Wood – To Paint or Not to Paint?

Island_AfterThere is no right or wrong answer to this question.  There are home improvement professionals who will look at you like you have two heads if you tell them you are going to paint your ’80s oak cabinets.  Others agree that you should paint the wood for an inexpensive update.  In my opinion, if you move into a home that already had outdated wood that is not your style and you do not want to spend thousands of dollars updating, by all means, paint the wood!  You will be stunned by the jaw-dropping transformation that a few gallons of paint can make.

This kitchen island in Kokomo, Indiana was beyond outdated but was originally custom-built out of solid wood.  Instead of tearing it out and putting in a smaller, cheaper island, Staging Grace Designs chose to have someone professionally paint the cabinet. This paint is chip & scratch proof, and you can still appreciate the wood grain through the color.  The laminate countertop was replaced with a beautiful cambria quartz.


Jill Aaron

Principal designer of Staging Grace Designs, a central Indiana interior design and home staging company based in Kokomo, IN. Jill received a Bachelors degree in Management from Purdue University in 2001, and studied residential design at the Art Institute of Indianapolis in 2008. This led to a career in design as a freelance Redesign Consultant, and her love for interior design and transformation naturally led her to home staging.

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