The selection of the type of finish is as unique to each homeowner as the style is. You may favor painted over stained. Or you might want a combination of both. The wood species and construction is different for a painted cabinet versus a stained.
We use Baltic birch and Poplar for the fabrication of our paintable cabinets. Gaps can easily be filled with wood filler and paintable latex caulking.
Our stained cabinets require a higher-quality hardwood such as oak, maple or alder to offer an exquisite high-quality look. The construction requires a bit more precision and ultimately more labor to build. This upgrade to nicer hardwoods applies only the face frames, door and drawer fronts as well as finished end panels. The cabinet box sides, bottom, back and drawer boxes are typically Baltic Birch to keep a handle on costs.