Kitchen Cabinets & Paint: MDF or Hardwood?

August 9, 2011

Paint is a timeless addition to your kitchen remodel. In addition to selecting the color and design of your cabinets, another consideration is the type of material you use. Because wood expands and contracts with humidity and temperature, woodworkers have developed a couple of different options for homeowners painting their kitchen cabinets.

MDF, or medium-density fiberboard, is recycled, dense wood engineered to be stronger and much more dense than normal particle board. In kitchen cabinets, these molded doors offer very few door style options, although they do expand and contract nicely so the paint does not crack.

Hardwood refers to solid wood being used for the frame, and offers many more door style options. The downside of painted hardwood kitchen cabinets is that they crack at the joints of the door joinery, which shows up as more of a hair-line crack in the door.

Not quite sure which option is a good fit for your kitchen remodeling project? Feel free to contact us for additional pros and cons to each type of cabinet, and for recommendations as to which option would be the best fit for your home!

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