What finish for newly stained maple kitchen cabinets?
DH and I are in the midst of refinishing our maple, slab kitchen cabinets. He did the sanding and this weekend I'm doing the staining. The next step is the finish . . .
I've been doing some reading on my finish choices but instead of helping, I'm even more confused. Each seems to have its own pros and cons. I believe my choices are:
Oil based poly - turns amber with time
Water based poly - clear but is it as durable? If I go this route, would I want satin or gloss for a kitchen?
Wipe-On poly - hand rubbed look. Don't know anything about this.
Lacquer - soft, but easily fixed. Recommended for cabinetry. I have a rough and tumble 4 year old DS, so I'm nervous about something that isn't durable.
I've only ever used polyurethane (water or oil) when working on smaller projects. But for a big project like this, I want it to look nice.
So which finish do you think would give me a durable finish and look good . . . even if applied by a DIY-er with only a bit of experience?
Any advice would be appreciated!