Updating oak cabinets with new hardware

How the Realtor said we couldn't paint our cabinets because we had chosen to rent the house and the painting them would not be the best choice.And the cabinets are only 10 years old, so they were not worth replacing , cheap though they may be.Installing lighting on cabinets isn’t just a practical improvement.It can make the whole room glow, especially if you take a multi-directional approach.

Besides a few of the things I showed you that we did just to live in the space, I also tiled the back splash including a half wall as an accent for more interest and lastly adding some architectural character to the existing cabinets. We received our new family room rug the same day that we had the carpets cleaned, so while waiting for the carpets to dry, I rolled it out in our living room. Okay so what not a good before and after with out a hideous before?Rather than compete with it, last summer I took a cue from Martha Stewart’s Turkey Hill kitchens. I told you all about my sad no painting allowed story on Wednesday.If your kitchen has good bones but simply looks tired, painting your cabinets can be just what the doctor ordered.Mix up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands as shown here, to add richness.