3 Ways Your Unfinished Cabinets Will Complete Your Kitchen Remodel

If you’re remodeling your kitchen, then your cabinets are going to have a big impact, not just on the overall function of your kitchen, but on its overall aesthetic design. The following are a few options that you have for choosing the final look for your cabinets in order to complement the visual design of your completed kitchen remodel:

1. Leave your kitchen cabinets unfinished

Depending on the quality of the material used in the manufacturing of your kitchen cabinets, one option is to just leave them unfinished. By not applying any kind of treatment, you allow a more natural look to come through. This can create a more cozy and inviting appearance, which is often perfect for more rustic kitchen designs. By leaving your cabinets unfinished, you also create a more welcoming and casual feel, which is great if you use the space for socializing and eating as well.

2. Stain your kitchen cabinets

If you’re going for a more traditional or contemporary look, then leaving your cabinets untreated is probably not something that you’ll want to do. However, if you like the look of your wood cabinets and want to retain its natural feel, then you might want to consider staining your cabinets. Not only will a stain will give your cabinets that finished look you’re going after, but it will also preserve the natural feel of the wood since it won’t take away from the wood’s texture or grain.

Stain is also easy to touch up in case your wood cabinets experience any scratches or dings, and it’s not that difficult to apply. Additionally, adding a stain to your kitchen cabinets isn’t that expensive. However, one thing to keep in mind is that stains won’t cover up any blemishes in the wood. If you like the organic beauty of wood and all of its flaws, this won’t matter. However, if you’re trying to create a more consistent look throughout your cabinets, you might want to consider another option.

3. Paint your kitchen cabinets

If you want to create a more consistent look throughout your cabinets (and therefore, throughout your kitchen), then you might want to consider painting your cabinets. By painting your cabinets, you’ll create a cleaner aesthetic, which is perfect if you’re going for a contemporary or modern look. Because you can choose any color, paint gives you more flexibility in terms of the look of your kitchen as well.

For example, you can choose to minimize the visual impact your cabinets have. If you have white walls, you can paint your cabinets white so that they blend in and other features stand out instead. Or you can make your cabinets the focal point by painting them a bold color so that they will stand out. Essentially, painting your kitchen cabinets gives you unlimited ability to customize your kitchen’s aesthetic.

However, painting your cabinets does have some drawbacks. You will cover up any unique features found in the wood of your cabinets, such as the grain and knots. Additionally, although easy to apply, paint difficult to touch up — and it’s the most costly of your finishing options.

These are three of the options that you should consider when installing your new kitchen cabinets in order to complete your kitchen’s visual design. The option you choose depends heavily on the overall look you’re going for and what you’re trying to achieve visually. For more advice on choosing the right cabinets for your kitchen or for information about our Conestoga cabinets, be sure to contact us at Lifestyles Cabinetry and Millwork today.