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) we don’t really even I’d go for high contrast on the walls. More traditional colors like yellow-gold or red can tend to make oak cabinets even more yellow but a deep gray will tone that down.

All of it goes against the traditional oak cabinets, and it somehow all works. Changing outdated lighting is a quick way to update your kitchen.

Craftsman Style hardware is great and works ESPECIALLY well with oak cabinets (raised panel).

For Cathedral style doors you’ll want to choose hardware that has slightly softer lines.

Via AB Custom Designs Which brings us to this post – How to Update Oak / Wood Cabinets.

When it comes to wood ‘things’ I usually defer to my favourite saying So, if you are truly wanting to ‘update’, then you’ll want to restain with a darker, more modern stain colour OR neutralize it with a lighter, more natural stain that doesn’t have the orange/yellow tone.

I would go for something simple with more of an industrial feel to go against the traditional cabinets.

New pendant lights can be a fairly inexpensive update.

To embrace our kitchen until we’re ready to remodel, I made a few simple changes.House (including Gel Stain details) Refacing (specific details for staining oak) More often than not, the 1980’s / 90’s oak cabinets don’t have hardware (handles or knobs).While functionally it’s not a big deal because you can still open them, decoratively it’s like you’re missing the last piece of the puzzle.Realistically, most homeowners (if you have resale in mind) are looking for a more subtle look that is offered by maple, cherry, espresso or painted cabinets.This means that the colour of them is VITAL to their survival if you are hoping to appeal to the masses.Here’s one that’s similar to the pendants in the above photo: Are you living with oak cabinets? In the era of Pinterest perfection, it seems we’re all striving more than ever for a picture perfect home.There we are few other things that I did to make the kitchen look a little better in itself and in our space. Added some hardware (I went for the color black to match the grout and appliances) 2. All of a sudden the tile in the kitchen was not as offensive, because it matched something else… Okay this is not super hideous (although you need to see how truly disgusting it was…) Cleaning up the mess after buying our house: " alt="" src=" width="500" height="375" border="0" data-jpibfi-post-excerpt="" data-jpibfi-post-url=" data-jpibfi-post-title="Kitchen Review and Reveal" data-pin-url=" data-pin-media=" Small repair and updates over time (before the actual makeover): Installing a subway tile back splash (and tutorial): Updating the Cabinets Tutorial (without painting of course): Well, what do you think? I love the ideas to update oak kitchen cabinets that we came up with!And I think when and if we update, when we are ready to sell, we might try staining the cabinets a dark chocolate to match the living room floors, or just go ahead ad paint them, but for now we are happy with the changes we made…Rather than compete with it, last summer I took a cue from Martha Stewart’s Turkey Hill kitchens. I told you all about my sad no painting allowed story on Wednesday.

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