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Paint/stain existing oak dark or light?

angelablake1January 23, 2013
We are remodeling a home that has oak cabinets that are in great shape. We are considering using a rustoleum product to redo them. My husband thinks they will look better darker since you won't see the wood grain as much. Has anyone had experience doing this and do you thinklight it dark would be better with this approach?
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If you pop out any BoConcept catalogue, a dark almost black brown seems to always work with the blue you have on your walls. I can actually picture it based on your attached picture and I think it'll suit your kitchen very well!
1 Like    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 9:29AM
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I didn't even consider keeping the wall color. Not a bad idea. I was considering that if we go dark, then either doing marble or a light cream granite with dark accents and then light walls. And stainless appliances.
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 9:55AM
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Hawkins Cabinetry and Design
Definitely go dark! You have enough space and it will make the oak look more contemporary.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 9:58AM
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White would look good too. Benjamin Moore has a product called Cabinet Coat that goes on nicely and gives a smooth finish. It can only be tinted in very light shades (shades of white).
1 Like    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 10:44AM
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Hawkins Cabinetry and Design
You should also consider doing a crown assembly.
3 Likes    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 10:56AM
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On the Spot Furniture Revival llc
If you are interested, oak can be grain filled. It adds another round or two of sanding but it fills the grain so the end product is grain free. Be careful not to purchase a sanding sealer -it is often confused that it is a sealer when it actually acts as a lubricant to keep sandpaper from clogging.
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 11:40AM
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