Cabinet Finishes & Stains
The finish on your kitchen cabinetry is the first thing you see and an indication of its quality.
It’s your first impression when you walk into the kitchen and when you run your fingers over the smooth luxurious surface of cabinet doors and drawers. For that reason, we make major investments in our cabinet finish systems, finish colors and our topcoats because we fully believe that the finish is what makes your kitchen cabinetry look beautiful long into the future – and makes you feel good about your choice and investment in Dura Supreme cabinetry!
Dura Supreme’s cabinet finishes are hand-applied and hand-wiped so that the natural beauty of the wood is fully enhanced. As with any hand finishing technique, there can be subtle variations in the application, the absorption of the stain and the glaze detailing. We recommend viewing several sample cabinet doors and displays to see the full spectrum of color and detailing. This is especially important with glazed or distressed cabinet finishes due to their artistic application.
Our topcoats are durable, scratch and mar resistant, household chemical resistant and UV resistant to protect your kitchen cabinetry from normal wear and tear while retaining its beautiful luster and sheen. We use catalyzed conversion varnish sealers and topcoats in our state-of-the-art cabinet finish facilities for their unmatched durability AND beauty.
Dura Supreme offers a beautiful palette of hand-rubbed, stained finishes that enhance the natural character and grain of the wood species. Our cabinet finish artisans meticulously sand the surface and profiles of the door so that the stain is absorbed evenly. The stain is then sprayed over the surface and wiped by hand so that it develops a beautiful, transparent color that fully showcases the grain and character of the wood. Our durable, catalyzed conversion varnish sealer and topcoat protect the cabinet finish and create a soft luster with a smooth, silky feel.
Glaze is a semi-transparent color that is applied over the stain for added depth and dimension. Along profiles and corners, the glaze highlights and accentuates the carved details of the cabinet door. Glaze is an artistic, hand-applied cabinet finish technique that will exhibit subtle and unique variations. Dura Supreme offers two types of glazes; a full-coverage glaze which is sprayed and wiped over the entire surface and tints the base stain color, and an “Accent” glaze that is applied only along profiles and edges.
Our Paint finishes start with a thorough sanding process and joints are filled to create a smooth surface. A primer coat is sprayed on to prepare the surface for a coat of our opaque enamel topcoat.
Painted cabinet finishes have gained popularity in recent years for their crisp, classic styling and expansive color palette. Some homeowners select paint for their entire kitchen, while others choose it as an accent color for an island or a cook center. Various shades of white and neutral colors are popular for full kitchens, while intense colors tend to be selected for accent pieces. Our full-coverage enamel paints are smooth and durable, with rich, saturated color.
Please note that wood naturally expands and contracts with seasonal changes in temperature and humidity. As wood moves microscopically at cabinet door joints, this movement will be more apparent with painted finishes than stained finishes and will look like a small fracture or seam at the joint. This is a natural characteristic of painted finishes on wood. Dura Supreme offers an attractive palette of fashionable and classic colors, and custom colors are available to match any preference.
Accent Glaze is applied over the paint with a small brush to the profiles, corners and edges of the door. Accent Glaze is designed to accentuate the details of the cabinet door (similar to a Glaze) but without affecting the base paint color of the door. Glazing is an artistic, hand-detailing technique that will exhibit subtle variations with each application.
Glaze is a semi-transparent color applied over the paint for added depth and dimension. The glaze is wiped off all flat surfaces but it creates a darkened highlight along profiles and corners to accentuate the details of the cabinet door. The glaze adds a subtle wash of color to the base stain color, darkening the overall color slightly and creating a subtle brush-stroked look. Glazing is an artistic, hand-detailing technique that will exhibit subtle variations with each application. For Paint/Glaze/Rub-Thru finishes, corners and edges are sanded to reveal the underlying wood to create a time-worn, antiqued look.
Our “Weathered” collection is designed to look like wood that has been exposed to years of sun, wind and rain. Our special finishing process raises the grain to create a uniquely textured surface. This finish collection employs artistic, hand-detailing techniques that will have unique, subtle variations with each application.
“Heritage Paint” is a collection created with layers of finish colors, glaze and hand-distressing techniques to create an especially artistic series of olde-world finish looks. The top layer of finish (paint) is chipped and worn to reveal the underlying base stain coat. Glaze and spatter then create a subtle, aged wash over the surface. This finish collection employs artistic, hand-detailing techniques that will have unique, subtle variations with each application.
"Heirloom" is a collection of stain/glaze cabinet finishes that are hand-detailed to create an “antiqued” appearance with beautiful dimension and depth. Before the cabinet finish is applied, corners and edges are softened and the surface of the wood is “distressed” to create a look of aged and time-worn character. Glaze is then applied to accentuate the carved details of the cabinet door. Heavy Heirloom finishes are chiseled and rasped to create a more rustic appearance. Heirloom finishes are an especially artistic, hand-detailed cabinet finish that will exhibit unique, subtle variations.
“Patina” is a collection of stain/glaze cabinet finishes that are hand-detailed to create an antiqued appearance with beautiful dimension and depth. Before the cabinet finish is applied, corners and edges are softened and the surface of the wood is “distressed” to create a look of aged and time-worn character. Glaze is then applied to accentuate the carved details of the cabinet door. Outside corners and edges are then "air-brushed" to create a one-of-a-kind “Patina”. For Heavy Patina finishes, we create additional rustic character by heavily distressing the wood and the finish with chisel marks, joint cracks, rasp marks, bird-peck, spatter and dry-brush. Patina finishes are an especially artistic cabinet finish and will have unique variations with each rendering.
Dura Supreme offers a collection of contemporary door styles with Foil and Acrylic materials. Available with various textures, gloss levels, and grain (pattern) directions, each door style and material offers a beautiful, fashion-forward option for homeowners who appreciate contemporary and transitional design.