Painting Cabinets vs Staining Cabinets

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Painting Cabinets vs Staining Cabinets

Is it better to try painting cabinets or staining cabinets?

There’s no denying that one of the first things you will notice in any kitchen is the cabinetry. There’s also no denying that the cabinetry can make or break the entire aesthetic of your kitchen. Staining your kitchen cabinetry VS painting cabinets are two totally different looks. Debating which one is right for your kitchen? Let’s look at the pros and cons of both!

Painted Cabinets

Pros:

  1. Painted cabinets provide a very clean, crisp aesthetic to your kitchen. Painting really provides a more modern and sleek finish, as you cannot see the character marks that are visible when cabinets are stained
  2. Painting cabinets allows for more color options. This gives you so many different ways to make your kitchen custom to exactly what you are wanting. It is also much easier to paint over cabinets to change the color than it would be to change the stain color!
  3. Paint goes on fiberboard much better than stain does. Fiberboard, not being as expensive as real wood, is a great way to cut costs when choosing cabinetry. When painted, it is much harder to tell the difference.

Cons:

  1. The paint can hide character. While this could be a plus, depending on the look you are going for, if you are someone who loves the look of natural wood grain, paint probably isn’t the route you should go.
  2. Painted cabinets can be difficult to touch up. You may not be able to find the exact color match, and if your cabinets were painted by spray it may not look too great if you touch them up using a brush.
  3. Paint is more expensive than stain, especially if you consider that it may take more than one coat!

Stained Cabinets

Pros:

  1. Stained cabinets are much easier to touch up. There are many stain markers and crayons available for touch-ups. Even if you cannot find the exact stain match, chances are you won’t even be able to tell and it will blend right in with the wood grain.
  2. Stain shows more wood features. If you are someone who loves the beauty of natural wood grain, the right stain color can showcase it even more. Stain allows the wood’s natural character to shine through.
  3. The stain is generally cheaper than paint. This is especially important if you’re someone who is remodeling on a budget!

Cons:

  1. Medium-density fiberboard is significantly cheaper than real wood, and stain just doesn’t look good on it. If you are set on staining your cabinetry you will have to save money another way.
  2. While stain does show the wood grains character, some view this as a negative. Not all wood grain is blemish-free. Stain will show all of the distinct features the grain has to offer, whether it’s pretty or not.

Stain and paint are two completely opposite options. Though it can be a difficult decision, it is important to remember what the overall vibe you’re aiming for in your kitchen is! When you are ready for a kitchen makeover and want a fresh look for your cabinets, give Cabinets by BRS a call for your free quote!

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