Juniper Cabinet Video

Find out how the invasive Juniper Tree becomes beautiful cabinetry.

Juniper is indigenous to eastern Oregon. However, due to several factors including human fire suppression; it has taken over some areas and is depleting the water table and contributing to soil erosion. The Bureau of Land Management has suggested selective harvesting of Juniper trees to help restore the natural ecosystem.

Neil Kelly Cabinets is working with environmentalists, legislators, rural communities and wood artisans to help create a market for this wood – prized for its beauty, as well as its incredible resistance to decay. Local mills are now processing this restoration wood into durable products such as decking, timbers, and of course, beautiful cabinets.

Watch the video below to see how the Juniper tree is harvested and then becomes beautiful cabinetry!

Non-Toxic Cabinetry Gains Awareness

Non-Toxic Cabinetry Gains Awareness


The Northwest has always been a trendsetter in sustainability, but now more homeowners, especially those with families, are closely examining how healthy their homes are. Most cabinets in the U.S. contain formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds that off-gas into the home and can create unhealthy indoor air quality.

Neil Kelly Cabinets addressed this problem early in the 90s and now is the first cabinet company to conform to DECLARE, a new standard by the International Living Building Institute that requires a label listing all ingredients and chemicals used. The Natually Northwest cabinet line offers a variety of unique Northwest styles, uses all natural glues, and has no “red-listed” chemicals — and still offers the bust durability on the market.

Furniture Design:  “Now THAT’S a Conference Table!”

Furniture Design: “Now THAT’S a Conference Table!”

furniture design, neil kelly cabinets, custom cabinets

Furniture design is an art form.  And thanks to the Neil Kelly Cabinet Company, a group of health care professionals in Alaska is about to get a conference table that is a work of art.  And—it’s helping the Central Oregon environment.

How could a piece of furniture be one of the largest conference tables you’ve ever seen AND help the environment?  Well, we’re glad you asked.

furniture design, neil kelly cabinet company, custom cabinetsThis massive table—it will seat more than 24 people—was commissioned by the Moda Health Center in Anchorage, Alaska.  Much of the table is made from western juniper sourced from grassland restoration projects in Central and Eastern Oregon’s high desert.

You see, juniper is a native Oregon species—but it is an invasive native species. A side effect of our ability to control wildfires is that juniper has spread, well, like wildfire. It’s crowding out native grasslands, threatening the sage grouse and sucking the fragile water table dry.

Juniper is really an inspiring wood—it’s strong, moisture and bug resistant, and has beautiful markings. It’s so resistant that planter boxes made from juniper can last 50 years, unlike cedar.
Continue reading

Neil Kelly Kitchen Cabinets:  “Built To Last”

Neil Kelly Kitchen Cabinets: “Built To Last”

kitchen cabinet renovation, kitchen cabinet remodelKitchen cabinets are usually the first target of a kitchen remodeling project, and for good reason:  In many cases the cabinet styles were so faddish (remember—a fad is not a trend) that they are stylistically out of date.  And in other cases the kitchen cabinets were so cheaply built they’re simply falling apart.

But recently a remodeling project in West Seattle reminded us how good high quality cabinets can actually save money in the long run.

Joe found a home that he really liked, and he thought the kitchen style would work for him and the layout was functional.  While Joe wasn’t too fond of the outdated countertops and appliances,seattle kitchen remodeling, kitchen cabinet remodel seattle, custom cabinets seattle, he felt like the cabinets still looked good and seemed pretty solid.  The countertop installers confirmed Joe’s suspicions about the quality of the kitchen cabinets.  “They commented that—even after 20 years—the cabinets were perfectly level and didn’t require any modifications to install the new countertops,” Joe says.

Neil Kelly Seattle Design Center General Manager Debbie Thorpe says Joe opted to replace the old countertops with Silestone for the main working countertops and a marble slab of Rain Forest for the upper eating bar. “He installed new sinks, faucets, range, range hood, and dishwasher,” she says. “He also saved a lot of money by installing new stainless steel panels on the existing refrigerator instead of replacing the entire unit.”
Continue reading