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How to Choose a Finish for Your Kitchen Cupboard Door Replacement

by Britt Young
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Choosing the type of wood to use for your kitchen cupboard door replacement is only the starting point. After choosing your material, think about what kind of finish you want.

Wood Types for Kitchen Cupboard Door Replacements

Here's a look at common wood finishes for your kitchen cupboard:

  • Stain: Staining adds color without ruining the beauty of the wood grain. But, different manufacturers use different names for their colors. Start by selecting your wood. Then, consider the final look you want. At that point, you can decide whether a stain with a light, medium, or dark tone is best. Remember, you must apply a finishing coat over the stain to protect it.
  • Glaze: Use it by itself, or apply it over a base stain or paint. Once it is applied, wipe it off by hand. As you wipe off the glaze, it settles in the cabinets open grain areas and defines its details. You can also tint glazes any color.
  • Paint: Paint offers a wide array of color options and special effects, but hairline cracks will eventually form as the wood expands and contracts.
  • Polyester: Polyester is used on modern-style cabinets to add extra protection and quality. Apply it in a glossy or matte finish.

Remember, it's always a good idea to take a cabinet door and a wood sample to your paint store to match your stain.

Using the right wood finish when tackling a kitchen cupboard door replacement is just as important as choosing the right material. So, consider these finishing tips, and enjoy your kitchen's new look!



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