Sometimes it doesn’t take much.
In the listing, our house was described as having “updated kitchen appliances”. I don’t know exactly how the real estate agent rationalized that statement – except that, yes, they had been updated from the original appliances. But that update had happened 30 years ago. And I don’t know of anyone, except for the previous owners and their real estate agent, who would describe 30-year old appliances as “updated”!
And since we have been putting all of our energy into our basement, we really didn’t feel like doing a paint job… or really much of anything… to our kitchen.
Thankfully, all it took was a 10-year old oven/microwave set that we found on craigslist for $200 (we then sold the 30-year old set for $75), a ceiling fan that was marked way down on Black Friday (we pretty much only shop for home improvement items on Black Friday… we’re weird like that, I guess), some spray paint and new glass shades for the pendant lights, the same spray paint for the cabinet handles, a little wallpaper-removing-magic by my mother-in-law, two new bar stools for $5 each at a garage sale – and voila! A new kitchen!
|We spray painted the white wires, and then bought new
glass shades to replace the old ones
|Our fabulous craigslist score… Maybe someday I will use a gas range, but for now,
this Mama LOVES wiping down that nice smooth top!
The cabinet handles – before and after a little spray paint
Ta-da! A brand new kitchen. Can you believe the difference that a few minor changes can make?