Should You Paint or Stain Your Cabinets?

Both paint and stains are great ways to update your kitchen cabinets!

Pros of Paint: Dixie Belle Paint offers a clean, crisp look and allows you to get creative!

Paint is for those DIYers who prefer a sleek, clean finish. Great for those who don’t want to show the character marks or imperfections often found on stained wood.

If you’re looking for that pop of color, Dixie Belle Paint is your best friend. Paint sticks to the surface vs settling into the wood grain like stain does. Paint allows way more freedom to play with colors and hues, and it is great for customizing the perfect space. Dixie Belle Paint was formulated with high quality ingredients while taking out the need for sanding or priming!

Photo by: Charity Fowler Ogle

Cons of Paint: Paint is thicker then stain, therefore it does not absorb into the wood the way that stain does. If you want to cover the wood grain, knots, or scratches, paint is the way to go. It will hide all character features on the wood. Paint is also harder to touch up then stains. Paint touch ups can be tricky, but are easier with painted brushed finishes. Painting with darker colors will show more dust then white or lighter colors.

Pros of Stain: Stain will showcase the natural beauty of your wooden cabinets. Stain won’t steal the spotlight from the woods natural character, it will help emphasize it.

It is thinner then paint so it will settle into the grains and imperfections of the wood, stain ultimately will enhance the natural beauty of the wood. Stain is easier to touch up, it tends to blend better. A lot goes along way, can be more cost effective because of this.

Dixie Belle Paint offers two types of Gel Stains: Voodoo Gel Stain which is water based, and No Pain Gel Stain which is oil based.

Cons of Stain: Stains are received differently on wood than paint, this also depends on the type of wood you are working with. We recommend painting a test area first.

If you are working with Fiberboard or Pressed Chip Board, the stain will certainly look different then painting on Oak. Staining wood can also require sanding in preparation for the application.

Stains will show ALL your woods blemishes, and can look in-consistence if you have uneven grain. If working with No Pain Gel Stain we recommend working with gloves, this gel is harder to clean vs paint if it spilled. Learn more here.

Photo by: Dena Shaw of Dena Laine’s Furniture and Specialty Finishes!

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Tanya is applying a transfer called "Rose Celebration"

She is painting a rolodex in preparation for painting a bread box in the future'

You can order the transfers on our website

Tanya made a gorgeous rose mould with Dixie Belle Mud.

You did an incredible job!

This looks amazing Tanya!!!

Hey Tanya!

Slick Stick helps the paint to adhere to smoother surfaces

Tanya is using the color Vintage Duck Egg

Hi Tanya!

She is painting a rolodex in Vintage Duck Egg in preparation for painting a bread box in the future

I would LOVE to send you a picture!

Great idea to paint the Rolodex as an example of what you did to the bread box!

I haven't tried anything YET... trying to learn before I begin a project. You're doing amazing!

Hey, I love the duck egg, but am loving all the new colors, especially that antebellum blue

Good tip, thank you. Haven’t heard that about a transfer before

Thank you for sharing with us

Your doing wonderful!😀

Big smile! Love this!

Thank you, Tanya! Looking forward to your next live video!

Adorable thank u

This has been really informative. You are a good teacher

Love the roses :)

Thank you

Thank you

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LIVE for #whimsicalwednesday with TraceysFancy ! Join me as we add color to this gorgeous beast of an armoire!!

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To find the new mister bottles on our website you can go to the New Release section in our shop!

This is looking gorgeous Tracey!!

Thank you for sharing this with us!

We love our Brand Ambassadors!

We love the drippy look!

Tracey is going to be using the new color Antebellum Blue

Now she is using Gravel Road

It looks great against the French Linen!

Tell us where you're watching from!

Now Tracey will be using Gravel Road

Gotta love how well 1 coat can cover!

Kelsey here with you tonight! :)

Hello Tracey!

Tracey used French Linen to cover the old design

You can find your local Dixie Belle Paint retailer here

This armoire is just beautiful! What color is popping through on the top details??

I’m in LOVE with the metallics!

I'm doing my first piece and using a hull vase as inspiration. And, one of the transfers you used on an old piece - roses and rougue.

Gorgeous new color

Love your earrings!

love that look. I think this will be the first style I will try with my DB paints

The piece looks AMAZING already...even though the other way was OUT OF THiS WORLD!

This piece is absolutely gorgeous and the detail is amazing.

Love your earrings

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