El Dorado Hills - Homes & News - DeeDee Riley Realtor: Oak is out, Paint is in!

Oak is out, Paint is in!

I'm sure one day I'll be blogging that Oak is back but for now.... Oak is out, paint is in! Black, white, cream, beige.....   Here are some before and after pictures of a listing I have in Cameron Park, CA. This kitchen was really dark so the seller opted for a lighter color.  Keep in mind that the before picture was taken by my photographer, Trevor and the after was taken by yours truly.  It'll give you an idea though of the difference it makes.  Of course, the kitchen looks brighter but to me it also looks bigger. 

Oak is out, Paint is in!

Oak is out, Paint is in!

Now the cabinets just need some cute knobs and pulls or maybe some glazing but we'll let the buyer's pick what they want! 





DeeDee Riley - El Dorado Hills Realtor - Lyon Real Estate - CABRE#01499004


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Comment balloon 19 commentsDeeDee Riley • April 13 2014 01:20PM


Wow!  Big difference.  The Kitchen looks bigger and cleaner looking.  Did you use the Bulls Eye 1,2,3 as a primer before the paint? 

Posted by Laura Andersen, A HomeSOLD Name (678)462-1191 Woodstock, Georgia (Keller Williams Realty Partners ~ 678.462.1191 agentandersen@gmail.com) over 4 years ago

OH yes, I so agree, same here!  dark oak/mid oak cabinets yuck!  (but dark oak floors - ebony/jacobean awesome).

Wow, what a difference the white makes.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 4 years ago

DeeDee - I think oak has been out for a long time.  This updated kitchen will really help the seller get top dollar for their property!  Nicely done!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 4 years ago

I think black for even brown knobs will be a good offset and give  some color to  those newly painted cabinets. Looking  good.

Posted by Robert Fowler - 55CommunityGuide.com, 55+, Active Adult and Retirement Communities (President of Retirement Media Inc.) over 4 years ago

Wow isn't it funny how everbody has different views. If the cabinets are good quality then I prefer to refinish ( darken -lignten) and embelish with some glass inserts and or nice hardware. Cheers  

Posted by Gordon Wood, 480.226.2842 (Canyon Ridge Realty LLC) over 4 years ago

Same way State Property Appraisers do it every year by law and at least here they are pretty dang close if not right on it. 

Posted by American Brokers Realty Group (American Brokers Realty Group, Inc) over 4 years ago

Nice transformation, thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,


Posted by Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert (Movement Mortgage) over 4 years ago

The change looks great in this kitchen. I agree with you that it looks more spacious!

Posted by Whitney Watson (First Heritage Mortgage) over 4 years ago

Love the transformation Dee Dee. This is what I tell my clients all the time, it doesn't have to be a total kitchen remodel. 

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) over 4 years ago

Wow, what a difference DeeDee! It changes to whole look of the kitchen.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 4 years ago

Great before and after photo's paint really does make a difference. Thanks for sharing have a Happy Easter.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 4 years ago

wow i like that after photo.  we have oak cabinets... altho not sure I can get the husband to agree to the painting ...but i LOVE the white.   How do I repost this?  love the pics

Posted by Cindy Graesser, CG Premier Realty Group. "We'll Get you Moving!" (Keller Williams) over 4 years ago

Hi All,

Thanks for the comments. 

Cindy, there should be a re-blog button at the bottom.  They've moved it!:)

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 4 years ago

What a difference in the before and after photos!  I've heard a hand full of negative comments about oak finishes in kitchens and baths lately.  This is a great update!

Posted by Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate! (UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA) over 4 years ago

It's amazing how a little paint can brighten up an entire room!

Posted by Jennifer Shenbaum (The Shenbaum Group, Inc. dba JenniferBuysHouses.com) over 4 years ago

Wow! There is quite a difference. Seems to open it up.

Posted by Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent (Realtor) over 4 years ago

Yes indeed oak has truly been out for quite sometime unless it is horizontal.

Posted by Jeff Jensen (The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states) over 4 years ago

DeeDee, I love the updated look of this kitchen.  Buyers will love the look, as well!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 4 years ago

Painting woodwork in my own home is something I've been wrestling with for quite a while, although it's not oak, thankfully.  I like the updated results this home owner achieved.

Posted by Kristina Heili, Comprehensive Real Estate Services (Keller Williams Premier Realty) over 4 years ago