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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ok I Really Need Your Opinion…

We are updating the kitchen in our condo near ASU as it has been on the market now for 3 months. The only negative feedback we have received was that the kitchen was dated.

It currently features dark cabinets and almond colored appliances circa 1982. Although they work beautifully most people are not appreciating the vintage and we need to sell this place. :)

The owl decals have already been removed.

Last night Mr. DĂ©cor took out the drop in stove so we can rip up the linoleum and put down tile flooring this weekend. We will then put in new appliances.

DETAILS

The kitchen itself does not have a window. Sadly, I don’t have the time to paint the cabinets.

The countertops are faux woodblock.

As much as I would DEARLY LOVE to paint the cabinets that is not going to happen. My full school load is crushing me this semester. Then of course there is my “real job” , plus kids and oh yeah, attempting to keep my own house clean. I am however up for anyone who wants to volunteer to paint the cabinets. (smile)

The color choices for the appliances in our budget are WHITE OR BLACK. (Sadly, stainless is not in the budget.)

What would you choose?

Laura

39 comments :

Lady Dorothy said...

I'd go with white. I'm supposing you would want what would seem like more light. But, I'm a little biased. I have a completely white kitchen -- cupboards and all!

Louise said...

I thought I was going to yell white white white from the rooftops, as I generally much prefer white appliances and it's a "no brainer" to use white in a dark space. BUT I actually think black might look nicer with the stain on those cabinets. You are going to love me for my suggestion, as I'm certain another project is all you need, but I think you should paint the cabinets white and get white appliances. If the cabinets remain dark I think black appliances would look less jarring and flow better.

Blackberry Lane said...

In our new tiny home, we had a choice between white or black. For the first time ever, I chose black. I actually love black. Does not show dirt, fingerprints and does not make my room overly dark. I surprised myself by choosing black!

Louise said...

Another thing, those owls and branches are great, really charming, but I am ASSUMING you are making these changes in order to del the condo? The owls might actually put off a less creatively minded potential buyer, especially a male. . .and a lot of people are much more overwhelmed at the prospect of painting cabinets than an interior designer like you are. I really, really feel you should paint those cabinets. Sorry!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Yes Louise the owls have already been taken down. :)

Louise said...

I was so busy looking at the photos, mentally putting myself in the room and envisioning appliances I didn't pay attention to the fact you clearly state the owls were decals!:) ok, black appliances then.

Sarah Ingalls said...

I have to say I am partial to GE appliances, I just think they hold up well. You will see ever major box store has Samsung fridges on really good deals, avoid at all costs. We just bought a fridge and did a bunch of research, those fridges are cheap because they easily break! Apparently they have compressor issues and when you call about the warranty Samsung gives you the run around. Yikes!

Other than that, I think kitchens need color. So I would have bright green cabinets, stainless appliances and white sparkle counters. I think color warms the soul. I am well aware my taste is umm, probably questionable to most people!

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

White would be my choice.

TRay said...

Hi!

Black is the new white! Go with black...it will be best with the cabinets & the counter (You're keeping the existing counter, right?) Yep! Black, for sure.

--Your Royal PEAculiar

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I would paint the cabinets white. I always hear about B & B., but I've never been there. Ikea has reasonably priced appliances too. If all you need is a stove, I'd go with the least expensive stainless. Also check Sears clearance center. I wouldn't replace the refrigerator, most people take it with them. A counter-top microwave is better. If there is room you could build a shelf for a microwave. White is coming back in style, but I think most people like stainless.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I forgot to say that I think the stove is kind of cute and definitely retro, but it might not work well anymore due to age. But with a cool hood and the right shade on the cabinets, it could work.

It all depends on the price point. How does this condo compare to everything else on the market? If you will get the money back in the sale by having a little bit nicer appliances, it will be worth the expense. Good wishes!!!♡

GSGreatEscaper said...

I would go with white! White is harder to hate than black - you can prefer something else, but, you can hardly "hate" it. And it would make the place lighter.

BTW I just repainted a fridge door using Rustoleum appliance epoxy - it was rusted - and I'm ecstatic at how well it worked!

Marydon Ford said...

We do white in our rentals as they are easy to work with in decors. I'd paint those cabinets also. We are putting tile floors in ours next month.

Good luck, my friend.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Charlotte said...

It isn't my favorite, but we've looked at model homes lately and the in thing is stainless. I wouldn't paint the cabinets white unless it was the same color white as the walls. Otherwise it might make the walls look dirty. After reading the comments I'm sure you are more confused than you were to start with. Some interesting thoughts though.

Auntie Em said...

Since there isn't a window, personally, I would go with white. The black appliances are very stylish but they are going to look like big black holes UNLESS you are going to add new lighting and under counter lights, redo the countertop and paint all the walls and cabinets as well. And it's easier to match up pre-existing white appliances than any other colour and you already have a white range hood.
I would remove the barstools as well. Not sure why but they look like they are in the way.
I would also pack up all the dainty vintage decorations. Very pretty but not substantial enough to give a good impression on their own. In some people's minds, vintage means old and worn out, not quaint and homey. A bright red or deep green pair of fresh new oven mitts and a couple of large mugs in the same colour set on the corner, of you want to add a few touches. Remove the place mats as well. Looks like someone just finished lunch and left them there.
Hope I don't come across as too bossy. Keeping fingers crossed for you that it sells quickly and you can cross it off your list of things to do!
Good luck! :)

Karen said...

My vote would be black with some red accents as was mentioned. I'll pray whatever you choose is the favorite of the next person who looks at your place. (and buys it.)

Lorrie said...

I see that the advice is all over the map - so hard to choose. It boils down to personal style. If only you could read the mind of your buyer.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have white cabinets and really enjoy them. They always look crisp and clean. Do you have a lot of light in your room? Black absorbs the light! But either would look classic! Hugs!

Language of Color & Texture said...

I know painting the cabinets was not in your choice options but they need a soft white and and then black appliances.Talk about crisp! Hope you can get this sold. Hugs

Laura Santos said...

I have a small kitchen with oak stained cabinets and black appliances (even the fridge). It's a rental, I had no choice. But everyone who comes over loves the kitchen.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, I would buy stainless appliances if that is in the budget and paint the cabinets white. Staggers tell you not to do anything drastic, and though I like black, many people might not. If you keep the faux countertops, definitely go white. Go to some staggers' websites and see what they say. But my guess is, white with stainless appliances. Go over to The Lettered Cottage and see what Layla did to their first cottage. She remodeled her kitchen fairly economically. Don't forget the Habitat for Humanity Re-Sale store.

Best to you.

xo

Sheila

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Staggers, not Staggers. ;-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wait a minute... stagers.... The IPAD was doing that other! Argh!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, here is a link that might prove helpful.

http://home.howstuffworks.com/real-estate/home-staging.htm

They say stainless appliances. They also had other hints.

You need to take everything off the counters... Toaster and all. Paper towels, too. Salt and pepper. Remove the towels from the oven door and remove the plate from above the oven. If anything goes on the counter, it should be a green plant and a plate of fresh baked cookies. Depersonalize that space, Staging is about undecorating and removing the personal. Making it look like you have maximum space and allowing them to visualize THEIR things in your home. Take out your photographs of family, etc.

If you have to, rent a warehouse and take most everything out of drawers and closets. If there is an ottoman with a chair, move it out. Make room for people to move.

Hope this helps.

xo

Sheila

Teresa said...

No doubt in my mind you should go with white! I also think it would make a world of difference if you painted the cabinets white as well. It would totally transform that dark kitchen and make everything look fresh and new. I painted my dark wood cabinets in my kitchen and was amazed at the transformation. Trust me on this!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laura,
I see everyone is telling you to paint the cupboards white and I see on fb you don't really have the time.
Here's my suggestion: go buy some white knobs for the doors. You know, kind of the basic ones but they can add so much character. We did that to our cupboards before we did the paint job. And it added so much. Plus the basic white knobs are quite inexpensive and cute too. You could add a handle to the drawers or then again go with the basic knobs. A lot less time, pretty cheap, and I think it will give your cupboards some ooomph. Then do white appliances. The black shows finger prints horribly. As far as staging, I know as an interior designer, you got that one down pat and don't need my advise. Hugs friend, miss ya,
Cindy

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

When a buyer comes in they see dollar signs when it comes to the things they'll have to change. Appliances are something that can run a lot of money so freshening them up is probably wise. Black would go nicely with the cupboards. Stainless would likely impress buyers the most since it seems to be the most in demand these days. Sometimes you can find a model discounted because it's a close out.

Catherine Holman said...

White will help lighten that dark room up. I have all white and still prefer them over stainless.

Rita C. said...

My vote is white for a dark space!

Carol said...

I would definitely vote for "white" since the kitchen is quite dark. I've lived in a house (a long time ago) with a windowless & dark kitchen. It had black appliances which just sucked you in like "black holes." Don't ever want to go there again!

Vel Criste said...

White. with poor lighting, black would make the room gloomier I think.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I'd say white cabinets and stainless appliances if possible. If you can't paint the cabinets, then so be it. I'm sure you'll come up with other nice touches that will improve the look!
xoKathleen

Lory Owens said...

I'd do all white cabinets and appliances. I would also have a cabinet painting party and invite all my friends, and then afterwards we would have a pizza party! Just a thought!

Kim said...

Another option is providing an "appliance allowance". Leave the existing appliances and, in the listing, indicate that you will provide an allowance (equal to what you were planning on spending) for appliances. That allows the buyer to select the color/brand and/or add extra money of their own to purchase upgraded appliances.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Having JUST been though this I will say that it only matters that the right person comes along. We had our thigs in the house at firat and had it "staged", then we moved out and the stager brought in furniture, then I finally got rid of it all and the house sold EMPTY!!!! I would go with white appkiances, especially since there is no window. I hope you get a sale soon, ours was a nightmare that drug on for over a year. Best wishes.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

In our family home we needed new appliances and decided to buy black. we had dark oak cabinets at the time but then decided to paint the cabinets cream w/distressing. The black looked great with the new color. White would have not looked right with the cream. So a new owner can use any color for the cabinets and still have a great look.
I remember how challenging it was to keep everything perfect while trying to sell. I can't imagine having young ones trying to do it.
Prayers that it sells quickly!!

Blessings, Edie Marie

stoneleafandcompany.com said...

White. It's pretty much always in style no matter what the trends are and recently White appliances are making a comeback as the top choice in some circles.
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/new-old-white-kitchen-appliance-inspiration-192500

stoneleafandcompany.com said...

Another option would be to not have appliances and then offer an appliance package as part of the deal, then they could choose for themselves and if they wanted something over your budget, they could choose to put some of their own money into the pot and upgrade. If painting the cabinets is not an option, I like the suggestion above to add the white knobs.

GSGreatEscaper said...

I also heard that stainless steel is on the way out - so many people have now experienced them and know how much upkeep they demand - but just my two cents.