Paint Grade Cabinet Doors

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When you’re searching for “Paint Grade Cabinet Doors” we have the selection and direct from the manufacture wholesale pricing you want.  Cabinetdoors.com is a direct to the public cabinet door manufacturer who produces high quality paint grade cabinet doors in hundreds of styles in your choice of wood. We now also offer painted cabinet doors to make your life a whole lot easier. You no longer need to paint your cabinet doors yourself!

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All Door Styles Available in Paint Grade

All of the several hundred Cabinet Doors we manufacture are available in a Paint Grade material. This means that you can pick any one of our cabinet door styles for your kitchen or bathroom and order it as paint readyOur inset panel doors can be made with an MDF, or a plywood/veneer panel.  Most of our raised panel doors can be made with an MDF panel, otherwise they are made with a solid wood paint grade material like poplar or soft maple.  All our paint grade frames, whether glass ready or not are made in a paintable hard wood like poplar or Soft Maple.  

What does “Paint Grade” mean exactly? It means that each door is constructed with paint grade materials and comes sanded and fully-ready for you to paint. With paint grade cabinet doors, you don’t need to perform any prep on the doors themselves before you apply a finish. We take care of the work using professional equipment and techniques and leave the mess in our shop. With paint grade kitchen cabinet doors, it’s easy to complete the DIY project of your dreams and create doors that look exactly the way you want at an affordable price.

Types of Paint Grade Cabinet Door Woods

The woods typically used by professionals on their paint-grade cabinet doors are the tighter-grained woods like Poplar, Soft Maple, Alder, Pine, Birch, Hard Maple, and MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). The woods we offer can be seen here.

The prices for the recommended paint-grade woods run from Poplar (least expensive), Soft Maple, Alder, Pine, Birch, and Hard Maple being the most expensive.

Best Woods For Paint Grade Cabinet Doors

So which woods are best for Paint-Grade Kitchen Cabinet Doors? Here is a brief summary of our experience with the various paint-grade woods.

Paint Grade Poplar Wood

Poplar has, for years, been the paint-grade wood of choice for furniture makers and cabinet shops. A close second is Soft Maple with most manufacturers switching between these woods for reasons of price and availability. Poplar is slightly more labor intensive in the manufacturing process but both Poplar and Soft Maple paint equally well . Poplar tends to be more colorful and may require a stain blocking primer, and more paint than Soft Maple, but the additional coat’s will produce a better finish.

Paint Grade Soft Maple Wood

Either Poplar or Soft Maple is a wood of choice by Custom Cabinet Shops for their Paint-Grade Cabinet Door jobs. Both are low cost. and available over most of the country. Each wood sands easier than Alder and neither fuzzes-up like Alder while sanding. Both woods finish very smooth, and don’t telegraph grain through the paint, like Pine.

Paint Grade MDF Wood

Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers. MDF is used as the panel in all of our Recessed Panel Paint-Grade Cabinet Doors, and is used as the Raised Panel in some of our Raised Panel doors. MDF paints well and it is a good idea to coat all sides of the finished piece in order to seal in the urea-formaldehyde. Formaldehyde resins are commonly used to bind MDF together, so use at your own risk and do your research to make sure that the chemicals used will not affect you.  Most cabinet and furniture manufacturers have been using MDF for several decades and the risks of Formaldehyde resin emissions, when the products are painted, is considered insignificant.

Why Choose Paint Grade Cabinet Doors?

As we noted earlier, when you order custom-built cabinet doors from us, you have the option to select paint-grade cabinet doors or finished doors painted in one of several contemporary colors. So why do so many homeowners, designers, contractors, and cabinet experts choose the paint grade option? There are many compelling reasons:

  • Cost - Paint grade wood cabinet doors cost less than other options, and when you combine that with the savings you get by replacing just the doors rather than replacing the entire cabinet, new doors turn out to be surprisingly affordable. On top of that, when you order paint-grade doors and finish them yourself, you don’t have to pay someone else to do that work for you. If you’re looking to make a big impact on a small budget, don’t overlook all the exciting potential of paint grade cabinet doors

  • Creativity - With paint-grade kitchen cabinet doors, the sky’s the limit in terms of style possibilities and design potential. Paint grade cabinet doors arrive ready for you to finish in literally any color you want. Take things a step further with glass-ready doors. Not only can you finish the wood - you can also choose the glass (frosted, colored, clear etc). 

  • Convenience - When it comes to replacing your existing cabinet doors with something fresh and new, the hardest parts are cutting, building and sanding the doors. We take care of this for you so that you can focus on a project many people enjoy - picking a color and painting. If you love to take on DIY projects and work on your own home, paint grade cabinet doors make it convenient for anyone to complete without needing special equipment and without creating a huge mess in your home. 

Paint Grade Cabinet Prep & Finishing

Each of these woods have their own advantages and disadvantages, but there are a few practices that will apply to whichever wood type is chosen to paint.

  • The first is the “prep-prep-prep” rule. That means that every hour spent preparing the cabinet door for painting saves two hours in repainting.
  • The second is the 5-F’s rule. This rule is “Fine Finishers Finish Firewood First”. It simply means that experimenting with your finish on scrap wood can prevent ruining a door with a failed finishing attempt.
  • The third is always break all sharp edges with fine sandpaper before painting. Sharp edges will not hold paint which will give the painted door an unpainted spot to absorb moisture
  • The forth is to keep in mind that all wood types will expand and contract with changes in humidity. The paint will slow these humidity-caused wood movements, but no paint is totally moisture-proof, and paint will not stop the movements. This humidity-movement of wood presents another potential issue for the painted cabinet door. When the paint dries, it will no longer have the elasticity to move with the wood; so the paint will crack, usually along the glue joints where the Stiles & Rails join. This is considered normal wear and tear over time. 
  • The fifth relates to the hardness of the paint-grade wood. The softer the wood, the more easily it will dent, if hit with a pot or frying pan. The dent in the wood may be slight and hardly noticeable, but dried paint doesn’t dent without cracking. The weakest link in any painted cabinet door is not the door. Regardless of the wood type used, the weakest link is always the paint.
  • The sixth practice covers the method of application of the paint. The desired look from painting a cabinet door is usually a high gloss finish, similar to the finish on a piano. A finish of this quality will certainly require a highly experienced finishing professional, and a dust-free spray booth. This doesn’t mean you can’t achieve an excellent finish, but it does mean you won’t get this piano-finish with a paint brush in your driveway. To get a professional looking finish you will need to spray-on the paint. Not from a Krylon can, but from an compressed-air, or airless, spray painting system.

Ordering Paint Grade Cabinet Doors From The Door Stop

At, cabinetdoors.com, we have pictures of each door style and the price for all our doors, in any wood is shown. Simply select the wood type in the drop down, enter the width and height, and the price is instantly displayed. Here is a picture showing the difference between a Paint-Grade Shaker door with an MDF panel and a solid wood panel. You can now buy painted cabinet doors as well, which is the perfect option for those who don’t love to paint.

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Take the Next Steps

If you’re impressed with all that paint-grade cabinet doors have to offer, you’re hardly alone. Our selection offers something for everyone. What door style do you want? Do you plan on painting or staining? What color and what sheen do you want? Answer these questions sooner rather than later. Then it’s just a matter of placing your order, waiting for the shipment to arrive, and then diving into the finishing process. If you have questions along the way, please e-mail us at sales@cabinetdoors.com