I’m redoing my house with the intention of selling it. The entire rest of the house is designed with the latest trends, but the kitchen was remodeled in the mid 80′s and has those honey colored oak cabinets. I’m replacing the counters with something very current, but the honey oak look hasn’t been trendy for a very long time. If I paint them white, the kitchen will look like a modern kitchen. But I’m worried that maybe buyers will like the wood look more than the white look. What do you think? Home design magazines rarely have the oak cabinets anymore, but a lot have white. Do you like oak cabinets? What about white?
These aren’t my cabinets, but this is kind of what they look like, only a bit more weathered.
It doesn’t matter if i personally like them or how functional they are, just how they look to a potential buyer. I’ve never stained anything, that scares me a bit. It sounds so hard!
Thanks for the tip on the mineral spirits and linseed oil!
Yea, I will never understand people spending crazy amounts of money redoing their house to sell. 75,000 is an awful lot of money to gamble with! I feel pretty confident that I will recoup my investment. I plan to spend about 3,000 for the whole house and do the work myself. Fortunately a wonderful floor plan and many upscale details are already in place, they just need to be polished and highlighted. There were 3 other offers that came in right after we had signed the contract, so I know what a great property we have and I think we can make a little money. We have a lot of equity anyway, so we can weather it if it doesn’t make anything. I think I will keep the cabinets as-is and polish them with the mineral spirits and linseed oil. I looked that up and there were some gorgeous examples of wood given that treatment!