Interior Design Q&A: Kitchen Refresh on a Budget

August 21, 2015 | 7:50 am
It's possible to give your kitchen a fresh
It’s possible to give your kitchen a fresh “pop” without breaking the bank!

Q.  I have oak cabinets in my kitchen. It is a large kitchen and the cabinets are in good shape. I cannot afford to do anything too expensive. On top of that, a full refinish (sanding, painting, etc.) will never happen (2 small kids, busy husband). Is there a product that will darken them slightly to take the “country” look out of them. Also, what is the best thing to do with the edge of cabinet that seem like contact paper wood look that doesn’t paint well?

A. Often, the most inexpensive way to change your kitchen cabinets is to paint them. If you do not have the time to take on that project, try removing a few of the door fronts and painting just the insides of the cabinets. Open shelving can add interest and depth to your kitchen. Another option might be to replace the hardware on your cabinets. There are endless options in cabinet hardware available to consumers today. Whatever you decide to do, have fun, and be creative. For more information contact Tuckey Restoration or email


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