Post # 1
So, Darling Husband and I are moving into our new home next week (!), but I have a question for those who have done remodeling.
The kitchen is…less than desirable ( to me). Space wise, it is awesome and was a “must have”, but the aesthetics of it are soooo lacking. The FIRST thing I want to do is change out the fixture from the flourescent lighting to something more along the lines of track lighting or something like this:
Down the road we want to redo a lot. Update the cabinets, put in granite coutertops, change the floors, add a permanent island… the list is growing. However; what would be your FIRST thing to change? Just curious!
Here is a pic for reference:
Post # 3
Lighting, by far. Then, probably cabinets. It will have the biggest visual impact and hold you over for getting other things done.
Post # 4
The first thing I would do is take down that fourescent tube light. Simply changingn out the lghting is going to have a dramatic effect.
Next, I would add hardware to the cabinets.
Adding a backsplash would really rev up the style and not break the bank as much as granite countertops or new flooring….
Plus, if you do decide someday to go with new cabinets, I would strongly suggest just having them refaced– it saves you a buttload of money.
Post # 5
I like the second option on the lighting.
If you plan on redoing stuff, I wouldnt do a ton right now that will just get torn down (like a back splash potentially).
Looks like those are thing plywood-type cabinet doors. Painting them would help a lot. Dependingon your style either a chocolate brown and then add chrom door knobs/handles to go with the fridge.
Post # 6
I would paint the cabinets white.
Post # 7
Congrats on your new home! That’s so exciting!
@JaneyDcat: Those are great ideas!
You could stain the cabinets to something a bit darker to get a big impact for a small price tag.
Post # 8
Definitely the lighting, then the cabinets. Even if you just paint the cabinets until you can fully upgrade, it would make a huge difference!
Post # 9
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I’d fix the lighting and paint the cabinets (white). Maybe change the wall color, too? I’m not a big fan of tan. I think a nice gray would look awesome with white cabinets. Our kitchen has midnight blue walls with white cabinets, and it’s AMAZING. (The other half of the kitchen walls are white, so it’s not too dark.)
Post # 10
First, congrats on the new house! So exciting. I definitely agree with you on changing the lighting, that will make a big difference. What about painting the cabinets and adding hardware? That can also make a big difference and won’t cost much, if you’re planning on replacing them in the future. I also personally don’t care for all that stuff on top of the cabinets, it looks cluttered to me, but I’m assuming it belongs to the former owners. It looks like a good size kitchen with lots of potential! Have fun and enjoy making it your own 🙂
Post # 11
Check out the dramatic effect of kitchen backsplash!! (This is my old kitchen. I hated it before we put in the backsplash.)
Post # 13
Declutter – it makes everything look more open and cleaner!
Post # 14
@Mrs_Amanda: Lighting and cabinets!!! You’re lucky though, a few changes and it will be a great kitchen. What a great space!!
Post # 15
I would paint the area below the buffet/top cabinets, etc and above the counter a different color, or add a cool backsplash – something along those lines. I would also add fun hardware to the cabintry, and change the main lighting IF you are looking for quick inexpensive ways to spruce up the room.
If you have some wiggle room, then re-finsh the cabintry and possibly get appliances to match the stainless steel refrigerator!
ETA: Janeycat’s pic of the backsplash is exactly what I was thinking!!
Post # 16
1. Lighting, by far
2. Cabinets, even just some hardware would help a great deal.