A Finish Comparison | Painted Cabinets or Stained?

The type of finish you used for your kitchen cabinets didn’t used to even be a question. It was paint. Always paint. Stained cabinets were dated and and normally either too yellow or too red and painted cabinets allowed you any color option your heart desired! Most importantly, paint allowed you a bright white kitchen…something everyone loved. But as always, everything comes back around and this is the case for staining. With the popularity of the SoCal look, a light, waxed white oak cabinet has become super popular and with it, the reemergence of the stained cabinet. There are so many more stain options available now so the color options are expanded…even with stain. And you can still keep the natural wood look instead of completely hiding any sort of graining like you would with paint. That being said, there are still pros and cons to both options. So aside from the style you’re wanting to achieve, consider these items before making your cabinet finish choice.

As we mentioned before, paint will completely cover the wood grain on any sort of cabinet. This can be an attractive option for those who prefer a cleaner look and wants something very tailored. More modern kitchens would definitely be the place for a painted cabinet…but also consider the rest of your home. What’s the style you’re trying to achieve and would a wood grain work well with that?

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On the other hand, if you want to show off the character of your cabinets and love the fact that they are real wood, you may not want to cover them up with paint but rather highlight the natural beauty with a well suited stain.

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It’s important to consider what your cabinets are made of as well. Obviously a cabinet that is not real wood cannot be stained. The stain is simply pointless since there’s no natural wood material to enhance and no graining to show. If your home has cabinet doors that are a material other than wood, paint is really your only choice.

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Don’t be discouraged though. The nice thing about paint is that the color options are endless! You can literally paint your cabinets any color you want! Most stains are some version of black, brown, grey, or white. There is a variety of tones and hues within those neutral families however, there’s no getting a true blue or green cabinet which some people want.

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Practicality is a big factor when it comes to kitchen cabinet finishes since the kitchen is a high traffic area. Stained cabinets, because they have more movement in the graining, actually hide more imperfections. Painted cabinets, though, typically show any sort of nick or ding. The paint color is a smooth coat so any break in that coating will be visible. For this same reason, painted cabinets are harder to touch up whereas stained cabinets are easier to fix.

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Depending on where you purchase your cabinetry, it can cost more when it comes painted. Most common stain finishes are less than a painted finish, however, the newer stains don’t always fit into the “inexpensive category”.

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Finally, consider what is required when you want to change your cabinet color down the road. A painted finish can usually just be primed and painted over whereas a stained finish has to be stripped and re-stained which requires a lot more work.

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It’s a lot to consider! The nice thing is that you can get a lot of look with either option, you just have to make sure the practical side works well for your lifestyle!

Trending | The New Hot Colors For Cabinetry

I often get asked what won’t go out of style. People what to know what is classic and timeless that they can put in their home so they don’t have the pay to have it re-done over and over when it goes out of style. There are a lot of classic elements however, even classic styles can be edged out by other trendy elements that are making their debut. For cabinetry colors, we’re talking about white. For so long, the white, minimalist, clean kitchen was super hot. Put a white kitchen in your home and you’ll never look back. However, the trend in cabinet colors is changing (which you might have already noticed from Pinterest) and white cabinets are as much the hot thing anymore. So what is?

Blue. And green. Cabinetry is taking a turn away from the bright look and going a little more earthy and moody. Having blue or green or even a blue-grey kitchen or bathroom is starting to feel a little more modern while white is becoming more traditional. Thats ok, though! We still love a white kitchen and do think white kitchens will be beautiful for a long time, but we have to pay our respects to the next hottest thing too.

With the re-emergence of earth tones and lightly stained white oak, the contrast blue provides with this wood tone gives a space lots of depth. Not to mention how fun brass hardware looks against blue cabinetry.

Let’s be clear, though, white countertops are still 100% in. So design hasn’t completely abandoned that white element. And many homeowners are even mixing some white cabinetry with some blue or green or gray cabinetry PLUS adding a dash of natural wood tones. So it’s really more about mixing, now.

We’re not super biased either way and since we’ve always considered blue and green neutrals, this works for us! Take a look at how it can play out:

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Trends | What You'll Be Seeing in Kitchens

Oftentimes, people put money into updating their kitchen and they want it to be "classic".  Meaning, they want it to stand the test of time and be something that will transition well within the ever-changing design trends.  I truly think it's impossible to design something that will ALWAYS be in style.  However, I don't think it's impossible to design something that the homeowner will love for a long time.  But that really depends on the home owner and what they like.

Right now, there are some key design trends that will most likely transition well as what's popular in kitchens evolves.  So instead of telling you about a style that you'll never have to change again, we'll tell you about what's popular right now and you can decide if you like it or not and how it blends with your current (and/or future) furnishings.

Many people are getting more expressive and brave with their cabinet colors.  Where white cabinets were the thing, blue or some version of it has become the new neutral in kitchens.  It gives your cabinets a little color but this "color" is also pretty neutral and blends well with pretty much anything ---like jeans go with anything.  You can mix blue cabinets with whites, greys, and wood tones.  This gives your kitchen a lot of depth and makes it look way more custom.

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Quartz has really taken the top spot for countertop materials in kitchens.  Manufacturers are upping their game and coming out with quartz that looks like just about anything.  The most popular pattern in quartz, however, is the marbled countertop, though.  It has the durability of quartz but the look of marble.  The best of both worlds! (and no, we don't ever think marble is going out of style!)

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You've probably noticed that open shelving is all over Pinterest.  It's that minimal look that allows you to keep an open, airy feeling while also keeping some storage options.  It's fun and interesting but definitely a trend that will not blend well with other styles that come and go.  We love it but would recommend doing it in small bits if you're not wanting to make a lot of changes later.

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Lots and lots of white and lots and lots of light are huge in kitchens right now.   The white reflects the light and makes everything feel much more open.  The element is important for good design regardless of what is currently trending because it makes you feel like you have more space and that will never get old!

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Finally, we'd be lying if we said kitchen cabinets were shaker, are shaker, and will be shaker.  That clean style--straight lines, squared corners, and a simple recessed panel is pretty much always going to go with anything so while it's hot now, you're not buying into a trend, you're buying into a classic look!

 

 

Recent Happenings | TMID on TV!

Here we go again!  Thanks to Fox 35's Good Day Xtra, we were featured once again!  This time for a kitchen make-over.  We were able to show viewers how to completely transform a kitchen with some cosmetic changes that make a giant impact rather than a full gut and remodel.

Our owner, Christina Kairis, talked about swapping out cabinet doors instead of replacing the entire cabinet box and even featured a backsplash tile that was only $.15/piece!  Your jaw will drop when she shares total cost of materials for the backsplash!

We love being able to showcase these amazing transformations on a budget because we understand that there's always a budget.  But you can absolutely have a beautiful home without breaking the bank.  

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Watch the full segment here:

http://www.fox35orlando.com/good-day/344103487-video

Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for a full list of vendors who contributed to this fantastic kitchen makeover!

Upcoming Kitchen Trends | Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are a big deal in a kitchen...while the countertop and backsplash are the finishers, the cabinets are the foundation of the space that set the tone.  Shaker style kitchen cabinets have been the forerunner of cabinet styles for a long, long time now.  And honestly. we really don't think they're going away any time soon.  However, that doesn't mean there isn't room for other styles and trends in cabinetry to make their debut in the design world and hold some sort of position of preference! 

You all knew this was coming from Pinterest but cabinet colors are evolving even within the standard door front styles.  Instead of your typical white, espresso, grey, and medium-toned wood, colors like blue (in a variety of shades) are becoming popular too!  Some are being mixed with a neutral tone like white but in other kitchens, all of the cabinets are blue!

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Two-tone cabinets are becoming very popular too---just the mix of different color uppers and lowers or an island that's a completely different color than the rest of the wall cabinets.  It all goes back to the discussion about making the kitchen (which is really a common gathering place) feel more like furniture in a family room.

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Aside from blue, people are willing to take the risk and go even darker with their cabinets by using black.  This could be a matte black which goes more rustic modern or even a glossy black which is much more contemporary.  Either way, it's a huge statement and we love the impact it makes!  It can also easily be warmed up by mixing in a warm, natural wood tone.

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Going back to the discussion on door front styles, a new trend called embossing will become more and more prevalent.  Embossed cabinets are slab front doors with an overlapping pattern.  Usually the pattern is the same color as the slab so it's more of a tone-on-tone look but can really add some interesting depth to cabinets.

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Instead of alternating solid fronts and glass inserts, mesh is becoming a popular cabinet front style.  It still provides coverage so what's in the cabinet doesn't have to look so pretty, but it's a way to add more texture to your cabinets and create something different.  Mesh doesn't have to be silver either, it could be a black, gold or copper mesh in a variety of weave thicknesses.  It just all depends on your style.

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None of these things are earth shattering but they are just an example of the ways that kitchens are evolving.  As we've said over and over again, the kitchen is the heart of the home and the design of it should really be addressed with a lot of love and attention.