Updating kitchen cabinets with hardware

) so go for black, oil-rubbed bronze or a nice silver finish.

All of them check those boxes and can be done, by you, in a few hours or afternoons.

Contrasting colors will make the new hardware stand out and give some visual breaks in the monotony of overwhelming golden oak (and add The Power of Distraction!

After all, most people are thinking ‘if I’m going to spend so much money to make this oak work, I’m going to just wait to completely renovate the kitchen.’ There is little point to investing in stone counter tops, new flooring and the rest of it, if you are just biding your time until you can deal with the cabinets. You might be wondering, too: ‘is there such a thing as a quick, simple and cheap update for an oak kitchen? If I was facing down an oak kitchen that I wanted to live with, in harmony, for a bit of time, here’s what I would do in one weekend: Paint it a great color. Balance the oak with a more updated style when choosing hardware, colors, counters, sink & faucet, appliances and accessories.

My go-to steps: Paint the walls, change out the lighting fixtures, work with the other colors in the room (art, accessories, rugs) … And then, since it looks much better and you are thrilled and at peace with it, you can move on to dreaming about that full kitchen reno you are still working towards… Or, maybe you will be so happy with the small changes you made that you can cross that idea right off the list and move on to dreaming about making other areas of your home just right.

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The small kit only has enough paint for two coats, so you run the risk of using up all your paint before the project is complete.

A good primer will cover up the oak, and prevent the tannins from seeping to the surface.

I started painting the cabinet frames first, and didn’t prime the oak side panels first. The white turned an orangey-yellow as it dried, and it took 4 coats to cover it up.

Half the can was gone and I hadn’t even started on the doors!

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