I always called my kitchen cabinets "white washed oak" but recently, my contractor called them pickled oak. Anyway, you can probably picture what I'm talking about...they are solid oak, but not stained the typical orangey-brown color. Instead, they are very light and whitish with a light grain showing through.
We're in the process of renovating the kitchen and I'm wondering if these pickled/white washed oak cabinets can be saved. They were custom built and all wood. They are quite simple (nothing to make them look dated) except the knobs which are easily replaced.
I'm open to painting or staining ideas to freshen them up. I'm also open to hearing ways that they might look cool when left as-is and surrounded by new flooring and counters. Please let me know your ideas. Thanks!