All We Need Are Bar Stools And The Kitchen Will Be Complete

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

As most of you know we recently moved. I've been promising to share some before and after photos of all the work we have been doing on our new home.

Today I will start with the kitchen.

The kitchen showed well at the open house...not the colors I would choose...but appealing to most potential buyers. Very spacious with lots of cabinets.

I knew if we purchased the house we would be replacing all appliances...they were 13 years old and in poor condition.



I knew the backsplash had to go...far too busy and trendy for me.

More importantly, it was not actual tile. It was poorly applied, stick-on fake stuff.

The counter tops weren't great...but I thought maybe I could live with them for awhile.

I really wanted a white kitchen, so I figured the cabinets would need painting.



The day we closed on the house my first job was peeling off the fake tile.

Most of it came off very easily, but in some spots the sheetrock pulled off with it.

Imagine my surprise to find curtain rod brackets under the "tile".

The "tile" was applied right over them.


My husband patched the wall, where needed, in anticipation for real tile.

We painted all remaining walls a beautiful gray, using Sherwin Williams color March Wind.

We purchased new stainless appliances.


Those of you who know me, won't be surprised at the next part...

It became obvious that living with the old counter top for "awhile" was not going to happen, and new granite (Tahitian Pearl) was installed.

We topped it off with white subway tile.



As for the cabinets...

We painted the cabinets in our previous home, and I NEVER want to do that again.

We really don't want to spend the money to have them professionally painted.

They are in excellent condition and, surprising as it may be, I've come to love them just as they are!



We are still looking for the right bar stools...

then our transformation will be complete!




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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sharon. Very nicely done. You did a great job. I hope you find the stools.

Jun 04, 2018 06:21 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Well done, Sharon... quite the transformation. Lots of interesting bar stools out there these days, so hopefully you'll find the right ones soon.

Jun 04, 2018 06:25 AM #4
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sheila Anderson  Thank you. We will find them...hopefully it doesn't take as long as it did to find the house. LOL

Nina Hollander  Thank you! We will find them eventually. The issue is that I'm looking for style and my husband is looking for comfort. LOL

Jun 04, 2018 06:26 AM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Sharon looks like shopping for bar stools is in your future!  You guys did a lovely job of refreshing and renewing your new kitchen. Very nice!

Jun 04, 2018 08:05 AM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker  I look forward to the hunt for new stools and some new furniture for the living room. Of course, the hunt for new accessories is always an ongoing thing.

Jun 04, 2018 08:13 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a much better looking kitchen now than it was before, I would definitely let you design any kitchen remodel for me!

Jun 04, 2018 10:15 AM #8
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Congrats on the move. Been away from the rain so always good to see updates 1st day back. Love the new counters and subway tiles. Your crisp clean colors sure brightened  up that kitchen.

Jun 04, 2018 10:42 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Congrats on your new home Sharon Tara and Kudos for getting through the roller coaster process of moving. The kitchen is lighter and brighter. I know you are enjoying using your efficient, new kitchen!

Jun 04, 2018 11:28 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Brian England  Oh the fun we could have! It would be my pleasure!

Rebecca Lewis  Welcome back! I was MIA for a couple months myself....too busy with the move and all the work at both houses. Happy to be back and glad to see you back too!

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Thank you! I am enjoying the kitchen very well as the rest of the home!

Jun 04, 2018 12:10 PM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love the difference new tile and granite made.  Thanks for showing us the before and after versions. A

Jun 04, 2018 01:53 PM #12
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  Thank you! I look forward to sharing more photos as I can. Thanks for stopping by!

Jun 04, 2018 02:01 PM #13
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It looks really good, Sharon.  I've been contemplating a potential re-do of my kitchen lately.  I like the look of your's.

Jun 04, 2018 03:11 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon - love it! Now I can picture you cooking up your delicious treats in your kitchen. 

Jun 04, 2018 05:54 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I was really surprised when we took our old cabinet and painted them how great they looked. I think that was the main factor in selling our home was those cabinets Sharon 

Jun 04, 2018 08:21 PM #16
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I actually love natural wood cabinets and I love that oak finish.  That's what I have in my kitchen.  I'd however love the appliance and counter top update, but next house.  This house is not my forever home, it was a pit stop.

Jun 04, 2018 08:32 PM #17
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Myrl Jeffcoat We just did the kitchen at the previous house a few years ago...I hope I don't have any more kitchens to do for a long while. LOL

Kathy Streib  Oh you just reminded me I wanted to make brownies today!

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,  I loved the painted cabinets at my previous house...loved them white...but didn't like the way the finish upheld. I really didn't want to go through all that again.

Tammy Lankford,  I usually don't like oak cabinets, but for some reason I really love these. Thank goodness that is the case! The hardware I love too. I chose the counter because of how great it went with the hardware. LOL

Jun 05, 2018 09:38 AM #18
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We had the same issue with barstools....and they appeared online after running around town...exactly what we wanted...good luck !

Jun 06, 2018 02:41 AM #19
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Sharon.  Congrats on the home purchase.  I love how you've improved the look of your kitchen.

Jun 06, 2018 04:44 AM #20
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sharon - congratulations in your new home.  That kitchen transformation looks great.

Jun 06, 2018 05:39 AM #21
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sally K. & David L. Hanson  We have checked a few places and will continue looking until we find the right ones.  As I stated in a previous post...I don't settle. LOL

Gabe Sanders  Thank you!

Grant Schneider  Much appreciated. Thank you!

Jun 06, 2018 04:24 PM #22
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