What is the Best Wood for Painted Cabinets?
If you plan to paint your replacement cabinet doors, you will want to choose a wood species that works well with paint. Most do, but there are exceptions. With that in mind, here’s a list of the best wood for painting:
#1 - Poplar
This is one of the most popular woods for painting, mostly because it’s inexpensive but produces a lovely smooth finish when prepared right. If you use poplar, make sure the surface is well sanded, and cleaned of any debris before applying paint. Luckily, when you order paint-grade doors from CabinetDoors.com they come fully sanded and paint ready.
#2 - Soft Maple
Many designers and home contractors swear by soft maple because it has a smooth finish, plus it’s easy to learn how to paint maple cabinets because they don’t show the wood grain through the paint. It’s also an inexpensive option, making it easy for homeowners to replace cabinet doors on a budget.
#3 - Alder
Painting alder wood is especially easy thanks to the soft density of the material. Alder is not as plentiful as some of the other wood species on this list and is a little more expensive as a result, but it remains an appealing option for anyone that plans to paint their doors.
#4 - Birch
Like most of the entries on this list, birch offers an excellent surface for painting with good absorption and a nice finish. Unlike other entries on this list, birch is a plywood with more complicated grain patterns, so it hides scratches better than maple, and other woods.
#5 - Hard Maple
Painting maple cabinets is fairly straightforward regardless of whether the maple is hard or soft. The hard variety is considered by some to be the best wood for painting in terms of how good the finished doors look, but hard maple is expensive as a result.
#6 - MDF
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is a type of manufactured hardwood that’s engineered for performance. So, not surprisingly, it can be painted easily and delivers a nice finish even for novice painters.
Why Paint Doors From Cabinetdoors.com?
There’s a reason we have been in business for over 30 years and have become one of the internet’s leading suppliers of custom-built cabinet doors:
- Our prices are lower than most big box stores and also most local producers of custom-build cabinet doors.
- We only use high-quality wood species, and all of our doors are produced on high-tech woodworking equipment.
- We custom build and ship most orders within 7-10 days, and they arrive at your door ready to paint several days after that.
- We have earned too many 5-star customer ratings to count, and the Better Business Bureau classifies us as an A+ organization.