How I Updated My Oak Cabinets Without Paint by Using Briwax! Easy Budget Kitchen Makeover! Only $24

How I Updated My Oak Cabinets Without Paint by Using Briwax! Easy Budget Kitchen Makeover! Only $24

In this video, I show you how to update oak cabinets without paint by using Briwax! This is an easy and inexpensive DIY kitchen cabinet update on a budget!

*PLEASE NOTE*
1. This is my personal experience. You may get different results. I’m not a professional.

2. Briwax has a VERY strong odor!

3. As others have pointed out, it does NOT work on wood that has a polyurethane finish to it. The Briwax will not stick.

4. I suggest trying it on the back of a cabinet door first to see if you get the results you want.

5. If you have specific questions, you can contact Briwax on their website.

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Blog Post about Updating Oak Cabinets: https://www.queenofthehousehold.com/update-oak-cabinets/

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50 Comments

  1. Diana Velazquez on July 11, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    What color you used?

  2. Marie Garcia on July 11, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    What color did you use? I’m interested in doing my cabinets in a very dark brown.

  3. Alanna RBT on July 11, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    I love that the fact that you kept the integrity of the wood here. I’m currently looking for a home to buy and so many kitchens have their oak cabinets painted over and it drives me nuts lol

  4. Sue Stayton on July 11, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for this video! Looks like something even I could do!

  5. Stephanie Thomas on July 11, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for this! I’m flipping a house and wondering how to best clean 1980 oak cabinets that probably haven’t been cleaned since 1990s. Ugh

  6. Dell User on July 11, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    For all of the imbeciles below all … Who are too lazy to film a video, but want to opine and take cheap shots here… Make your own video … Instead of trying to comment and "one up" this host in her kitchen.

    Typical online morons all giving warnings or trying to insult the host.

    If you dislike the product, make your own video with your product, no need to lecture her on what she said or did.

    Just say thank you or say nothing if you have no useful comments.

  7. Melody Hart on July 11, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    You can get the better grade luan,cut it to fit the ends of your cabinets,and you can stain it ! This is what we did .

  8. Pink Owl on July 11, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Great job! I always start my "updates" on a budget, then somewhere along the way my plan goes left! 😩 Lol. I love that you found these budget friendly options to update the look.

  9. Dell User on July 11, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    No idea how this womans video blog came up. Notwithstanding, I enjoyed her explaining her kitchen cabinet makeover.

    Great video hostess and her end result came out attractive.

    Thank you for this.

  10. Anna Marie on July 11, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    How do you maintain them?

  11. Glammed by Natalia on July 11, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Oh wow it really clings on to the pores and line of the cabinets. Looks beautiful

  12. Lisa W on July 11, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Hi Emily, my cabinets have been stained should I strip them before using Briwax?

  13. Melissa Ochoa on July 11, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Hello! I recently bought this for my oak cabinets. I wanted to know if you double coated the wax or just once? Thanks!

  14. Katie Landis on July 11, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    I have old cabinets from the 70’s I wonder if this would work on making my cabinets lighter? Mine have laminate inserts..so old but don’t want to replace them. I think the outside of the cabinets are birch.. Anyone have any suggestions?

  15. Jeff Morse on July 11, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you for not destroying your wood cabinets. If a person has the budget I’d use modern finishes (dark counters, contrasting backsplash and flooring and black stainless steel appliances rather than ruin natural oak cabinets with paint. That really sets golden oak cabinets off and modernizes the look.

  16. SoulfullySowingSeeds 🌱 on July 11, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing 💚💕🥰🌻

  17. Shiwangi Bist on July 11, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    This is what I was exactly looking for. Can you please also share how many cabinets one briwax covers ?

  18. Bethany Natale on July 12, 2022 at 12:00 am

    How many tubs of the briwax did you use?

  19. Erin M on July 12, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Hi! I’ve been reading on the Amazon reviews that after time it wears off…just wondering how yours is doing with time?

  20. Adriana on July 12, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Can I use on a dining table

  21. rednvocal on July 12, 2022 at 12:02 am

    does the surface feel oily to the touch once you have applied the briwax and it has dried?

  22. aleta hancock on July 12, 2022 at 12:02 am

    What about applying product w/sponge brush? Just a thought.

  23. Em H on July 12, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Hi Emily! Does the briwax work on cabinets that have some dullness and more wear than others or do the cabinets have to be in really good shape for this to work correctly?

  24. Jena Bunch on July 12, 2022 at 12:03 am

    This looks amazing!! So glad you didn’t paint them!!

  25. Lisa Durant on July 12, 2022 at 12:04 am

    FINALLY someone not slapping paint on their cabinets. Sorry cant stand painted cabinets

  26. teaberrywmn on July 12, 2022 at 12:06 am

    You sold me on this cabinet upgrade. I’ve researched painting, gel stain, etc and this is exactly what I’m going for. Thank you so much for your very useful tutorial.

  27. Kimberly Emili on July 12, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Thanks Emily! I did it today. I used Dark Brown Briwax as the Tudor was out of stock. Also replaced door handles and drawer pulls. Very pleased with results. (And my clean sink!)

  28. Ellen Stetson on July 12, 2022 at 12:07 am

    This product, new to me, really brought out the beauty of the grain in this wood, very good looking, rich! Thank you for showing us how

  29. Robin Dismuke on July 12, 2022 at 12:09 am

    Thank you. I’m a senior citizen renting in senior housing. I’m doing this to the unattractive oak cabinets.

  30. Sunshine4evr on July 12, 2022 at 12:10 am

    This is exactly what I was looking for. I am updating on a budget to sell my house. The results are amazing , fresh, and more 2022

  31. Brian Melville on July 12, 2022 at 12:13 am

    My experience with Briwax on golden/yellow oak cabinets:

    1) Washed with drill brush (green) and dish soap then dried.
    2) Scuffed with scuff pad and wiped down with microfiber cloth.
    3) De-glossed (Krud Kutter) and dried with microfiber cloth. Let stand for 10 minutes.
    4) Applied Briwax (Tudor brown as well) with caulk paint/wax brush. Let stand for 10 minutes.
    5) Buffed out with microfiber cloth. This takes a lot of time.

    Labor intensive. Wood grain is very dark, the rest more brown/less yellow. 7/10, pretty good. I really appreciate the video.

  32. Nadia Godsell on July 12, 2022 at 12:14 am

    Can I do that with a walnut brown glaze instead of that Briwax?

  33. Barbara Rosebrook on July 12, 2022 at 12:16 am

    Aww I love this! And was so helpful thank you!

  34. MissMal92 on July 12, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Damn. Wish I would have seen this before I disassembled and sanded 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️

  35. Silvia Collins on July 12, 2022 at 12:18 am

    Hello Emily, I love how your cabinets ended looking like. Is this a permanent solution? Do I have to keep adding this product every time I wash clean my cabinets?

  36. Sharon La Tour on July 12, 2022 at 12:18 am

    Emily, your cabinets turned out great! I love the color!!

  37. Estera Jole on July 12, 2022 at 12:18 am

    Wow amazing results without sanding ❤️

  38. Britt Lyons on July 12, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Probably a stupid question, but can you use a lighter stain on a darker wood? Or would it require sanding and removal of stain in order to restain lighter?

  39. Alexis G on July 12, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Your cupboards turned out awesome! I’m going to try the same thing this summer! Do you think I should lightly sand them first to get an even finish? Also I wonder if sanding the parts of particle board would help them be darker?

  40. Isabel Nieto on July 12, 2022 at 12:21 am

    thank you thank you for this. I’ve been looking for a solution to my oak cabinets that didn’t require removing and sanding and you have been the answer to my prayers. thank you so much, I can’t wait to try this.

  41. Sweet Country Living In Michigan on July 12, 2022 at 12:22 am

    That is beautiful!!! Job well done!! I added polyurethane to a few of my cabinets about a year ago, wondering if anyone would know if I could do it if I sanded them first.

  42. Emily Wilson on July 12, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Thank you all for the support on this video! I’m a tiny YouTuber who simply wanted to share a frugal DIY project that worked well for my home. However, there have been a few concerns that aren’t mentioned in the video. Please read the notes below before deciding if this is right for you and your home.

    *PLEASE NOTE*
    1. This is my personal experience. You may get different results. I’m not a professional.

    2. Briwax has a VERY strong odor!

    3. As others have pointed out, it does NOT work on wood that has a polyurethane finish to it. The Briwax will not stick.

    4. I suggest trying it on the back of a cabinet door first to see if you get the results you want.

    5. If you have specific questions, you can contact Briwax on their website: https://briwax.com/contact/

  43. dcallaway94 on July 12, 2022 at 12:26 am

    How many can do you use?

  44. Dudley do rite on July 12, 2022 at 12:26 am

    How has it held up?

  45. icecreamlady driver on July 12, 2022 at 12:27 am

    Thanks. I bought and tried a different product that was supposed to do a similar uplift but it did nothing so I ordered Briwax from Amazon but haven’t found the ambition yet to get going on it. Watching this video is giving me a little more drive.

  46. CrossGrain Wood Products,LTD on July 12, 2022 at 12:27 am

    What a clever idea! I love the tinted Briwax!! I have a few different shades in my woodshop. I have a nice bright kitchen and I am going to try to make new doors. I have the same contractor-grade oak cabinets and, a double-edged sword here, I only have 9 cabinet doors plus 1 corner cabinet (which I hate) lol. Not too many to make but I do wish I had more for storage purposes. I want pine doors made from 1/2" by 3" pine boards. I’m trying to replicate a kitchen in a house I rented in Italy. I have yellow walls but the new yellow will be more golden toned. I already have granite countertops, so I don’t need to change them. I’m looking for a way to change the color of the floor tile to avoid ripping them up. Any suggestions anyone? Thanks for sharing this idea!!

  47. Linda Monzel on July 12, 2022 at 12:28 am

    I have the same oak cabinets, yes 1990s vintage. Mine aren’t in as good of shape as yours, they have spots where the original stain has rubbed off as well as the finish. Will this stuff work for mine? Or do I need to sand?

  48. Mixdplate on July 12, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Last year, I actually purchased the same color of Briwax for the same type of 90’s era cabinets. I tried it on one cabinet and didn’t really notice a difference, it also had a very strong smell. So I never followed thru. Painting them is really not inspiring to me so I was seeking out other options when I came across your video. Now I’m inspired again! It’s possible I didn’t apply enough, as I was trying to be safe. So I will try it again on a day when I can open all the windows. Thank you for posting and sharing your process! The only caveat would be that mineral spirits or paint thinner is the only way to remove it, if needed.

  49. Melody Hart on July 12, 2022 at 12:32 am

    It really highlighted the grain in the oak,I love my oak cabinets,they are the exact cabinets I have ,love the video !

  50. Delores Cadamey on July 12, 2022 at 12:32 am

    Can I use this on painted cabinets?

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