April 25, 2023

Get Creative with Custom Cabinet Finishes

Are you trying to figure out how to give your house a little more character? Custom cabinet finishes are the perfect way to make your space stand out. Whether you prefer something classic like gilding or stained wood, or something more modern like painted cabinets with rustic accents, there is a finish that will fit your unique style.  

With so many options available, it's time to get creative and explore all the possibilities of custom cabinet finishes from the Cabinet Chic!

Unique cabinet finishes that C & C Cabinets offers

What Cabinet Finishes Are Available?

When it comes to cabinet finishes they can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen, living room, or bathroom.  

Let's take a closer look at some of what we offer at C & C Cabinets!  


This luxurious finish involves applying a layer of gold leaf or other precious metal to the surface of the cabinets. It adds a touch of glamour and sophistication to any space, but it does come with a higher price tag than other finishes.

Oil Rubbed

Oil-rubbed finishes have been around for centuries and are still popular today because of their unique texture and rich color. This finish is perfect if you want to add depth and character to your space.

Oil-rubbed finishes work well with all types of cabinet styles from traditional to contemporary designs.

These finishes are also stunning on other wooden surfaces like furniture or millwork work in your home.


This type of finish adds depth and dimension to your cabinets, making them look more high-end and luxurious.

A glazed cabinet finish involves applying a layer of glaze over your existing cabinet paint or stain. The glaze fills in any crevices or corners, highlighting those areas with a darker color that contrasts with the base color. This effect creates an antique or distressed look that’s perfect for rustic and traditional kitchen designs.

One great thing about glazed finishes is their versatility—you can choose from a variety of colors depending on your style preference.  

For example: You could go for a classic brown or black glaze to achieve that traditional look or opt for a brighter color like red or blue if you want something more modern and bold.


A stained finish allows the natural beauty of the wood grain to shine through while adding color and depth to your cabinets.

Stained cabinet finishes offer a classic look that adds warmth and richness to any space.

Stains come in a variety of colors, from light natural tones to dark espresso shades. The best part is that they allow the natural grain and texture of the wood to show through, providing depth and character that painted finishes simply cannot match.


Another popular option is painted cabinets. With endless color choices available, you can truly customize your space to fit your style preferences.

  • Many homeowners opt for a high-gloss finish. This finish offers an ultra-modern, sleek look that's perfect for contemporary spaces. It also reflects light well, making it ideal for rooms with limited natural light.  

  • Another popular option is semi-gloss. This is more forgiving when it comes to fingerprints and smudges, making it suitable for busy households with little ones running around.

  • If you're looking for something more rustic or traditional, consider matte finishes. These are perfect if you want to create a cozy atmosphere in your kitchen or living room.

Go Colorful > What to Expect With Painted Cabinetry


Distressed cabinets are a fantastic addition to any space and offer an antique look that's both timeless and trendy.

Distressed cabinets can come in many different styles, from rustic and farmhouse-inspired designs to more modern looks that feature sleek lines and bold colors.  

Whether you prefer a subtle distressed finish with just a hint of wear or want something more dramatic with heavy distressing throughout, we can create it!

One of the best things about distressed cabinet finishes is their versatility. They work equally well in traditional homes as they do in contemporary spaces.

Caring for Your Cabinets

Cleaning and caring for your cabinets is an essential part of maintaining their beauty and functionality. Over time, cabinets will accumulate dirt, grease, and grime that detracts from their appearance.  

Additionally, the finish on your cabinets can become damaged by exposure to sunlight or other environmental factors. Fortunately, there are several easy steps you can take to keep the finish on your cabinets looking its best.


Regular dusting is key to keeping your cabinets clean.  

  • Use a soft cloth or feather duster to remove any accumulated dust from the surface of your cabinets.  
  • Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies as well as along the edges of doors and drawers where dust tends to accumulate.  

Remember: Avoid using harsh abrasives like steel wool, as they can scratch the cabinet's finish.


If there are any stubborn stains on your cabinets, you may be able to remove them using a mild detergent solution and a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly with water afterward and dry it with a clean towel. Don’t let them air dry!

See Cabinet Cleaning Tips > Do’s & Don'ts of Cleaning Cabinets

Rustic style cabinets by the Cabinet Chic in Tampa Bay

Have Happiness Built-In

If you're looking to enhance the personality and style of your home, custom cabinet finishes are an excellent option. Whether you choose an elegant, chic look or a more modern style, our Tampa Bay craftsmen can help you create the perfect custom cabinets for your space.  

With 30+  years of experience in creating beautiful cabinetry, the Cabinet Chic can help you make your home into something truly special. Plus, when you choose us, you’ll know that your finished product will not only look great but last for years to come. Now, that’s happiness built-in!

Contact our head designer, Miriam Johnson, AKA the Cabinet Chic today for a design consultation!

“The work of C&C cabinets is incredible. They can make any cabinet dreams a reality. Highly recommend!”    - Seleena N.
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The Finest Finishes

Beauty can’t last only as long as the reveal. We pride ourselves in selecting the right finish & proper application, resulting in a durable finish that remains beautifully functional for years to come.

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