Nov 14

Stained vs. Painted Cabinets: What’s the Best Option for You?


When it comes to choosing the finish on your cabinets, there are four main things to consider: cost, looks, complexity, and durability. Unlike tile, where different materials offer large differences in quality, choosing a cabinet finish is more about personal preference and looks. It’s one of the main things in your kitchen that determines whether the space has a rustic, modern, or traditional feel.

Let’s get this out of the way first because it’s the least important factor. The cost difference between painting and staining is minimal. Staining supplies will cost around $100-$150 dollars for an average-sized kitchen, whereas paint will run $200-$250. Compared to the price of the cabinets themselves, it’s not something that’s going to break your budget regardless of decision.

The stained vs. painted cabinets debate, beyond taste, really comes down to whether you want the finish to last or if you want it to look natural. White painted cabinets, for example, which can work as both a farmhouse look and a modern look, will simply retain that brightness for a long time.

Paint can also be used for bolder color schemes, such as turquoise or red. So if you want to make a bold statement and have your kitchen stand apart from your neighbors’ this may be the way to go. A bonus to this strategy is that painted cabinets can match the hue of your walls and molding.

But if you don’t want to make a bold statement, consider staining not painting. It’s a classic look that gives kitchens a more warm, organic feel. While there may not be as many stain options as paint color options, there are still plenty of stains to get that exact look you’re going for.

While light stains are available, dark stains are less likely to look out of date. Regardless of trends, dark-stained cabinets retain a look of quality and sophistication. In other words, dark stains are perfect for those who fear buyer’s remorse. The only downside is that dark-stained cabinets show dust more prominently.

Beyond aesthetic, one major difference between the two is how it exposes flaws. In temperate climates with all four seasons, cabinets expand and contract as the weather cools and heats up. Painted cabinets are more likely to show small cracks as the seasons come and go. These means more touch-up jobs and more opportunities to create inconsistencies in the finish.

Stains are better at covering these cracks, but the tradeoff is more exposed grain. If you have cheap wooden cabinets with an unattractive grain pattern, it’s going to show. Staining is recommended most for high quality cabinets.

Staining has the clear advantage here. Besides durability, initial application is easier. Painting requires priming and at least two coats. Also, special attention must be paid if you want a high gloss look. What seems easy at first may require a lot more work than you think. If you’re hiring someone to the job for you. The labor costs will be higher with paint.

With staining, you simply need to apply thoroughly over properly sanded wood. Slight inconsistency may add character, and you won’t find yourself on a step ladder with touchup paint six months later.

We’ve already gone over the cracking issue, but there are other factors that play durability. In general, you can expect painted cabinets to last about 10 years. Stained cabinets can last a full generation of 20-30 years. While upper kitchen cabinets are unlikely to see spills, lower kitchen cabinets can be vulnerable to spills and water damage. You can’t wash painted cabinets, but they’re less prone to water damage. You can wash stained cabinets, but water damage can ruin the finish.

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Jan 15

Kitchen Renovation… 6 Common Mistakes to Avoid


Kitchen remodeling is one of the best ways to brighten up your entire home. Even a minor kitchen renovation will give you an average return on investment of more than 83% when you sell your home. In fact, The National Association of Home Builders says that kitchen renovations account for 69% of all of requested home renovation projects, second only to bathroom renovations.

Although kitchen remodeling is an easy way to make your home look great, it can be a real nightmare if you aren’t careful. A few common kitchen remodeling mistakes that homeowners to make include:

  1. MISTAKE: Making bargain hunting your biggest priorityIf you need to cut costs, buy generic brand cereal, cut coupons, and ride your bike to work. The updates that you do to your kitchen will stay with you through the long-run, or until you redo the work because you regret cutting corners the first time. Spending the money to have the job done right, and investing in good quality material is worth every penny that you spend while kitchen remodeling.
  2. MISTAKE: Going overboardWhile a good kitchen design can add a lot of value to your home, the law of diminishing returns tells us there is a limit to the value you add in any home renovation. For example, if your home is worth $200,000, and you spend $50,000 on a kitchen that a Michelin star chef would be envious of, you’re going to have trouble getting someone to buy your home for $250,000 to get the money back out of it. (Although, if you are a foodie and would really enjoy a fancy kitchen, don’t let us stop you!) As a rule of thumb, try to keep your costs below 15% of your home’s total value if your goal is to recoup your costs when you sell.
  3. MISTAKE: Getting too trendyIn the 90’s, kitchens were decorated with floral prints and fake foliage. Now the image makes you gag. You might absolutely love a stylish look, but if you incorporate a trend into the permanent design of your kitchen, you will regret it when it goes out of style. The more prominent the design is, the more obvious it will be when it is out of date. Choosing timeless fixtures and design elements will help you maintain the value of your kitchen remodel and will make it more marketable when you decide to sell. If there is a trend you can’t live without, consider decorating with it, so that it can be changed out when the fad is over.
  4. MISTAKE: Not paying attention to your budgetSurveys show that a quarter of all homeowners anticipate spending less than $10,000 on their kitchen renovation, but only 15% of renovations actually meet that budget. Before you get started, sketch out an outline of expenses involved in your renovation. That way, you don’t get halfway through and run out of money. Make sure to leave about a 15% contingency for any unpredictable problems that may arise.
  5. MISTAKE: Starting the work before you have a complete planOne very common mistake homeowners make when renovating their kitchen is starting work on the cabinets and counter tops before the appliances are chosen. The space needed for the stove or refrigerator should be precise, so it’s a good idea to choose the appliances that you’re going to have in your new kitchen, and then make sure the rest of the plans accommodate them.  Likewise, make sure that every aspect of the kitchen is measured twice or thrice, so that you don’t end up with a shiny new stove that is one inch wider then the cabinets allow for.
  6. MISTAKE: Not Leaving any wiggle room for Murphy’s LawThere are hundreds of elements involved in a kitchen renovation. Even the best contractors can’t prevent all hiccups, there are so many factors that are outside of their control. Let yourself be flexible in your plans and your timelines, so that when an issue arises, you can take it in stride and keep going.
Dec 26

3 Crucial Reasons to Invest in Professional Bathroom Remodeling


Savvy homeowners are always on the lookout for creative ways to enhance their home’s appeal. For some reason, bathroom remodeling is often overlooked in this home improvement process despite the wide range of benefits that it provides to homeowners.

Professional bathroom remodeling is truly the best way to improve your home’s aesthetic appeal while exponentially increasing its resale value. Many homeowners tend to focus on landscaping or outdoor improvements, but it’s what’s inside your home that will impress your house guests the most.

Bathroom remodeling is far from a “DIY” job, so you’ll need to invest in professional bathroom renovation services to get the most bang for your buck. Here are just three of the many reasons that you should strongly consider investing in professional bathroom remodeling:

  • Huge return on investment
    Your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in your home, so it’s no surprise that the floors and fixtures tend to fade over time. According to a National Association of Home Builders survey, bathroom remodeling is the most requested home improvement job in the U.S., accounting for 78% of renovations. This is likely due to the outrageous return on investment (ROI) that one can earn from bathroom remodeling. In fact, bathroom additions offer an average of 86.4% ROI.
  • Save money over time
    In addition to earning money when selling your home, you’ll also save tons of money up until that point with professional bathroom remodeling. During a bathroom renovation, professionals are likely to notice some “minor” water leaks in your pipes that could cost you more money than you think. Fixing these easily corrected water leaks can save you about 10% on your water bills every single month, which really adds up over time.
  • Wow your house guests
    Last but certainly not least, you should always be looking for ways to beautify your home. At some point, your house guests will ask to use your bathroom, and there is no prouder feeling than to hear their compliments on your remodeling when they return. From custom vanities to sleek new cabinets, bathroom remodeling services can truly provide you with the bathroom of your dreams.

These are just a few of the most notable benefits of professional bathroom remodeling, and you’ll notice dozens more after your renovation is completed. Get in touch with us to start your new bathroom remodeling project today!


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