What’s the Most Durable Finish for Kitchen Cabinets?

27 / March

It’s a sizable investment and you don’t want your kitchen cabinets to be ruined by poor or substandard finishing. What you want is to make your kitchen cabinets appear stylish and elegant for years to come.

Even with the highest quality of wood, the appearance of kitchen cabinets can be easily ruined by inappropriate finishing. It’s also the case when application of the finish is sloppy (e.g. brush marks are noticeable).

So which type of finish is the best? How do you make sure that your kitchen cabinets keep their elegance for years to come (and not look older as they are)?

Use varnished finishes?

Varnish adds both a decorative and protective layer on wood surfaces. It adds resistance against corrosion, sunlight and heat. However, there’s still a limit on how long it can protect the wood surfaces. In time (especially when sunlight always hits the wood surface), the varnish can get dull. This might give the appearance of making the cabinets look older as they are.

What about painted finish?

Paint provides a clean appearance to kitchen cabinets. In addition, it also provides versatility because you can choose matching colours. Whether it’s plain white or the darker shades, you can achieve a level of contrast with the colours you choose.

Some homeowners though don’t want to conceal the wood graining. After all, the reason they chose wood in the first place is to add a rustic or natural feel to the kitchen. With paint, that effect will go away.

Stained finishing accentuates graining

Although wood staining offers fewer colour options than painting, many homeowners still choose staining to further emphasise the rustic vibe of their kitchens. Wood staining may also result to irregularities because some areas may soak up more stain. But that effect may also further add to the natural look and feel of the wood kitchen cabinet.

Durability or elegance?

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, it often goes beyond durability and functionality. Kitchen cabinets take up a significant space and the panels and doors would surely attract attention.

That’s why besides considering the most durable finish for kitchen cabinets, homeowners also heavily consider the resulting appearance of the cabinets. They are also careful to choose which craftsmen to hire for the job.

Many homeowners contact us here at Signature Joinery & Design (SJD) to build and install their custom kitchen cabinets. Our experienced craftsmen also work on splashback, kitchen counters and islands, cupboards, vanities and other areas of the kitchen.

Contact us today and let us make sure that your kitchen cabinets will last for a long time.

Sharing is caring!