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Is your kitchen dark and dreary? Check out these tips to brighten a dark kitchen.

  • Add bright accents to the kitchen. Bright accents provide a cheap and easy fix to a dark kitchen.
  • Paint the kitchen walls a sunny color.
  • Install recessed lighting.
  • Consider new kitchen countertops.
  • Replace or repaint old cabinetry.

Can you lighten oak cabinets?

Stain sinks into wood pores under a sealed topcoat of lacquer. The only way to properly lighten the wood is to remove the lacquer, sand off the dark stain and replace it with a lighter color of stain. By sanding them, you get lighter cabinets, and the surface is smooth and ready to lacquer.

How do you revive kitchen cabinets?



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How do you lighten a dark wooden kitchen?

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  1. Hang a clamp lamp.
  2. Use brighter bulbs.
  3. Turn recessed lights into pendant lights.
  4. Stick up some under-cabinet lights.
  5. Add pops of color.
  6. Create contrast with an accent detail.
  7. Add something metallic that will reflect light.
  8. Paint dark wood cabinets.

Should kitchen floor be darker than cabinets?

If you have hardwood in the kitchen, you’ll want to consider the color of the cabinets. Generally, darker floors look better with lighter cabinets and lighter floors look better with darker cabinets. And, be sure not to mix and match reds as these usually do not work out right.

What’s the most popular kitchen cabinet color?

For several decades, in fact, white has been the leading cabinet color in kitchen cabinet trends. As the most popular shade for cabinetry then, it’s a good option for many styles of kitchens.

How do you strip oak cabinets?

Apply chemical stripper to the cabinets and the doors with a paintbrush. Leave the stripper on the wood until it begins to bubble. Scrape the softened finish from the oak with a putty knife. Continue applying stripper to each door and drawer front as well as to the cabinet bases until all finish has been removed.

Are oak cabinets Coming Back in Style 2019?

Going into 2019, wood stained kitchen cabinets will still be popular in more traditional kitchens, but white, gray, two-toned and even blue cabinets are on the rise.

Can I stain dark wood lighter?

There are a number of ways to actually lighten the color of a piece of furniture, but applying a lighter stain over an existing darker color usually does not work. In fact, a pigmented stain is actually a thinned down paint. We all know that you can paint over a darker color using a lighter color paint.

How do you clean grime off wood cabinets?

Dampen a clean, dry cloth with undiluted white vinegar, and wipe down greasy cabinets. Rinse your cloth with warm water, wring out most of the moisture, and use it to rinse the cabinetry. Dry the damp surfaces with a paper towel, but note any still-sticky spots that need a do-over.

How do you use Murphy’s Oil Soap on cabinets?

Apply a dab of Murphy Oil Soap on a damp sponge or soft cloth; then wipe the soiled area. Wipe the area again with a dry cloth. To clean the entire cabinet surface, mix 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of the oil soap into a gallon of warm water, the amount determined by the type of cleaning your cabinets need: mild or deep.

What is the best finish for kitchen cabinets?

Semigloss, gloss, or satin—the harder the finish the better. Matte paint on kitchen cabinets is impractical; I wouldn’t even use eggshell finish. You want a surface that’s durable and wipeable, so you won’t be painting again for at least a few years.

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