Kitchen Remodeling Sunnyvale: The Solera Group
For your kitchen remodeling in the greater San Jose metro area, please contact us, The Solera Group for a no obligation consultation. We service from San Jose, as far north as Redwood City and Livermore.
This post is part of a series on kitchen cabinets. For access to the entire series please select the link in the prior sentence.
Finishing on Kitchen Cabinets
Common finishing materials are:
Stain is not really a finish but a process of darkening wood and highlighting the wood grain. Stained cabinets require a sealer to be applied after the stain.
Varnish is a mixture of oil and resin that provides a durable protective coating over stain (and possibly paint). Catalyzed varnish contains a chemical catalyst that speeds up the hardening and creates a very durable finish.
Glaze is applied over the top of stain or paint and visually enhances the base coat
Lacquer is made by dissolving a resin in a solvent. Like varnish it can be catalyzed and you will occasionally see a cabinet identified as being finished with a catalyzed lacquer.
Paint is an effective way to refinish installed cabinets. Sometimes when an area is faded or otherwise damaged, matching stain can be difficult to impossible, but spraying on a coat of paint, following by one of the sealants above can give your existing cabinets years of new life.
Chalk paint is something I’ve only recently learned about and the word is it anyone can refinish cabinets with an incredibly durable finish using this product. Whereas you get the best finish when refinishing cabinets via spray (which requires special equipment) chalk paint (I’m told) creates a very durable smooth finish after being brushed on.
Planning your kitchen remodel? Then do yourself a favor and …..