Kitchen Cabinets Cost Is Affected by Cabinet Finish

A lot of people don’t understand how much kitchen cabinets cost is affected by cabinet finishes. There are several aspects of cabinet finish that affect the price of a kitchen. Lets take a look at them.   Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets Usually Cost Less The least expensive cabinet finish is none at all. Cabinets with no […]

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A lot of people don’t understand how much kitchen cabinets cost is affected by cabinet finishes. There are several aspects of cabinet finish that affect the price of a kitchen. Lets take a look at them.   Unfinished kitchen cabinets generally cost less Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets Usually Cost Less The least expensive cabinet finish is none at all. Cabinets with no stain or clearcoat at all cost less than their finished counterparts. If you are getting unfinished cabinets though, make sure you know whether they are ready to take a finish. Some cabinet manufacturers get them all ready for you as far as sanding and wood prep, and some don’t.     Stained Kitchen Cabinet Costs are Reasonable The next cheapest finishes are usually stains and clearcoat (natural) types. These are the run of the mill stains; shades of brown in general dominate this category, but sometimes there are reds, blues, whites, and greens you can get too. Some stains cost more than normal, either because their an odd color, or hard to put on. If you ever wonder why stained birch costs less than the same stain in maple, it’s probably because maple can be funny about taking a stain sometimes.   Paint Usually Raises Kitchen Cabinet Costs Paints usually raise kitchen cabinet costs, probably because staining is a little easier. With stain, there’s a bit of fudge factor; the grain of the wood will hide some uneven application. With paint though, manufacturers are essentially creating a new surface on top of the wood. Any blemishes in a paint job will stick out like a sore thumb. This fact justifies the extra price in a painted set of cabinets.   Glazes?  You’re Going to Pay Glazes affect kitchen cabinet costs, usually to the tune of 15%. Glazing is a process that takes time, hence costs money. A person must apply the gaze, then wipe it off, and must do this to each door and piece of wood on the cabinet. Distressed finishes are as the name implies, distressed. They are cabinets that have been “pre-beat” (for lack of a better term) for you. Again, this process takes time. SOMEBODY has to beat these cabinets with a chain, but with a finesse that won’t destroy the cabinet. I generally see this costing an extra 30%.   These are the basic finishes and how they affect kitchen cabinet costs. Get lots of samples (color chips or whole doors) when choosing a finish for your new kitchen. Good photos of unfinished cabinetry are a bit difficult to find in google, and we’ll try to find more for later articles. Many thanks to the folks at Longhorn Remodeling (LonghornRemodeling.net ) for providing us with one. If you’re in the Fort Worth TX area and need some cabinets finished or refinished, be sure to give them a call.

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