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Need help updating my 1980's kitchen

jody2705December 29, 2012
Looking for some cheap DIY suggestions to update my kitchen until my budget can handle a complete remodel. Paint the walls and upgrade the hardware? Paint the cabinets?
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Leigh Newport Staged by Design®
Painting the cabinets and updating hardware will make a world of difference. I would suggest painting them white since you have the light oak flooring. I am also curious as to your ceiling above the island. Is that a feature, or some sort of soffet? Removing that area and hanging pendant lights or a chandelier would also create drama and an updated look. I'm not sure what your budget is, or whether it would be best to incorporate that into your renovation. Best of luck!
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 8:24AM
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Sara Permenter
you have beautiful cabinets. have you thought about staining them a darker wood or even painting them a grey? new hardware would help update as well! Good luck!
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 8:27AM
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ds interiors pvt ltd
i think red and grey would go very well with the flooring
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 8:34AM
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What kind of counters tops do you have? It looks like tile with an inlay in the island.
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 8:53AM
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It is indeed inlaid tile throughout the entire kitchen. Another bad 80's idea right up there with pegged jeans and big hair! I want granite but can't afford it just yet. We bought the house a few months ago. Great open floor plan, beautiful grey stone fireplace, but oak and brass everywhere. I had thought of white cabinets or maybe darker stain. The wood has so much grain, I worry white paint it won't cover well.
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:01AM
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Frank Webb's Bath and Lighting Center
I love the cabinets! New hardware will make a world of difference and I agree that the soffit area over the island is bulky and if you can remove it and hang a couple of pendants or a chandelier that would really open up the space
1 Like    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:14AM
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Leigh Newport Staged by Design®
You would need a really good primer to paint the cabinets white, but it can be done. It also depends on what style the remainder of your home is. Dark cabinets (espresso) can lean towards a slightly more contemporary look. I just fear the contrast between dark cabinets and the oak floor would be too great if your home is transitional to traditional. If your style leans towards the contemporary, you may be able to pull it off. Bear in mind that your cabinets do have a traditional look, with the arches. However, it all comes down to what you like the best!
1 Like    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:15AM
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Sharer Design Group LLC
Get rid of the tile countertops and go with a quartz or granite tops. Tie the countertops in with a nice stone backsplash. If you can replace the cathedral upper doors I would do that as well. I would paint the outside cabinetry Ivory with a dark (espresso) island. I do believe replacing the cabinetry is better though. Then paint the large soffits a nice accent color to finish the kitchen off.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:25AM
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The soffit area is an eye sore! I agree it would really open things up, tricky part is, it is the old style swirled ceiling all through the house so that would entail redoing the ceiling. A huge job but one that must be done eventually. I do have a new brushed nickel pendant to hang over my sink and was going to go with brushed nickel hardware. The house is contemporary but yes, those cabinets are more traditional style. Would you do all cabinets the same or do the island different? So many options and I am no good at envisioning the end product!
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:27AM
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Leigh Newport Staged by Design®
Ah...the swirled ceilings. That's never fun to deal with, but you're right, it will need to be addressed eventually. As for different cabinetry or color for the island, I might suggest the same color cabinetry, but a different, coordinating granite than the rest of your counter tops, since it's generous in size and scale.
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:57AM
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I just remodeled my kitchen and removed soffits with a textured ceiling. I have an 8 ft ceiling and they needed to go. A good drywaller should have no problem with the swirled ceilings. Talk to the drywaller first to make sure they have experience doing this type of thing. You will be so glad once the soffit is gone. I am not a fan of textured ceilings but I couldn't afford to redo the entire house.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 10:24AM
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Good to know! I was wondering if there were still people who knew how to do that. Our house is 3800 sq feet of swirls! Thank you all so much for your input! Loving the ideas :)
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 10:31AM
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I'd be inclined to remove the upper kitchen cabinets with possibly open shelves and remove the soffit... Replacing that with something as pictured below.
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 12:56PM
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Lynn Baldwin
There are many good things to work with here. First the space, layout and floor look wonderful. Depending on your budget you could change the hardware and have a nice roman blind made for over the window. Paint the walls to go with the oak. Don't make the mistake of picking a colour "you like" it needs to go with the oak. Pretend you like the oak and make your selections from there. Look at some new oak kitchens and get your inspiration from there as opposed to fixating on the fact it is "dated". Alternatively, you can paint the cabinets, keep in mind it will be a big job as this is a large kitchen. Since you have a wood floor and nice light, the world is your oyster as far as cabinet colours are concerned. The blue Harrut suggested is gorgeous. You could paint your cabinets, keep the island and add the pot rack. The striped fabric would also be a lovely choice for your windows. BTW, Clorox makes bleach pens which are god send in keeping grout on counters shipshape. Finally a kitchen which is spotless and is filled with laughter and the smell of something delicious being cooked is far more appealing than the latest whatever...
    Bookmark   January 1, 2015 at 9:14AM
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