warning to oak lovers

The wood will be painted over.

This is the kitchen I will demolish tomorrow, but salvage the oak cabinets.

A friendly warning to all you wood-lovers out there: we take possession of a new house this week and begin renos... the wood will be painted over. I'm sorry, there's no getting around it. I can't softshoe this at all. The wood has got to go.

Maybe it's not the wood. Maybe it's me. Maybe in my hest to do the opposite of whatever The Fan would like me to do (why start complying now, at 40?), maybe I've been a Martha Stewart Living subscriber for too long, or perhaps all those long dateless weekends before I met Veto are catching up with me and I fancy myself a Hildi or a Laurie, at the ready with a can of some ghastly hue to conceal perfectly fine cabinets. Yes, that's it. The Fan is my very own Paige Davis, replete with showgirl costume, dancing about the set saying things like, "you do realize that you're running out of time" and "you're going to paint those nice oak cabinets white?" and all of the other running commentary that the home viewers are sharing over their bowls of Orville Reddenbacher.


I can't help myself. I must have white cabinets. Even in a house I plan to sell. The white is so fresh, so open, so inviting... so Martha.


So summery. So beachy. So Cape Cod. I must satisfy this urge for serenity, for an utterly bare palate of colour.

Perhaps you, like The Fan, dear reader, are not a fan of painting perfectly good oak cabinets. But I must do it.


I must use even more white paint for this new house than I did for my current home. That would be 36 cans of Benjamin Moore CC-70, Dune White.

Or maybe black?

15 comments:

Lisa said...

I say go for it! I've actually been thinking about it myself, but my kitchen is 1/3 of the one you are going to reno. I bet you are more like Laurie than Hildi! You wouldn't put fake flowers all over a bathroom wall, would you?...

Junie Moon said...

I know there are wood purists out there, my husband is one, but I vote for the white. The black is pretty cool, I do admit, but I guess it depends on the house and its style.

BOSSY said...

Bossy agrees - she couldn't paint over them fast enough. Black is chic, but white is light and happy - perfect for cooking.

DivaDeb said...

Paint it, Saucy!!!!! Oak is so.....seventies. If it was cherry or mahogany, maybe consider keeping it. But not oak. Blech!

(And I vote for white, too)

MJ said...

I'm not an oak fan (altho it is porous and absorbs stains well). I concur with the painting of it! I like white (altho I do also like off-whites too but they have to be in the creamy range, not the almond range). The black is striking but I wonder whether future knicks in the paint will show more with black versus white? White is likely more amenable to knicks in the paint but more wiping needed!

Oliver Rain said...

As long as there is no straw put all over the walls (did you see that episode?) I am SO glad that someone else is painting over oak cabinets. I have been debating my own cabinets for a long time, plus all the oak trim on my first floor. Part of me is "keep in natural". The other part is "it's too dark". Go for the white.

Thanks for the comments. Now that you mention it, I do see a "Tina Fey-esque" quality in that photo. However, I'm not nearly as clever or as funny.

Janet said...

Such a shame...are you related to my mother? LMAO!

Melissa said...

Ew, those oak cabinets have GOT TO go. Paint them, honey, and feel no remorse. You're doing (wait for it..) "a good thing."

Pepper said...

While you are at it, don't forget to ditch the scallopy thing above the window!

Susan said...

My husband would not let me paint our oak cabinets UNTIL the real estate agent said to do it. So they get to be creamy white and we're selling this house, too.
I knew the oak had to go but he wouldn't take my word for it.

Saucy said...

Just today, more than yesterday - when I found that snazzy black kitchen photo - I AM SERIOUSLY THINKING BLACK.

Am I crazy? I've ordered the same marble countertop as in the picture! Hmmmmm.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

And get that snazzy bread box too!!

I LOVE both but I vote black.

Anonymous said...

Heavy sigh! I tried so hard: No white after Labour Day, don't run with scissors and keep them pointed DOWN, don't cut your hair when you're feeling blue, write thank you notes, never wear paisley,cook with real butter, no black nail polish, no tattoos,no paper plates, only wear real jewelry, learn to make and drink a good dry martini and ALWAYS keep some emergency cash in your bra. Don't date guys called "Chad", go to places like Moose Jaw, over pluck your eyebrows or ride motorcycles. But painting solid wood??? Saucy.Saucy.Saucy. I'm leaving all my teak to one of the others! You can have the mask collection. The Fan (p.s. I vote black)

MJ said...

Just to temper the Fan's comment: my mother never said nay to paisley, she doesn't cook with butter except at Christmas (and is appalled that I only cook/bake with butter) and she wasn't concerned about white after Labour Day. However, we were taught to walk with our hands behind our backs so as to not touch the walls.

Paint that oak! No regrets!

Angela said...

Change is good.

I think that I personally would love a stain or wash, new cabinet fronts (maybe with glass or some cool detailing) and new hardware, but I have always loved your style Saucy, so I am sure whatever you choose will be GORGEOUS!

Can't wait to see!

Angela