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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Wood Grain and Stain: 3 Things to Know

If you plan to select stained cabinetry for your home, here are three things to know about how wood grain can affect the look of your stained cabinetry.

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No matter where you purchase your cabinets, you will most likely select a wood species that is universal among all manufacturers, so the results will be very similar.

Stains respond differently to the species of wood you choose. Each type of wood has a different level of density and grain characteristic that determines how the stain will soak in and appear. The pattern of graining is unique to each wood species.

Of course, light also affects the look of any finish. See our blog post on the effects of light on cabinet color.

Let’s take a look at some cabinets in our factory to see how the look of stain changes with different graining.

Grain Pattern

As you can see, this vanity cabinet has doors and slab drawer headers with varying grain patterns which change the look of our Thunder stain on red oak.

The slab drawer headers and door frames are made of solid wood. The customer opted to choose doors with veneered plywood center panels instead of solid wood panels. The grain is horizontal on the headers, causing the stain to appear darker than the doors that have vertical graining.

The door center panels are made of veneered plywood, which also have varying grain characteristics.

This look is acceptable and shows the uniqueness of stained woods.

Quartersawn White Oak Cashew drawer base cabinet

Cut Direction

The drawer headers on this three-drawer base cabinet are made of quartersawn white oak finished with our Cashew stain. We also used our Weathering process with Walnut accents to create a worn look.

Notice the cut pattern causes the stain to soak in differently, creating a beautiful look with the variety of graining.

The varying levels of light and darkness in the finish of this Character Stain show the true beauty of this wood and cut.

This look is also acceptable and typical of this type of wood.

Row of natural walnut cabinets

Heart or Sap Wood

Of course, even natural wood has a variety of looks without a stain to highlight those variances.

Grain varies, causing the look to be different on each piece used to build a cabinet, but so does the presence of sap or heart wood.

This pair of natural walnut cabinets highlights how wood color varies when light areas of sap wood are present.

This look is acceptable and shows the true character of woods like walnut.

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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No matter where you purchase your cabinets, you will most likely select a wood species that is universal among all manufacturers, so the results will be very similar.

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.

Grain Pattern

As you can see, this vanity cabinet has doors and slab drawer headers with varying grain patterns which change the look of our Thunder stain on red oak.

The slab drawer headers and door frames are made of solid wood. The customer opted to choose doors with veneered plywood center panels instead of solid wood panels. The grain is horizontal on the headers, causing the stain to appear darker than the doors that have vertical graining.

The door center panels are made of veneered plywood, which also have varying grain characteristics.

This look is acceptable and shows the uniqueness of stained woods.

Quartersawn White Oak Cashew drawer base cabinet

Cut Direction

The drawer headers on this three-drawer base cabinet are made of quartersawn white oak finished with our Cashew stain. We also used our Weathering process with Walnut accents to create a worn look.

Notice the cut pattern causes the stain to soak in differently, creating a beautiful look with the variety of graining.

The varying levels of light and darkness in the finish of this Character Stain show the true beauty of this wood and cut.

This look is also acceptable and typical of this type of wood.

Row of natural walnut cabinets

Heart or Sap Wood

Of course, even natural wood has a variety of looks without a stain to highlight those variances.

Grain varies, causing the look to be different on each piece used to build a cabinet, but so does the presence of sap or heart wood.

This pair of natural walnut cabinets highlights how wood color varies when light areas of sap wood are present.

This look is acceptable and shows the true character of woods like walnut.

How are Showplace Doors Made?

Have you ever wondered how Showplace cabinet doors are made? Or have you asked your dealer what materials are used? Read on to learn more.

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No matter where you purchase your cabinets, you will most likely select a wood species that is universal among all manufacturers, so the results will be very similar.

Grain Pattern

As you can see, this vanity cabinet has doors and slab drawer headers with varying grain patterns which change the look of our Thunder stain on red oak.

The slab drawer headers and door frames are made of solid wood. The customer opted to choose doors with veneered plywood center panels instead of solid wood panels. The grain is horizontal on the headers, causing the stain to appear darker than the doors that have vertical graining.

The door center panels are made of veneered plywood, which also have varying grain characteristics.

This look is acceptable and shows the uniqueness of stained woods.

Quartersawn White Oak Cashew drawer base cabinet

Cut Direction

The drawer headers on this three-drawer base cabinet are made of quartersawn white oak finished with our Cashew stain. We also used our Weathering process with Walnut accents to create a worn look.

Notice the cut pattern causes the stain to soak in differently, creating a beautiful look with the variety of graining.

The varying levels of light and darkness in the finish of this Character Stain show the true beauty of this wood and cut.

This look is also acceptable and typical of this type of wood.

Row of natural walnut cabinets

Heart or Sap Wood

Of course, even natural wood has a variety of looks without a stain to highlight those variances.

Grain varies, causing the look to be different on each piece used to build a cabinet, but so does the presence of sap or heart wood.

This pair of natural walnut cabinets highlights how wood color varies when light areas of sap wood are present.

This look is acceptable and shows the true character of woods like walnut.

Man building door
Woman building door

Keep in mind that environmental factors affect multi-piece door construction. Read our blog about how humidity affects wood.

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Visit our image gallery for examples of our different door styles.

How Can I Buy Showplace Cabinets?

Are you following us on our various social media accounts, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest, and do you like the various images you see? You may be wondering what the first step is if you want to buy Showplace cabinets for your new construction or remodeling project. Read on for more information.

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While you are here on our website, take time to explore the many style and finish selections we offer. Then start dreaming in our expansive home image gallery to get ideas for your project.

We sell our product through local authorized Showplace dealers, so the next step will be to connect with a designer at your local Showplace dealership.

Local Showplace Cabinetry dealerships have showrooms with a variety of samples and cabinet displays from Showplace so you can get that “hands on” experience. Feel the quality of our materials and workmanship, and get an in-person perspective about our wide range of styles, finishes, and accessory options that can transform your home into a space that works for you.

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Effects of Lighting on Cabinet Color

Many factors affect the appearance of color. So, when you’re investing in new cabinets from Showplace, you want to make sure they’re going to look as close as possible to what you’ve envisioned.

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No matter where you purchase your cabinets, you will most likely select a wood species that is universal among all manufacturers, so the results will be very similar.

Explore their color chip samples and our list of standard paint and stain colors. Then, when you think you’ve selected the colors you want, order a sample door from your dealer so you can see what an actual Showplace cabinet door will look like in your space. We highly encourage you to make your final finish selections based off a sample door, rather than a color chip.

Be sure to hold the door at the approximate location the cabinets will be installed and view the door with lights on and off, and at different times of day because light affects color in different ways.

Here are some ways light may change how your cabinets appear:

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Artificial Light and Color

The type of indoor lighting will change the appearance of the finish or surface of your cabinets because different bulbs have a different color temperature.

Incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, or LED lighting have different color and intensity.

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Natural Light

Natural lighting will also cause your cabinets to look different, depending on how direct the light is, whether clouds are dampening the intensity of the sun, or if window treatments are causing indirect sunlight.

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Sheen Level

The level of sheen (glossiness) reflects light, which may make the cabinets look a bit different in various lighting. Learn more below.

Sheen Level

If you’ve ever picked out paint before, you already know what “sheen” is. It’s the relative “shininess” or “glossiness” of a finish. Showplace offers all its finishes in your choice of two levels of sheen, no extra charge. 

“Satin” is what most people would consider normal sheen for home cabinetry. “Matte” is a little bit softer, a little bit flatter than Satin and is often associated with the finish on fine furniture.

Satin sheen tends to be a bit more reflective than matte, but adds more depth to the color.

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Visit our image gallery for examples of our different door styles.

Custom Finishes

The sky is the limit when it comes to paint colors. Painted Showplace cabinets are very popular, and color trends keep changing. Because we are a semi-custom cabinet manufacturer (read our blog explaining the differences between custom and semi-custom cabinetry), we offer standard paint colors, but also custom paints through our ColorSelect program. We partner with Sherwin-Williams to make their paint collection available in our product offerings; and if you want a paint color they don’t offer, we can work with our Sherwin-Williams local partner to match your requested color for your cabinetry!

Dark stained kitchen cabinets

But, what about custom stains? We are sometimes asked to match a stain that is not part of our standard selections. So can we do custom stains or match a particular color from a photo on Pinterest or other online sources?

No, we are unable to offer custom stain colors or match something you’ve seen online. Here’s why:

  • Many variables go into achieving the proper stain color – from wood species, to sanding, to stain application, to wiping technique.  These need to be thoroughly tested to achieve the proper color and this process can take months. 
  • We offer a wide variety of stain color options and strive to add more finishes at least once per year. Keep an eye on our What’s New page to see our latest product additions!

If you don’t see the stain you want on your Showplace cabinetry, what option do you have? You can actually order them unfinished so you can have a local professional finish your cabinets with the color you want. Keep in mind that Showplace is not responsible for any finish issues or damage to cabinets that may arise from our cabinets being finished by anyone else.

So, let’s get started on your new Showplace Cabinetry! Click the button below to find a local Showplace dealer near you.

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Custom paint colors!

All these images above include custom paint colors on Showplace cabinetry. Though we offer a wide variety of standard paint colors, our ColorSelect program offers thousands of colors to give you a wide variety of choices.

Cabinet Customization

Homeowners often ask us about the cabinet sizes we offer and if we customize our cabinets. Yes! We provide standard sizes and configurations; however, because we are a semi-custom cabinet manufacturer, we can customize the size and look of most cabinets. Read our blog explaining the differences between custom and semi-custom cabinetry.

Dark stained kitchen cabinets

But, what about custom stains? We are sometimes asked to match a stain that is not part of our standard selections. So can we do custom stains or match a particular color from a photo on Pinterest or other online sources?

Here are some ways we can customize your cabinets to fit your style and space.

  • Width, depth, and height modifications
  • Custom cabinet configurations to add/remove openings
  • Add glass doors (but no custom door profiles or construction)
  • Add decorative door panels on cabinet sides
  • Toe space sizing
  • Angled cabinet modifications
  • Combining multiple cabinets into one piece
  • Drawer modifications
  • Accessories for storage, organization, and convenience
  • Custom paint colors (no custom stains)
  • And much more!

Custom options

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Drawer Modification

Add organization to your drawer with a two-tiered cutlery divider drawer.

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Glass Doors with Mullions

Don’t settle for plain doors! Add glass and mullions for pizzazz!

Blue and white kitchen cabinets

Modify for Appliances

Have a special appliance you can’t live without? We can modify our cabinets to fit your appliance and still have functionality.

Kitchen Visualizer: Create Custom Kitchen Cabinetry

Are you thinking about remodeling your home, but want to “try on” Showplace Cabinetry before you start the design process with a local authorized Showplace dealer? Good news! We offer a kitchen visualizer which allows you to select from a collection of kitchen images, and then you make them your own – and you don’t have to be a designer!

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The Showplace kitchen visualizer is a no-pressure, no-obligation place for you to explore a representative sample of available options on your time, in the comfort of your home. Here you can begin to narrow styling options to the choices that best fit your vision of home, perfectly designed just for you.

Kitchen Visualizer
Click image to visit the Showplace Kitchen Visualizer.

Using this kitchen visualizer, you’ll begin to discover the styles and finishes that appeal to you, but you won’t have to make final decisions alone. Once you connect with an authorized Showplace Cabinetry dealer, a trained designer will help you finalize your choices. Your dealer will have the resources and expertise to take the ideas you visualize here and make them real.

Dark stained kitchen cabinets

But, what about custom stains? We are sometimes asked to match a stain that is not part of our standard selections. So can we do custom stains or match a particular color from a photo on Pinterest or other online sources?

Semi-Custom vs. Stock Cabinetry

You may be wondering how Showplace products differ from cabinets you can purchase from “big box” stores. Their stock cabinets may look similar from the outside, but there’s more of a difference than meets the eye.

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Here’s what you get from stock cabinetry purchased from a national chain store or stock cabinet company:

  • Standard-sized cabinets offered
  • Standard offering of wood species
  • Standard selection of finish colors
  • Standard selection of door styles
  • Limited or no ability to change cabinet dimensions
  • May be built-to-order, but often built ahead and sold from inventory
  • Priced most affordably due to limitations and materials used
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Showplace is semi-custom. Although Showplace will build custom configurations and offers custom paint colors, we do not offer limitless species or custom door styles and custom stains. Here is a list of generally accepted semi-custom cabinet attributes:

  • Standard-sized cabinets offered; virtually any dimension of these cabinets may be changed to fit the kitchen or bath design and the available space
  • Standard offering of wood species with some specialty species offered
  • Standard selection of finish colors with some specialty finish treatments offered
  • Standard selection of door styles
  • Custom sizing and configurations available within standard wood species, color, and style offerings
  • Cabinets built-to-order for individual homeowner
  • Mid-priced to reflect flexibility and broad product offerings
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Showplace offers many custom features found with other cabinet makers who call themselves custom; since there are no universally accepted attributes to describe custom cabinets, we thought we’d share this list:

  • Standard sized cabinets may be available; specialty is “you draw it, we build it”
  • Standard offering of wood species, but will accommodate special requests
  • Standard finish colors offered, but will accommodate special requests for color matching and specialty finish treatments
  • Standard door styling offered, but will accommodate special requests
  • Special configurations of cabinetry are offered without restrictions on species, color and style
  • Cabinets built-to-order for individual homeowner
  • Most expensive due to limitless options
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Semi-custom Showplace cabinets were used in this modern kitchen design. Click the image to visit this gallery.

Showplace Flexibility: Drawer Header Choices

Flexibility is just one of many reasons why Showplace is the best cabinetry choice for your home or business. A semi-custom cabinet line means that you have many choices for the look and feel of your space. Drawer headers, or “drawer fronts” as they are sometimes called, are one of the many elements of a design that create that perfect look.

Showplace offers several header choices that coordinate with specific door styles to give you plenty of options for your design. Take a look at our various header selections below.

Five-Piece Headers

The drawer header that looks like a small door is called a five-piece header. The name comes from the fact that each header is constructed with five individual parts: two stiles and two rails to make the header frame, and a center panel that fits inside the frame to attach pull hardware.

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Slab Headers

Slab headers are a single piece made of wood or HDM material with an outside edge profile. Often a design will have slab drawer headers because of a few factors: look, price, or because of a pull hardware requirement. We offer several edge profiles for our slab headers that coordinate with a specific door style.

  • Slim Shaker Edge – for Slim Shaker door styles
  • Smooth Edge – for Aria, Pendleton and similar door styles
  • Decorator Edge – for Covington and similar door styles
  • Notched Edge – for Lancaster and similar door styles
  • Slant/Raised Decorator Edge – for Covington and similar door styles
  • Slant/Raised Eased Edge
  • Radiused Smooth Edge – for Cambridge and Arlington door styles
  • Square Edge – for Milan door style

So, as you can see, the sky is the limit when it comes to Showplace. Visit your local Showplace dealer to see examples of these header options and start dreaming about your Showplace living or entertaining space!

What are Inset Cabinets?

Inset cabinets are constructed with doors and headers that fit inside the cabinet frames. This type of look is very classy, with tight and consistent spacing. Read more about this type of cabinet construction below.

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The gap between doors or headers and the frame is 3/32″ to keep the look tight and elegant.

Inset cabinets are constructed with two types of frame profiles: flush and beaded. Flush frames are standard with square edges (no profile), and create a “flush” look to the face of the cabinet. Beaded frames have a single beaded edge on the inside of the cabinet openings that create a more decorative look.

Beaded inset vs. Flush inset
Beaded inset (left) – Flush inset (right)

Showplace inset cabinets are offered with a variety of hinge options: concealed or finial. Concealed hinges include soft close functionality. Finial hinges, which are visible from the front of the cabinet, come in a variety of finishes, including Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Flat Black.

Finial hinge finish options

Because of the tight gap between the doors, headers and the frame components, there is a challenge that inset cabinets face. They are very vulnerable to dimensional changes. (Click to read our blog post on the effects of humidity on cabinets.) When such things happen, inset doors and headers can bind, sometimes to the point of ceasing to function at all. It is very important to keep the humidity in your home at an appropriate level for this reason.

Classy, elegant Showplace Inset cabinetry. Click the image to visit this home.
ABOVE: Classy, elegant Showplace Inset cabinetry. Click the image to visit this home.