WOOD you tell a homeowner to paint the cabinets?

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Home Stager with Staged Makeovers

Staged Makeovers: "We recommend that you paint your kitchen cabinets white to brighten them up and make them look new."

Homeowner: "Why would anyone want to paint that beautiful wood?"

Staged Makeovers: "Golden oak is outdated."

Homeowner: "But it is wood!"

Staged Makeovers: "When was this house built? Let me guess... 1989?"

Homeowner:"Ummmm....1988."

Staged Makeovers: "Your home is competing with brand new homes. As a buyer, which would you choose? 80's outdated or bright and new?"

This is a typical conversation with a homeowner on the topic of painting outdated cabinets. It's not easy to talk them into what is best for their home to sell, especially in a market with a surplus of new builds. They bought the house when the style was in and are used to it. What they don't realize is that the home is no longer their own. It is now a product for sale and the product must compete with all the new products with their bright white kitchens.

While reading about low-cost cabinet updates, I found a very credible source that you can use to convince your clients. Even if your homeowners don't listen to you, they'll trust the quote from this source. Read the quote and find out who it is.

 

 

 

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Rainer
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Rachel Backus
Staged Makeovers - Hudson, OH
www.stagedmakeovers.com
Laura - Thanks for the great tip on filling the wood to smooth it out. The options are limitless when it comes to paint.
Oct 17, 2007 02:51 AM #47
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Nancy

We just had our kitchen remodeled - I was wondering does anyone out there have an opinion as to whether we should paint the oak cabinets and/or put hardware on the doors?  Right now my husband's opinion is no to both, but I'm not sure.   Also, I just took some really great photos but not sure how to get them on here.  Any advice would be great.

May 12, 2008 11:15 AM #48
Rainer
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Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

I am also working with a client right now with dark 70's cabinets and they are going to paint, but still working on color selection.  Thanks for the post!

May 12, 2008 12:31 PM #49
Rainer
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Michelle Hall
Century 21 Hecht - Denver, NC

This is a perfect example of why I would use a stager.  With a background in interior design, I offer minimal staging to my clients but if it is something major or if I feel my client might get a little perturbed with me, I bring in the stager and let them handle it. 

May 12, 2008 01:19 PM #50
Rainer
26,691
Michelle Hall
Century 21 Hecht - Denver, NC

This is a perfect example of why I would use a stager.  With a background in interior design, I offer minimal staging to my clients but if it is something major or if I feel my client might get a little perturbed with me, I bring in the stager and let them handle it. 

May 12, 2008 01:19 PM #51
Rainer
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Leah J. Armstrong
House to Home ReDesigns & Real Estate Staging Vancouver B.C. - Port Moody, BC
Home Staging Port Moody B.C.

Great discussion.  Good reminder to keep age of prospective buyer in mind when talking about refinishing cabinets.  I discourage client DIYers, and always recommend a professional painter SPRAY cabinets for a perfect finish.  Kitchens sell a house, and need to look professionally done.  My painter has successfully stained honey oak a chocolate expresso.  We teamed it with brushed nickel hardware and applicances, and it's gorgeous.  Thanks everyone for a great read.

Aug 15, 2008 11:23 AM #52
Rainmaker
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Allegra Dioguardi
Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training - Westhampton Beach, NY
Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island

Oak cabinets are/were typically builder base grade. I use a product called Cabinet Rescue on dated wood and laminate cabinets. It comes in white but can be tinted to a linen white. It is labor intensive but not difficult. Cabinet Rescue does not require a primer and covers in two coats. It requires a light sanding and good cleaning. With new hardware, the results are fabulous.

Aug 15, 2008 11:42 AM #53
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I have run into the "I couldn't cover up the wood" argument many times.  It is very frustrating.  People sometimes put more value on wood just because it is wood and don't understand that the type of wood makes a big difference.  All wood is not created equal.

Aug 15, 2008 12:00 PM #54
Rainmaker
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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Only because you said you wished you had more before & afters from other stagers....

  

Aug 15, 2008 12:13 PM #55
Rainmaker
443,317
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

More....

  

Aug 15, 2008 12:18 PM #56
Rainmaker
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Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!

Kind of makes me wish my cabinets were oak, just so I could paint them white................

Aug 15, 2008 12:30 PM #57
Rainmaker
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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Painted white cabinets looks so much better, unless you can stan them a expresso type color and add new hardware to update them. 

Aug 15, 2008 04:39 PM #58
Rainmaker
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Staged Makeovers: "Your home is competing with brand new homes. As a buyer, which would you choose? 80's outdated or bright and new?"

You forgot, they'll say, I would choose the wood.  OMG...they are still out there.  We just need to educate, educate, educate and paint, paint, paint. 

Aug 15, 2008 07:35 PM #59
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

this post is still going strong!!!!  I am glad I came back to read a comment and see the photos. 

Happy Anniversary!!  I just looked at when this was written

08/14/2007 11:14 PM 

Rachel are you still with us?  I guess I need to go to your real blog.

 

Aug 16, 2008 12:20 AM #60
Rainer
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Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

I am going to try and paint my own cabinets in the spring.............We recommend painting to lots of our clients and not one has ever been disappointed!

Nov 28, 2008 03:15 PM #66
Rainmaker
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Allegra Dioguardi
Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training - Westhampton Beach, NY
Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island

Oak has always traditionally been "base grade" (read cheap) with new home builders.

I've painted cabinets. It is time consuming but not difficult. I used a product that was a Melamine Paint I found at Lowes. It comes in white but can be tinted as I did or glazed for an upscale look. Several of the Realtors commented that it added thousands of dollars in value to the home.

kitchen beforekitchen after

Nov 30, 2008 05:41 AM #69
Rainer
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Kym Hough
www.Staged-to-Sell - Danville, CA
Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA

I have so many before and after's. We encourage painting almost every time. I am just dealing with a house right now and am preparing to discuss this very issue with them this week. The link didn't work, so if you have it please send it to me! Kym@staged-to-sell.com.

 

Dec 01, 2008 03:22 PM #73
Rainmaker
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Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

Yes, I WOOD !  Men really do have a hard time with this one, but once convinced they are not disappointed with the results.

It's also a quick fix for an ugly old brick fireplace.

Dec 03, 2008 11:58 PM #83
Anonymous
Barb Walls

Maybe we need to start rethinking trends and marketing. Oak is a domestic product. It has economic importance and tradition. Oak should be the new hip bamboo. Re-use, re-purpose 80's oak. It's a waste to rip it out. Let's hope we don't develop bias against the grain of a good wood! I found this site while researching stains for kitchen cabinets. I'm keeping and restaining. Go oak!

Jun 12, 2011 03:33 PM #84
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Barb Walls says "Re-use, re-purpose 80's oak."

Isn't painting re-purposing? 

"It's a waste to rip it out" says Barb Walls.

I don't see Rachel  recommending ripping anything out.  I read the post to be about painting wood.  Rachel has not been around here since 2008.

Jun 12, 2011 11:47 PM #85
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