If you need a change at home, you can easily modify your kitchen with a new cabinets. Different cabinet finishes provide accentuation and elevation to your kitchen’s appearance. Whether you want to add depth or make your kitchen feel larger, you can find a kitchen cabinetry solution with William’s Handcrafted in Richmond, VA.

Our experts pour extensive remodeling experience and in-depth knowledge of kitchen trends into every luxury project. Below, you’ll discover some of our more popular requests for finishing kitchen cabinets. 

Popular Cabinet Finishes in Richmond, VA

A cabinet finish does more than bring beauty to your cabinetry. It creates a protective layer that can make your cabinets look and feel brand-new, providing many years of durability. Below, we’ve listed the most popular kitchen cabinet finishes and our expert finishing techniques.

#1 Painted

Painted cabinets create a vibrant atmosphere for any kitchen. Choose from the following opaque options to recreate the space’s ambiance:

  • Lighter colors or brilliant whites make the area feel more open.
  • Darker, richer colors hide grime while providing more depth.
  • Earthy colors warm and deepen larger kitchens.
  • Jewel tones offer a shimmering, luxury accent to a larger, more muted theme.

How to choose the right color for your cabinets:

Choosing the right colors for your kitchen cabinets is an important aspect of the kitchen remodeling process. A professional cabinet maker will often recommend incorporating earthy colors to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in the kitchen. These colors can include shades of brown, green, and beige and are a great way to complement natural wood cabinetry.

If you’re looking for a more vibrant and bold look, consider incorporating jewel tones such as emerald green, sapphire blue, or ruby red. These colors add depth and richness to your kitchen and can make a statement when paired with the right countertops and backsplash.

Whether you opt for natural hues or jewel tones, the right colors can help create a cohesive and stylish look that will be the focal point of your kitchen.

#2 Natural White Oak

If you think oak has fallen out of fashion, think again. Our services will easily bring your natural white oak cabinets back in style. Known for its durability and natural beauty, this gorgeous wood has a soft shade of brown that looks cohesive with many interior design styles.

We recommend a quality cabinet stain for natural white oak cabinets to preserve their beauty. A clear finish allows the wood’s natural color to shine through. You can also choose finishes that deepen the color or create a more rustic, antique appearance. 

Our Method:

First, we clean and sand the wood to achieve a smooth, uniform look. Then, we’ll apply the finish. We may go through a few rounds of sanding and numerous coats of finish to achieve the desired look. 

    • Advantages: You can’t tame white oak. So you’ll enjoy an individual appearance, unlike any other set of cabinetry. 
    • Disadvantages: If you want a colorful kitchen design, you’ll need to complement the white oak with paint colors, accessories, and fixtures. 

#3 Open Grain Hardwood

Open grain hardwood offers an opportunity to bring individuality, character, and minimalism to the front. Some examples of open grain hardwoods include:

    • Hickory
    • Ash
    • Elm
    • Oak

With open grain cabinets, you can combine fashionable minimalism and rustic simplicity. When we work with  natural wood, we recommend oil stain finishes to bring the rugged individualism forward. 

Our Method:

After cleaning the wood’s surface, our team oscillates between varying rounds of sanding and staining with quality oil stains. We may use a variety of oil stains depending on the color depth and look you want to achieve. Some stains contain pigments that will completely renew the raw look of your cabinets.

    • Advantages: Oil stains help your cabinets retain moisture while protecting them from wear and tear. They also increase the character within each piece of wood. 
    • Disadvantages: Oil stains for open grain hardwood don’t come in a variety of color options.

FAQs About Cabinet Finishes

    • What color option hides dirt and blemishes?
      Dark colors hide dirt and blemishes best on kitchen cabinets. By choosing darker color options, you’re less likely to notice dribbles, stains, and dust. 


    • Which paint colors are the most popular?
      Lighter paint colors are the most popular for kitchen cabinets. White, light gray, and brighter shades of brown reflect natural light and make a kitchen appear larger.


    • Can you clean cabinets without ruining the finish?
      Yes, you can clean cabinets without ruining the finish. Mix one part vinegar with one part warm water in a spray bottle. Use a microfiber cloth to gently clean your cabinets. 

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