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Anyone else planning a kitchen project?

Down to the studs, new everything or just a refresh- paint, curtains, etc?

 

My plan is for rehab lite: 3 new upper cabinets above the stove area, new backsplash and granite counter tops, paint cabinets and walls (ceiling, window treatments  and lighting completed). New hood or venting microwave above the stove, new sink and faucet.

Working on color choices for paints. Backsplash chosen. Will choose granite next week along with cabinets and sink & faucet. Hoping to start next month and be done before April 1. Painter lined up, too. The present 20 year old kitchen is functional but ugly. Fridge and stove are newer SS. DW is original(!) non- computerized, manual. Love it!

 

Tell us about the plans for your kitchen!

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It sounds as if your layout is ok, so this is a cautionary tale for others:

Despite my telling her that her kitchen layout was really dated and should be completely rethought in order to make a wise investment in her desired kitchen redo, a friend of ours a few years ago freshened her kitchen with new appliances, counters, cabinet paint, sink, and faucet. The old layout remained the same. When she put her home on the market a couple of years later, the realtor told her the kitchen was dated and that potential buyers would deduct heavily kitchen reno costs. And, in the end, they did. (I didn’t want to be right, but I told her she was wasting money.) When in doubt, at least bring in a kitchen designer and/or a realtor first for an opinion. 

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planning on selling my house and downsizing this year so I am working on updating several rooms including the kitchen.  I've seen a lot of nice kitchen update ideas on the HGTV website. Good luck with your remodel and post a picture when done 

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@libbyannE: Mine is a so-called villa home in a condo community. (end unit) To change the layout in my small eat- in kitchen would be over-improving the space, just as bad IMO as not updating. Buyers know what to expect here in terms of size and layout of the kitchen. Really limited in what can be done in terms of square footage and budget. A very desirable community- no concerns here.

 

Not my first kitchen rehab- the last was a full gut almost 12 years ago. In addition, I do not have an eye on resale this time- this is all about me, my aesthetic and my wallet. No need for a realtor and I have consulted a color specialist and done my research on style, sources and trades people -that should be enough. No other opinions necessary. Trust me, updating this original 20 year old kitchen will be an improvement. I will not describe the finishes as not to offend anyone living with similar. Excited to get started/

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@queendiva

I hear ya. Makes sense. You had said something about the layout being good in your post. How great is that? You can spend your money on the fun stuff that you see! Hope you will share the results with us!

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One thing:  I wouldn't put a cooktop on an island, but that's me.  I think they splatter on the floor, you use good work space, and it is sort of dangerous because someone might bump into a hot stove dashing into the kitchen to grab something, or put something down on a hot cooktop. 

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Re: Kitchen remodel

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I'm in the midst of having my cabinets repainted.  I would like new counters and backsplash, but that's not in the budget right now as I need to change the glass in the skylights as some of the seals have failed.

 

We are looking to sell in the next few years and I think a buyer will want to do a major remodel on the kitchen, so I don't plan to spend any additional money on it.  I understand that the sales price may reflect a buyer's desire for updates.

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@Marsha2003 wrote:

I'm in the midst of having my cabinets repainted.  I would like new counters and backsplash, but that's not in the budget right now as I need to change the glass in the skylights as some of the seals have failed.

 

We are looking to sell in the next few years and I think a buyer will want to do a major remodel on the kitchen, so I don't plan to spend any additional money on it.  I understand that the sales price may reflect a buyer's desire for updates.


I would love to know what type of paint you are using on your cabinets. Is it any special type of paint just for cabinets? My budget won't allow major remodel and was thinking about painting mine but am confused about what type of paint to use. Also, are you doing this yourself and do you have any dos and don'ts tips. Thanks.

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Not sure about a full kitchen remodel---mine is 33 years old and in need of EVERYTHING re done. But a huge tree fell on our house, the second story, and pretty much destroyed/ damaged the roof and the 2 baths and 4 other rooms. So not sure what to expect from the ins money. May be able to do bits and pieces in the kitchen, but won't hold my breath. 

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We have a small horse farm, and I have been horse crazy all my life.  Our kitchen remodel isn't for everyone but I sure enjoy it.DLS2109.jpg