Hi Friends ~

Happy Friday!  After the very busy and beautiful summer we’ve had it’s absolutely feeling like fall here in Michigan and on this rainy afternoon I’m loving the opportunity to catch up with you!

There’s a LOT of activity on blogs and Pinterest about painting cabinets, especially honey oak cabinets.  Honey oak cabinets were very popular in the 80’s but have fallen out of favor for many homeowners who are decorating to live OR with buyers who are looking to get into a new (to them) home.  With the expense of replacing cabinets being so high, if cabinets are in good shape painting them is an extremely affordable option.   The difference is amazing and will totally update the room!

I have personally painted out all of the honey oak cabinets in my bathrooms (4 of them to be exact) and have never regretted it for a moment.  Using a good primer and latex paint they have shown no wear and tear, including the heavily used master bathroom and powder room! 

For this post I’d like to highlight the difference it makes and will save techniques and paint choices (which are MANY) for another post.  Of course, you can always contact me HERE if you have any questions and can’t wait until a future post!

In some of these examples wallpaper was removed and walls were painted.  In others the only change was the cabinet painting.  I think you’ll see either way what a huge impact the cabinet color made.  Let’s take a look ~ 

This kitchen was beautifully updated with Benjamin Moore’s Timid White: 



In these instances, my client was looking for a spa like feel in her bathrooms so we opted for a tone-on-tone look between the countertops and the cabinets and using Benjamin Moore’s Decorator White don’t you think we accomplished that look?





This client again opted for a tone on tone look to revitalize their master bathroom:

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How about the difference in this bathroom by removing wallpaper and painting?  It totally changed the room!

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These examples showcase the effect of contrasting the color of the cabinet with the countertops:

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Monte Vista MBath After_compressed

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Please know that if you are considering having a professional paint your oak cabinets (or doing it yourself) that in all likelihood the oak grain will show through.  There are a variety of products on the market to help minimize grain with sometimes limited results.  Nonetheless, I think these pictures emphasize the dramatic difference painting will make without incurring the hit to the budget of installing new cabinets!

Thanks for dropping by and again, never hesitate to comment below or contact me here with any thoughts or questions! 

Until the next time ~ 

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