New Home Search #2-How To Update This Kitchen-Input Please

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The search for a new home continues.  I have found quite a few that would work, but some really need a ton of updating or they are in an area that is a little iffy.  I think location is everything, so that is my main focus.  I can't move a house but I can improve and update it.

When you're looking at 20+ year old homes paint and floors are a given.  Then you get to the heart of the home and kitchens usually need a lot of updates.  Some would be fairly easy fixes and others would almost be a gut job.  I have seen quite a few where they painted the oak cabinets and updated the appliances.  The problem with this one is it is really small, there are hardly any cabinets and then the granite is pink.

New counters, beadboard, farmhouse sink, hardware and light fixtures and this one could take on a farmhouse look like either of these two.  You could even use black textured formica counters or butcher block and both are economical.

Then we have the so called "UPDATED KITCHEN".

One of the things I am finding very common in a lot of the homes I'm seeing is someone thought they were updating the kitchen and really went a little overboard.   I have seen this same thing in several kitchens that were updated around 2000 to 2005.  Seems like they all think the more granite the better, and the granite needs to have a ton of color and movement. (This one is subtle compared to some I've seen - one kitchen even had bright blue granite and I've seen quite a few in green too)

There are several problems with this that I see right off the bat.

#1 Appliances.  This kitchen needs a whole new appliance package.

#2 Cabinets.  These need to be either stained, painted or refaced.  Painting would be all the budget would allow in the beginning, but what color would you paint these with those yellow/beige/brown granite counters and back splash.

#3 Back splash.  I think the back splash needs to go and then what?

#4 Wall Color.  Obviously this room needs painting, but since the counters and the floor are on the beige tones, could you really get away with white?

The main problem with this kitchen is again money.  Appliances and some cosmetic changes would be all the budget would allow to begin with and I am TOTALLY CLUELESS on what to do with something like this.  I just look at it and go blank.

Give me your input.  I need to be able to see a vision so the next house I see with this same problem I can see past it.


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