Before & After: Kitchen Makes the Most Out of Inherited Oak Cabinets

updated Jul 15, 2020
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Back in 2011, Annie and her husband had a little difference of opinion when it came to the oak cabinets in the kitchen of their new home. She hated them, and he loved them. Since she had carte blanche everywhere else in the house, she wrote into Apartment Therapy asking how they should redecorate and still respect his wishes. Fast forward to 2015, and they finally remodeled their kitchen…

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Annie’s husband relented after four years and sprayed the wood cabinets with oil-based paint to get a nice glossy finish. He also raised the cabinets about 12 inches to give the illusion of more space and an airier feel.

Since they did most of the work themselves, the renovation only cost about $6,000. In additional to reusing the original cabinets, they used other inexpensive materials including laminate floors and countertops, an IKEA butcher block top for the island, and glass subway tiles that Annie found on sale.

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What do you think? Did they make the right call? To see what Annie thinks of her new kitchen, head over to Peachy Hill for more information and photos.

Thanks Annie!