Updating oak cupboards

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Mix up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands as shown here, to add richness.These cabinets are painted in Windsurf from Behr Paints; the island is done in Snowy Pine and the walls are Spice Garden.The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware.The key is filling the shelves with items you use often.” Meek started by painting her oak cabinets white, and is now changing over to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ with wax, which makes spill cleanup a snap.Roll-out shelves for bottom cabinets are a must — these sturdy bamboo drawers from The Container Store are easy to install with just a screwdriver or drill.With some chicken wire and white chalk paint, craft blogger Amy Gregson transformed her builder-grade oak cabinets into her dream farmhouse kitchen.I guess in a perfect world, we’d all have gleaming white kitchens. At first, I didn’t even notice that it looks like they left the original hardware on the cabinets in the photo above.

If your kitchen has good bones but simply looks tired, painting your cabinets can be just what the doctor ordered.

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.

Behr recommends using semi-gloss enamel for painting cabinets.

Installing lighting on cabinets isn’t just a practical improvement.

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