Good Questions: Refinishing Cabinets in Kitchen?

Good Questions: Refinishing Cabinets in Kitchen?

Colleen Quinn
Apr 2, 2009

ATDC reader KS has a new home with a kitchen dilemma: Hi ATDC, I recently bought a home in the DC suburbs. The previous owner renovated the kitchen with solid oak cabinets and granite countertops, but I am not a big fan of the choice of color for both countertop and cabinets. I don't think I can do much about the countertop (unless I want to spend more money). The only option left is to repaint/restain the cabinets. My first idea was to paint them white so that will minimize the number of colors in kitchen (current color scheme is too busy for my liking). Unfortunately many people (including my realtor) told me that is not a good as it will depreciate the value of good solid wood cabinets. Now I am thinking to restain to a darker color that might catch some of the color in the granite countertop. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, KS

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We like the idea of restaining, but know that can be a labor intensive process even in a small kitchen. White kitchens are very popular right now, so if you want a white kitchen and are planning to live in the house for a few years, then we say go for it. Thoughts for KS and the new kitchen?

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