Updating old oak cabinets

Remove the doors and drawers so you can stain those separately.

We did not see the need to stain the inside, so I did not remove anything from under the cabinets.

I chose oversized knobs to balance the heaviness of the countertop.

I also used your posts about paint selection to choose the BM HC-34 Wilmington Tan (above)and have had numerous compliments on this choice.

Hubby put up 2 thin pieces of steel that he had in the garage stretched across 2 short tables as a space to stain the doors.

Or you can try these little paint pyramid thingies if you want. Gel stain is super thick so you don’t even need a primer.

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.

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We went with General Finishes Java Gel Stain in 1 qt.

One quart was enough to do our master bathroom and the 2nd small bathroom as well.

We bought the cabinet hardware in bulk since used them for the kitchen and 2nd bathroom as well. Including the hardware, we spent less than 0 on the entire project and only had to buy one more can of stain to complete the 2nd bathroom and kitchen!

Also your posts regarding backsplashes not competing with granite were very helpful, hubby wanted accents and a pattern and I held out for a classic look and he is very glad we did. Thanks Beth for sharing your inspiring kitchen with us!

We painted the oak with BM Cabinet Coat in Timid White (after about 3 weeks of sanding) and ordered new doors as I felt the arch on the old ones, even when painted white, would still say “I’m a 1990’s kitchen painted white” and that wasn’t what I was going for!! If you would like your kitchen to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact me.

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