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Painted or Stained Cabinets

Painted or Stained Cabinets

There is no doubt the housing market is on fire lately. Whether you live in a townhouse, single family home or a condo - you know that new listings don't last long. While there is some regret among home buyers who have bought homes unseen and uninspected the hot home market doesn't look to be coming to an end anytime soon. 

Instead of buying a new home, many people are opting to update what they already have, and for most that means updating or remodeling the kitchen. A complete kitchen remodel can be expensive and make no mistake the cost of renovation has sky rocketed too. So what can you do to make your home feel fresh? 

Updating your kitchen cabinetry is a great way to bring new life to your home. Choosing to renovate even something small like the kitchen cabinets can be exciting and fun. 

It's exciting to browse through all the different counter top samples and surface samples. Pinterest is a great place to start and if you're like most who take on smaller DIY projects, you've probably spent a fair amount of time there already.

Some decisions are easier to make than others and might simply rely solely on personal preference.  Some choices however, take a little more thought. Choosing between enameled cabinets and stained cabinets is one such decision.

When selecting the cabinetry for your kitchen you'll want to make sure that you have chosen wisely. Your kitchen cabinets are fixtures that will be in your home for a long time so be sure not to simply purchase them based on current trends. Today's trendy cabinets might look  dated a few years down the road. If you want your kitchen to look ageless, you'll want to ensure your cabinets can also withstand the test of time.

So, what's the difference between enameled cabinets and stained cabinets?

Enameled Cabinets

Enameled kitchen cabinets are elegant, can help to create a light and airy feeling in your kitchen with proper color choices, and is currently a hot trend in home design. Enameled cabinets allow for a beautiful painted finish that will allow you to more easily incorporate any decor options you like into your kitchen. 

Stained Cabinets

Stained cabinets are a little easier to  maintain and are often less expensive than enameled cabinets though no less stunning. A stained finish provides a traditional look to your home by adding warmth and character. If you're considering stained cabinets you don't have the limitless color options of enameled cabinets, but you do have the type of wood and finish to consider. Some woods  are harder than others and take different stain colors more readily. The color of stain that you would like will affect the type of wood you'll need.

Alder - is a soft wood and dents easier than other woods. The plus to this type of wood is that it can be stained in a variety of colors and is the most cost efficient.

Poplar – is a little harder than Alder, it is cost efficient, but can only be stained a darker color as its shows a lot of green wood grain if its stained to light.

Maple – is the next harder product, it’s a step up in price from the last 2, sometimes shows a blotchy look to it if its stained too light, otherwise dark is no problem.

Cherry – is next harder product, it’s a step up in price from Maple and will actually get darker as time goes on.

When choosing between stained cabinets and enameled cabinets simply keep this in mind; don't let trends dictate the selections you choose, choose the selections that make you feel at home. Also, if you're worried about small children potentially causing damage to your cabinets you may want to consider cherry cabinets for  their harder wood.