MDF panels and doors used in cabinet-making are made from an MDF base to which an opaque finish is applied.
Since this material must be painted, the choices of opaque colors and glazes are the same as for hardwood. MDF, however, has the advantage of being more affordable.
MDF doors are usually molded in one piece. Assembled five‑piece models that look more like hardwood doors are now available and make the product more attractive.
The demand for MDF is constantly on the rise, as it is used to make so-called Italian style cabinets, which are becoming increasingly popular. Made from MDF panels on which a high‑gloss, brightly colored finish is applied, these cabinets have an alluring appeal for those who would like to have a kitchen with a young, contemporary appearance. Obtaining such quality gloss requires eight coats of carefully applied finish, which makes this style of cabinet more expensive.