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Painted vs Stained Cabinets

Finish often dictates the look, feel and performance of kitchen cabinets. Paint and stain are the two types of finishes applied to almost every cabinet. They are substantially different and offer unique bites of the apple. Which is better? There is no better per se. Selecting paint versus stain is a matter of personal preference.

white painted cabinets kitchen remodel by taylor tim jm kitchen & Bath Denver

Homeowners in Denver that prefer a sleeker finish, with clean lines and a smooth service like paint. Another advantage of paint is that it offers a much broader range of color options. There are not a lot, if any, stains that can provide the same look as blue, gray, yellow, red, teal or other colored paints. A significant difference in paint and stain is how it reacts to a wood surface. Paint covers the wood, whereas stain soaks into a wood surface, and this makes paint more flexible and more customizable.

Natural wood with grey tint cabinet kitchen
Natural Wood with a Grey Tint

Paint is also more resistant to water and shows less dust but more dirt than stained counterparts. Painted cabinets tend to cover the natural grain of a cabinet and in doing so can also hide imperfections and knots in the wood. Another consideration when selecting paint is that it can be, at times more difficult to touch up if nicked.

Homeowners in Colorado are drawn to stain because it does allow for the natural character and grain of the wood to shine through. That also makes it easier to touch up if scratched or nicked. On the other side of the spectrum, stain also shows imperfections and knots in the wood.

Rustic kitchen with natural wood cabinets

Paint is typically selected by homeowners who want a more modern, contemporary look. Stain is a go-to option for those looking for a more traditional or transitional look. Stain shows more dust but hides more dirt and is easier to clean. 

Which finish would work best in your dream kitchen? We have numerous door samples in our showroom that illustrate the options available to you. Please give us a call at (303) 300-4400 in Denver or (303) 688-8279 or visit either of our showrooms and let us show you how to pick the best finish for your new kitchen.