To Faux or Not to Faux: Which is Better?

Kitchen Remodel Before and After: Faux Finish on the Kitchen Cabinets

The owners of this kitchen saved big bucks giving their old kitchen cabinets a faux finish. The new treatment gives the cabs a whole new feel to be sure, but I kinda liked the old feel better. How about you? Do you take to the darker color? And just so the rest of the kitchen doesn't feel left out, here's a shot of the 'before':
Design Connection kitchen remodel in kansas city - before picture
And here's the after:
After: The gorgeous results of our kitchen remodeling project
To see more individual details of the makeover, visit this page. (Seeing the backsplash up close is worth the trip. It's a pretty cool treatment.)

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sherry on Oct 20, 2015:

I love the dark color!!!! What colors did you mix to get that color

Anonymous on Jun 06, 2015:

Why are you referring to the darker finish as "faux?" It's a wood finish on wood. Wouldn't faux, meaning false, refer more to say a marble-looking finish on wood? This is just a darker stain. (And it's beautiful.)

Anonymous on Mar 22, 2015:

I love the new kitchen.  Dark cabinets are beautiful. We will be doing something similar to our kitchen very soon.

Anonymous on Mar 02, 2015:

I feel it looked much nicer before. But I understand because it's so "human nature" to want to change something even when nothing was wrong with it before. People don't typically ask themselves that. People forget the cabinets are just glorified shelves to hold all your things in, which most of us don't use half of. It was aesthetically pleasing before staining. Why mess with it when you could use your time to do so many other things.

Kat on Mar 01, 2015:

Great look. I will be doing mine soon. A white (or light colored) island would brighten it up though.

Laura S. on Feb 10, 2015:

Love the faux finish. No contest here.

skrystall on Dec 04, 2014:

I definitely like the new cabinets, I just don't agree with the staining of the floor as well. There needs to be some contrast, and hardwood floors can develop a patina and complexity when maintained. I think it would have kept the place a little lighter, because yes, altogether, it makes the room dark and monotone.

Leslie on Oct 21, 2014:

Much richer look with the darker cabinetry - fabulous job.

Jackie on Sep 22, 2014:

Love , love the new look. What were the steps to get this finish?

Katie on Sep 17, 2014:

Darkness and lightness notwithstanding.....I like the new simply because I dislike any wood with an orangey tint to it.    The treatment tones that down nicely.

Rob on Sep 17, 2014:

Nice job on the finish, but I disagree with the majority here. The cherry finish is much nicer than the walnut. The darker finish makes the room too dark and gloomy. I prefer a lighter, more open feel.

Anonymous on Sep 13, 2013:

I love this, Could you please tell me what brand you used, and was it the wipe on stain, Thanks for sharing your hard work

Terri on Sep 12, 2013:

I wish they told us HOW they did it...

Jennifer on Aug 10, 2013:

I love the new look. Think they did a great job with the makeover. The backsplash is a little too modern for my taste but it still looks great!

EarlyGirl on Aug 09, 2013:

love love love the new color. So rich and classy. The original was beautiful also, but the darker color gives more depth and class. Will consider doing the same thing to help 'ground' my cabinetry with my 20' ceiling!

Mary on Aug 06, 2013:

Dark, winner!! Rich, cozy, updated.

Anonymous on Jul 23, 2013:

How much does something like that cost?

Anonymous on Jul 16, 2013:

I just did this transformation and I used the java color gel stain I bought off of amazon. I just put one coat on and it gave it the beautiful finish I was hoping for from this picture.

gale on Jun 22, 2013:

To those that are asking for details, click on the link below the pictures. The owner of this blog isn't the one that redid this kitchen-they are only posting the pictures of it. 

gale on Jun 22, 2013:

I like the before pics better. I have dark cabinets in my kitchen now and I hate them. My husband wants wood cabinets for our new kitchen so I insisted on light ones. I don't care if they look dated-to me they make the kitchen look more open and light and that's my goal. 

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