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Today I went to my finishing/refinishing supplier. I needed some more NGR Stain - Red Mahogany and VanDyke Brown for possible new work. Cant think of any offhand, but it's cheap enough - $14/ Qt. to just keep on hand.
Anyhoo, there were only a few bottles left. I commented on that and that turned into a big conversation. Normally they carry a large compliment of just about everything. This is not a fly-by-night outfit. They have 2 Houston stores that I know of and one near/in Dallas. They used to carry a lot of refinishing supplies. They can still get it. but not carrying much of that in stock. Anyway, it is a family owned and run business. The young man I spoke to was telling me that there are always trends. For about the last 5 years or so, refinishing is only about 30% of what it used to be in their humongous refinishing building. The same goes for the refinishing chemicals. The new trend is PAINT!. Everyone wants everything painted including 150 year old antiques, plus cabinets and other used to be refinishing items. He is supplied to the hilt in paint in all of their warehouses. Mainly white but other colors also. I guess every generation has different likes and dislikes. Today's generation - it's paint.
Exactly. I work for a home builder. We do everything from spec to customs. 10 years ago everyone wanted Cherry, mahogany, maple, stained maple. Then it went to glazed woodwork being the craze. 5 years or so ago everything went white, white on white, or white with white cabinets and a white back splash, with a little white for accent. Then GRAY took over, doing the same gig as white, but now shaker doors became the craze. The trend I see now is white or grey, with select cabs, either lowers or island cabs, being a contrasting dark color such as black or dark green. My guess, real stained wood cabinets will be back.
 
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