Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Honey Oak Kitchen with White Appliances - A 4 Day $1,000 Transformation

Hey Folks,
I have been doing a Facebook/Blogging fast for lent. It ended up getting extended since I was enjoying it so much. I had so much time on my hands I was actually bored at goal in life;) Boredom, sweet boredom.

The boredom was short lived. After burning through about 15  - 20 library books in the first month, I turned my attention to watching/scouring/obsessing over the MLS listings. I have a huge fascination with real estate and have watched way too many episodes of "Income Property". So naturally, thank you Scott McGillivray, I was overwhelmed with the urge to fulfill one of my bucket list items and buy a rental property. Having time on your hands can be dangerous.

So without a real estate agent and after looking at a total of two properties we put an offer in on a condo (we got an amazing deal) and got it!!! Yippee. So freaking stressful but so exciting.

Our 4 day kitchen transformation. These pictures were taken with different camera's -
but the cabinets really do look like a completely different colour now. Its pretty amazing!

They had done a lot of upgrades to get the unit ready to sell. Fortunately for us, they misfired on the kitchen with the avocado green paint and sticking with the original pulls, hood fan and counter top (circa 1983). Yuck. And they kindly replaced the fridge and stove...........with white! Ugh.  Even with all my design training (i.e. HGTV marathons), even I was having trouble figuring out how to deal with this kitchen.

But I never back down from a challenge so with just over 2 weeks between the offer going in and getting possession I frantically studied "how to downplay Honey Oak cabinets", "best upgrades for a rental property", "best paint colours with honey oak", "honey oak cabinets + white appliances". My google search and Pinterest were on fire.

Almost everyone seems to decide to paint their honey oak cabinets so I didn't have a lot to go on. Given this is going to be a rental and the cabinets are in really good shape, I felt it was better to leave them as is. So we decided to work with what we had in terms of cabinets and do what we could to minimize their brassiness with the counter-top, back-splash and paint. Plus - I do really like wood.

A few things I did learn through my google research in regards to making the most of honey oak cabinets were:

  • Make sure none of your finishes - especially paint - have any pink undertones;
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze works well with oak compared to most other finishes - I have to say that I agree - not something I would pick for my own home as I'm more of a mid-century modern girl but they really do work (plus the hinges were dark so that was a perfect choice for us);
  • If you've got white appliances you need to make them blend in. That's why we chose light colors for all the other finishes. 

We were also dealing with a space that has NO EXTERIOR WINDOWS. Yikes. So again, we were trying to do what ever we could to keep the space light and airy.

I can't tell you how excited I am about how this turned out. We were able to turn this project around in 4 days and just over $1,000 (see breakdown of costs below after the pictures). Which includes the purchase of a dishwasher. We did everything ourselves and we have some bumps and bruises to prove it but it was worth it and so rewarding! My hubby is amazing at DIY and I'm quite proud that I was able to keep my "investor" hat on most of the time. Its tempting to want to decorate the space for yourself rather than for a tenant but I stuck to my guns. I almost got sidetracked and ended up with quartz counters that were 4 x the price - but common sense persevered.

Okay - gotta run - now I've actually got to find someone to live in this unit. If you know someone they can email Available immediately!!!

Luckily there was wiring/plumbing roughed in for the dishwasher - it had just never been used??? I'm pretty sure our renters will appreciate this new feature.
Oh those old pulls.........they left behind some damage but I cleaned them up as best I could.

Typhoon Bordeaux Laminate - I had 16 colours to chose from since we needed it cut in one business day. There are two places in town that do this and they each have 8 in-stock colours.  Its actually quite lovely. 

How much did we spend (in Canadian dollars, excluding taxes):
  • Dishwasher - $349 - awesome sale at Sears - Kenmore
  • Counter-top - $459 - Winnipeg Custom Counter-tops - Typhoon Bordeaux Laminate
  • Pulls - $59.98 - Home Depot - Oil Rubbed Bronze - 2 x 10 packs
  • Back splash - $108.19 - Home Depot - Special Buy Event
  • Paint & Primer- $60 - Premier Brand - Canadian Tire - Benjamin Moore Buckwheat color match
  • Hood Fan - $59 - Rona
So for a total of $1,095.17 (plus some incidentals like grout and other supplies) I think we did a pretty great transformation.


  1. I can expect nothing but the impression your article! You really seriously invest in what you do. sure you will succeed
    outlook sign in

  2. Since I have honey oak cabinets and also don't want to paint them, I really appreciated your article. I tried brushed nickel for cabinet pulls and they simply don't show up well although I love the finish. I'm going for oil rubbed bronze. Thanks again!

  3. It takes colossal figuring out how to make this bit of craftsmanship.
    keurig k55 single-serve coffee maker

  4. Wow the before picture is my kitchen now. Thanks for the inspiration. I have to get rid of the green.

  5. What did you change the wall color to?

  6. I have bookmarked your blog, the articles are way better than other similar blogs.. thanks for a great blog! recliner sale

  7. The essayist, through this blog, has earned regard from numerous for all the correct reasons.
    kitchen faucet to choose from

  8. You know your projects stand out of the herd. There is something special about them. It seems to me all of them are really brilliant!

  9. It is cheaper than buying a new appliance.

  10. Great! It sounds good. Thanks for sharing.. green plate

  11. Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work. click over here

  12. Hi, I find reading this article a joy. It is extremely helpful and interesting and very much looking forward to reading more of your work.. Top Electric Cookers

  13. sectional sofas Great survey. I'm sure you're getting a great response.


  14. شركة كيان لنقل العفش بالرياض والمدينة المنورة وجدة ومكة والطائف والدمام تقديم لكم دليل كامل لشركات نقل العفش بالمملكة العربية السعودية

    نقل عفش شركة كيان
    دليل شركات نقل العفش
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض


  15. شركة نقل عفش
    اهم شركات مكافحة حشرات بالخبر كذلك معرض اهم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والخبر والاحساء والقطيف كذلك شركة رش حشرات بالدمام ومكافحة الحشرات بالخبر
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة الجوهرة من افضل شركات تنظيف الخزانات بجدة حيث ان تنظيف خزانات بجدة يحتاج الى مهارة فى كيفية غسيل وتنظيف الخزانات الكبيرة والصغيرة بجدة على ايدى متخصصين فى تنظيف الخزانات بجدة
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام
    شركة نقل عفش واثاث

  16. I really enjoy simply reading all of your weblogs. Simply wanted to inform you that you have people like me who appreciate your work. Definitely a great post. Hats off to you! The information that you have provided is very helpful. Queen Size Mattress

  17. Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting? I'm pleased I discovered it though, ill be checking back soon to find out what additional posts you include. Mattress Sale

  18. I high appreciate this post. It’s hard to find the good from the bad sometimes, but I think you’ve nailed it! would you mind updating your blog with more information? heating pump repair mt kisco

  19. how did you lighten the cabinets. i have honey oak stained maple, i do not want to paint

  20. I admit, I have not been on this web page in a long time... however it was another joy to see It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals. professionals. I thank you to help making people more aware of possible issues. best reviews appliance repair

  21. I have read all the comments and suggestions posted by the visitors for this article are very fine,We will wait for your next article so only.Thanks! best chef knife bags reviews

  22. Nice post! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post.

  23. I am impressed. I don't think Ive met anyone who knows as much about this subject as you do. You are truly well informed and very intelligent. You wrote something that people could understand and made the subject intriguing for everyone. Really, great blog you have got here.

  24. From that point onward, your following stage is to contact (or take) the machine to a suitable support or administration organization.Orange County Thermador oven repair

  25. A blog that mushroomed from visual illumination.
    Click This Link

  26. Clearly there's a ton of stress engaged with online research for you explicit appliance, counsel from loved ones, fabricates giving you nothing but nonsense, and clashing item audits.appliance repair Oceanside

  27. These companies offer an extremely efficient service. In general, they are on call, which means they could arrive at a location within a matter of hours. After they have located the problem they will offer the consumer the information relating to the damage. This will include the problem, what needs to be done to get it fixed and of course, the price of this work. Alongside this, they will generally offer a timescale for the work to be done. dishwasher repair near me

  28. There are many types of SEO services backlinks With this method of commenting, all your comments will be recorded in your Disquss profile. Which in turn includes the URL to your Blog. So when inspired readers visit your profile they will also visit your Blog.

  29. Buy home appliances for your new home is a daunting task, you need to figure out that what things are necessary for buying. If you are buying a new house, you need to plan a budget for buying new home appliances.Zonnepanelen installateur

  30. Let's take this for example, if you want to be a good electronic repairer, you need to stay ahead of the learning curve and update yourself on new technical issues.SubZero, Viking, Liebherr, Marvel, Thermador Refrigerator Repair in Los Angeles

  31. Picking kitchen machines can be a bit of overpowering. There are both huge apparatuses and there are additionally little ones. So it is important to design your kitchen first before making any buys in order to abstain from going over the top. Top Rated Dryer Repair Service in Riverside

  32. Selecting a household appliance from the myriad of brands and models available on market today is a daunting task.Electric Pressure Washers

  33. a very informative website. I thank your taking the time. Your insights were truly helpful. Thank you for speaking with me. PLeasevisit desksta