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Painting -vs- Staining Your Cabinets

We all do it. Stare at our cabinets for minutes, wondering what we will do to get all the memories off of the wood. Whether you are grabbing a mug for some coffee, a plate for dinner, or storing something in your kitchen, it’s usually evident if your cabinets need new paint or stain. For instance, all the gross stains, wear and tear, and accidents add up over time, especially if you moved into a house with previous homeowners. Or, if you have, you stayed in the same home for a long duration of time. If either scenario sounds like you or you’re looking for ways to update your home’s look, you have come to the right place. 

Increase The Value Of Your Home

Painting or staining your home’s cabinets can increase the value and make the interior environment around you feel new. Paint is a popular choice for homeowners looking for solid colors, whereas the benefit of stain allows you to display natural wood grain. However, both of them have their advantages and disadvantages so, deciding between painting and staining will be a personal decision dependent on several factors.

Painting Your Cabinets


  • A smooth, clean and modern look
  • Plenty of color options
  • More Water-Resistant
  • Shows less dust and more dirt
  • Lasts about ten years
  • Washable options, especially if you use a topcoat
  • High ROI (return on investment)


  • Lasts a shorter amount of time
  • Covers and hides natural grains
  • More prone to cracking and chipping
  • Harder to touch up and clean

Types Of Paint:

  • Latex
  • Oil-Based
  • Low-VOC

Style Of Paint:

  • Classic white hues
  • Nearly limitless color
  • Weathered or distressed 
  • Two-tone

Staining Your Cabinets


  • A traditional and natural look
  • Shows the grain of the wood
  • Supplies cost less
  • Shows more dust and less dirt
  • Lasts 20-30 years on average
  • Easier to clean, washable, and touch-up
  • Less prone to crack
  • High ROI (return on investment)


  • Fewer color options
  • Will expose imperfections
  • May look “outdated” with a wood finish
  • Hard to clean stains if left on the surface

Types Of Stain:

  • Water or Oil-Based
  • Dye or Pigmented
  • Gel

Style Of Stain:

  • Hand-wiped
  • Spray
  • Hues
  • Two-tone

Reasons To Paint Your Cabinets

Painting your house or parts of it can be an exciting experience as the surrounding area can look completely different just from one paint job. Therefore, whether it is a small or large paint project, a smooth, flawless finish can change the look and feel of your home instantly. Which is mostly what updating your kitchen cabinets is about. Therefore, choosing to get your cabinets painted can offer a clean aesthetic for your kitchen while allowing you to be creative and get colorful. With all the paint colors available at your disposal, and our painting process SFW Painting will provide a sleek finish, one that makes your cabinets gleam and make your kitchen feel grand.

Reasons To Stain Your Cabinets

Stain, on the other hand, provides a balance between color and texture. Unlike paint, the stain on wood does not steal the spotlight. Paint covers and hides the wood features, while stain allows you to admire each one of the wood’s distinctive features. Wood has natural beauty and character, and it is easier to touch-up than paint.

Reface Your Kitchen Or Bathroom Cabinets

So, should you paint or stain the cabinets in your home? Yes, you should, as refacing your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, will boost the value of your home. SFW Painting can provide you will all the services you need for your cabinet work. Whether it involves minor repairs, painting, or staining, we offer professional contracting work that will make your home look better than before.

About SFW Interior Painting

As well as exterior painting, interior painting is one of the many paint projects SFW Painting can help you with during the cold and wet winter months. Since interior painting can be done in the winter, it can save you a bundle (most painters run their biggest discounts in the winter), that can be used for an extra project in the future.

SFW Interior Painting only uses the highest quality paints and materials available. We have the appropriate equipment, skills, crews, and certifications to handle any paint or lead paint stabilization project.

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