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Question DetailsAsked on 7/24/2013

Should I paint my oak kitchen cabinets white?

I brought A "cookie cutter" house about 10 years ago. And as the market is getting better I'm trying to sell my house before school starts. And at this point giving my limited time due to work and raising a 3 year old. I'm debating on hiring someone to paint my kitchen cabinets all white. my other choices is to just have it re stained which will take away the dated look the current oak cabinets have. My real estate agent is the vising me not to paint my kitchen white. I'm not too sure if I trust his perspective as is one of the reasons why I'm intending to get I knew real estate agent.. But my wife also said she doesn't think I should paint the kitchen cabinets white.

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Off-whites, light grays, neutral colors, and nasturall wood colors are currently "in".

Sounds like you have 2 out of 3 opinions against white - perhaps you should listen to the Realtor (after selling houses and interior appearance are his area of expertise), plus do you really want to ignore your wife's judgement on a kitchen or interior design issue - you must have a death wish !

Many people (like me) associate white cabinets with the 50's look metal cabinets or doctor's offices, so shy away. I would say stay with the current finish and just clean them well (especially finger oils around knobs or finger grip areas), and touch up the stain or finish on any nicked places, then put a good wood polish over it rather than refinish. You will be surprised how much a good polish like pledge for wood cabinets does to their appearance. That will show well, and will let the new owners decide what they want to do with them, if anything.

Plus oak cabinets are a much higher-end finish than white paint, so you should show that - if they intend to replace the cabients anyway, it will not matter what finish they have anyway.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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