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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Kitchen Appliance Opinion Poll Results Revealed

A big thank you to all who left wonderful comments on Thursdays post “Your Opinion Please”.

Let me first say that if I could have afforded to put stainless steel appliances in the kitchen I would have. Sadly, due to the real estate market here in Phoenix we are probably going to take a loss on the property as it is, so our color choices were white or black.  

Keep reading for the results!

I should also mention that I would absolutely love to paint the kitchen cabinets. I did the condo’s two bathroom cabinets this last spring and it was indeed a huge improvement. The complete process for the two cabinets took an entire 3 day weekend to sand, primer, apply 3 coats of paint, 2 coats of wax and install hardware. Most of this was due to the age and dark color of the cabinets. There are 10 cabinets total in the kitchen. I leave it to you to do the math.

updated bathroom 037-001

I just don’t have the time to paint cabinets.

This semester my university classes have been extremely difficult and time consuming. There is also my “real job” and this blog.

In addition hubby travels all the time which leaves me to care for the two kiddos, two dogs and our home in addition to the condo. I am the chief cook, bottle washer, gardener and chauffer. In all honestly some of my Valentine décor is still up.

But, if life were different I would transform the kitchen to look like this:

fleamarket trixieKitchen island idea.

As a designer I have done a bit of research.  I have consulted sites such as Houzz, HGTV, Business Week, MSN Real Estate, among others. Stainless steel is on its way out. White appliances are making a comeback and black is also still considered high end. I found this article helpful as it does specifically mention the Phoenix market.

Pretty eye candy.

kitchen details

But I wanted to hear from “REAL PEOPLE” . You dear readers are an invaluable resource. You represent the public.

The results were pretty funny.

Based on comments left on the DTA blog and Facebook

A few of you voted stainless…..

Almost half said “black”.

Appliances framed with custom cabinets

hickory floors, cherry cabinets.  Black appliances? and light floor?  (and black sink?)

The other half said “white”.

Dark wood cabinets - white appliances

July Kitchen of the Month: White Ice appliances are a breath of fresh air with warm, wooden cabinets.

In the meantime Mr. Décor has removed the old dishwasher….


…the vintage stove….


… and the vintage refrigerator. He spent the weekend putting in new tile flooring. I LOVE Mr. Décor!!!!


I took my final mid term, emptied out the entire condo, placed a bunch of things on Craigslist and held a huge garage sale on Saturday.

Stay tuned,



Rita C. said...

May your efforts of cleaning out return prosperity to you ten-fold, Laura. You're such a hard worker - kudos. I hope your week is great.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You do amaze me with all you do. I am sure this is going to look fabulous when you get through with it. Hugs, Marty

GSGreatEscaper said...

Laura, what with sanding, priming and three coats plus wax, no wonder you don't want to paint the kitchen cabinets.

However, you might want to think about this. There is a place in this world for "good enough" rather than "perfect." (yes, you are a bit of a perfectionist, are you not?)

So - would the buyers rather have and pay for cabinets that have been sanded and painted (on the outside only) with one coat of high-gloss that will look fine for the next 5 years? Or would they prefer you leave them as they are? Is this a situation where good enough will work?

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Can a a profit be made renting it? You might be even able to turn it over to an agency to run it for you. I would hate for you take a loss. The market has to improve someday!

I also don't understand how people can't see potential and a bargain. I like to make a place my own, and I would rather a place not be fixed up. Everything I see wrong, I could fix with a bit of elbow grease.

(The gray cabinet looks gorgeous.)

The stove looks even better pulled out!

Lorrie said...

I have asked for opinions on decor just once during my blogging years. I couldn't believe the answers people gave. To a simple question about window coverings I received advice about what color I should paint the walls, what pictures I should hang, how to arrange my furniture and that my living room looked cold and uninviting. I have not put up any decor photos since then, but I'm getting my courage up to do so.

White or black appliances - that's a simple question, but your answers were really all over. I'm sorry you've had to explain yourself in this post. You've been most gracious.

Hang in there, Laura.

AshTreeCottage said...

I am sorry to hear that your real estate market in Phoenix is still depressed. Regarding trends, I seldom get too involved with them for my own decorating. I have been in the design business long enough to know that change is the way money is made. I always like to stick with good basic elements and tweak it up a bit to stay current. Go with your gut because you have god instincts. Good luck with your classes. It's hard to juggle so much responsibility.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

AshTreeCottage said...

I meant to say "good" instincts.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love the gray cabinets, and I understand about the other. I would love to paint my kitchen white. I always wanted white cabinets, but when we put them in, the only white cabinets at Lowe's and Home Depot were plastic looking. So I opted for the ones we have, and I hate the way they look with the hardwood floor. Some day! And I would love to have a kitchen that looks like the first photo.

Consulting every available source is the way to go. Ten you can feel secure in your decision. In one. Sense I hate the design shows because they make people feel that they have to have this or that. In the past, I always sold the homes we owned sans realtor. Usually to friends who loved them. But it is a different world out there. You have good taste, trust your instincts. I would just go with the "rules" but add your taste level and design skills in there. You can't lose.

Me thinks you might be using the black appliances, but I could be wrong. Don't hold us in suspense. Tell! ;-)



chateau chic said...

For what it's worth, I think you're definitely doing the right thing not putting a lot of money into your kitchen in order to sell. Sounds like a stressful time in the life of your family, but trust you're able to find some balance...and encouragement along the way.
Mary Alice

lynn cockrell said...

This is an interesting post, Laura. My kitchen currently has a hodge-podge of appliances currently and our fridge will be breathing its last before very long, I am afraid. The newest appliance is our black stove. I sort of wish I had purchased white now. Maybe a black fridge wouldn't be so bad though.

Whatever you decide, like everything else in your home, it will be perfect!

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, I missed your poll. But I would have voted for white. It just really never goes out of style. Your bathroom cabinets look so nice. I wish you the best on your endeavor and how wonderful to have such a handy Mr. Decor! :)
Be a sweetie,

Bonnie said...

If you ask two people their opinion you will get two answers. I agree stainless is on it's way out. It is too much maintenance! White is the new best choice.

Don't stress about painting the cabinets. If I were a buyer I would want to do it myself or have it done exactly the way I wanted it. Believe me anyone can see the possibilities and they would not miss a good buy because of that. Tell them right out it is priced to sell "AS IS". Of course, don't overprice it.

I would remove all the accessories so as not to distract. If it is clean they will jump for it.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

You are on it Laura! Wow but you did a lot this weekend! I have a black refrigerator that we bought new 16 years ago. I think it stays cleaner looking a lot longer than a white one. My pick would be stainless if I could replace all my appliances simply because I love the touch of industrial it adds. I probably wouldn't get black again simply because I love an all white kitchen look now but I have really been happy with the way the black has held up and performed - it's not smooth - it has a texture to it so I'm sure that has helped with things not showing up on it.

Laura Santos said...

Mr. Decor is a hero! Hope these improvements work well and that you sell quickly.