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How to Choose Between Painted and Stained Kitchen Cabinets

Stuck between stained and painted cabinets? Here’s a complete list of pros and cons to consider during your kitchen cabinet refacing project.



Stained Cabinets




1.  More Natural Wooden Color

One of the main reasons why homeowners opt for wood staining is they have a natural, more rustic look with which paint cannot compete.

2. Easy to Touch-Up

Is the stain on your wood starting to fade? Don’t worry! You can easily repair minor issues with touch-up markers.




1. Highlights Wood Imperfections

Unlike paint, wood stain doesn’t hide your fixtures’ blemishes, such as craters, color inconsistencies and poor grain distribution. Although, some homeowners feel this is the charm that stained wood offers.

2. Difficult to Clean

Dust and dirt tend to be more prominent on dark-stained wood. If you choose to finish your wooden kitchen countertops and cabinets with wood stain, make sure you always have a clean rag nearby. That way, you can wipe off dust buildups.


Painted Cabinets




1. Provides a Clean Finish

Paint hides all blemishes and imperfections to achieve a clean, flawless finish. This is perfect for modern, elegant kitchen designs that primarily use marble tiles and countertops.

2. Design Versatility

Homeowners will have more design options and color schemes to choose from if they opt to paint their wooden fixtures.




1. More Expensive

Generally, painting costs more than wood staining. So, it’s not recommended for homeowners who’re looking to renovate on a tight budget.

2. Difficult to Touch-Up

There aren’t as many paint touch-up solutions on the market. Most of the time, you’ll end up having to repaint your damaged fixtures


Kitchen remodeling can be quite tiring. Between the designing, planning and actual execution, you’ll barely have any time left for yourself. Luckily, you don’t have to take on the project on your own! Long Island Wood Renewal, LLC is a brand that provides professional home renovation and remodeling services. Dial (631) 414-7082, or fill out our online contact form for a consultation.