Love Your Oak Cabinets | Make Them One of a Kind

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Kitchen with oak cabinetsIf you’re tired of looking at your boring oak cabinets, a little bit of elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint can help you fall in love with them again. According to Kesha Franklin of Halden Interiors, an interior design influencer, deeper blues and grays are popping up in modern and traditional kitchens this year.

We suggest Sherwin Williams Silverplate – a cozy gray that will give your cabinets new life. Here’s a quick run-down on what you’ll have to do to revamp those cabinets to fall in line with the trend.

First, you’ll want to degrease the surface to remove the remnants of your cooking experiments. A simple and eco-friendly solution of equal parts water and vinegar spritzed on the surface should do the trick. For surfaces needing a little extra help, add a couple drops of dish-washing liquid to the solution.

After you’ve cleared the surfaces of any grease and grime, it’s time to sand. Remove the hardware knobs from the cabinets. Then, start sanding – where the real elbow grease comes in. If you can’t get all of the glaze off, it’s not the end of the world. Do the best you can and get ready to prime them. Apply the bonding primer and prepare for the fun part, painting!

After priming, it generally takes two coats of fresh paint to get the job done. Let your cabinets dry and then hang them back up. Doing this project yourself will cost you around 1/5th of what it would cost to have it done professionally. New cabinets, a cool project, and saving money – what’s not to love?

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