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Pros and Cons of Painting Oak Cabinets White

Pros and Cons of Painting Oak Cabinets White

Painting anywhere in your home is a big decision. It's important to be informed and weigh the pros and cons of having an area painted. If you're considering making the switch from oak wood cabinets to white, there are different factors to keep in mind to make the right decision.

Swapping out oak wood for white cabinets will drastically change the look and feel of your space. An all-white aesthetic is airy, light, and complements most existing styles, furniture, and decor. But there's a lot more to consider than just admiring the look of white cabinets. Let's go over the pros and cons of painting oak cabinets white so you can make a confident, informed choice.

 

pro 1- aesthetic

Obviously, white cabinets are pretty. White paint is classic and creates a sense of calm in any space. Opting for white also means not worrying about whether or not it suits existing furniture and decor, as it usually pairs with just about anything. Whether your personal style is farmhouse, mid-century modern, contemporary, or Scandinavian, all-white cabinets will complement it. 

 

Kitchen with white cabinets

 

pro 2- makes your space appear bigger

If your kitchen or bathroom is on the tiny side, white is an excellent choice to make it appear larger. That's because white finishes will reflect the light and create the illusion of more space. It can also make your ceilings appear taller, all without a major renovation to your kitchen. 

 

PRO 3- INSTANT UPDATE

You don't have to gut your kitchen to give it a facelift. In fact, by painting your oak cabinets white, you'll transform the look and feel of your kitchen instantly. All it takes is a few coats of paint! 

 

Bathroom cabinets in oak wood

 

CON 1- MAINTENANCE

Think about when you wear white pants or a white shirt. The danger of spilling or staining and having that visible is much more obvious on a light color. If white paint chips or peels, it's more noticeable. If you have a lot of traffic in your kitchen or bathroom and young children, you might feel like the white cabinets need extra protection. Choosing a quality company to paint your cabinetry is crucial, especially if you want to ensure as little goes wrong as possible. 

 

CON 2- REDUCING VALUE

If you're worried about maintaining the integrity of your home, repainting could potentially reduce its future value. Some buyers want homes in their original state, especially historic homes with character features like grains and knots in the wood. As opposed to white painted wood, stained oak wood might be considered low-maintenance for future homeowners as well. You can showcase the grain with a darker color as well or add distressing to bring out the natural beauty. 

 

CON 3- NOT MATCHING LOOK AND FEEL OF HOME

White woodwork in certain homes may not be period accurate. And if that's the case, leave the stained oak wood as is. If you have a more rustic or industrial style, oak might look better on your cabinets instead of white. Other styles, such as farmhouse or mid-century modern, can pull off either white or oak, so it just comes down to personal preference

Overall, painting your oak cabinets white is a fantastic, easy way to create a clean, sleek, modern look in your home. For those wanting to beautify the character and charm of natural wood, you can opt for glazing and distressing. If you're ready to breathe new life into your space, give Brush & Roll Painting a call to schedule your estimate and discuss your goals for cabinet refinishing in greater detail!

At Brush & Roll Painting, we know that home painting is a serious investment. We also believe any paint job is only as good as the prep. If you want a quality paint job that will stand the test of time, give us a call at (402) 932-9764 or schedule an estimate online.

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