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country bumkin's picture
country bumkin

I am unsure about changing the look of my kitchen cupboards. I am planning on selling next year and want to update the look of my kitchen and increase the value of my home. I have 1970's honey oak cabinets that are varnished and they are in mint condition other than needing a fresh coat of varnish. They are the square raised panel that are still popular and sold today. I love the finish sold that is a light cream base with espresso glaze to accent the details. I also thought about cutting some panels out and putting glass in. Also adding hardware to match a new faucet, pulls and knobs; this would mean drilling holes...I am unsure about my counter top; it is a dark almost esspresso with swirls that would contrast the newly painted cupbords and my major appliances are all white and under 5 years old so I wouldn't have to change them out. Right now my kitchen is dark and gloomy eventhough I have a 6' x 4' and a 3' x 2' window with direct sunlight coming in. A picture of my current cabinets is attached. Please send me your ideas and opinions...

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change is good's picture
change is good

I think they look great! I have white ones that drive me crazy insane when hubby makes pasta..LOL I would leave them and focus on other stuff

jellybeank's picture

I would suggest putting in a light coloured back splash, light coloured granite counter top and light coloured ceramic tiles. This will tie in the white appliances better and lighten up the dark wood cabinets.

I also suggest that you put in under cupboard lighting. If you don't want to spend much you can get some detachable ones from IKEA. This will also lighten up the area.

country bumkin's picture
country bumkin

Thanks. I had also thought about the crown along the top and a smaller moulding on the bottom so it wouldn't cut into my counter clearence. I would DIY with the painting, we have nowhere I could have then professionaly done. Closest place is a couple hours away, I would be paying a mint on shipping alone. Thanks for the tip on Design inc., I watch most of her shows and never thought to check out her site.

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