It seems like kitchen cabinet trends change from light wood to dark wood, and then back again. It can be a never-ending cycle, leaving you exhausted and overwhelmed. To prevent having to replace your kitchen cabinets entirely, consider painting or staining. Both options offer a quick fix, although, staining is a more permanent option. Whatever you decide, there are pros and cons that you should consider before making a decision.
Painting gives kitchen cabinets a facelift without needing replacement. It is a relatively cost-effective option and can be done on many different types of materials when it comes to prefabricated kitchen cabinets. If your cabinets feature a flat surface and are free of grains and knots, painting your cabinets can be an easy option. Custom cabinets are often more complicated and costly due to not having a finish applied when designed.
The type of paint can affect the longevity of your painted kitchen cabinets. Oil or water-based paints are the best options. It is beneficial if the paint also includes alkyd resins or solid-body conversion varnishes. The resin helps cure the paint and the varnish acts as a topcoat.
Another factor to consider is the application. Spray painting is ideal for applying an even coat of paint but often makes touching up difficult. A paint brush is one of the best and most simple options. It requires less maintenance and is easier to touch up. Over time, painted kitchen cabinets may be susceptible to a slight colour change due to sunlight, so ensure you colour match before touching up.
Staining is an easy way to change light cabinets to a darker colour, but it cannot go both ways. Working with a stain is very tricky when it comes to consistency, as overlapping can cause drips or imperfections. This relatively permanent option is only beneficial on certain cabinet materials and must be unfinished. It often requires a chemical or varnish stripper, a conditioner, and sanding before a stain can be applied. When sanding, it is important to follow the grain to prevent scratches or damage.
Before applying the stain, a conditioner should be applied to help the stain adhere to the cabinets. To finish, use an oil-based polyurethane as a topcoat to increase the longevity of your stained kitchen cabinets. Opting for a stain that is UV resistant may be more costly but will assist with increasing their lifespan.
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