Cabinet refinishing: paint, stain, lacquer, or conversion varnish

Cabinet refinishing: paint, stain, lacquer, or conversion varnish

Outdated kitchen cabinets don’t do a lot of good for your kitchen’s overall appearance and appeal. Replacing the cabinets is one option, but it’s not worthwhile if the actual cabinet is still in good condition. That’s why refacing is a great alternative to get the look of new cabinets without the cost.

Can Do More Painting in Calgary is a professional cabinet refinishing company. They share the difference between painting, staining, lacquering, or conversion varnish for your cabinet refinishing.

Paint refinish

One of the more popular choices for cabinet refinishing is to use paint. Painted cabinets are very modern and easily hide the natural wood grains of the cabinets. You can choose between classic looks like white or sleek grey or more natural like browns and earthy greens. Going for bright pastel shades is also a way to add a subtle pop of colour to your kitchen and add some brightness. Paint can go over any cabinet surface as long as the substrate is properly prepped.

Stain refinish

If you want to keep the natural appeal of your wood cabinets, then the stain is the way to go. The stain will accentuate the wood grains and highlight the natural aesthetic of the wood. You can choose between light or dark stains and different shades like greys, reds, or dark browns. Depending on the style of your home and your kitchen, stained cabinets may look better. This method adds a more rustic and antique look to the space and makes the room feel closer and cozier. Staining is also a durable option and easier to touch up if needed. If your cabinets are already stained then it may be more cost effective to have them stained darker or choose a solid colour. On new wood cabinets, stain is more cost-effective than paint if budget is a factor.

Lacquer refinish

Like paint, lacquer finishes have different options for the level of sheens, like matte or high gloss. The great thing about lacquer is how extraordinarily robust and durable it is and how well it protects your cabinets against grease and dirt. Cabinet painters will apply lacquer as a spray, which guarantees a smooth and streak-free finish. They can also apply an additional clearcoat for twice the protection and durability. Because of the tools and skills involved with lacquer, it’s best to leave the work to a professional. That way, you get guaranteed results and help with the refinishing process and clean up.

Conversion Varnish

There is a less known product out there that is gaining traction called conversion varnish. Conversion varnish is transparent and/or custom tinted coating. It is one of the most durable finishes available for wood. It is chemical and moisture resistant, protecting your wood from the damaging effects of household chemicals and cleaners. The application process hardens the finish, ensuring cabinetry and wood retain paint colour and sheen. It also provides for easy touch-ups. Conversion varnish requires greater skill in spraying and costs more than typical paint or lacquer but it is quickly becoming known as the best and most durable solution.

Cabinet Refinishing in Calgary

Can Do More Painting is armed with the knowledge to help with interior, exterior, residential and commercial projects. They are always up-to-date on the latest renovation trends, best materials, and best practices for your home’s transformation. In addition to cabinet refinishing, they can help you with cabinet modifications, new countertops, tile, sinks, faucets, lighting, and more.

Contact Can Do More Painting today!

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