Post # 1
We’re getting our house ready to sell, and have to decide what to do with our kitchen. The cabinets are all wood but were painted 2 different colors when we moved in. I painted them in this putty color over 14 years ago, and they’ve held up very well. We never replaced the hinges, and bought pulls to match and wooden knobs for the cabinets. Now its time for a facelift.
The granite counters and backsplash are also 14 years old, and the colors in them are light grey, a warm beige and small dots of black and burgundy. The color is Kashmir White. The floors are Travertine in a light beige color.
Appliances are white and stove & Destination Wedding are just 3 years old (frig is one), as we were limited in our color choice because of the drop in stove (but NOW they have it in stainless). At the time it was only available in white or black.
Now I have a painter coming to repaint the entire room, but I’m not sure what color to do the cabinets and if we should bother replacing the hinges,knobs and pulls. Everything will be repainted (beadboard and crown moulding and pantry are all the same color as cabinets) and walls are a deeper Bridesmaid or Best Man color called Alexandria Beige.
Our target buyers will probably be in the 25-40 age group, and since everyone we know has seen it a million times already, I’m curious as to what you would be interested in or hate if you were looking to buy.On one side is a library, on the other is a powder room and family room, and doors go to the laundry room and garage and also to the dining room directly off the kitchen.
Cabinet color suggestions? Wall colors? Cabinet hardware style/metal? I’m toying with the idea of white cabinets and brushed nickel hardware since the appliances are white.
What do you like or hate about the room?
Post # 3
Can you upload some pictures? It’s hard to tell without a visual.
Post # 5
White cabinets, keep the countertops, new backsplash perhaps with rail for hanging utensils, new fridge. Round glass table and perhaps a couple of bar stools at the counter facing in to the kitchen 🙂
Post # 6
I would take out the thing that sticks out in the middle of the room, maybe put in an island or a rolling island.
Post # 7
Sorry. I’m having a hard time uploading, so have to resize them.
Post # 8
I like the cabinet color as is. I would take down all the upper cabinets on the stove wall and replace the range hood with a wooden range hood and paint it the same color as the cabinets.
Post # 9
The backsplash is granite and has to stay, as does the peninsula as it is covered in a full slab of granite all the way to the corner and is way too expensive to replace. We had stools at the peninsula, but the overhang made it uncomfortable to use. We also used to have a glass top table but switched it out for the wood. I do have a round table I’m thinking of putting in there and having just 2 chairs. The refrigerator is just a year old too. lol
What about wall colors? I’ve changed this room more times than I can count already and this is a neutral as its ever been. Now I think its too many shades of blah. Its been black and white toile wallpaper, deep blue, light grey striped and sage green. It even had dark red walls for a few months.
Post # 10
I like the cream color cabinets. I was actually going to paint my oak cabinets that color since I have white applicances that I do not want to replace. I’d change the white knobs though, and get a brushed metal pull or knob. You could also do white cabinets, but my worry with white, is that if its too bright or not bright enough against the white applicances, it would make one of them look dingy. It’s a pretty good neutral safe kitchen imo. I don’t think I’d change it too much.
Post # 11
White cabinets are timeless and would look very fresh. The kitchen isn’t bad from the pictures, but it’s kind of boring. A pop of color is needed. Maybe artwork and new window coverings in the eat-in area would do it. I’m wondering if it would be a good investment to change out the white appliances with stainless. Stainless would look great with the countertops – lots of money though! I’d change the hardward to something more modern too. Hope you sell quickly!
Post # 12
@ItWasntMe: what’s your budget on the “freshen up” project? i personally wouldn’t put too much $$ into it because the next owner will want to add their own touches. the counters and cupboards are fine along with the appliances (too expensive to change).
i agree with the hardware change. i think maybe a bit of colour from unique accents and decor.
i really like your clock but i think it’s too big for that small portion of wall. also, perhaps add a medium sized picture with some colour on the far wall (the second last pic).
Post # 13
Perhaps a pale green colour for the walls?
Post # 14
I like the idea of painting the cabinets white to help the appliances blend in. If you can change the hinges so that they mount on the inside of the doors it might worth the money. Great job with the renovation 14 years ago. They kitchen still looks up to date!
Post # 15
@Jacqui90: Did you paint my walls for me? Nothing is showing up.
I don’t really have a budget for sprucing it up, but want it to be as appealing as possible to a variety of buyers, without spending a fortune. I never rehung any of the artwork once the holes were filled in when we painted the walls a few years ago, and kind of wanted it to be a blank slate. Maybe not?
I also had a beautiful twisted wood rod in sconces to hang my drapes. I got tired of them too and put the sueded shades up to keep it cleaner looking. My husband hates the shades and wants the draperies put back. ugh
The clock is actually hanging on the side of the pantry cabinet, but could always be moved.
Maybe I should play around in Paint/Photoshop/BM photo guide first and see how different colors look on the cabinets and walls.
Oops! I see the green walls now. Thanks!
Post # 16
Dont put a ton of money in to it – the granite is what most people are looking for these days – anything else, they’d probably want to renovate on their own with their personal style.
A fresh coat of paint with a pop of color as @Jacqui90: suggested, and new, trendier hardware for the cabinets.
For staging, get some kind of colorful piece of decor (like 20 bucks at Homegoods) to put on the countertop at the breakfast bar and maybe a more colorful window treatment. But stick with solid colors – no prints or anything too wild.
DON’T replace the appliances – way too much money for not enough added value, especially since yours look very clean and are a well known brand.