Reno a 90s house, idea, tips, project photos please !!

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

Our home was technically an early 2000’s home, but it unfortunately carried a lot over from the 90’s.  It’s going to be an ongoing process to update everything, but here are some minor things we did early to make things feel more modern:

  • Replaced gold knobs on cabinets with stainless finish knobs
  • Repainted several rooms.  Rooms look so much cleaner with a fresh coat of paint, even if it’s the same color as it was before
  • Changed all of the dated light fixtures
  • Replaced ugly faucets in kitchen and bathroom (although this was partly out of necessity because they were in bad shape)
  • Add modern curtains in the bedrooms and dining room

Also if you have popcorn ceilings, I highly recommend removing them early into renovations because it is super messy to do.  We scraped all of our popcorn down and it made a huge difference.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Our house was built in the early 80s. The prior home owners did some of the “easy” updates to un-80s the house before we got it.

Refinishing the cabinents in either a white or dark stain will really change the look, along with new handles.

Bathrom vanities are actually fairly inexpensive and easy to replace. Lowes and Home Depot both sell vanities that are prefabed and look nice.

Instead of replacing the bathtub, look into RE-Bath. They put a new cover over the old tub which makes it look nicer, but not nearly as expensive as removing and buying a new tub.

I would start removing wallpaper as my winter project. We repainted about 90% of our house last winter, and it was a great project to keep me from going stir crazy in the winter.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Can you post photos of your big “problem” areas? It’s hard to say what can be done without seeing it.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

gpiglet:  Is this the style of cabinet?

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Now… unless you change the doors you’re not going to get those to look completely “modern”. But… you could paint them white and you could make the kitchen a more modern-country style.

Here are some examples….

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Now… if your huband isn’t willing to paint them. I think the other option is to stain them a darker color to hide some of that dated wood-gain.  This will be a lot tougher because you’ll have to brighten up the kitchen with the right tile, floor, countertops to keep it from being too dark. 

 

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staining them a lighter color might also be an option… depends on how grainy looking your cabinets are and what you like.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a late 80’s so pretty similar dated look.  First thing I did was replace some light fixtures, then started painting the oak cabinets, replace all the hardware.  Mine have laminte particle board sides, so I couldn’t do anything else to them, but if you have solid cabinets, I’d sand and stain them darker.  Here’s some before and afters.

Laundry room.  Light sanding, oil based primer and latex paint.  Replaced the hinges and handles.  It’s held up great and I love it!

Bathrooms, painted walls, updated lighting, mirror, changed the old style hinges to hidden ons, changed pulls, towel/tp holders.  I used Rustoleum Cabinet transformations for these.  I’m happy with the results, but would not use this product again.  I dont feel its as durable as the paint and is not nearly as forgiving if you need to do a touch up.

The bathrooms are still a work in progress.  We also want to replace the counter tops and faucets and change the mirror.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

gpiglet:  Oh, you’re light  years ahead of me then if your doors are already white.  I go back and forth with painting then trim… but then I’d have to do all the doors and I’m like  forget it!  You can probably just remove all the handles and hinges and stuff and spary paint them to a nickel color and that would totally transform them.

http://www.handletheheat.com/diy-spray-paint-door-knob-makeover/

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

pinkshoes:  I actually love the look of white baseboard trim but wood doors. That’s how my house is going to be… working on painting the trim now. I don’t have any pictures of mine yet since it’s a work in progress… but these were the photos i showed my fiance when he second guessed me leaving the doors/windows & their trim wood. 

 

<div></div><div style=’color:#444;’><small>Traditional Hall by Park City Interior Designers & Decorators Alder and Tweed</small></div>

<div></div><div style=’color:#444;’><small>Contemporary Entry by North Hollywood General Contractors Globus Builder</small></div>

 

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