PAINTED VS STAINED CABINETS: WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU?
The cabinetry in the kitchen is the main feature. It sets the tone for the room, determines the colors, and defines the style. Cabinets come in a variety of styles and layouts, but the options for surface finishes are limited. This article focuses on the key differences between painted vs. stained cabinets, the two most common types of cabinets used in kitchen designs.
Are you planning a kitchen renovation and aren’t sure if painted or stained cabinets would be better for you? You’ve found the right place. This article will provide insights into how The French Refinery assists homeowners in selecting the most suitable custom cabinetry for their kitchens.
By learning a few valuable tips, you’ll be well-equipped to choose a cabinet finish that not only complements your home but also enhances its overall appeal.
PAINTED VS STAINED CABINETS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
It is important to understand the differences between painted and stained cabinets before comparing the pros and cons.
The wood grain is the biggest factor in determining the finish style. Paint covers the wood grain while a stained finish colorizes it.
The base material is important because all cabinet finishes consist of a liquid that dries on the surface when applied. The base material for most stained cabinets will be solid wood or wood grain veneer. A painted cabinet, on the other hand, might use MDF instead of solid wood because painting the cabinet’s surface is the main goal. MDF is a better substrate to paint on because it’s more stable and less likely to crack at the joints.
Grey stains have become increasingly popular.
Paint cabinets tend to look better with whites, grays, and accent colors that are more unusual. Paint cabinets are often painted in cooler-toned colors, like teal, navy, or seafoam.
The cost difference between painted and stained cabinetry is not so much affected by the type of wood that was used in the construction. A painted cabinet might be about the same price as a stained cabinet made of birch, maple, or other wood. Mahogany and cherry are much more expensive.
It’s important to note that the species is only relevant when staining a cabinet, not painting it. Why would you spend so much money on mahogany cabinetry if all you were going to do was paint it over? Stained cabinets can be more costly, so you may want to consider a less expensive option.
Re-staining is more expensive than refinishing. The reason is that the surface has to be cleaned and prepared before applying the finish. This is a very simple process for painting cabinets. It usually involves a little light sanding and cleaning the surface. Good painters can paint a kitchen cabinet system of average size for between $6,000 and $11,6000.
It is more difficult to re-stain a set of cabinets because the stain can’t be applied on top of an existing finish. It is necessary to sand and strip each surface before applying a new stain. Re-staining is more expensive than repainting because it requires more work. For a kitchen of average size, this could cost between $7,000 and $15,000.
There is a slight trade-off when it comes to durability between stained and painted finishes. Painted cabinets are more durable because they have a layer of paint that protects them from scratches and dents. Staining cabinets can hide damage better than painted ones.
This is why: stained cabinets are more character and have a natural variation in color. It’s not easy to spot a few chips or scratches. While painted surfaces may initially be more protected, any small blemishes will become apparent once they are there.
Dirt and dust are no different. Painted cabinets are easy to spot when they require a thorough cleaning. It can help to extend the life expectancy of cabinets as they will remain clean for longer.
However, stained cabinets don’t need to be cleaned as often just to look good. While you might not need to clean your cabinets as frequently, dust, dirt, and grime will remain on them longer. This can lead to long-term damage and unwanted stains.
WHICH CABINET FINISH WILL LOOK BEST IN MY HOME?
It can be hard to plan your kitchen’s aesthetics on your own. It’s easy to choose a cabinet style that suits your tastes and the design of your home. It’s good to know that many cabinet makers offer their entire line in painted and stained options. Finding a cabinet that fits your needs is easier than you think.
You might enjoy painted cabinets in dark or light grays if your interior design style tends toward contemporary. Wood stains in lighter shades of white-yellow also have a modern look.
If you are more traditional, darker wood stains like cherry, oak, or walnut may be better suited to your tastes. White-painted cabinets are perhaps the most classic option.
Two-tone cabinets are currently one of the most common design elements in kitchen renovations. You might, for example, choose white wall cabinetry and navy base cabinets or install an accent color island.
This may help you if you are still having trouble choosing between paint and stain. It is often difficult to find two stains that complement each other. Therefore, we suggest choosing two paint colors or a stain and paint.
WHICH CABINET FINISH WILL BE BEST FOR MY LIFESTYLE?
When choosing a cabinet finish, consider your lifestyle, especially if you have children. They are a significant factor to take into account. If you have small children, your cabinets are likely to get damaged. Although you can take measures to protect them, it is almost inevitable that someone will eventually use a potato grater on them.
If you have children who are still in the “tornado” phase, a stained wood finish is the best option. The stained wood grain will be more durable and can withstand more abuse before showing signs of wear. You could also choose laminate cabinets which are more durable.
It might be more sensible to paint cabinets if your children are older. Even though little things will happen, painted cabinets are more resilient to a single scuff.
YOUR CUSTOM CABINETS AWAITS WITH THE FRENCH REFINERY
Tired of settling for cabinets that don’t quite fit? At The French Refinery, we get it. Our Tampa custom cabinet makers specialize in turning your cabinet dreams into reality. Whether you’re torn between painted or stained cabinets, our custom services are designed for you. Elevate your space with cabinets that solve storage challenges while reflecting your style.