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Cab doors are in and I'm considering switching. Help me decide!

7 years ago
last modified: 7 years ago

Our kitchen doors went in this week and I am disappointed with how they look.

went with a custom routed door on the recommendation of a designer. However, the stain turned out different than the sample we gave our cab maker, and
the color is off. We met with our cabinet maker yesterday to discuss
painting the doors, re-staining, or replacement. He has been very
accommodating and agrees that the stain does not look right.

While I think these doors are interesting in theory, my
gut instinct is telling me to replace these doors with a walnut slab
door, and not to try to re-stain or paint. We have used walnut slab cabinets and doors throughout the rest of the house. We wanted
to do something different in the kitchen, but I think this was a

Walnut doors are more consistent with the style of the home
(MCM) than these cabinets, which feel contemporary. Also, I fear these routed doors will look dated in a
few years.

Because the stain did not come out right and the doors
were not all constructed and installed yet, it is a relatively small amount in the grand scheme
of this remodel to replace these doors with walnut. GW, what would you do? Keep these doors, or replace with walnut doors? Would walnut feel too dark?

Here are the doors currently installed:

the floor is a large format white tile -- has some gray in it. To me, the floors don't work at all with the stain. The cabinets seem to have a yellowish hue next to the floors, which was not the look we were going for.

Here is the walnut we have elsewhere in the home propped up in the kitchen:

walnut closet in our hallway:

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