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The painted finish on every cabinet brand is easily damaged by water. In fact, Main Line Kitchen Design hasn’t noticed a difference in pain durability between the least expensive brands we carry to the most expensive. They are all easily damaged by ANY standing water left on the cabinetry for any significant length of time.

Very often consumers have unrealistic expectations about the finish on their painted cabinetry and believe that a painted finish should be as durable and water resistant as the stained finishes they are used to. This is NEVER the case.

Water damaged MDF door

Why Consumer Reports is unreliable rating cabinets.

Consumer reports, and other review sites that allow homeowners to review their own cabinetry, often validate underserved complaints about water damage that realistically should have been expected. Here’s an example:

The warranty representative says that I should not have used the soft side of a sponge to clean the cabinets. He says I caused the damage by putting my hand into and out of the tip-out where I keep the sponges. In other words, the warranty rep is a liar or delusional.”

The review above was about a cabinet brand we do not carry, but the cabinet rep was right, and the homeowner is the delusional one. No customer should ever be putting a wet sponge in a tilt-out on a painted cabinet. Kitchen designers should also not be selling a painted kitchen with a tilt-out in a sink base. Occasionally Main Line Kitchen Design has a customer that insists on this feature, and we warn them that they will destroy the finish on their cabinet and that no cabinet company will warranty painted cabinetry against the water damage that can happen when customers aren’t exceedingly careful.

Brighton Custom Cabinets

Because the majority of kitchens sold are now in painted finishes that require maintenance, an entire cabinet repair industry has sprouted up, with expert refinishers that can repair and touch up most kitchens relatively inexpensively -as long as the cabinet doors are wood.

Customers that are hard on cabinetry need to be especially careful with their painted cabinets. Not only is painted cabinetry easily damaged by water, but painted cabinets also scratch and chip far more easily than stained cabinetry. MDF, HDF, and Duraform particle board cabinet doors are especially vulnerable. And, unlike painted doors made of wood, impossible to repair.

Kitchen designers are responsible for educating customers on what to expect from the materials and finishes they choose. When consumers complain about construction properties, or about wood and finish characteristics that they should have expected, it is usually because they worked with bad cabinet dealers and kitchen designers. Home centers are a source of many undeserved consumer complaints because their designers are less experienced, and because the home centers place little value on consumer awareness. See link.

Main Line Kitchen Design’s 2020 and 2021 Cabinet Rankings

Why Main Line Kitchen Design’s cabinet ratings are more reliable.

Main Line Kitchen Design rates over 100 cabinet brands based on OUR professional evaluations and not on reviews by consumers. See our cabinet rankings here. Other review sites, like Consumer Reports, are flawed because consumers routinely blame the cabinet manufacturers for cabinet properties that they weren’t made aware of, or for construction problems caused by less experienced cabinet installers. Bad kitchen designers and poor contractors unfortunately don’t get the negative reviews THEY deserve, and instead complaints are mistakenly attributed to the cabinet companies. Read this blog.

Main Line Kitchen Design makes sure our designers tell our customers not just about the good features of the cabinets and designs they choose, but more importantly, also about any bad features.

Make sure your kitchen designer gives you the realistic evaluations you need to make the decisions that fit your needs best.

Happy New Year and as always . . .

Bon Appetit!

Paul, Julie, Chris, Ed, John, Lauren, Anna, Tom, Mark, Juliet, and Camilla

Main Line Kitchen Design

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