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Pros Tips: Is It Better to Stain or Paint Bedroom Cabinets?

November 15, 20224 min read

It's a common question: is it better to stain or paint bedroom cabinets? Choosing the right materials for every room is one of the most important parts of designing your home.

The answer is it depends. Painting may be the way to go if you're looking for a timeless and classic solution. If you want something that will last longer, staining may be your best bet.

In this article, we'll help you decide if it's better to stain or paint your bedroom cabinets so you can start creating your perfect bedroom. Let's take a look at what each method offers.

Painting Benefits

If you're looking for a more traditional look, painting your bedroom cabinets is the way to go.

Easier to apply: Painting requires basic tools (brushes, paint, tape, and tarps) and is easy to apply. Unlike with staining, there is no need for sanding or complicated tools. Spray painting can take as little as 15 minutes and is more affordable than traditional paint or stains.

Customizable color options: Although you'll cover up the natural grain of your wood cabinets, paint lets you customize your cabinets to the color of your bedroom. With nearly unlimited colors and finishes, the choice is yours!

Perfect for any piece of furniture: Paint is versatile enough to cover any bedroom cabinet, regardless of the material. You can only use stain for wood cabinets, but if your bedroom has metal or vinyl cabinets, paint can brighten them up.

Staining Benefits

A paint stain is a semi-transparent coating that highlights the natural color, texture, and grain of wood cabinets. When choosing whether to stain or paint bedroom cabinets, there are several reasons why people choose this staining finish over others.

Designer finishes: Stains allow you to see the distinctive features that paint covers up. If your cabinets have a natural wood grain, then using a stain will allow you to keep those beautiful wood grains visible while still giving your cabinets an updated look.

Durability: Stains last up to 30 years, whereas painted cabinets often need touchups after 10 years. If you're looking for a long-lasting cabinet coating, go for a stain. Stains also gradually fade over time, so you don't end up with awkward chips or peeling.

Protects your cabinets: Wood stains soak into your cabinet, hydrating and protecting the wood. A stain can prevent warping and protect your furniture from rot or moisture damage. You're not covering the wood; you're protecting it with a sheer coat of stain that enhances its color and durability.

Is Staining Better to Keep Out Moisture?

Stains have better moisture resistance than paints. This means if you live in a humid environment and want your cabinets to last longer, this could be an important consideration for you!

If you have wood cabinets, you should consider whether they will be exposed to moisture when choosing between paints and stains. Remember, moisture damage is almost irreparable. In most cases, the stain is more water-resistant than coats of paint. So if you are concerned about mold and mildew, you should opt for staining.

Is Painting More Expensive than Staining?

Although paint tends to be slightly more expensive than stain, both options are more affordable than completely replacing bedroom cabinets or doors. Paints usually run around $200 compared to around $150 for stains. A coat of paint will eventually chip off over time and need repainting, but a stain can last for years without requiring any maintenance!

No matter how you choose to refinish your cabinets, painted and stained bedroom cabinets have a return on investment of 81%! That means you'll recoup over 80% of your project costs when it comes time to sell your house later.

Contact Chameleon Cabinet Coatings to Get Started

Deciding to stain or paint bedroom cabinets should ultimately come down to preferences. At Chameleon Cabinet Coatings, we're here to help you get the job done right! From choosing between light stains or dark stains to selecting a paint color, our team has years of experience providing optimal customer care. We can help you add a fresh coat of paint to anything, whether it be traditional white cabinets to sleek, modern pieces of furniture. And the best part is we offer an extensive three-year warranty!

Whether you decide to stain or paint bedroom cabinets, we can help with your cabinet project in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, or New Jersey.

Call (717) 431-6440 or email to schedule your consultation.

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Dave Fisher

Founder & CEO of Chameleon Cabinet Coatings

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