Think painting cabinets is the way to go? Think again! It may seem to be a simple option, but there are more cons than pros when it comes to painting cabinets.
Paint hides character features.
Paint is thicker than stain, so it sits on top of the wood rather than being absorbed. Not only does this create a flat, plain, surface, it hides the natural grain and knots of the wood, which is what makes natural, solid wood cabinets so desirable and beautiful.
Stains showcase character features.
Unlike paint, stains don’t steal the spotlight of the woods natural character. While paint sits on top, stain soaks in and enhances the beauty and uniqueness of each piece of wood.
Paint is harder to touch up.
We all know there will be eventual wear and tear on our kitchens. Between pets, kids, using feet to close cabinet doors, it’s just a matter of time. Touching up painted cabinets can be tricky. Color matching will be a big feat. When buying pre-fabricated cabinets, most companies won’t use Sherwin-Williams, Behr or whatever paint that is at the local Home Depot. Without having the exact paint, the touch up spot will be more noticeable than the blemish was to begin with. Keep in mind, even if the exact paint match is obtainable, paint fades over time so it may never match 100%. On top of all of this, most companies that provide painted cabinets apply the paint with a spray, which makes touching up even harder.
Stains are easy to touch up.
Touch up markers are a wonderful thing! Even if the exact match isn’t available, wood is so dimensional, finding a stain that is close will be easy and the imperfection will blend in as if it was never there to begin with.
Paint isn’t cost-effective compared to stains and lacquer.
When comparing painted to stained, painted cabinets will always hold a much steeper price. How much? On average, painted cabinets will be about 10% to 15% higher in price than stained, which, depending on the side of the kitchen, can be hundreds of extra dollars for a higher maintenance product.
All in all, staining is the way to go to save money, and create a more dimensional and durable showcase for the perfect dream kitchen.