Questionnaire: should you paint your wood cabinets or leave them stained?
Pick the answer that best applies to you and your cabinets (even if it’s not bang-on)…
Will gel stain work on wood cabinets?
I’ve been asked this MANY times and to answer that, I have a few points for you to consider:
Oak Cabinets with Arched Door Style and Hidden Hinges
This oak kitchen had an arched door profile, but NO exposed hinges, which made me super happy. Sadly, I don’t have a great ‘before’ shot as it was a Realtor’s photo (I’m not allowed to use them, I only use photos from my E-Design clients), but I do have a snippet of another area of the kitchen…
Oak Kitchen with Arched Door Style and STRONG Stain Colour
In this next kitchen, the countertop and backsplash were reasonably updated but didn’t work well with the strong red of the cabinets. We also had that darn arched top to consider as well which meant it was drinking painting time!
Oak Cabinets with Flat Panel (Shaker Style) Door and Exposed Hinges
You know, the stain colour of these cabinets wasn’t bad, but in such a small space, the grain, hinges and hardware were too busy and weighed things down.
Maple Cabinets with Flat Panel Door Panel and Hidden Hinges
Looks like this kitchen had great bones, right? Sure, but it didn’t have any energy. There was no contrast or interest and the cabinets clashed with the wood flooring.
Maple Cabinets with Flat Panel or Shaker Door and Hidden Hinges
Wooooof. This kitchen had great cabinets surrounded by a hot mess of finishes…