Merillat Makes Aging in Place Easier

Whether you have mobility problems or plan to stay in your house throughout your retirement, planning ahead is important. Remaining in familiar, comfortable surroundings (aging in place) is good for your state of mind and your health and Merillat Cabinetry has the products to help you do it.  So if this is your pine box home (the only way they’ll get you out of there is in a pine box) then start thinking about your options and check this page for ideas.

Easy access is the first important step.  If you foresee a time when you may be in a wheelchair or have limited mobility, then look to features like drawers, pull-out cabinets and storage accessories that will make your life easier.  They’re called functionalities, those conveniences in a kitchen that makes it easier to work and live in.  Pull-out trash cans and recycling bins, pull-out trays and lazy susan cabinets all fall into this category.

Lazy Susan Cabinet

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A lazy susan corner cabinet is an ideal corner cabinet in any kitchen, but it becomes a critical part of any kitchen designed to help homeowners age in place.  It puts items out in front where you can reach them and is available in any style or finish of the Merillat Classic or Merillat Masterpiece line.

Base Pantry Towers

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This Merillat Masterpiece base multi-storage cabinet puts everything at your fingertips.  Both doors are equipped with shelves for canned goods and spices and the rest of the space has movable storage towers for anything else you might need to stash away.  It’s perfect for anyone with limited mobility.

Pot and Pan Base

AIP Drawers

These drawers will hold anything!  No more scrabbling in your cabinets for  stock pots, frying pans or plastic storage containers and their lids.  Available in Merillat Masterpiece and Classic, these drawers are roomy and load-rated at 75 lbs so you can it can handle your biggest mixing bowl or heaviest cookware.

Pegged Drawer Kit

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A good option for people with limited reach, the affordable pegged drawer kit allows you to store plates, bowls and serving pieces down low where it’s easier to reach.  The pegs are adjustable, to keep your breakables safe.

Pull-out Trash

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Make sure you have a pull-out trash cabinet in your new kitchen, itmakes trash disposal easy and convenient.  Available in one, two or four can options, you can pick the one based on what your mobility needs are.

Chopping Block

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Anyone in a wheelchair can still help with food preparation using this Merillat Masterpiece chopping block.  It brings the work surface out so you can sit and work instead of stand, or you just want a little extra workspace.

Do Black Stainless Steel Appliances Have Staying Power?

Brand new.  Up-to-date.  Cutting edge.  Different.

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Black stainless steel appliances by Kitchen Aid

These are the aspirations of most of our clients have and these aspirations spur creative thinking about the look they want in their new kitchen.  Black stainless steel appliances can be part of the dream but if you’re building or remodeling, remember to balance aesthetics with long-term value.  Since appliances are an important visual factor in a kitchen, our experienced designers at Carolina Kitchen & Bath came up with some pros and cons for black stainless appliances.

Eliminate “Custom Kitchen” Sticker Shock with Merillat Masterpiece

Everybody wants a custom kitchen.

cus·tom adjective  Made to order for a particular customer, as in: “We want custom cabinets.”

That’s Webster’s definition but it probably doesn’t say it all.  To many buyers, it means “meticulously crafted using only quality materials by a local craftsman and costing big bucks.”

So how can you get this quality without spending a fortune?  At Carolina Kitchen & Bath, we offer Merillat Masterpiece cabinetry, a line that offers a wide range of styles, finishes, sizes, storage options and upgrades.  Masterpiece cabinets are built with care and attention to detail out of quality

Rules To Heed If You Don’t Want To Be Voted Off the Island

What can an island do for your kitchen?

A kitchen plan that includes an island opens up range of possibilities; it’s an avenue to unlock design potential with different colors, styles and product choices.  You can select a contrasting finish color for the island versus the perimeter of the kitchen; give the island a furniture look or bring two different countertops into the plan.  By all means, pick the colors and products you love, but avoid a design disaster by paying attention to how they go together.  Here are some rules to follow so you won’t be voted off the island:

De-wrinkle Your Laundry In More Ways Than One.


This pull-out ironing board is always ready to go

Space is always at a premium

A laundry room often ends up getting short-changed in terms of style and storage.  That plastic laundry tub the contractor put in is functional, but there’s no way to store anything out of sight.  And you’ve got to face facts – it’s just plain ugly.  Open coated-wire shelves above the washer and dryer offer a few square feet of space, but crowded shelves are an eyesore.  Take a look at improving this area of your home with some smart, elegant ideas.

Try revamping laundry chores with Merillat Cabinetry’s built-in functionalities like this pull-out ironing board.  Replace the clumsy one that’s hanging on the wall with a conveniently-hidden ironing board that there so you can smooth out the wrinkles and move on to more interesting things.  And since you’re in renovation mode, toss out those open shelves above the washer and dryer and replace them with wall cabinets for some great-looking storage.

New Products from Merillat Bring Value to Your Life


2017 is starting off as a banner year!  Merillat is introducing four new cabinets that will add beauty, value and convenience to your kitchen.  Their new Message Center, Floating Shelves, Wine Storage and Matching Mantel Hood do an gorgeous job of making your life better.  Come in to our showroom at Carolina Kitchen & Bath and we’ll introduce you to Merillat Quality.

Message Center



The Message Center wall cabinet can be installed on the side of another wall cabinet and incorporates two white boards, key hooks, stainless steel pencil holder and shelves so you can stash your tablet or write a reminder to your kids.  It comes in every door style Merillat Classic offers and will help you tame some of the clutter.  Add value and convenience with the Message Center.

Floating Shelves



Formerly a feature only in the Merillat Masterpiece line, the Floating Shelves come in all finishes and provides a way for your special decor pieces to really stand out.  They can be used with corbels like in the image below, or separately to create an open, contemporary look.  Use them to display your glass or tableware.  Bring beauty to a whole new level with Merillat Classic’s Floating Shelves.

Wine Storage Cabinet



Criss-cross your wine collection with Merillat Classic’s new Wine Storage Cabinet.  It’s generously-sized so it can store all your favorite vintages at your fingertips.  Formerly only available in the Masterpiece line, it’s just more evidence that the Classic line is expanding to meet important trends and decorating styles.  Now you can really pour on the the style with Merillat Classic’s Wine Storage Cabinet.

Matching Mantel Hood



Perfect for a traditonal kitchen, Classic is introducing its Matching Mantel Hood.  It’s available in all wood selections, styles and finishes so you use it to change up your kitchen by bringing in a second color in either stain or paint.  This will create a dramatic focal point in your kitchen and highlight your unique style.  Enjoy this traditional look and take advantage of the unconventional value.

Dovetail Drawers Add Strength and Durability

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Dovetailed drawer before assembly. The tails (L) and pins (R) mesh when joined and make a virtually unbreakable joint

Dovetail drawers have a long history of quality

Dovetail joinery is a construction technique that evolved millennia ago and has been found in Egyptian tombs from the First Dynasty as well as in the tombs of Chinese emperors.  It has been used in a wide range of applications from delicate jewelry boxes to timber-framed homes.  Tails and pins are fashioned to exacting standards and then slipped together, locking and forming a joint with great tensile strength.  Dovetail joinery is a sign of quality that’s easy to recognize and the technique is even used as a design element in a variety of

Finish Possibilities Part II – Neutrals!

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Remember “The Brady Bunch?”

Different doesn’t have to mean dangerous.

You can classify looks like the orange and green of the 70’s or the hunter green of the 90’s, as a fad that becomes old and unworkable when tastes shift and the inevitable next trend appears.  In the last few years, the fashionable colors have been neutrals, but the word “trend” just doesn’t fit them.  Beige, gray or taupe may be the predominant color in a room, but they can also serve as a foundation for any color – and it’s a foundation with staying power.

The range of colors in Merillat’s Masterpiece line stretches from a placid Dove White up through a dramatic Onyx and includes Merillat’s vibrant Cardinal, a red painted finish that’s a great color for an island or a butler’s pantry.  

Finish Possibilities Part I – White


Ad from the early 20th century showing up-to-date white cabinets

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

There’s a wide range of stained and painted finishes to choose from when selecting a finish color for your new kitchen, which means this can be a very tough choice.  Neutral pastels in light gray and creamy tones are coming to the fore but white-painted cabinets are classic, reaching back more than 100 years.  Between 1900 and 1920, when cities began focusing on improving the health of their residents, many inaugurated water systems.   This began a wave of modernization, with an emphasis on cleanliness and good hygiene as the ideal.  As the concept of the hygienic kitchen took hold, many manufacturers started producing white cabinets to appeal to the modern expectations of their customers.

Merillat Classic Ralston Turns a Small Kitchen Into a Smart Kitchen


Merillat Classic’s Ralston cabinets really score!

A recent Carolina Kitchen & Bath project in Kernersville, NC proves that small doesn’t have to be skimpy.   Our client chose Merillat Classic Ralston with a painted Cotton finish to lend a clean, uncomplicated look at an affordable price.  Staying within the budget was important, but that didn’t mean they had to sacrifice smart storage options.  The base cabinets have added functionalities that maximize the usefulness of the space.