4 Different Cabinet Door Finishes
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4 Different Cabinet Door Finishes

January 19, 2020


Hi I’m Paul Bauscher! And today we’re going to talk about cabinet
finishes. There’s really two main categories to cabinet
finishes: that’s staining and painting. Both of those finishes can be motified by
adding a glaze to the mixture and you can even go so far as to add some distressing
and aging to make those doors look like they’ve been in your home for 100 years. Let’s take a look at a few options. Here we have a pretty standard stained finish
door. There’s a couple different things you want
to think about with a stained finish. The major thing being the wood species that
it’s on. So the same stain on maple looks different
than the stain does on say this cherry door. The other thing to consider with the wood
is that this is a cherry door and you can see there’s quite a bit of graining showing
in that panel. If it were maple it would be much more monolithic,
not nearly as much grain would show through. In stain or paint finishes the wood species
matters in terms of its density. So a maple door is going to be a bit harder
in nature, the cherry a little bit softer. You might be a little more likely to get
a ding in it. Now we’re going to look at some painted doors
in a minute, but one of the things that you get as an advantage with staining, is any
kind of hairline fractures that show up in the joining over the years of use in the door
they don’t show up nearly as much. So that’s an advatage to a stained door over
a painted door. Let’s take a look at some paint finishes. Here we have a standard paint finish on a
door that’s profiling looks pretty similar to the stained door we were just looking at. You can see just aestheticly it changes the
feel of that door quite a bit. Now for most cabinet companies paint finishes
are going to be standard colors only. If you move into some of the higher end semi
customer custom lines you can litereally pick out of a paint book and get whatever you want
so the sky’s the limit to your customization. Two potential downsides to a painted finish
is going to be that over time these wood doors are going to have a tendency to expand and
contract, you can sometimes get hairline cracks forming that are visible in a painted finish
that you wouldn’t necessarily see so much in a stained finish. The other potential downside is that if you
chip a painted finish it’s going to show that chip quite a bit more than maybe a stained
door does and be a little bit harder to repair. Next let’s take a look at some glazed finishes
on paint and stain. So here we have a stained door with glaze
applied. One of the major things I want to point out
to you is look how many grooves there are in this door style that all that glazing gets
hung up in. If you’ve got a door style like the ones we
looked at ealier where their a lot more plain, the shaker door styles, sometimes glazing
can just be a waste of time and money because it doesn’t have any place to get hung up and
create this character that it creates here. There are two major kinds of glazing, one
is wet glazing the other being dry. Wet glazing is applied while the stain is
still wet so it tends to change the color of the stain even in the flat areas of the
door as well as getting hung up in these little grooves. Dry glazing is applied after the stain is
applied and dried, and so it doesn’t nessesarily change the base color so much it’s only going
to show up really in these grooves. So when you’re thinking about glazing, which
can add anywhere from say 10, or 15, even 20% to a cabinet door you really want to pay
attention to what kind of door you’re using becuase you could be wasting your money and
not really getting much impact from that glaze. So let’s take a look at a painted door with
some glaze on it next. So here we have a painted door with glaze
finish. Again I’ll point out how busy the door is
and how many places there are for that glaze to get caught up in it. This one was obviously wet applied because
we can see it changed the base color of the door when it was applied. The glazing on a door like this can also give
it more visual texture because it’s calling out all those little details that are in this
door. Speaking of details let’s take a look at some
distressing where you really get some random customization to the cabinet. So here we have a painted door with a glaze
applied and then distressing. So nothing like buying a brand new cabinet
door and then beating the heck out of it. But at least if this is the look you’re after
this is going to go into your home and look like its been there for 100 years. This is just an example of how cabinet finishes
really are unlimited in style and flavor depending on the cabinet line that you get into. Hopefully you’ve found this little bit of
information on cabinet finishes helpful. If you have questions about this or any other
topic or things you’d like to see us cover in the future, please give us a call or an
email.

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