Gain inspiration with these painted and stained oak projects that will help love your home again
In this list, we will show you 11 different projects we have done in our home to help get rid of that honey oak. Ultimately, this allowed us to cheaply modernize and update our home. I don’t even have a post all about painting kitchen cabinets (but we have done that one too). With my last oak painting project, I think it is safe to say that most of that grainy honey oak color is mostly gone from our home. We still have wood floors that eventually will be updated, but I actually don’t mind the look and color of them.
Will oak trim come back in style?
I do not have a glass ball, but my guess is “No”. There are so many other great woods out there that the honey oak that is in all house built in a 30 year time span is going to take awhile to come back.
Have you seen any new construction with honey oak in it? I know that I have not. While I do feel that more light and natural woods will be making a comeback, I do not feel the construction grade honey oak that was all over my house will be making its way back in style.
Even, this HGTV article talks about 2020 kitchen cabinet trends and while they mention oak as possibly coming back, they are not referring to the good old honey oak that we have (or I think can I say had) throughout our house. I am sure these trends will continue into 2021 as well.
Pin for Later! Yea, we know it says 9 (really we have 11 DIY projects to show you). We just keep getting rid of honey oak!
How to get rid of the oak color (not replacing)?
So if you want to keep existing cabinets, molding and trim, then updating with paint or stain is your best bet. We have never used actual stain, only gel stain to help update cabinets and old pieces of furniture.
Because let’s be honest, I am always looking for the cheapest and easiest way to modernize our home. Sanding old items and replacing oak banisters and cabinets isn’t easy or cheap!
How to paint oak cabinets, trim and doors
So here are the basic steps (if not using chalk paint) we have taken for the painting projects in this list.
1. Lightly sand the wood with extra fine sandpaper. This is only to rough up the surface.
2. Use a deglosser to wipe down the oak.
3. Tape any areas out that you do not want to get primed and painted.
We always have used Sherwin Williams latex primer and have been very happy. Some people will say that you must use an oil-based primer to help stop the grain bleed. Most of the time, I just can’t stomach the smell or have even been pregnant while painting so the latex primer is my best bet.
5. Use a latex enamel paint like Sherwin Williams Pro Classic or this Behr paint that we have used in our projects.
6. 2-3 coats may be needed to to achieve the look you want.
7. Let the paint cure before adding hardware (like these awesome large handles used in our bathroom vanity), moving furniture, or letting kids bang it with their toys (obviously, we have had that happen before).
Do you need help deciding what color of paint to use for your cabinets or walls?
We recently just tried Samplize and it totally beats having to buy individual paint samples. These 12″ x 12″ samples will get shipped directly to you and save the hassle of clean-up (we loved that). Check out the brands you can get here.
If you need help figure out what paint colors to use, check out how we easily chose paint for our island using large paint samples.
So let’s get to it and show you 11 DIY projects that can cheaply update your home!
What is your favorite way to update a space? I guess I have to say mine probably involves painting (and I am happy that these painting projects really did upgrade our the oak in our home).
I will always say it is the way you can get the most bang for you buck.