You’ve tackled the difficult part of a kitchen renovation – selecting the new cabinets, appliances, counter tops and backsplash. Whew! You thought you were done! Now for the details, the little nuances that change a project from “OK” to “WOW!”

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Here are 6 Paint/Stain Finishes to consider when selecting your kitchen cabinets:

1. Hi-Gloss

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  • Very durable and easy to clean
  • Contemporary
  • The reflection can make the room appear larger


  • Shows every imperfection
  • Process is time consuming, so more costly application


2. Semi-Gloss

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  • Uniform, smooth look
  • Resistant to scrubbing, wipes clean, easy maintenance
  • Less expensive than hi-gloss
  • Combines aesthetics and function, most popular option


  • Shows some imperfections because of the reflection, but less than Hi-Gloss


3. Opaque


  • Hides imperfections better than semi-gloss because it absorbs light.


  • Natural wood grain not as visible.


4. Matte


  • Conceals imperfections better than semi-gloss because it absorbs light.


  • Not as durable
  • Not as easy to clean
  • Color may seem dull compared with a gloss finish


5. Glaze:

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  • A semi-transparent wash of color applied over a paint/stain adds more dimension and detail and accentuates the graining.


  • Coverage is not meant to be uniform, so cabinet crevices may appear darker, but that is the appeal of glaze.


6. Stain:

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Adds color to wood allowing you to still see the graining and pattern.


All of the imperfections of the wood are visible.

Ready to find out more?

We can help you sort through all of these options and help you select the best for your kitchen design, lifestyle and budget. Please send us a message or give us a call at Susan Marocco Interiors 914.234.7066.

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Susan Marocco Interiors is a full service interior design firm, staffed with professional American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) who have the training and expertise to plan, schedule, execute and manage your project from concept to completion. Our firm creates interiors that are elegant, distinctive and comfortable. Our inspiration comes first from listening. We then meld our skills and experiences to our clients' wants and needs. We develop design solutions that reflect their taste and lifestyles.

To find out how Susan Marocco Interiors can help you with all your design needs, please contact us today!

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