Last Thursday amid frantic storm preparation, I turned the final corner on my street as my house came into view. A crane with large arms spread across my lawn with a several story high boom extended into my back yard. A man dangled from the crane with a chainsaw in his hand as he approached the last two remaining water oaks threatening my new pool. It is a truth that hind sight is twenty- twenty and revelations of the unknown can be a great motivator. We were highly motivated when the owner of the pool company observed my two questionable water oaks and stated they would be coming down Friday when Matthew arrived or we could tend to it now. Later standing on the back porch I stared at all the tree debris to be collected Saturday after the storm and my mind wondered to the world of decorating. Golden Oak was the hottest wood to have in the 80’s and early 90’s but now we are just trying to get rid of it! Let’s take a peek into a kitchen that said goodbye to dated oak and hello to fresh classic white, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Why update
Homeowners do need to keep kitchens updated and fresh. This is the heart of the home and can make or break a sale. Updating a space especially a kitchen is an investment in the property.
• Why Re-face
We reface more often than not because it is less expensive and the end result looks expensive. When a kitchen is re-faced, all the existing boxes are painted white and we add all new cabinet doors. The doors are larger and none of the box shows when the doors are closed. Cabinets can be raised or lowered and additions to cabinets can be made. The budget can be stretched further and the homeowner can get a more complete makeover.
• Why white
I only re-face in white or off –white because that is classic. A white kitchen looks clean, bright and fresh. Usually, my clients request a light, bright kitchen and white will never, ever, go out of style!
• Stainless steel sinks
I choose Stainless steel sinks because they are the best! They are a workhorse that can take a beating. They get clean easy and shine when you care for them. Also, they keep cost down.
• Stainless or white appliances
I am often asked if stainless steel appliance will go out of style and it is my belief that they will not. They have moved into a classic position because they are so durable. Steer clear of fake stainless steel and only buy real stainless steel anything. Stainless steel adds the shimmer that makes a space look rich and when it is time to clean use any wax free furniture polish and it will clean right up. Read the cans of polish it will list its uses and most will clean stainless. White appliances are always lovely in a white kitchen and they will never date a space.
Granite is still King! It is natural; it shines, and has so many choices that are cost effective. I like using the granite as the backsplash because thus far it has proven to be cheaper than getting a tile backsplash. In the kitchen pictured the granite backsplash was 800.00 and a tile backsplash would have been 1,200.00.
Also, granite has no grout to worry about or stain and granite is shiny and looks rich.
• Additions to kitchen
This model is the Royal Palm and has a large kitchen which allowed us to add a nice size desk for the homeowner. To create visual continuity in the space, we added wainscot under the bar and around the windows so that everything all the way around would look finished.
P.S. –Attention, club presidents! I give free decorating programs! It is lots of fun and very informative. Call and schedule your club today or call Ruth your full service decorator at 352-804-2056
P.P.S Be sure to visit our home decor store, "The Finishing Touch" for your home good needs.