Type of wood for white cabinets and finish

CT_NewbieJune 27, 2013

I had assumed that Maple would be best and most practical for high quality white painted (or factory finish) or stained? cabinets. Is that correct or would you suggest a different type of wood.

Also, I'm not quite sure I understand the differences between painted (is it only hand painted or also factory finish painted) and stained. Is one better than the other for white? I think Wood-mode/brookhaven might have said they stain their cabinets white. Feel free to correct me if you know otherwise

Thank you

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If they offer "paint grade" that is fine and saves money- it is typically Maple but lesser grade but can be poplar in rare cases (softer) yes WM/BH paint is different, not convinced it is that different or any better- harder to touch up though.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 7:34AM
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Sophie Wheeler

MDF center panels with maple stiles and rails is the preferred choice for painted cabinets. It will minimize the wood movement and paint cracking. Lower end "custom" guys will use plain house paint, but your better quality manufacturers will use higher quality materials that the local maker cannot get access to.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 7:50AM
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Thank you both! Holly, is the MDF center panel preferred for catalyzed factory finish as well? I was thinking MDF was a lesser quality than a solid wood. Are you saying that all solid wood would cause a problem with natural expansion and contraction?


    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 7:19PM
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I'm saving money by choosing mdf panels for my painted white shaker doors. My custom cabinet builder advised that it will have less expansion/contraction cracking - but also that the sound of doors closing is less "solid".

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 8:08PM
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