Before painting the cabinets with chalk paint, these pickled oak cabinets were dated, dark and dingy.
When we bought our house twenty one years ago, we loved the kitchen the moment we walked in. The former homeowner, who was a cabinet installer, recently updated it so it was all new. He gutted the whole room to install someone else's "garbage" cabinets and built that awesome hood. At that time, we were so impressed by how much time and craftsmanship went into the remodel, that we left this room as is.
About ten years after we purchased our home, we ripped the roof off of our small three bedroom ranch and added a second floor. The kitchen was the only room we did not touch during that renovation because we still liked it and did not want to spend money on it. After the remodel we intended to update it, but the money was never there. Instead, we slowly upgraded our white appliances to stainless steel, but the kitchen really started feeling old and outdated.