Updating oak kitchen cabinets

There are tons of different ways to paint oak cabinets and the way we did it is one among many.

I found the tutorial from Young House Love quite helpful but even did a few things differently after talking to a man at our local paint store.

Despite a few imperfections here and there (mostly likely I am the only one who notices) I LOVE how they turned out.

As you can see in this picture, I chose to open up two small cabinets above the fridge to give the kitchen a bit more character.

Sadly, it does not come with a dream kitchen — the cabinets are oak and I hate them. My husband will not allow any painting and/or staining of these cabinets under any circumstances.

He's given me complete decorative freedom over the rest of the house, so it's only fair to comply with this one hideous wish.

I was afraid he would get asthma from all the dust!

Using a palm sander, we sanded all of them down with an 80 grit sandpaper and then again with a 120 grit.

Since all my appliances are white, I didn’t want to go with white cabinets too.

I just primed and then painted the inside of the cabinets the wall color (Benjamin Moore: Winding vines).

As I am writing this post, I am listening to the wood floors being installed in the kitchen, dining room, and entry way.

Since oil based primer won’t dry unless it’s warm, we had to do all of this inside.

Luckily we had the whole basement to use and block off since the fumes were pretty strong.