This kitchen presented a major challenge. This 1980's renovation screams gut, replace and too expensive to a prospective buyer; however, the homeowner did not have the budget for a a new kitchen, nor would she recover the cost at time of sale. Yet, something drastic was needed to turn this into an asset for the home.
The cabinet doors were flat and boring, many of the existing hinges were broken, and there was a lot of damage to the doors and frames. And should I even mention the ugly valance hiding a fluorescent fixture over the sink with the oversized window? The client knew she had to replace the dated countertop because it was warped and could not be repaired.
The cabinets were not wood, so gel stain and/or Restore-A-Finish were not options. The only thing left was paint, but how boring would flat, painted cabinets be? Applying wood molding to the cabinet fronts would be too costly. This kitchen also has 9’ 6” ceilings so the short upper cabinets look much too small for the room.
My solution was simply to address the upper cabinets by stacking one plain and two decorative pieces of trim to the top and adding one small piece of moulding to the bottom. That made them look taller and helped disguise the boring flat panel doors. The valance over the sink was removed. The homeowner did most of the work priming and then painting the frames and doors a creamy-white. I found the pulls at a local liquidator, getting 30 pulls for less than $20. Then I scoured the Internet until I found the matching hinges at a rock-bottom price.
The total amount spent on the cabinets was just $475, a small price to pay for a kitchen that will pay big dividends.
Other cost savings ideas in this kitchen:
- New stock laminate countertops from a local big box store. ($125)
- New window valance on clearance at JCPenney’s. ($20)
- New coordinating double panels for the patio door were purchased on Ebay and sewn together to create a single patio panel.
- The patio panel is hung on electrical conduit, cut to size and spray painted black. That allowed me to bypass a center support bracket so I could stack the patio panels to one side. (Conduit and paint--$16).
- Rod brackets left over from the owner’s Master Bedroom window treatment were spray painted to match the rod. ($0)
- The backsplash and wall treatment is expanded vinyl wallpaper which looks like bead board. ($60)
- New ceiling light fixture was purchased on sale at the local big box store ($26).
Great Staging does not have to be expensive!
Janet L. Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC provides home staging, redesign and interior decorating services on Maui to the Wailea, Kihei, Maalaea, Wailuku, and Kahului areas.