|Forum topic by rut||posted 05-03-2012 01:43 PM||2556 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
05-03-2012 01:43 PM
My wife wants the new cabinets I’m building (face frame construction with hard maple) to be a “country white” color.
I’ve been trying to find a type of stain that covers like paint. I say this because I’ve read information about how seasonal changes affects wood and would cause paint to crack at certain areas.
So I think maybe I’m a bit confused. If I painted my cabinets and raised panels, where exactly am I likely to see the problems? Where the stiles and rails meet or is it where the raised panel fits into the grooves of the stiles and rails?
If it is the latter, seems like that problem could be alleviated by applying the finish before assembly.
I ask because I’m having a difficult time finding a stain that covers like paint (maybe it doesn’t exist?). I visited a Lowe’s kitchen center and was shown some sample doors that they said was a highly pigmented stain. The finish came in various colors and really looked painted (completely opaque) yet I could still see the lines where the stiles and rails met (as if it were stained). I haven’t been able to source anything like this on the web.
So bottom line, am I fussing for nothing and should just use paint or do I really need to take some special steps to avoid cracks in my finish and continue to search for this highly pigmented stain?