Kitchen Cabinet Finish Characteristics

Stain Finish

The results of stain toners are different depending on the type of wood, grains, and end cuts that you are working with. When staining, it is typical for there to be excess stain on the wood. All wood is hand wiped after staining to remove any extra stain, such as residue that can build up in the notches where door panels and frames come together.

No matter what variety of wood you choose, please keep in mind that no two pieces of wood are ever the same. Each piece of wood is unique, and stains often exaggerate the difference between markings in the wood and open and closed grains. You should expect some grain variation and slight changes in color.

As hardwood ages, it will darken when exposed to different types of light. Other reasons for color differences or variation in wood can be caused by exposure to harsh chemicals, extreme heat, or other external conditions. It has even been found based on independent testing, that discoloration can occur to the wood after prolonged exposure to tobacco smoke, especially when it comes to white or light finishes. Please note that we do not uphold warranties against discoloration due to smoke exposure. It is also important to avoid long term exposure to moisture to maintain the integrity and beauty of the wood.

Painted Finish

All painted styles use either hardwood maple or birch. The wood naturally expands and contracts so the paint may develop slight hairline cracks in the finish, most notable around the joints and especially the miter joints. Best Kitchen DFW uses MDF for the center panels of all our painted door styles to ensure the stability of the door. All painted doors require more upkeep than stains and glazes, as regular usage over time can lead to chips, marks, residue from normal kitchen use, and hand- or fingerprints. The paint may also differ very slightly in tone from doors to drawer fronts to face frames.

Glaze Finish

All glazes are carefully hand-applied. Glazing is usually most apparent in contours where “hang-up” can occur. More traditional doors with less detailed profiles will show less hang-up, which serves to accentuate the grain’s natural attributes. Glaze finishes add depth, dimension, and an elegantly understated appearance that’s guaranteed to last. It is important to note several characteristics of the glaze finish. Firstly, glazing will range from a consistent and even appearance to varied, slightly uneven, coverage. Secondly, glaze marks may be found outside the range of the general “hang-up” area. And lastly, you should know whether to expect a subtle to dramatic look based on the cabinet door design’s complexity, as glaze may collect in the corners and grooves.