Q: My husband and I will soon be closing on our dream house in the country. Sadly, it does not come with a dream kitchen — the cabinets are oak and I hate them. My hubby thinks they are the bee's knees. My husband will not allow any painting and/or staining of these cabinets under any circumstances. He's given me complete decorative freedom over the rest of the house, so it's only fair to comply with this one hideous wish. So, I'm left to try to decorate around the cabinets.