Which Kitchen Would You Want to Buy?

Home Stager with Judy Heinrich Home Staging

Sometimes a dated kitchen just needs to be redone!  Here's an example from a vacant townhouse I staged this past week.  The sellers had this property on the market for a long time.  They decided to take it off the market, update the kitchen, stage the property and put it back on the market.  I think the kitchen redo turned out fantastic!  Not a lot of buyers out there looking for blue formica countertops and those old '80s cabinets.  But now... the kitchen is sure to please!


Before remodel    After remodel

Kitchen before remodel    After remodel

Before remodel     After remodel



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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Fantastic!  Your sellers are sure to get back every penny they spent, and then some!  Thank goodness you convinced them!

Mar 01, 2009 06:07 AM #6
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Wow Judy, this kitchen redo looks fantastic!  I love the accessories you added, as they don't take away from the beauty of this kitchen, but really enhance the look and feel.

Mar 01, 2009 06:22 AM #7
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Judy,  A very well spent $20,000.  I love the results!  I always look for undercounter lighting in a kitchen, too.  It makes such a big difference and I see the owners added that.  It makes the entire kitchen feel more expensive, but isn't that costly.

Mar 01, 2009 08:19 AM #8
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

David - haha, not too attached to that blue!

Maureen - Yes kitchens do... when they look like the after and not the before!

Ginger - I'm glad to see they did that vs. just putting a strip of granite and leaving the wall to be painted.  Looks so much better. 

Melissa - I never met the owners, just worked through a fantastic agent who was on board!  In fact, I think I was brought in as added support to what they were already telling the sellers.

Kathy - Thank you!

Diana - I love undercounter lighting too.  So easy to do and much more dramatic!


Mar 01, 2009 08:36 AM #9
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Hi Judy,

If you're going to spend money this is the place to do it! This rivals any new construction out there.

Mar 01, 2009 12:07 PM #10
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Beautiful work! I'd like to go on a search-and-destroy mission for those 80's cabinets. This one's real winner!

Mar 01, 2009 12:27 PM #11
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Extremely well done!  No question, it was worth the investment.

Mar 01, 2009 10:00 PM #12
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Susan - There's just nothing better than a new kitchen!

Laurie - slowly but surely those 80's cabinets are seeing their last days thank goodness!

Michele - Yes it was!  Hopefully it will sell quickly

Mar 01, 2009 11:29 PM #13
Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging

What an update! Bravo.  Should definately help the sale.

Mar 02, 2009 07:35 AM #14
Kym Hough
www.Staged-to-Sell - Danville, CA
Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA

Judi it's fantastic. What a transformation. We have those awful cabinets everywhere here in california. We even had them in the house that my husband and I bought (not staged thank goodness or it would have been much higher priced). We riped them out as soon as we moved in and lived without cabinets for months because they were so awful I rather have none. Fantastic job! Kym

Mar 02, 2009 09:17 AM #15
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Wow.  What a huge difference this made in that kitchen, Judy. It's literally night/day different.  I'm sure this investment will help sell their home.


Mar 02, 2009 11:03 AM #16
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


What a great transformation and your staging touches just added the cherry-on-top!  Without a doubt buyers will be lining up to see this condo listing now! 

Mar 02, 2009 11:46 AM #17
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

They will definetely get it back when they sell.  It is money well spent.

Mar 02, 2009 04:06 PM #18
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

my goodness, what a difference.  That will definetly help the home sell and the staging is beautiful

Mar 02, 2009 06:10 PM #19
Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Austin, TX
Interior Design and Redesign - Moved to Austin!

I'm with Laurie and Kym on this -- these old-style cabinets need to be eliminated one by one (and yes, they're all over California!). Judy -- thanks for sharing this great transformation. Your clients will definitely see the results of their efforts!

Mar 03, 2009 01:22 AM #20
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Kathy - I hope so!

Kym - I think they're everywhere, not just CA.  When I lived in CA I had those white cabinets that were a laminate or something and they yellowed...yuck!

Kathy - It was definitely something that needed to be done to try to get this place sold.  It wasn't selling in the condition it was in!

Michelle - I hope they line up!  The only challenge is going to be attracting that retired buyer, who is the target market.


Mar 03, 2009 09:23 AM #21
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Cindy - Hopefully it will be just the ticket to get this place from For Sale to Sold

Chrissie - Thanks!

Leslie - Hopefully when people see transformations like this it will motivate them to get rid of the old and bring in the new!


Mar 03, 2009 09:25 AM #22
Patricia Ebrahimi
SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant - Rockville, MD
Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD

Wow, Judy.  Great job.  About those '80s cabinets going away...not everywhere.  I'm staging a townhouse tomorrow with your before kitchen except cream laminate countertops instead of blue.  If it doesn't sell (even with my staging :))  I will show the sellers your before and afters.  I mean a measly $20k for all that bang?  It's a no brainer to me.  Thanks for the perfect example. 

Mar 04, 2009 07:44 AM #23
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Patricia - Show them the pictures!!!  Hopefully you're staging will help sell the place.

Mar 05, 2009 08:41 AM #24
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I love the use of the before and after pictures! I love seeing how things changed. Hope that the results were positive for everyone involved.

Feb 05, 2011 06:24 PM #25
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