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Old 02-12-2011, 06:20 PM   #1
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Hi everyone.

First post here on the message board. Been lurking for a while.

Here's my situation. My wife and bought a 1968 Slab Ranch back in October. House has great bones in really solid shape. Brand new roof put on in 2009, new carpeting put in about 2 years ago through most of the house. Newer bathroom. Great 4 season room, well more like a 3 season room because it's cold as h out there right now.

But the kitchen. Ugh! What a kitchen. It's in great shape, it doesn't NEED to be replaced. But it is just so ugly. Yellow linoleum floors, yellow laminate counter tops, this gross grey/brown/green cabinets that look like they are out of the roman catholic church. Here's what I'm working with:



Pretty awful and embarrassing. Haven't had extended family over because of how disgusting this is.

Here is what we are considering. Buying in-stock, unfinished cabinets from Home Depot or Lowes, new laminate counter tops, new tile floor. According to budgeting, if I do it all myself I can do it for around $2500-$3000. That would include keeping all of the appliances, all of which are mostly new, except for the trash compactor.

Is it worth doing this? I'm 24 wife is 22. We aren't planning on being here more than 3 years or until the market turns. We also don't want to do anything too crazy ($10-$15,000) renovation because we wont see that money back we don't believe.

So, hoping to see what everyone's opinions are on this situation, what you suggest, don't suggest etc.

Thanks in advance.
Tom


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Old 02-12-2011, 08:09 PM   #2
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My,that is an ugly child there.


you need to do something---Shop around for cabinets--consider refacing if the boxes are solid--finishing the cabinets can be a chore---make sure that you have a warm place to do it---then go for it.

Budget for some electrical up grades--a modern kitchen needs more power than the old days---

An electrician can give you the requirements--if you let us know your location.---Mike---

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Thanks Mike. I'm located south of Boston.
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Consider paint if your main goal is to keep the cost down.

The countertop and floor definitely have to go, but you could just paint the cabinets to rejuvenate the kitchen. With all white appliances, white cabinets would give you a very modern looking kitchen. Either fill the grooves or apply thin veneer plywood over the doors before painting to get rid of the cathedral look.

If you do decide to replace the cabinets, you'll also need to budget for unanticipated plumbing/electrical/drywall/flooring/structural/etc work. It's very unlikely everything will line up exactly as it does now, and you'll find things that you'll want to fix/change "since it's already open."
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The cabinets now have a veneer type coating on them. Is this possible to paint? I wasn't sure if they were. The cabinets and boxes are in great shape, it's just the color that is so hideous. Any threads that you guys recommend or other reading on painting veneered cabinets would be great.
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Hard to say, but I'd give it a try before ripping out the cabs. Try sanding one down or peeling off the veneer to see how it goes. Worst case, you can always go back to replacing them.
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That gothic design on the doors and the rectangles on the drawer frontsd aren't going away with paint. At the least, I would say new doors and drawer fronts. If the cabinets are formica clad, painting might not hold up.
Ceramic tile requires a more substantial substrate than what you have. If you're set on tile, you need to check the joists and their spans and if they're okay, pull the base cabinets and beef up the subfloor to the walls.
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