Among the things that have kept me busy this summer, a kitchen renovation right here in Birmingham has been a fun project that I’ve enjoyed working on.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his house for sale earlier this year and the constant feedback on the showings was that the kitchen was hopelessly outdated.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.I took a look around his mid-1980’s brick home to see what all needed to be done.
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The unfortunate part was that it covered the kitchen, dining room, and most of the bathrooms.
We concentrated most of the efforts in the downstairs areas. The house is really a beautiful traditional brick home that just needed some updating to bring it into the 21st century. Not a bad color, but neutrals show off a home to its best advantage, most of the time.
The dining room really need to lose the wallpaper and light fixture too. Also, note the fluorescent light fixture box that so many of us have dealt with.
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.