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Display Name: AnnieMae
Member Since: 3/23/11

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Wowza! Ask and ye shall receive! Thanks for all the fantastic comments and ideas. My husband and I share kitchen duties fairly evenly so I really can't pull rank for all who made that suggestion. The truth is, he LOVES these cabinets more than I hate them, and he really isn't asking for anything else. In fact, there are golden oak contractor-grade cabs in the bathrooms and mudrom and he's fine with me painting them. It's definitely the craftsmanship he wants to preserve and I respect that.

I think maybe the way to go is to embrace the country look... and there were lots of good ideas here for doing that. I shouldn't try to make it something it isn't. It is after all in the middle of the country, five miles from the nearest human being. The view from that window consists of a chicken coop, cows, and a lagoon. :)

I'm so grateful for the response. I've spent way too many hours since we signed the contract on the house Googling around to find some lovely kitchens with oak cabinets online and I just keep seeing "paint it white." I emailed AT in total frustration, and I'm so glad I did. I'm actually looking forward to the challenge of making this something both my husband and I love. Thanks!

How To Update Outdated Oak Kitchen Cabinets?
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3/23/11 08:03 PM

Hey Everyone! Thanks for the great feedback -- and the sympathy. I definitely cannot paint the cabinets. He's even against staining them, though I promise that I will continue to work on this issue everyday. Together we can fight orange oak! The wavy thing above the sink will go, though!

We are adding new flooring in the kitchen -- currently has faux wood vinyl -- so maybe I can do something with that to tone down the cabinets? The other advice is great! I thought complementing the orange with blue would help, not stand out, so I'm going to avoid that road. I can do a backplash, so that might be a place to tone down the wood. I just don't know if I should do a subway tile to try to modernize it or some glass mosaic to complement it.

Sadly, this is not my only dilemma. His other demand is that we must hang his taxidermied bear head/torso. That's a whole different design challenge!

How To Update Outdated Oak Kitchen Cabinets?
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3/23/11 10:00 AM