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The raised panel doors (and some of them were double panels) just didn’t seem right for the room.I’m just not a big fan of raised panel doors anyway.It’s dark, with only one small window above the sink and the brown countertops leave a lot to be desired.Rather than compete with it, last summer I took a cue from Martha Stewart’s Turkey Hill kitchens.I was referred to a home owner who had listed his house for sale earlier this year and the constant feedback on the showings was that the kitchen was hopelessly outdated. The client asked me to come and give him some cost effective ideas that would help get his house sold, since he has been transferred to Georgia and needs to get it sold fairly quickly.
A good neighborhood, great schools and a house that finally feels like home.
He hired a contractor to do the work, with supervision from me along the way and I’m absolutely thrilled with how it came out. I worked off the color strip of Sherwin Williams Rice Grain for the wall paint, with Rice Grain going in the kitchen and diningroom and the lighter shade, Nacre, going in the den, which I didn’t get pics of, since it wasn’t put back together yet.
The Bufton family has a clean, traditional style, and the home they purchased matched up with that perfectly — other than the fact that I don’t think it had seen a single update since it was built.
My main concern in the foyer and dining room was just to lighten it up with a pretty neutral paint. This area had dark stained woodwork, linoleum floors, and again the wallpaper border that just screamed “help me”. With the dark moldings, it really closed the room in. The first thing I told him was that the cabinets really needed to be painted. He commissioned me to go out and pick out paint, tile for the floor, cabinet paint, granite for the countertops, and hardware for the cabinets, as well as updated fixtures for the kitchen and dining room. My goal was to keep it neutral and pretty, so that someone could see themselves living here.
I tried not to go super trendy, but picked out some basic colors and finishes that I think will last for many years for the next family who lives in this house. New cabinet paint, molding and trim paint, wall paint, porcelain floor tile, granite countertops, sink, faucet, cabinet hardware, and light fixtures. I chose a Bisque subway tile for the backsplash and it looks great with the cabinet color of Creamy by Sherwin Williams.
I was beginning to think it would never happen, but my kitchen is finished. But let’s get on to the before and afters, shall we? These condos were built in the 80s, and it didn’t look like a single thing had been updated between then and when we bought the place in July 2006. You can see the before and after by hovering your pointer over the picture below.