Post # 1
We are renting a home starting Sept 1. The owners are a family friend so they are allowing us to change anything in the house. We are able to use the month of August to remodel before moving in.
I can do anything in this kitchen except the floor. (Can’t afford right now)
What colors would you use? This wallpaper has got to go!
Post # 3
1) remove wallpaper
2) paint walls a neutral/light color, but with warmth (It is a rental after all and even though they are friends I wouldnt go bold or strange in case they are not happy- dont want to rock that boat)
Since your tiles are green a nice pale violet/gray would go well with them and be complimentary and modern. like this “Through the looking glass” color swatch possibly or “faded twilight” http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/color-stories/violet-twilight#color=CSP-495&image=0&state=color
3) sand, prime and paint the cabinets white. and do some RESEARCH! dont just paint them with white paint. You want them to look good and professional and hold up to use. http://www.allthingsthrifty.com/2012/08/how-to-paint-your-kitchen-cabinets.html
4) replace the knobs/handles on the cabinets
Post # 4
@ThreeMeers: Would you take down the chair rail and paint it just a solid color on the walls?
I like that “Through the looking glass”.
Post # 5
@Gerber: The wall paper has got to go asap!!! Maybe change the cabinet handles also that is a small and inexpensive thing to do and could make it look alot better
Post # 6
@Gerber: I would probably take it down totally as chair railes are very country and not my style. Taking it down to paint and putting back up would be a lot of work and difficult.
Alternatively you could get a darker shade of whatever you chose and paint the lower half of the wall including the chair rail that color.
When you choose a color, hold it up to the door and shutters and trim and see how it works with the paint chip and the planned white cabinets.
Post # 7
-take down the wall paper and the lovely matching curtains
– take down that piece of wavy trim over the sink
– paint the walls- paint right over the chair rail and the wainscotting- the kitchen is too small to break uo the wall surfaces any more than they already are- also paint the door and trim all the same color for the same reason
-if the cabinets surfaces are in good shape, you could leave them as is, just clean them well and polish with a good kitchen wax
– if the cabinets are in bad shape, paint them
-replace the hardware on the cabinets
Post # 8
I am a bit too lazy to repaint cabinets but I think just painting the walls and replacing the knobs would do wonders for that kitchen. When I bought my house last year I just replaced the knobs and it updated the look of my kitchen by about 15 years. Start small and see what you think, and then you can do more drastic changes if you think you need to. Good luck and happy decorating!
Post # 9
@ThreeMeers: What color(s) would you use for curtains, decorations, etc? I can usually figure out these things but that GREEEEN floor is throwing me off.
Post # 10
If you do choose that gray and since it has a light lavender undertown, you could go with a deep purple jewel tone for accents and stick with warmer grays, and whites.
As for decor, on that wall where that cup hanger is a large mirror (maybe with a large silver frame) would be nice to reflect all the natural light in the room from the window near it)
As for curtains, they only have a valance, but probably a small print with the dark purple and white. The small pattern will appear more neutral from afar, but the balance of white and color will be nice and bright and cheerful. Or plain white would also work. If you go gray, it could be hard to match the wall well enough That is, if you want a valance. You dont have to have one here since they have wood shutters. I would choose a valance that is not too fussy or frilly. http://www.amazon.com/Stylemaster-Capri-60-Inch-14-Inch-Lavender/dp/B0052O19QS/ref=sr_1_1?s=furniture&ie=UTF8&qid=1374180098&sr=1-1&keywords=purple+valance
Post # 11
what kind of floors are they? if they are laminate, then laying down laminate does not cost that much, and the impact would be huge.
otherwise, get rid of that wallpaper!
Post # 12
@Gerber: I like to cottage-y look, so I would keep the chair rail and shutters, maybe freshen them up with some white paint if you are painting the cabinets white. As for the floor, rugs can do a lot to change the look without re-doing the entire floor.
I say paint a nice neutral color or grey-ed out version of a color you’d like (do not do red though, it’s a rental and that’s an impossible color to paint over!).
Post # 13
Obviously a lot could be changed but my first thought is why are you putting money into a rental?!
Post # 14
Here’s my kitchen re-do: (it was a labor of love, but it was a LOT of work… pretty cheap though, and we still have small things we want to update so it’s not 100% done)
Before: (don’t mind the clutter, I was in full re-organization mode)
AFTER (kind of, we made a couple other changes after): (sorry for the crappy cell phone pic)
And the dining area: (before I finished painting/refinishing 2 of the chairs… they are done now ).
This was 90% just paint that made all the difference… Though we did get new appliances.
Post # 15
Wait a second– I totally missed that you are renting this place. Yeah, I can see why you don’t want to do much.
In that case, I would get rid of the wallpaper and the matching valence curtains, and change the hardware on the cabinets- which you can also take with you when you leave.
That’s… about all I would do.
Post # 16
Besides the wallpaper and maybe painting the cabinets, i’d knock out that hideous scalloped wood piece over the kitchen! Those things drive me bonkers!
You might not really need to paint the cabinets. I think changing out the knobs would make a big impact and be way easier!