Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
In most cases the cabinet does not show the material that was used in its construction. Go look at your cabinet that holds the kitchen sink. The only part of the cabinet that you see is the face frame.
The end cabinets will have one side showing and it can easily be covered with a wood veneer to match the face frames. Plywood, 1/4" and contact cement make the job easy.
If you want to paint the inside of the cabinets use some type of plywood. (Note you'll probably have to allow the paint to cure for a week or two so that the shelf paper wont stick. DAMHIKT) And how many times do you want to paint the interior of the cabinets?
If your SO is like my wife, Melamine (White) is the interior of choice. It is so easy to clean and shelf paper doesn't stick. The Melamine is probably the most durable surface that you can put in kitchen cabinets.
You can purchase Melamine for about $38 a sheet where plywood is going to be $50 a sheet at the least.
Kitchen cabinets are intended to hide the mismatched dinnerware and the jelly jars used for drinking glasses. Especially if you and your SO have been together for more than a few years. (It's just the way that life works.)
OK, the above is for kitchen cabinets, furniture cabinets are different.
If you have Grandma Great's wedding china, that you are trying to display, you're building furniture that is built in. Glass in the doors, stained and finished interiors with lighted shelves are the requirements. Remember, it is Grandma Great's china and not jelly glasses.
The answer is probably not what some would want to hear. However, if you approach the project on a functional basis, you'll make the decision based on the needs of the user.
I have seen comments about Melamine that are similar to "I wouldn't have that poop in my kitchen." Well, I know a professional cabinet maker that does mostly remodel jobs in expensive neighborhoods, like Newport Beach. For kitchen cabinets, he uses nothing but Melamine. I've seen his work and it is top quality. Display furniture is different but the kitchen is Melamine.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.