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Outdoor Kitchen Cabinet Doors: A Breakdown of Materials and Colours.

Posted by Kaitlyn Rogers on 6/14/17 6:30 PM

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Cabinets can be a pretty time consuming part of designing an outdoor kitchen.

Especially colours, colours can end up being the thing that causes the most delays to your entire kitchen. And for good reason.

The overall aesthetic is heavily influenced by what your most prominent colour is. Beside your bench top, your cabinets are the biggest source of colour. 

In this post we’re going to talk about the different options available for your cabinet doors, for some inspiration and information.

A quick tip when reading this post: in the industry when you hear someone talking about an insert in regards to a cabinet, they’re referring to the material you see on the door. The material that makes up the door (minus the frame) is called an insert. 


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Aluminum Composite Panel

One of the more popular choices we experience, Aluminum composite panels are an extremely versatile rigid substrate that can be utilized in a number of ways.

Some of their key features include:

  •  10 year colour warranty on their matte colours. 
  • 3 year UV warranty. This means your cabinets can be outside without a cover without losing the vibrancy of their colours. 
  • Water resistant. This is especially important within an outdoor kitchen. Along with UV resistance, it's important for your kitchen to be able to with stand all weather conditions of your area. This water resistance will protect your cabinets from more than just the weather, slips and spills within your cooking will be easily wiped away without leaving any permanent damage. 
  • Available in approximately 50 colours. One of the widest ranges within Australia. 
  • Available in various finishes. Including matte, gloss, metallic and a pearl finish.


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“Offers designer appeal, the confidence of a 10 year guarantee, applicable on all genuine Perspex grade inserts and numerous practical advantages.”

Taken from the from Perspex’s brochure, here are some of the key features you should expect:

  • High gloss finish: When supplied with Perspex acrylic inserts, they offer an ultra-high (glass like) gloss appearance.
  • Practical: These inserts are easy to look after and will not chip like paint. These doors have a unique “anti-finger mark” finish which reduces the need for continuous cleaning.
  • Hygienic: When your doors are installed with Perspex, your doors are guaranteed to be ultra-hygienic making them ideal for food preparation. They are also compliant with EU food contact regulations.
  • Safety: These doors offer superior impact resistance over glass and will not shatter.
  • Longevity: These doors are half the weight of glass doors, making them much easier to use. Their light weight puts less stress on hardware components and makes larger doors more practical.
  • Quality: Caring for the environment is important. In all parts of its operations, they take their responsibility to the environment very seriously. The two main components of one of their doors, aluminum and Perspex, are both fully recyclable.


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"The two-step, photo imaging process used to create DecoWood distinguishes it from the rest. First the aluminum is covered in a luxuriously textured super durable powder coating. Then images of timber grain are sublimated into the powder coating, ensuring absolute photographic precision." - DecoWood's website. 

Taken from DecoWood's website, here are some key features you should expect: 

  • LimeTree AlfrescoDurable: 50% more durable than standard powder coating and will never peel or rub off. Aluminum is resistant to termite attacks and will never warp or rot. 
  • Sustainable: No logging or harmful greenhouse gases from paints and stains. After the material has reached the end of it's life it is recycled.
  • Effortless: No sanding, painting, staining or oiling is required once installed. Lightweight aluminum is quick and easy to install. 
  • Australian: Decorative Imaging (the company behind DecoWood) is entirely Australian-owned and operated. 
  • Quality: Made from the highest quality materials available, DecoWood withstands harsh environmental conditions and fully complies with Australian and international standards for quality. 
  •  Wide range of choices: Choose from 23 DecoWood timber grains. 

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Corten Steel 

A key feature of Corten steel is their weather resistance. As their website explains "Under the influence of weather conditions, a dense protective patina layer composed of corrosion products is formed on the surface of the Corten Steel. The protective layer develops in approximately 18 months." 

The protective layer, or patina, is a reddish brown at first but gains a darker hue with time.

A small downside of Corten Steel is as the patina is developing you will experience some run off. Their website assures that this will "slow down and eventually stop entirely, however (their) calling specialists will suggest the inclusion of a small gutter in the cladding detailing to take the run off, or the installation of non-porous materials below."  


Looking for some more outdoor kitchen cabinets Melbourne? If you'd like to see some more examples of how your cabinets impact your overall space, we have two previous blog posts where we went into detail some of our favourite projects. Here is one from Blairgowrie, a brilliant white aesthetic, and here is another from the same suburb but with a completely different feel. Much more beachy and relaxed but still just as eye catching. 


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Topics: guides, things to consider, cabinets, colours

So you know we do Outdoor Kitchens...

But that's not all to us.

Behind the LimeTree Team is a bunch of people who love to spend time outside with a cold drink and enjoy the time spent around a table with people we love. 

And since it's almost impossible to run a business around Outdoor Kitchens without actually having one ourselves, we've become experts in all things outdoor and barbecue related.

From accidentally making the roast a little too well done, to figuring out all the technical details of why exactly the bar fridge is making that noise, we've gathered quite a few tips in tricks in our time. 

So we created this blog to share that with you.

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