As such, each door will be consistently unique. In addition, the natural characteristics of wood lend themselves to color variation, and this is also true when finish is applied. Veneer wood absorbs more stain than solid wood and will appear darker. Some door styles are built with a solid wood frame and a veneer center panel, which will show more color variation than doors with all solid wood components.