Cabinet Materials

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

December 5, 2018
By: Stanley Walter

A great and inexpensive way to update your kitchen is by painting kitchen cabinets. According to Sherwin Williams, a leading paint supplier to the cabinet market, over 70% of all kitchen cabinets sold into the market are getting paint finishes. Because of this, it is essential to understand precisely how the process works for painting kitchen cabinets and what materials offer the highest quality paint finish.

Traditionally solid wood has been seen as the leading material to use for cabinet doors, including on paint finishes. In recent years, however, MDF or medium-density fiberboard has become a better alternative, especially with the rise in popularity of the paint or solid color finish.

There are numerous reasons that MDF has become more popular.

  • Does not warp or crack when there are fluctuations in temperature and humidity.  This is especially important when the paint finish is applied.
  • MDF is made from densely packed wood fibers that offers a smooth and uniform surface for solid color finishing.  This is in comparison to solid wood materials such as maple that have traditionally always been used for painting.  Maple being a solid wood will always be susceptible to issues such as cracking, excessive grain raising, and a non-uniform finish.
  • There are both 5 piece and 1-piece door options available providing a large variety of different door styles.
  • MDF is a much better priced alternative to solid wood.

There are a lot of different types of MDF panels on the market, so it is important to make sure that your cabinet supplier is using a high-quality MDF. One example of a low-quality MDF material is not properly able to seal the edges once it has been machined. This leads to flaking and cracking on the paint after installation. We pride ourselves on using high-quality MDF that is sustainably manufactured in Canada with the highest water and heat resistance. Combined with our superior paint finish, this allows us to design a product that will last you many years.

If you have any questions about painting your kitchen cabinets or kitchen renovations, please feel free to contact us. CONTACT US