Glazing Kitchen Cabinets... good or bad idea?
I have natural maple cabinets in my kitchen, in good condition, only 6 years old. I am interested in making them darker ... something slightly lighter than a traditional cherry look.
We talked about replacing doors and resurfacing the frames, but there are so many doors that it was close to $10K for this option, which isn't in my budget. My cabinet maker suggested glazing, which I am unfamiliar with. He brought over a couple of samples, but I am concerned about the quality of the finish. The sample I like looks a little "cloudy" and the color is a little uneven. Here are my questions...
1) Is it normal for it to look cloudy? Is this a feature of glazing, or is it possibly not a great sample?
2) Is it normal for the color to be uneven? Again, is this a feature of glazing, or is it possibly not a great sample?
3) What is the durability of glazed cabinets vs. stained?
4) My cabinet maker is also putting in NEW cabinets in other locations in my home. We are going with Alder, because it takes a stain well. Again, the color we are after is slightly lighter than a traditional cherry. Will the glazed kitchen cabinets match my stained family room cabinets? I have one big open area which is kitchen, nook and family room. So, the cabinets won't be right next to each other, but they are in the same vicinity... about 15 feet apart.
Thanks for your help!