A Kitchen Remodel with Refinished Golden Oak Cabinets – Week 1

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Last updated on January 14, 2021

Golden oak cabinets, was the number one wood and stain combo of choice when building a home in the ‘90s. Fast forward to 2019 and most everyone wants them gone whether that means replacing, updating or re-staining. A variety of questions come into play when making that decision such as, do you like your kitchen layout? What is the condition of your existing cabinets? And of course, what is your budget?

Updated Design

Our clients worked with Kelsey Kimble to create a new design for their kitchen. After reviewing options they decided to refinish their golden oak cabinets. They liked their cabinet layout and decided to refinish best fit their needs.  In addition to refinishing their cabinets, the cabinet boxes would be retrofitted with rollout trays for daily convenience. Our team would also modify the sink counter to remove the 90-degree angle to accommodate a 45-degree angle. The clients selected a new sink, faucet, countertops, backsplash, and lighting as well.


Original Cabinets

Nic Juncos on our Handyman Services team kicked the project off and removed the counters, backsplash, etc. Once the initial demo work was done our Paint Services team showed up to help.

Take a look as Perry Holloway our Paint Sales Manager walks us through this project and the process for refinishing honey oak cabinets.

The first part of refinishing cabinets is to remove all the doors, drawer fronts and hardware. We’ll take these to our shop to strip the old stain. The cabinet boxes will be stripped and finished in the home. Since we are going from the golden oak stain to a lighter gray-toned stain color we have to completely remove the original stain. From there we apply the stain and a clear coat.


Early in the project, we determined the quality of the doors and drawer fronts wasn’t what it should be to get the look we are striving for and the clients agreed. They ended up purchasing new doors and drawer fronts. The new doors and drawer fronts gave them a good quality surface for refinishing and allowed them to hide the hinges. Since we had already started the entire refinishing process, next week we’ll show what that process entails so you can better understand how to fully refinish your existing cabinets.

Check out our Kitchen Remodeling process

Thinking about updating your golden oak cabinets? Give us a call to speak to a Schloegel expert.