Updating oak cabinets before and after

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Here is their story: “With the exception of the granite, …it took about a year of convincing hubby that the oak had long past seen it’s prime and even longer to talk him into white……final decider was your blog post about the 80’s oak kitchen, I made him sit down and read it and finally he agreed and your posts about beautiful white classic kitchens, which I drooled over for hours, were even more help!!!……now he loves the white as much as I do …….took almost 6 months from start (stripping wallpaper) to finishing touches last week.Beth Sears recently sent me photos of her updated oak kitchen inspired by my extremely popular post about White Kitchens.Beth and her husband built their house in 1993 so when it came time to update their kitchen it was a total DIY renovation!

By choosing hardware with soft, curved lines, Julie managed to give this kitchen a new lease on life and the cathedral style door/hardware look natural and well-coordinated.The solution to these problems is to restain your oak cabinets.Oak is an attractive wood with almost any stain color because it has a strong grain pattern and open pores that absorb stain well, and it does not turn blotchy.Confessions of a Serial DIY’er has a great ‘how-to’ as does my gal Tamara over at Provident Home Design.Using unified decor with a consistent ‘colour/finish palette’ can really help to update a kitchen or bathroom with oak cabinets.I chose oversized knobs to balance the heaviness of the countertop.

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