80's Kitchen Nightmares

Home Stager with Tori Toth, International

 80's Kitchen Nightmares... 

The 1980s may be making a comeback in apparel, but forget about it ever coming back into your house. What were design guru's thinking Nagel prints, neon lights, nightclub paint colors and melamine oak striped cabinets? While some things are easier to replace than others, 1980's kitchens continue to haunt the housing market, especially now since buyers are looking for move-in ready homes.

Buyers immediately start seeing dollar signs when they see melamine oak striped cabinets in the heart of the home. That type of dated decor can become a deal breaker for buyers,  so it's important for sellers to address those types of repairs. Do your seller's currently own an 80's kitchen? If so we have a simple and cost effective solution for them to update their space.

The owner of this kitchen at 145 95th St. in Bayridge, Brooklyn just listed his two bedroom co-op when his Realtor recommended Stylish Stagers, Inc. At first we suggested he use rental furniture in his vacant space, however upon looking closer at the kitchen we knew the kitchen needed some tender love and care, so we put together a proposal that would address those repairs as well. 

As you can see, the melamine cabinets were  water damaged and the laminate countertop and backsplash left much to be desired. The laminate floor was dirty, worn and torn, while the stove provided flashbacks to the 70's.  Stylish Stagers, Inc. was able to convince the homeowner to make the necessary changes to the kitchen based on the facts that any repairs we did would bring a return on investment.

What a transformation! It's a simple fix that's cost effective. In order to get this look first lightly sand and paint the oak strips to match the color of the melamine. Then we painted the backsplash and countertop with Rustoleum Countertop Paint, which is made specially to go over this type of material. Next, we found fabulous contemporary stainless steel hardware, in this case the bigger the better, and added the bling needed on the doors and drawers. Finally we used a durable, modern looking stick on tile ( I recommend still gluing the tiles, rather than rely on the sticky backs) that we glued right to the existing floor, removed the stove and add some key accessories to complete the look.

For about $400 in materials this homeowner got a brand new kitchen that will easily "WOW" buyers into making an offer. If your listing has a kitchen in disrepair like this one your doing your sellers a diservice, by not offering our expertise, please Contact Us to find out how we can help! 
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Tori--that kitchen is now a big "Wow" indeed.  I like this approach to dealing with these melamine cabinets and they are over Maui.  What was your experience with the counter-top paint?  I have looked at this product but never recommended it. 

Dec 30, 2011 04:42 PM #1
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Amazing. Such little cost for such a huge transformation.  Again, absolutely amazing.

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.


Dec 31, 2011 01:00 AM #2
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Tori - This gives the new buyers a clean, workable kitchen until they're ready to gut and replace.  The investment to the seller was very minimal, but the outcome looks like a million bucks!  Great job!

Dec 31, 2011 07:42 AM #3
Kim Gaston
FRONT PORCH TEAM REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY STYLING - Brokerage, Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Excellent job, Tori! Those cabinets shouted "go home"... now its a pretty chic little space. Love what you did.

Jan 01, 2012 03:29 AM #4
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Very savvy, very stylish!  Thanks for the tip about gluing those tiles down!

Jan 01, 2012 04:05 AM #5
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale
Hi Tori. Thanks for the tip about Rustoleum paint for the counter top. I've only used Ben Moore paint to date so I will give it a try. Truly impressive results and all for $400. Hard to believe the difference.
Jan 01, 2012 08:34 AM #6
Tori Toth
Tori Toth, International - Howard Beach, NY
888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR

Hi all, glad you liked the results. The countertop paint I used once before on a bathroom sink countertop. It's amazing and looks great just needs time to dry between coats.

Jan 01, 2012 04:07 PM #7
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Terrific job, Tori, and the price was right. Kitchens are such an important part of selling a home, and you gave this one some pizazz!

Jan 02, 2012 05:31 AM #8
Tori Toth
Tori Toth, International - Howard Beach, NY
888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR

thanks michelle, I was a bit surprised at the cost of materials too! I even marked them up 20% because I had to go purchase them. It's just a no brainer.

Jan 02, 2012 07:03 AM #9
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Tori great idea for these cabinets.  We have a lot of these in Winnipeg as well so will certainly be using your great ideas.  It is a wow transformation.

Jan 04, 2012 02:31 AM #10
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Love the updated hardware too -- makes such a difference!  Such great advice!

Jan 08, 2012 02:06 AM #11
Tori Toth
Tori Toth, International - Howard Beach, NY
888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR

thanks the hardware definately changes the entire look.

Jan 09, 2012 06:17 AM #12
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