I am getting ready to remodel the kitchen over the winter and was wanting some insight. I have a home built in the 1950's when the base and wall cabinets were built on site in your home. The cabinets have been painted many times in their existance, and we have decided to keep them painted. The question comes to be: What lumber choices are recommended for the doors. Like I said, the cabinets are painted, so therefore the doors will be painted as well. We have explored the idea of making rails and stiles with a plywood insert, but have not really come to the conclusion that this is what we want. So, we are going to go with a traditional raised panel. Since they will be painted, thought about using MDF for the raised panel, but I know that it has considerable weight to it. Would pine be a suitable choice or would it be to soft for the rigors.