Should I Replace, Stain or Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

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Your kitchen cabinets are looking a little tired and dull or may have major dents and dings, and you’re wondering what to do next. Sure, you know that you need to do something about them, you’re just not yet sure what it is. We’re here to offer a little help.

If you’ve already noticed, the kitchen cabinets take up quite a large area in your kitchen. Anything that compromises the aesthetic appeal of the cabinets messes up the entire look of your cooking space. The biggest question we’re answering today is, should you replace, stain or paint your kitchen cabinets? Here are our thoughts on each option;

Kitchen Cabinet Staining

Kitchen cabinet staining is one of the most common ways to protect the wood and keep the cabinets looking attractive. Stains typically penetrate the wood and may slightly alter its color, often leaving some grains and knots to show through.

There’re mainly three types of stains, transparent, semi-transparent, and solid stains. Both transparent and semi-transparent stains penetrate the wood and allow the wood surface characteristics to show through. Solid stains, on the other hand, form a solid film on the surface of the wood.

Staining your kitchen cabinets is a good option if they are physically intact and don’t have surface damages or unappealing patterns. It’s also a great choice if you want the natural beauty of the wood to show through. But if your cabinets were previously painted, staining might not be the best option.

Kitchen Cabinet Painting

Kitchen cabinet painting is an equally popular refinish method that adds a beautiful protective layer on the surface. Painting offers virtually unlimited color options for your cabinets than staining. It also provides a more superior level of surface protection since it forms a thick solid film on the surface of the cabinets.

Cabinet painting is the best option if your kitchen cabinets are still in good physical shape. On the downside, paint covers up the natural beauty of the wood. But the upside part of that painting can be used to hide any surface imperfections such as scuff marks, stubborn stains, and discolorations.

You can apply paint on pretty much any wooden cabinets, whether they were previously painted or stained. However, before applying a new coat of paint, the old finishing needs to be removed as much as possible.

Kitchen Cabinets Replacement

Kitchen cabinet staining and painting might be sufficient for surface protection, but they won’t work in some situations. For instance, if your cabinets have structural issues, are threatening to fall apart or have significant dents and dings, you should consider replacing them.

Keep in mind that this option can be quite expensive and takes longer. The best part is replacing your cabinets gives you some room to remodel and redesign your cabinets. You may change the layout if the one that is already in existence does not work for you. A replacement will give your kitchen a new, more customized look.

The Bottom Line

So, should you stain, paint, or replace your kitchen cabinets? Both staining and painting are great options if your kitchen cabinets are still in good physical conditions, and you’re on a tight budget. Staining is suitable for those who prefer to show off the natural beauty of the wood. However, if you need more color options or your cabinets have some surface imperfections, panting is your best choice.

If you need any professional help with kitchen cabinet painting or staining, Aspen Painting can assist. We offer professional residential painting services in areas of Horsham, Ambler, Dresher, Ft. Washington, and Blue Bell.

Call us today on 215-773-8422 for a FREE estimate to get started.

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