If I walk into a kitchen that has dark brown cabinets, I know it was installed in the last 10 years.If it’s an orangy, ginger coloured, shaker style cabinet, I know that it was installed in the late 90’s early 2000, if the cabinets are oak (keep reading), well you get the picture!Makes it great for cabinets, not great for anything else. I used painters tape for walls/counters/inside of cabinets and I used masking tape to tape my paper down onto the floor.I used the Lysol dual action wipes because one side is scrubby and the other side is smooth. If there’s an appropriate alternative, I’ll list it.And trust me, this stuff is oil based, so it stains easily and quickly.
I hope you’ll find it easy, non-intimidating and then recommend my blog to all your friends so my blog can grow and grow. Here’s what my vanity looked like before I got started.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slightly softer lines.If you have a house circa 1905, this is the kitchen that should be in it!The antique oak cabinet, originally made for a French store, is perfect for a collector.Dear Maria, We have those dreaded honey oak cabinets in our kitchen.We are not interested at this point in changing or painting them. I think I’ve been living under a rock because I had come to the conclusion that honey oak cabinets were an 80s trend, because they are mostly not being installed in kitchens in Vancouver anymore.The solution to these problems is to restain your oak cabinets.Oak is an attractive wood with almost any stain color because it has a strong grain pattern and open pores that absorb stain well, and it does not turn blotchy.However, when choosing a stain color, you must either match the existing color or go darker; you cannot lighten the wood with stain alone.Apply a generous amount of oil-based stain to the oak using a paintbrush.Basically you want to make sure to get any grime, dust, gooey stuff, dirt, etc. Now, my vanity is obviously in a bathroom, so this step was quick and easy.If you’re prepping kitchen cabinets, you’ll like need to use a sponge and soapy water to get off years of grease and gunk.Please consider the era of your home when you are designing your kitchen!!