Painting Oak Cabinets – Yay or Nay?

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Posted on July 9, 2013

When I talk about painting cabinets with real estate agents or home owners I frequently get quite passionate responses that painting perfectly good wood is criminal.

Or that painting oak cabinets can’t be done well.

Or that the finish isn’t durable.

I disagree on all counts and over and over help home owners remodel their homes successfully without new cabinets being installed.  This recent remodeling job is a perfect example.  A high end Corvallis Oregon home was for sale and received negative reviews – it felt dated.  Everything in the home had been updated beautifully except the kitchen and master bathroom where a whole lot of oak cabinetry was not perceived as worthy of a top dollar offer.


Oak kitchen in Corvallis Oregon before remodeling by Creative Concepts


oak kitchen before painting cabinets


With new paint the kitchen became timeless – a white kitchen is one that can be enjoyed for years and years without feeling trendy.  The painting was done by a professional painter who prepped properly, primed and sanded so the oak grain through the wood was minimal.

white painted oak kitchen  painted oak cabinetry


The results?  The home sold quickly when it went back on the market and for top dollar and the new owners have a beautiful and classic kitchen which will look beautiful for years to come.

We love helping create lovely rooms achieve their full potential — is your home as beautiful as you would like it to be?  If not, a consultation with Creative Concepts can guide a remodeling project so it achieves fabulous results!


Margaret Oscilia is a Professional Home Stager with Creative Concepts – Home Staging and Contracting serving Salem Oregon and surrounding areas who specializing in helping home sellers stage to sell or re-design to live well.

Moving or improving?  Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.

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