A Beautiful Oak Kitchen Makeover


I wrapped my work on another client kitchen and am excited to share the changes with all of you.  My clients purchased this house, but haven’t yet moved in (and are still working on more changes), but the changes so far are pretty impressive.

Here is a before shot of the whole kitchen.  Great high ceilings and gorgeous hardwood floors.  The cabinets are oak, but in good shape, and it’s definitely cheaper to paint them vs. replacing them altogether.  On the downside, the walls are a wee bit on the bright side, the countertops need to be replaced, and the island configuration was odd.  

You can see the tiered island here.  It made for an awkward layout, and the island itself felt cramped – too close to the other kitchen cabinets.

But the kitchen itself had great bones, and with a bit of updating, it’s going to look brand new.

There is still more work to be done here, but there is already a dramatic difference with the changes that have been made.  Here’s what has been done so far:

  • Crown molding added to tops of cabinets
  • Bead board added to end cabinets and island
  • Island received a total revamp – cut down to one level, moved out away from the perimeter cabinets – big difference!
  • Cabinets painted and new hardware added
Here is what still remains to be done:
  • Paint the walls (thus the paint swatches on the walls)
  • New countertops to be installed
  • New tile backsplash
But even with the changes that still need to be incorporated, the difference is dramatic, don’t you think?

A big thank you to D. Lawless Hardware for providing the beautiful new cabinet hardware.  It looks beautiful in this refreshed kitchen.  These pulls and knobs really work well together with the newly painted cabinets.

Let’s take a quick look back at the before and after, side by side, shall we?

You gotta love the power of paint!  If your kitchen needs a refresh, you can check out my tutorials here:

For tips on painting oak cabinets, check out this post:

If your kitchen needs a refresh and you don’t want to tackle it yourself (and you live in the Dayton/Cincinnati area), contact me – [email protected].

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TDC Before and After


  • Reply
    Andrea @ Decorating Cents
    July 29, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    It already looks 10 times better. Good job.

  • Reply
    Derrick Lawless
    July 29, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Nice job! Looks great! Thanks for the nice pictures~

  • Reply
    Caitlin - The Delighted Dwelling
    September 8, 2015 at 4:35 pm


  • Reply
    Arthur Bryant
    December 15, 2015 at 10:30 am

    That is a beautiful kitchen, both before and after the work was done. In fact, even when it was in progress. Did you get consulted by a contractor when doing the work? Both before for an estimate and during the process. Simple mistakes (or regular mistakes made on what seems like it would be simple) can later prove to be quite costly.

    Arthur Bryant @ Contractor Express

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