Advice needed, please! Kitchen cabinet interior stain?
My husband just finished building our kitchen cabinets (Eastern white maple) and we've taken them to a professional finisher to be stained/finished. (BTW: they're beautiful!) The finisher asked whether we wanted the interior stained or just clear coated. When I asked what the difference was, he said the little nicks that inevitably will happen over time will be more noticeable in a stained surface vs. the clear coat. (He also mentioned price, but I'm more concerned with doing things right vs. the couple hundred dollars difference in price.)
The only time I've seen just the exteriors stained and the interiors clear coated were cabinets at the "big box" stores. I thought they didn't look quite right, but now that the professional has suggested it, I'm wondering if just clear coating the interiors is really an option we should consider..? Would someone have some advice for us? Thanks so very much!