Before & After Oak Kitchen Makeover
While wood cabinets are definitely coming back in style, there is something classic and timeless about a white kitchen. AND if you’ve been drinkin’ my Koolaid for a while, you’re likely familiar with my fave saying. Repeat after me…
‘Just because it’s wood, doesn’t mean it’s good.’
If I could, I would tattoo this on my chest and would proudly show it to anyone who thought that their cabinets were better off ‘au naturel’ (particularly men, who think that any wood is good wood). But then I realized how awkward that would be, so I wrote it in jiffy marker and just showed Tim.
And I’m not saying ALL wood needs to be painted. I’ve done MANY E-design consultations where I’ve given my clients a hard no when they’ve asked if they should paint their cabinets – some wood cabinets are FRIGGIN’ gorgeous! Others? Not so much…
Now, these oak kitchen cabinets weren’t BAD by any stretch of the imagination and in fact, had a lot going for them:
- Dentil style crown molding (those little things that look like teeth all in a row) – super nice detail
- Small recessed valance, meaning they could have under cabinet lighting (oak cabinets rarely have this)
- NO exposed hinges – HALLELUJAH!
- They were in GREAT physical condition
So, why paint them, right? Well, it wasn’t the WOOD itself that was the problem, it was the COLOUR of it. And really, once the cabinets were painted they would still BE wood, they just wouldn’t be a fugly colour anymore. Sounds good to me!
Before, the room had a weighted, heavy look to it…
After – a fresh new face!
Before, notice the raised peninsula which really chopped-off the flow of the kitchen into the eating area.
After, SO MUCH BETTER!
Before, low lighting and heavy colours weren’t doing this kitchen ANY favours…
After, it’s like night and day!
Again, there was nothing wrong with the BONES of this kitchen, it was just looking dated (and the forest green countertops weren’t helping either…)
My client chose White Dove for the cabinets, which is one of the BEST white paint colours for cabinets. You can see here how it acts like white, without being too stark/icy looking. The paint colour on the walls is BM Pashmina, a GLORIOUS medium toned greige.
So there you have it, another painted kitchen makeover. Want to see more?
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