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Cabinet Staining & Sealing Ideas


Refinishing old cabinetry is one of the most economical solutions for updating a kitchen or bathroom. Instead of completely replacing the cabinets, the finish can be reapplied.

You can choose the same stain color you had before or go with something completely different. Try a dark finish for a change. This provides a contemporary style that looks great with many modern paint colors. Seal them well and you’ll have many more years of use out of this part of your kitchen that you already invested in when buying or building the home.

Or, you can choose to paint the cabinets in some new modern color that completely transforms the way they look. Cabinet painting isn’t as easy as it seems. But with the right professional painter, you’ll have a beautiful custom finish that looks amazing. Here are some ideas from our Madison painters at Early Bird Painting.

Refinishing Old Cabinets With New Stain & Sealant

To get the quality results necessary for cabinet staining, it takes practice which can only come from years of experience. Different techniques are involved to get a smooth, beautiful finish according to the type of wood the painter is working on. Even the stain coverage and whether the wood is properly sealed or not will make a difference in the quality of the finish.

While some cabinets will need to be treated for rough use or against high moisture conditions, others will need to only be stained and properly waxed. In the kitchen and bathrooms, it’s important for the cabinets to be durable and moisture proof. Make sure your painting contractor uses high-quality stains and sealants. You don’t want to suffer the effects of low-quality paint products or the wrong application.

Contemporary Stain Colors For Your Cabinets

At Early Bird Painting, we prefer to stick with paint manufacturers throughout Southern Wisconsin. We work with many, but a few favorites are Hallman Lindsay, Mautz, Sherwin Williams, and Benjamin Moore.

Some contemporary stain colors are:

  • Warm dark gray
  • Light silver gray
  • Minwax driftwood – grayish green
  • Minwax slate – grayish blue
  • Ebony
  • Pickled oak
  • Deep ocean
  • Wood rose
  • Hunter green
  • Pearl gray

Cabinet Painting Ideas

You can choose to paint the cabinets rather than staining and sealing. With cabinet painting, you have the option to stick with one solid color or use faux techniques to create different finishes. Did you know that:

Glazing -is commonly done when painting cabinets. Glaze creates a semi-transparent finish that holds a wash of color applied over a certain paint color. Since glazes don’t give one solid color but instead deposit more color in crevices and cavities, this technique creates depth and dimension to the cabinet surfaces.

Distressing -is useful in creating a type of “comforting” look of older, time-aged wood, giving it a feeling of character and charm.

Antiquing -is a popular option for many who love this specialty cabinet finish because it makes new wood look like it’s been around forever. Antiquing often involves using different painting techniques as well as distressing. Because it varies in technique, your painting expert may use paint for the antique finish or may use a hand-rubbed finish for added character.

Faux Wood Painting -creates the look of any type of wood on your cabinets. Normally, this technique is used on cabinets made of plywood, laminates, veneers, metal, or MDF (medium-density fiberboard).

If you would like to learn more about Cabinet Staining & Sealing in Madison, WI, please call Early Bird Painting at 608-274-7132 or complete our online request form.

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