White vs. Stained Cabinets?
I am in the process of getting bids for a new build and I was talking to a cabinet maker wondering the difference between white painted and stained cabinets. I was surprised to learn from him that the painted ones are a 20% upgrade from stained.
His reasoning was that the painted cabinets are maple construction with MDF doors. I thought they would be all wood, but he said that the wood contracts and expands but the paint doesn't, and when it does, it leaves gaps of unpainted areas where the panels meet.
Now I am confused....I was wanting white cabinets, but what is your experience with MDF doors? Do they hold up as well as wood doors?
This cabinet shop does a great job and their fininishes are smooth as silk. We have their stained cherry in our present house and love them, but I wanted to change to white.
Thoughts appreciated. Thanks