Dixie Belle Paint Company
Dixie Belle Paint Company
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Dixie Belle Paint Vs Gel Stains

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4 Hours

Kitchen cabinets are all about the finish, with Dixie Belle Paint and Products the options are endless! Stain and Paint are two different things, which one do you prefer? Here are some Pros and cons of both;
dixie belle paint vs gel stains
Pros of Paint: Dixie Belle Paint offers a clean, crisp look and allows you to get creative! Paint colors from whites and creams, to reds and browns, blues and greens, they all evoke their own comfortable environment.  Paint is for those DIYers who prefer a sleek, clean finish. Great for those who don’t want to show the character marks or imperfections often found on stained wood. If you’re looking for that pop of color Dixie Belle Paint is your best friend. Paint sticks to the surface vs settling into the wood grain like stain does. Paint allows way more freedom to play with colors and hues, and it is great for customizing the perfect space. Dixie Belle Paint was formulated with high quality ingredients while taking out the need for sanding or priming! Photo by: Charity Fowler Ogle
dixie belle paint vs gel stains
Dixie Belle Paint offers 60 Amazing Paint colors! Priced at $9.95 for an 8 oz., $16.95 for a 16 oz., and $29.95 for a 32 oz.
dixie belle paint vs gel stains
Cons of Paint: Paint is thicker then stain, therefore it does not absorb into the wood the way that stain does. If you want to cover the wood grain, knots, or scratches paint is the way to go, it will hide all character features on the wood. Paint is also harder to touch up then stains, paint touch ups can be tricky but are easier with painted brushed finishes. Painting with darker colors will show more dust then white or lighter colors. 
dixie belle paint vs gel stains
Pros of Stain: Stain will showcase the natural beauty of your wooden cabinets. Stain won’t steal the spotlight from the woods natural character, it will help emphasize it. It is thinner then paint so it will settle into the grains and imperfections of the wood, stain ultimately will enhance the natural beauty of the wood. Stain is easier to touch up, it tends to blend better. A lot goes along way, can be more cost effective because of this. Dixie Belle Paint offers two types of Gel Stains, VooDoo Gel Stain which is water based, and No Pain Gel Stain which is oil based. 
dixie belle paint vs gel stains
Cons of Stain: Stains are received differently on wood than paint, this also depends on the type of wood you are working with, we recommend painting a test area first. If you are working with Fiberboard or Pressed Chip Board, the stain will certainly look different then painting on Oak. Staining wood can also require sanding in preparation for the application. Stains will show ALL your woods blemishes, and can look in-consistence if you have uneven grain. If working with No Pain Gel Stain we recommend working with gloves, this gel is harder to clean vs paint if it spilled. Stains also typically take longer time to dry and cure. Photo by: Dena Shaw of Dena Laine's Furniture and Specialty Finishes
dixie belle paint vs gel stains
Dixie Belle Paint offers 3 shades of VooDoo Gel Stain priced at $19.95 each for an 8 oz., and 3 shades of No Pain Gel Stain priced at $19.95 each for an 8 oz. There are so many options to painting your kitchen cabinets! You can even mix and match the paint with stain, for example you can stain the doors and paint the back splash a color, or boarder the doors with stain to create a frame. You can also stain on top of the paint to create a two toned look. Happy Painting!

Suggested materials:

  • Dixie Belle Paint  (http://www.dixiebellepaintcompany.com/shop/paint/)
  • VooDoo Gel Stain  (http://www.dixiebellepaintcompany.com/voodoo-gel-stain-tobacco-road-8-oz/)
  • No Pain Gel Stain  (http://www.dixiebellepaintcompany.com/no-pain-gel-stain-8oz-espresso/)

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1 question
  • Racky
    on Nov 23, 2017

    Can I use it on my maple cabinets?
    • Dixie Belle Paint Company
      on Nov 29, 2017

      Hello Racky, yes you can use Dixie Belle on Maple! If you are worried about Bleed Through we have a product called BOSS, which will eliminate Bleed Through from the original wood. :)

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