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Choosing the finish for your cabinets is a hugely important decision in the kitchen remodeling process. A cabinet needs to be built to last, but designed for love—the goal is to love the way your cabinets look just as much in ten years as the day they were installed.
Paint vs. Stain
If you are interested in painted cabinets, ask your designer a few questions about the kinds of paint a manufacturer uses; type of paint can affect everything from wear to water resistance. Also ask about manufacturer recommendations for paint touch-ups in the future.
Choosing stain means that wood choice is even more important. Talk to your kitchen designer about whether you want a rustic, natural look or something more clean, modern and uniform.
Glaze finishes can be applied to either painted or stained finishes, and are used to enhance color, architectural detail, or wood grain. Choosing to add a glaze finish allows you to further customize your cabinetry. Glazes are often used to create an antiqued or aged look, and sometimes are used to create a pattern like wood grain or marbling.
Worm holing is a technique used when distressing wood to achieve a vintage or worn look, by simulating the placement (at random) of small, naturally occurring wood holes, like you would expect to find in older species of wood.
Thought it seems counterintuitive, a high-gloss finish on a kitchen cabinet actually fights fingerprint smudges better than matte finishes—at least according to This Old House’s guide to painting kitchen cabinets. This is a particularly great option for those looking for a mix of modern and retro design in their new kitchen.
Veneers are a good option for homeowners on a budget. A veneer consists of a very thin layer of wood that is adhered atop the surface of a less-expensive wood. Many high-end brands offer veneer options, including Wood-Mode products; choose from a variety of exotic species of wood, or opt for an uber-modern stainless steel finish.
Adding your finishing options to your cabinetry vocabulary will help you navigate the world of custom kitchen design. Need a full-time tour guide? Stop in to Cabinets & Designs and speak with one of our certified kitchen designers today!