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Cabinet durability/longevity - stained or painted?

Jennifer Weinman
8 years ago

In general, when looking at cabinets, which is going to be more durable in the long run or easier to maintain - stained or painted? I personally love the look of white painted cabinets, but worry about noticeable chipping and dirt/grime. We currently have stained cabinets, but I'm not a huge fan of how dark it makes our kitchen (and they aren't even a particularly dark cabinet to begin with!)

So I guess I'm curious what people's opinions are on this topic. I'm also curious if you'd make upper/lower cabinets different finishes/paint because of durability/longevity.

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