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Difference Between Painted and Stained Kitchen Cabinets

Replacing kitchen cabinets is a good way to increase the value of your home and make the room look better. A newly redesigned kitchen can be more efficient with the cabinet placement more to your liking. The choice between painting and staining depends on the effect you want when the kitchen is completed.

The Effects of Painting

Paint will hide flaws in the cabinets that are the characteristics of the wood. Different grain patterns and knots will be covered with quality paint. This leaves a finish that is smooth and will blend in with the rest of the kitchen.

There are a lot more color choices if you decide to go with paint. Most stains will just accent the wood with different shades, from a dark, medium, or lighter color. Paint is thicker and sticks to the wood instead of blending in as a stain does.

Paint costs more than stain and is harder to match the color if it becomes chipped or damaged. Unless you paint the cabinets yourself and have leftover paint, touch-ups will be more easily noticed. If you want your cabinets to look flawless with colors that you can’t get with stains, painting is the way to go.

Staining is for Wood Lovers

Wood has a natural beauty that shouldn’t be covered with paint. The stain will soak into the cabinets and accent the features that paint will cover up. If you have natural wood floors, stained cabinets will blend in better with the flooring.

If a stained cabinet becomes chipped or damaged, it is easier to touch-up than paint. Since each piece of wood takes stain a little different, blending a touch-up will not be noticed as easily. Staining usually cost less than painting, saving you close to 15 percent.

The Double Effect

By mixing stained and painted cabinets, you will be able to blend them in together for a 2 tone effect. Painting the outer cabinets while leaving the center one stained will result in a unique look that will give you the best of both worlds.

Designing a new kitchen cabinet layout can be helpful with a professional opinion. They will help with cabinet placement and give you ideas on painting and staining. With a choice of many different cabinet designs to choose from, an expert’s opinion can solve a lot of problems by helping you visualize the kitchen, and using chosen cabinet faces in the design. 

Humidity is also a big enemy to the durability of your cabinets. If it is too low, the cabinets will dry out and possibly constrict and crack. With the humidity too high, it’s possible the wood will warp, swell, and split. Controlling the humidity in the kitchen will lead to a lot longer cabinet life. For more information on how you can get the best cabinets for your home, contact Cabinet Era today!

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How To Maximize Kitchen Storage

A kitchen serves many varied purposes. Kitchens are where people make wonderful meals all week long and relax on weekends. They’re also where homeowners keep important things they use during any given week to cook. This is why kitchen storage is so important. Proper storage makes it easy to cook fast and delicious meals. Finding storage is easier than ever with these inexpensive, useful tricks.

Lazy Susan

The classic lazy susan is modern again. Today’s modern versions are streamlined and easy to keep on hand. They often have multiple tiers, allowing for maximum storage. This is a good place to keep things that are in frequent use such as foods that get eaten a lot. Place nuts, dried fruit and fresh fruit on hand at all times to encourage children to keep to healthy snacks.

Roll Out Trays

Increase your kitchen’s functionality with roll-out trays. Roll out trays also makes it easy to reach each item in your kitchen. Nothing gets pushed to the back and left there for months. They’re also helpful for people who may have mobility issues. Like the shelving with beautiful shelf paper to catch any potential food leaks.

Pot Rack

A pot rack is a flexible thing that can be attached to just about any surface in the kitchen. Put one on the ceiling that comes down on top of an island. This is an excellent way to show off beautiful copper pots. They can also be hung on a spare wall so you can keep large soup pots and everything you need to cook within easy reach.

Mug Hooks

Show off your favorite mug collection to everyone else. Mug hooks are easy to install under any form of shelving. A single hook may hold as many ten or more mugs. Beautiful, brightly colored mugs add color to any kitchen. This is a good way to keep the mugs from breaking. If you feel the urge to buy more mugs, all you have to do is place a few more mug hooks and you’re good to go.

Sink Cutting Board

The sink is one of the most useful spaces in the kitchen. If you have a smaller kitchen, you can make the sink do double duty. A sink cutting board can be fitted on top of the item. This makes it easy to do all sorts of things including chop vegetables and meat. Many sink cutting boards also come with a colander along one side. Use this feature to wash anything before you start to cook it.

Cabinet Doors

Cabinets help keep things organized in all parts of the kitchen. Homeowners should take full advantage of all areas of the cabinets. One place to find useful additional storage is on the interior sides of the cabinets. Many stores sell easy shelving. Shelving can be placed on the sides. This is an easy way to add storage without spending a lot of money.

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Installing Roll Out Trays

Storage is crucial in any kitchen. People need space to store important items like silverware cooking utensils. One way to add additional storage to your kitchen is with the use of rollout trays. These are trays that make it easy to find things in your home. All you have to do is pull them out. This is a lot easier than reaching down and looking for items that are deep within the recesses of the cabinets. The same is true of items that might larger or have fallen back. The user can take advantage of these trays to locate everything they might need when making a simple lunch or three-course meal. People can choose to buy ready-made trays. They can also find rollout trays that can be installed in their own home. Installation is easy and simple.