Blame it on the '80s, but lots of homes have honey-colored oak cabinets. It's a shame to see them pulled out, but what are contemporary dwellers to do if they aren't keen on the country kitchen look? Painting, of course, is always an option but here's another: liming.
Unlike paint, liming cabinets (using something like this liming wax from Briwax) lets some of the wood grain show through but tones down the honey color you see on so much '80s oak cabinetry. Replace antique brass pulls with something stainless and you've got yourself an update!
For more on liming → Follow a DIY limed oak table project at Gorgeous Shiny Things