The 1990’s Called and Said it was OK to Restyle Your Oak Vanities!


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Let’s talk old school builder grade oak cabinets. Golden, peachy, tired, worn and well sort of dated. They’re everywhere and while the quality is still good, they probably don’t go with your current decor. You wish you could snap your fingers and change them….but that would be a pain and expensive, right?  New cabinets can mean new countertops, plumbing fixtures, drywall patch and paint….ain’t nobody got time for that!

Original oak bathroom vanity

15 year old original builder grade oak bathroom vanity before restyle.

Restyling oak cabinets is much more simple than you may think. I used my favorite Java Gel stain by General Finishes and morphed this vanity into something more in sync with the Old World look throughout the rest of my house.

Dark Bathroom Vanity

Oak Bathroom Vanity after dark Java Gel stain restyle.

Oak, or any other cabinet material including veneer, can really benefit from a quick and easy restyle. The gel stain is a little bit of a longer process because of drying time between coats, but an upgrade using milk paint is pretty much instant satisfaction like the two vanities below.

Yellow Bathroom Vanity

Distressed Yellow and Linen Bathroom Vanity

Navy Bathroom Vanity

Coastal Blue Bathroom Vanity Restyle

If you’re in the Phoenix metro area I would love to restyle your bathroom vanity for you! If you’re not in the desert and enjoying fall weather somewhere I’m also available for consultation on your next home or office decor project via FaceTime, phone and email.


About Restyle Junkie

Creative entrepreneur and Chicago native native enjoying the warmth of Phoenix, AZ for the past 16 years. I am passionate about transforming things that are ordinary and dated into fabulous focal points. Restyle Junkie ( is a Phoenix, Arizona business that restyles cabinets & helps DIYers with cabinets & furniture. We also specialize in taking brand new wood, adding texture, paint and stain to give it a custom rustic distressed look. All the charm of real reclaimed, but without the dirt and bugs for your projects! I offer DIY classes ( and am General Finishes retailer. The Restyle Junkie showroom is located at 625 W. Deer Valley Rd, #108, Phoenix, Arizona 85027. Please be sure to visit us if you're in town. If you are checking in from miles away, I answer a viewer's question every Friday via video on Facebook. ( You can message me on any of my social media outlets and your question might just be the next one we answer. When I'm not making something pretty, I'm hanging out with my blended family and my spoiled dogs, soaking up as much sunshine as possible.
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