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Before and After: Updating Oak Trim and Cabinets

Updated: Jan 5, 2021

We recently fixed up a house with oak trim, cabinets and doors. It was everywhere. While we usually like to install new white trim in our renovations, our budget was tight on this one and we could not replace the oak. Plus it was all in great condition and just needed a good clean and some updates to make it shine.

The main issue was picking out a paint color to complement the oak. We tried a few greige options, but the colors were too cool toned for the oak. We eventually landed on Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. It is this magical color that looks good with everything. We have used it before against white trim and love it, yet it also manages to complement the oak perfectly too.

The next biggest obstacle was the kitchen. The cabinets looked dated and the countertops and worn out flooring didn't help. We wound up going with a light vinyl plank flooring, dark laminate countertops, new black appliances and a white sink. It took a few cleaning sessions, but some Orange Glo and Old English brought the cabinets back to life. We wrapped up the kitchen updates by adding some oil rubbed bronze pulls to the cabinets.

New door knobs and hinges were an affordable and easy update that had a big impact. We replaced all the 90s faded brass hinges and knobs with oil rubbed bronze knobs and black hinges. This project took less than a few hours and cost less than $15 for each door knob. New faucets and light fixtures had a big affect too.

Here's some more of my favorite before and afters, love what these easy updates did to this space 😊


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Lori Thompson
Lori Thompson
Mar 06, 2023

What did you do with the wood trim around the counters?

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Olivia Phillips
Olivia Phillips
Mar 08, 2023
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That all peeled off when we removed the old countertops to replace them


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Liza Verzosa Flojo
Liza Verzosa Flojo
Oct 05, 2022

What color paint is your new kitchen wall? Thanks!

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dshouw
Jun 01, 2021

Love it, great job. My house has all oak and brass too. Can you tell me the make and color of your kitchen flooring? I am deciding on a color for my kitchen. Thanks for posting

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diannewierl
Mar 23, 2021

Can you tell me what the new carpet is that you used? Shade and brand/where you purchased? thanks!! dianne

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sterlinghomes
May 26, 2021
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Hi Dianne! Here's the info I have on that from my flooring guy - Shaw Breakaway SE 244 color #123. And this was purchased through Shaw Flooring.

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cpreder
Mar 20, 2021

What process did you use to clean up and bring the oak cabinets and trim back to life? I desperately need to do this to mine. Thank you!

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sterlinghomes
May 26, 2021
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Hi! I'm sorry for not seeing this sooner. Luckily the oak was all in pretty good shape so it was a fairly easy process. I lightly sanded down the oak to start. In spots where there were no marks I did not sand at all. Then I did numerous coats of Old English and Orange Glo just using a rag over several days. I'd rub some on an area, then come back later in the day or the next day and apply more if needed. Hope this helps!


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