Since we chose to rent out our house, we wanted to be realistic about a few things.The house is probably not going to be returned to us in better shape than we handed it over. ) But also, there is a limit to how much we can earn each month from the house, so investing in to a new kitchen would be pointless, (at least until we decide to sell – and I doubt we will do it then either).Once, I accepted the fact that our kitchen was going to stay this color, I had to decide what small changes we could make to improve the look of the space and ideas to update oak kitchen cabinets. This was not that much of a stretch since turquoise and blue are a main color way in the last home, but bringing that color into the kitchen really helped the orange look nicer.Besides a few of the things I showed you that we did just to live in the space, I also tiled the back splash including a half wall as an accent for more interest and lastly adding some architectural character to the existing cabinets. We received our new family room rug the same day that we had the carpets cleaned, so while waiting for the carpets to dry, I rolled it out in our living room. Okay so what not a good before and after with out a hideous before?While it’s a quick fix, there are a lot of other simple and inexpensive things you can do.To embrace our kitchen until we’re ready to remodel, I made a few simple changes.I would go for something simple with more of an industrial feel to go against the traditional cabinets.New pendant lights can be a fairly inexpensive update.
So, if you are truly wanting to ‘update’, then you’ll want to restain with a darker, more modern stain colour OR neutralize it with a lighter, more natural stain that doesn’t have the orange/yellow tone.
It can make the whole room glow, especially if you take a multi-directional approach.
This kitchen features uplighting from energy-efficient LED tape on the top cabinets, and task lighting from LED under-cabinet fixtures on the bottom cabinet, both from Kichler.
I guess in a perfect world, we’d all have gleaming white kitchens. At first, I didn’t even notice that it looks like they left the original hardware on the cabinets in the photo above.
But, in reality, some of us have spouses that don’t see the point in painting “perfectly good cabinets”, or we’re renters who just can’t make those kind of cosmetic changes, or we can’t invest the money or time . I also love how this homeowner used a modern white table.