7 Types of Cabinet Finishes

7 Types of Cabinet Finishes

A kitchen should be a place you want to spend time in. The focus of your kitchen is the cabinets. There are endless choices in design and style but there are basically 7 types of cabinet finishes.


Painted kitchen cabinets are the trend in Omaha. When professionally done the durability and appearance can’t be beat. Besides durability the big plus with painted cabinets is the endless selection of colors. You can find a color to fit any decor. Much more budget friendly then cabinet replacement.


Very common in homes. Many new homes still go this route. Most new custom cabinets are built with stain grade wood in the Omaha area. Large selection of stain choices and lacquer is very durable. Cabinets that have a stain/lacquer finish can be painted however it won’t work the other way. Once a cabinet is painted it must always be repainted. You can’t go from paint to stain. Seems obvious but I have been asked.


A glazed cabinet finish is a popular trend in Omaha. The cabinets go through the process necessary to paint them and then the Glazing process begins. The final step is a clear coat so the cabinets are both attractive and durable. The finished product draws attention with it’s unique look. It is an interesting look but labor intensive.


Acrylic cabinets are a high gloss finish. Available in many colors. This type of cabinet is durable. It has a plastic looking appearance so many people do not go this route when choosing a cabinet. It will stand the test of time. Fingerprints, stains, and dirt are more obvious with this type of laminate. More frequent cleaning is necessary.


The natural look of wood. If you appreciate the unique beauty of wood this is a good way to go. It is very important to seal and protect the wood for long lasting durability. Sanding the surfaces and sealing them followed by several coats of lacquer will guarantee a long lasting finish.


Laminates are a budget friendly finish for your kitchen. Laminates are hot pressed onto the surface of the cabinet and then edge banding is applied to the edges or sides. This type of finish has many color choices and come in a high gloss or matte sheen. The biggest plus is a nice look without spending a lot.


Similar to laminates, veneers are thin slices of wood instead of a man made material. Veneers will have the same beauty and grain of wood without the cost of a solid surface. A more natural look when compared to laminates. This type of finish does require a little more care when handling.

7 types of cabinet finishes

These are the 7 types of cabinet finishes. A finish for every budget and look. Next time your in a home improvement center, make note of the various finishes they offer in their cabinet area.

The Best Of

The Best of paints, primers, sundries. This listing is based on

  1. Performance
  2. Availability
  3. Price

The most important factor for us is the performance of a product. In todays economy we have to also give special consideration to the availability of a product too. Something may be “the best of” but if it is unavailable it doesn’t matter. It has been frustrating sometimes when the products we want are unavailable.

This list is based on the products we use daily and are pleased with. We tend to get a good price based on the volume we use. Regardless, the following are recommended products.

Best lower adhesion premium grade tape. PG29

Best high adhesion premium grade tape. Shurtape Colonial

Best high performance primer. STIX

Best high performance enamel. Command and Breakthrough

Best exterior house paint. Aura

Best interior wall paint. Ultra Spec 500

Best Spackle. 3M patch Plus

Best caulk gun. Albion

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How Often to Paint Your Home

How Often to Paint Your Home

How often to paint your home? I get asked this almost every time I do an exterior estimate. This question is often paired with “what is the best paint?”

If a home is prepared correctly and a quality paint is used you can expect on average 10 to 12 years before repainting in Omaha. There are several factors that can increase or decrease this life span and the good news is most of it is within your control.

Factors affecting the lifespan of your exterior paint project.

  1. Is your home power washed prior to painting? Are chemicals used to kill mold/mildew?
  2. The amount of prep work performed. Caulking, sanding, priming, masking…
  3. The number of coats of paint. The thickness of those coats.
  4. The quality of the materials. Paint, primer, caulk.
  5. The weather conditions when the work is performed.
  6. Surface type. Wood, metal, hardboard…
  7. Condition of the surface. In need of repair/replacement? Damaged siding?
  8. Amount of sun exposure.
  9. Color of the paint. Some colors fade faster then others.
  10. The maintenance to the home after the work is done. Regular washing, bird nest removal, hedge trimming, gutter cleaning, etc.
  11. Addressing issues as they occur. Hail/storm damage…

Sometimes paint failure is due to other factors beyond anyone’s control. For example we did a commercial job once and we did everything right. The Paint we used was something we were familiar with and it was a “high end” product and It failed! No one could figure out why. Manufacture reps came and looked at the job, etc. At the end of the day no one knew why the paint didn’t perform. In fact it failed rather quickly. Within a few months. It was just bad paint so we did what a good paint contractor should. We redid the project with a different product.

How often to paint your home

Pick an experienced paint contractor, use a high quality paint and maintain your home. You will get the greatest return on your painting investment.