Home Staging Tip: Dated Oak Cabinets? Update them with Paint!

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Home Stager with Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR
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As a professional home stager based in Portland, Oregon I often see dated oak cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms. This was the height of style back in the '70's & '80's but today's buyers want a more modern, fresh look.  Here's an easy fix that you can do yourself (or hire someone to do it for you).

My homeowner clients in Beaverton OR were planning to put their home on the market and asked me to provide a home staging consultation.  Because the target buyer for this home was younger, one of my recommendations was that they update their kitchen cabinets -- but I told them that they didn't need to spend a lot of money replacing them, or even refacing them.  Paint and new hardware can do wonders!  We recommended an excellent Portland general contractor and this kitchen was updated for under $1,000:

Here's how the kitchen looked Before ...  beaverton oregon home staging

And here's how it looked After painting ...  home staging and redesign beaverton oregon

Before -- potential buyers would have walked in and thought, "Since we'll have to replace those dated oak cabinets, we'll have to make a lower offer for this house."   Once the cabinets were primed, painted, and had new hardware added, this house was viewed as move-in ready.  It was listed and had a pending sale in just 12 HOURS!

The products used for this project were:

Primer:  Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water Base for Interior or Exterior

Paint:     Behr Ultra Semi-gloss Espresso Beans (paint and primer in one)

Hardware:  IKEA Vinna handles

Before you list your home for sale, contact a professional home stager for a cost-effective consultation.  Our verbal staging consultation service provides lots of cost-effective tips and advice for a very reasonable price.

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Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

Hi Rhonda ~ Good luck with your project!  I hope that you're happy with the outcome  :-)

April 03, 2011 02:20 AM
Rainer
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Leslie Causey
LC Home Staging & Redesign

Thanks Maureen and Shar, after further research I'll be taking your advice and recoomend painting the cabinets. Still working the rest of the proposal. Thanks again.

April 04, 2011 09:37 AM
Rainer
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Elisha Grace
Bozeman Montana Loan Officer
First Montana Bank

Hi Maureen, I like your post and all of the comments.  It has been an interesting read.  I will go back and read your other posts later.

July 13, 2011 08:18 PM
Rainmaker
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Steve Stenros
CREIA MCI, ICC, Home Inspector,San Diego
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula

I can see your post is really dragging and you're starved for comments, Maureen, so I'll provide a quality comment that will hopefully spur some activity! My home has those same oak cabinets. Maybe I'll look at painting them! Thanks for the info!

July 13, 2011 08:57 PM
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

hi Elisha ~ Thanks for taking the time to read this post and all of the comments, which make it more interesting!

hi Steve ~ LOL!  If you have oak cabinets and you like them -- leave them alone! But when it comes time to sell, you may want to consider the less-expensive option of painting them  :-)

July 13, 2011 09:29 PM
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