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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Got the blues about blending? Join Pam and Bill from Country Living Newbie Custom Decor for a first time 2 color blend on a repurposed nightstand.

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3 hours ago

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You're doing a wonderful job Pam!

Looks great!

Beautiful!!

This is going to be stunning!

OMG! Hi Bill!

Hi Pam!

Pam is using No Pain Gel Stain in Walnut

Pam is using Bunker Hill Blue right now

Tell us where you’re watching from!

Now she is applying Blueberry

It's just paint!

The stain looks great!

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I love love blending. Hello pam

Looks wonderful!!

my favorite color mix is blue along wood stains.. this is going to be lovely!

This is going to be soooo pretty! I’m loving blueberry!!

i blend by layering. this is beautiful so far! <3

This looks awesome!

Love the colors!

Beautiful Detail. Maybe a metallic.

Looks awesome

That piece looks great!

St. Louis gal says 'Hi &, Thanks for the tips'. I might be brave enough to try it🀞

I just tried my first piece this weekend.... I am not very confident in how it turned out....

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Please join us in welcoming our newest Dixie Belle Paint Retailers! πŸ‘‹
Do you own a store or booth? Are you interested in becoming a Dixie Belle Paint Retailer? There are NO contracts and NO minimums on re-orders!
Call today 813-909-1962 to learn more!

Now and Then Thrift Boutique
Purple Butterfly Vintage Boutique
The Vintage Flower Market
Simply Charming of Howell
Shabbyology
The Painted Peacock
The Shabby Chicas
The Milford Market LLC
The Iron Horse Timeless Treasures, LLC
It's A Blessed Mess
Jas-It-Up Designs
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Sure wish there was a dealer that offers classes , we have a wonderful dealer in Jasper Country SC ,, but no classes offered , πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ

Welcome

Why is it not sold in Canada? Y'all can't keep that good stuff to yourselves forever, ya know! LOL

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