Paint Grade Cabinet Doors

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 Every cabinet door style we make it available in Paint Grade!

Recessed panel doors will have Poplar frames and MDF panels. Raised panel doors will have Poplar frames and may have either Poplar or MDF panels. (Poplar is popular, as a Paint Grade wood because it accepts paints so well.)

When you’re searching for paint grade cabinet doors, Cabinetdoors.com should be your first stop. Cabinetdoors.com is a direct to the public cabinet door manufacturer producing high quality paint grade cabinet doors in hundreds of styles and your choice of wood. Not only do we have the selection and direct-from-the-manufacturer wholesale pricing you want, but we can create custom-sized paint grade cabinet doors to your exact specifications so you’re sure they meet your precise needs. 

Not sure about your painting and finishing skills? Not to worry. We also offer painted cabinet doors to make your life a whole lot easier. You no longer need to paint your cabinet doors yourself unless you want to! Either way, we use the best wood for cabinet doors to ensure that our products are always top quality and meet your expectations.

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What Are Paint Grade Cabinet Doors?

If you’re interested in new cabinet doors that you can paint yourself, you might be confused about regular hard wood cabinet doors versus paint grade cabinet doors. So, What does “paint grade” mean exactly? It means that each door is constructed with paint grade materials and comes sanded and ready for you to paint yourself. 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 so you can get started painting right when your doors arrive. 

All of the several hundred cabinet doors we manufacture are available in a paint grade material. This means that you can pick any of our cabinet door styles for your space and order it as paint-ready. Our inset panel doors are  made with an MDF center 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.  All our paint grade frames, whether glass-ready or not, are made in a paintable hard wood like poplar.

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. Read on to learn more about choosing the best wood for painted kitchen cabinets and how to ensure you get a finish you’re happy with. 

What Is Paint Grade Wood?

So, what is paint grade wood exactly and what is the best wood for painted kitchen cabinets? The woods typically used by professionals on paint grade cabinets are the tighter-grained woods like poplar, soft maple, alder, birch, hard maple, and MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). These paint grade wood types can be painted easily with a smooth, even finish. 

Best Woods For Paint Grade Cabinet Doors

So, what is the best wood for painted kitchen cabinets? Here is a brief summary of our experience with the various paint grade woods and what you should consider for your paint grade cabinets.

  • Paint Grade Popular Wood

For years, poplar has 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 coats produce a better finish.

  • Paint Grade Soft Maple Wood

Soft maple is another wood that is frequently chosen by custom cabinet shops for their paint grade cabinets. Like poplar, it is low cost and available through most of the country. These woods sand easier than alder and don’t fuzz up during sanding, which results in a very smooth finish. Soft maple also won’t telegraph grain through the paint like pine would.

  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) 

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 very 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. That said, most cabinet and furniture manufacturers have been using MDF for several decades and the risks of formaldehyde resin emissions, when the products are painted, are considered insignificant.

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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 professionally painted in one of several contemporary Sherwin-Williams conversion varnish colors. If you can order your doors professionally finished in a high quality and durable finish, 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 kitchen 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). If you like to change things up according to the latest in home design trends, paint grade cabinets are the way to go.

  • 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 the fun part—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 easy and convenient. Anyone can complete a replacement cabinet door project without needing special equipment and without creating a huge mess in their home. 

Prepping & Finishing Paint Grade Cabinets 

What is paint grade wood finishing like? Each paint grade wood has its own advantages and disadvantages, but there are a few things to remember about paint grade cabinets that will apply to whichever wood type you choose. Whether you’re experienced with DIY projects, or this is your first time working with paint grade wood, these tips can help ensure that you get the results you’re looking for when it’s time to finish your cabinet doors

  1. Prep-prep-prep. Every hour spent preparing paint grade cabinets for painting saves two hours in repainting.

  2. The 5-F’s rule: Fine Finishers Finish Firewood First. In other words, experimenting with your finish on scrap wood can prevent you from ruining a door with a failed finishing attempt.

  3. 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.

  4. The weakest link in any painted cabinet door is not the door—it is always the paint. Keep in mind that the softer the wood, the more easily it will dent. The dent in the wood may be slight and hardly noticeable, but dried paint doesn’t dent without cracking, which allows moisture access to the wood.

  5. Remember that all wood will expand and contract with changes in humidity. While paint will slow humidity-caused wood movement, no paint is totally moisture-proof, and it will not stop the movements completely. Dried paint is less elastic and doesn’t have the elasticity to move as much as the wood. As such, the paint will crack eventually, usually along the glue joints where the stiles and rails join. This is considered normal wear and tear over time.

  6. To get a professional-looking high gloss finish, you will need to spray on the paint with a compressed air, or airless, spray painting system. Typically, a finish of this quality requires a highly experienced finishing professional and a dust-free spray booth. This doesn’t mean you can’t achieve an excellent finish at home, but it’s difficult to achieve this piano-finish with a paintbrush in your driveway.

Order Paint Grade Cabinet Doors From Cabinetdoors.com

At, Cabinetdoors.com, we carry all the best wood for cabinet doors. We feature pictures of each style of our paint grade cabinet doors, and the price for all our doors is shown in any wood or finish we offer. Simply select the wood type in the drop down menu, enter the width and height for your paint grade cabinet doors, and the price is instantly displayed. Below is a picture showing the difference between a paint grade Shaker Cabinet Door with an MDF panel and the same paint grade door with 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.

Create Paint Grade Cabinets You’ll Love

If you’re impressed with all that Cabinetdoors.com has to offer in paint grade cabinet doors, you’re not alone. Our selection offers something for everyone and every design aesthetic. From choosing the door style you want, to deciding between painting or staining, to customizing the color and sheen you want from the finish. At Cabinetdoors.com, you can create the paint grade cabinets you’ve always wanted.  Once you’ve answered these questions for yourself, it’s just a matter of placing your order! Your doors will be manufactured to your specifications in our factory, then shipped directly from the factory to your door. From there, you can dive into the finishing process. 

Let Cabinetdoors.com help you create the paint grade cabinets you’ve always wanted. From the start of your search to the moment you install your new doors, we have help and information available to support you every step of the way. If you have questions at any point along the way, please call us at 800-342-1010, contact us via our website, or e-mail us at sales@cabinetdoors.com. We look forward to helping you with your paint grade cabinets today!

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