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Stain or painted kitchen cabinets?

Kathy Kirkland_PhillipsJanuary 23, 2013
We are in the process of building a new home and I cannot make the decision between stained or painted/glazed kitchen cabinets. I am very traditional and love the look of both. There is a large island and I want a different look for that however just can't decide. There will be dark hardwoods and I want a very classic look that will not look dated in a few years yet I want a kitchen that "wows". Any suggestions???? Thank you!!! Attached is an exact kitchen like ours that is already built, which btw I do not like colors.
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Ironwood Builders
Try mixing it up! A dark island with painted perimeter cabinets or vice versa. Use more than one counter top material for interest. Don't use the low grade island cabinet we see there! The plywood back is screaming low grade builder cab...and it is out front!
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 4:14AM
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Paramount Bathrooms
coz you are traditional lover so I think,you should go through Stained Kitchen cabinet .Its on demand for traditional design lover...............
1 Like    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 4:32AM
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    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 5:01AM
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Kathy Kirkland_Phillips
Well I'm thinking dark walnut or even ebony for the floors so I want a complementing stain for the cabinets and an antiqued white for the island or vice versa. And could you use the same stain on Cabinets AND floor? Any suggestions for a rich, classic , traditional look???? Thank you all so much!!!
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 5:15AM
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You should not use the same stain for cabinets and floor. It will look like an undifferentiated mass of dark wood. So if you are putting in dark floors, you need lighter cabinets--either painted or stained. But if you are looking for a classic design, I wouldn't go too dark on the floors. Medium stains are more timeless, and the espresso wood floor finishes have peaked as a trend. They are still popular, but I wouldn't call them classic or timeless.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 5:18AM
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I'm having the same dilemma! White or stained trim? Doors? It's so overwhelming! I was thinking khaki cabinets mixed some stained. But do you think that will be a trend that will be out in a few years??
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 5:26AM
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Kathy Kirkland_Phillips
That is totally my concern. With stained cabinets, you can always paint however you can't stain paint. I love the look of the dark stained cabinets with antiqued white/glazed island but not sure if this a trend on the way out?!?!
1 Like    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 5:51AM
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Just my 2 cents worth: I like the look of the different color island but it is a trend even though it's been popular for awhile and you might not like it later. Also, white although beautiful, looks dirty so quickly. Don't make the mistake I made and paint cabinets and baseboards all white because I am forever cleaning them and they still look dirty. I hope you enjoy your beautiful new home!
1 Like    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 6:01AM
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Hawkins Cabinetry and Design
Going with a darker island is a great idea, and I don't fell its a fleeting trend. The island takes more abuse than anywhere else in regard to kicks and whatnot so its an excellent solution. another thing that we sometimes do is apply a wear through on the island only. It breaks it up a bit and prevents any little marks that may occur in the seating area from standing out.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 6:07AM
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On the Spot Furniture Revival llc
Stained cabinets show wear less over the years where painted cabinets can develop hairline cracks in the paint because of the expansion/contraction of the wood underneath. Painted cabinets shows chips and gouges more readily as well.
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 11:58AM
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movenready properties, LLC
There is a way to have both if you do it right!
1 Like    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 12:59PM
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