A lot of people automatically want to get rid of golden oak cabinets without even thinking about it. Even with these cabinets, your kitchen doesn’t have to look outdated. While it may seem that these are the culprit for making your kitchen look like it’s stuck in the past, there are a lot of other elements that can be changed to make your cabinets look like they belong in this time period. With these elements changed, your golden oak cabinets will look like they are the latest trend, and you’ll save a lot of money keeping them as they are.
Add a Backsplash
Not all colors go well with oak, so choosing a backsplash that compliments your oak cabinets can be difficult. But there are a few that make it look amazing. A white subway tile backsplash with dark grout can really make your cabinets pop. Blues and teals go very well with oak because they add bright colors to what may be a dim looking kitchen. Greige (a mix of beige and gray) will also work well as a backsplash color.
Change the Hardware
This one is common for updating the kitchen, but it can make a huge difference. Most old golden oak cabinets have white or gold hardware making them look dated. Changing the current hardware to a dark hardware can make them look completely different and make the colors in your backsplash pop. A dark grout color paired with dark hardware will compliment each other.
Remove a Cabinet
This may seem like a daunting task, but oak is a very heavy wood so a lot of it can be overwhelming. You can remove a cabinet that is by itself and replace it with open shelves. This will open up the kitchen more and make it feel bigger. You can still get functionality out of the shelves by putting dishes, glasses, pitchers, and bowls on them.
Add Glass to Doors
This is another way to remove some of the heavy oak. With glass you get all the functionality of the cabinet but it gives it a more modern look.
Paint the Walls
If you don’t want to paint your cabinets, opt for painting the wall instead. It’s a lot easier and you don’t need help from a professional. Use a color that compliments the oak. You can choose a color that makes the oak pop or blend in so people don’t even notice that you have oak cabinets.
Remodel as You Normally Would
Usually, when people decide to remodel their kitchens, oak cabinets are the first to go. But if you remodel around them by getting a new countertop, adding a backsplash, changing out the hardware, and painting the walls a different color then you can save a lot of money keeping them the way they are.
Refinish Your Oak Cabinets
Over time oak cabinets wear down and need a little sprucing up themselves. If you cabinets are looking worn down, Sound Finish can refinish you oak cabinets so they look brand new.
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