Updating oak kitchen cabinets

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Just shake the can, stir the gel, dip your paintbrush in, and get to work.We went with General Finishes Java Gel Stain in 1 qt.When wood trim stands out it’s no longer an accent, it’s a focal point, and wood over time can look so far off colour that it dominates a colour scheme. Chocolate browns are still popular—anything with chocolate in it will never die.Painting wood neutralizes the colour but still accentuates the profile, the craftsmanship of the wood. Another option is to paint the walls behind the cabinets in a colour that settles the wood colour down. I suggest Benjamin Moore’s Marshlands, Willow or Chocolate Fondue, put that on the walls and it will instantly change the effect. Take the time to address all the quirky things that make working in your kitchen difficult. It may be a good idea to work with a kitchen designer to help you see areas you can improve.The result, over time is something you may want to address. The first can be a DIY project if you’re confident and have a steady hand. The wood will take to the paint beautifully, it will last and it’s not an expensive solution.What most people can’t see when someone suggests painting wood, is that while it’s attractive to some, it creates contrast in a room. I’d use accent pieces in pewters, blacks, golds, yellows and a little white.

Also, we have white marble counters and I was paranoid about ruining them.

And here is how you can update ugly oak cabinets on a budget too!

As most of you know, I’m super lazy and pretty undomesticated.

My hubby and I are so happy to be homeowners again! We’re talking beige laminate counters, flat white walls, and ugly oak cabinets. But remodeling costs a lot of money, and after purchasing this home, we didn’t have much to spare.

We certainly couldn’t afford to buy all new cabinets, so we decided to re-stain those oak cabinets ourselves.

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