Painted Cabinets: 3 Things to Know

Painted cabinets are popular and also require a commitment from the homeowner to keep them in pristine condition, typically more maintenance than stained cabinetry. If you plan to select painted cabinetry for your home, here are three things to know about paint on wood surfaces.

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Paint characteristics are the same, no matter the brand, the surface, or the cabinet manufacturer. What can you expect when you buy painted cabinets from Showplace?

As described in our blog about stains, wood allows stains to soak into wood and take on some of the character of the wood.

Paint, on the other hand, just sits on top of surfaces, including wood used for cabinets. We go to great lengths to ensure your cabinets look like new for as long as possible, but here are 3 things to expect from painted cabinets.

Cracked paint from separated door joint

Open Door Joints

When we build our doors, we use glue and joint grooves to construct the doors. Then, we place all doors in a clamp that presses the joints together until the glue dries. This process ensures that the door construction is as solid as possible.

Change in climate, meaning high or low humidity, may cause wood to shrink or expand, causing paint to crack at those joints where there may be the most movement. This is normal and is not considered a warranty event.

Chipped paint on cabinet door

Surface Damage

Even though we move all finished parts through a large oven to bake on a top coat for all finishes, that is no match for life with kids and pets.

Toys, claws, pots and pans, utensils, and other hard, sharp surfaces can still do damage to our paint and this is not covered under our warranty.

Surface damage includes stain spots, chips, paint wear, scratches, and more.

Image of Water Damage on cabinet drawer front

Water Damage

Just like with the wear and tear from living around your cabinets, water and other liquids can also damage painted surfaces.

You may see abnormal wear to your paint on cabinets around a sink or waste basket cabinet.

Be sure to take care of your cabinets using the information in our blog post about caring for painted cabinets.

It’s important to note that touch up kits for our standard paints are an easy tool to help with maintenance on chips and blemishes. Be sure to ask your dealer to include a kit with your painted order.

What Color is It?

Do you want to match the paint of your Showplace cabinets for your walls? Or do you have a special wood piece that you want to match your stained Showplace cabinets? Read on to learn what you can and can’t do.

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Showplace Cabinetry offers a wide variety of stain and paint colors to fit any design taste and trend.

You can purchase our paints and stains through a local Showplace dealer. But, if you want to purchase one of our standard colors to paint your wall or finish a your own trim or a special furniture piece, you may want to look to your local Sherwin-Williams store. 

Our stains are proprietary formulas for Showplace, but you can purchase our stains through your dealer, or take a finished sample to your local paint store to match the stain color.

Many of our paints are from Sherwin-Williams’ standard paint collection, but a few are formulated specifically for Showplace.

Painted Bathroom Vanity

Standard Paints

Many of our standard paint colors can be purchased through your local Sherwin-Williams store. See the list of our standard paints here.

Many of these paints are standard manufacturer colors. Check with your local Showplace dealer or contact us if you’re unsure if a color is a standard or a proprietary formula.

 

Color Select Bathroom

ColorSelect

In addition to our standard paint collection, the ColorSelect program allows you to select any hue from the Sherwin-Williams fan deck.

And, if you need even more flexibility, you can select a color from another manufacturer, like Benjamin Moore, and we’ll match that, too! Our ColorSelect Custom program uses a color sample of your special color to match to a custom Sherwin-Williams formula.

Stained Bathroom

Stains

Like we mentioned earlier, our stains are all proprietary formulas specifically created for Showplace.

If you want to finish special wood pieces in one of our stains, you can purchase our stain through a local Showplace dealer, or you can take a finished sample to a paint store for them to match the stain.

You can even work with your dealer to send us your special molding, corbels, or other items specific to the kitchen design for us to finish for you using our high-quality finish process.

And, unlike paints, we do not offer custom or matched stains.