Posted in Back splashes, cabinet hardware, Cabinets, Counter tops, Kitchen Trends, Kitchens, Kitchens Don'ts, Maple Cabinets, Oak Cabinets, Paint, Resale Value, Return on Investment, Traditional Kitchens, Trends in Tile, White Kitchens

Musings on when to paint your cabinets

So your house is not selling. It’s sitting on the market without offers while other houses in the neighborhood are selling while your home continues to linger. Feedback from your realtor says that potential buyers don’t like the kitchen. Realtors advise depersonalizing your home, (remove family photos and personal “clutter”), so buyers can get a better sense for how this home would fit their lifestyle.  But how do you depersonalize your dated kitchen? Your father may have built or installed these cabinets or you may have selected your favorite maple wood stain but does that matter to the buyer?  Remember, they are not buying for sentimental value.

Do you dig in and wait for the buyer who likes your taste to come along months down the line or do you appeal to more home buyers who desire the current trends and get your house sold quicker?

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Kitchen Circa 1990’s. Floors Circa 2015. Fresh coat of paint, hardware, new counter tops and splash and this kitchen would be charming!

A former client was shocked that their house is still sitting on the market with really insulting low ball offers while the cheaply renovated neighbors house sold in 10 days. This is a sad case of letting your personal style getting in the way of selling your home. It doesn’t pay to be annoyed that your dated cabinets are better quality than your neighbor’s cheap but cute “ok-Ikea” kitchen. If it’s dated, even though it was in style when you remodeled 10, 20 or 30 years ago, facts are facts: out of style kitchens are a big fat negative for the buyer who wants a move-in ready home.

Are you ready to drop $100,000 or more off of your asking price so you can sell your house? Ready for a change?  Or for a modest investment in paint, cabinet hardware and new counter tops, you can update for kitchen for a quicker sale.

Let’s get started:  Consider what’s fresh and timeless versus what home-buyers consider dated and dreary.

# 1: Consider painting your wood cabinets, (yes I said it, paint your wood cabinets!). It’s ok to paint wood. Hire a professional painter to get the job done fast and efficiently.

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Bright white and wood look charcoal plank tile floors as shown in a model home at the Oaks at Portola Hills.

Take a tour of model homes in your area to get a sense of what is trending in your town.

# 2: For a bit more elbow grease, route out the door panels and add clear glass for a vibrant change in your wall cabinets.

# 3: Add cabinet hardware to your cabinets. It’s the jewelry in the kitchen. Brushed nickel or polished chrome knobs and pulls add a nice touch.

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Caesarstone Shitake Counter tops, Brookhaven by Wood-Mode Cabinetry

#4: Are your wood stained cabinets in good shape but the counters are Uba Tuba or Baltic Brown granite? Rip out the counters and splash! Install new counter tops in a light quartz. Back splashes with a little pizzazz becomes a focal point in the kitchen.

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Cherry wood with Mosaic stone and glass tile for the splash and quartz counter top.
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Paint White Cabinets, mosaic & subway backsplash, quartzite slab, polished chrome pulls

Pick up any kitchen magazine and you’ll find a majority of the covers show kitchens with quartz or quartzite counters. Dark & busy counter tops appeal to fewer people.

Even the quartz manufacturer’s weed out dated colors. I just threw out 10 sample blocks from one of my vendors that discontinued colors that were popular 4 years ago but not today. Edit out what doesn’t work.

Solid color quartz counter tops or marble and “marble-like” are in high demand for most of my clients.

 

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3 x 6 white subway tile and honed quartz counter top.

And finally tip # 5: The most popular back splash today: Subway tile! Painted kitchens and subway tile are always a classic winner! A client came to us after seeing our fabulous contemporary display in an appliance showroom, but once they saw our classic white display with subway tile, the decision was done. This style evokes immediate love for classic good looks.

Update the back splash with a classic white subway tile! It is timeless and one of the more affordable back splash tiles available. Paired with new counter tops, paint white cabinets, new hardware, a new faucet and stainless steel sink will transform a kitchen into an appealing space for a home buyer to consider.

And if you are in the Orange County area and need help with your dated kitchen, please give me a call for an estimate. 949.448.9627.

 

 

 

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Posted in Cabinets, Kitchens Don'ts, Paint, Quick Fix Tips, Woodworking terms. Furniture., Working with a Contractor

Your cabinets are newly installed, wrap ’em up.

Can you relate to this? You clipped photos of your kitchen for just about forever, dreamed about what it would look like and how you would feel in your new kitchen and the joys it would bring.  Now the dream is here, you planned your kitchen remodel for six months, maybe longer, waited another six weeks for delivery, watched in anticipation for another six days as the cabinets are installed. Within six seconds your beautiful cabinets receive their first ding, then another, and another. Before you know it, you have three or four doors that need to be replaced.  As much as you want to see your new cabinets, it’s better to keep them wrapped up and protected until construction is near complete.

 

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Ding on inside vertical stile on door.

 

If you are lucky, sometimes a touch up kit can remedy a small ding.

 

Wood Touch Up Kit

 

 

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Image by Wonderlane via Flickr

 

Replacing doors is not as simple as you may think. First of all, if the contractor requests the replacement doors to be shipped at no charge, manufacturers may need to send the manufacturer’s representative to the job site to decide the nature of the damage and send photos back for the warranty report.  Will this be a no charge replacement or will this be a site damage replacement the manufacturer will charge you? Who’s fault is it? If the damage is not the manufacturer’s fault, the cost of a new door(s) will have to be absorbed by someone and if you were not there to see who damaged your cabinets, chances are there will be some finger-pointing between the trades. If you are working with a general contractor who is watching his bottom line, his interest is to protect your cabinets. If damage occurs he will order the replacement doors as quick as possible to keep the project moving forward and deal with his trades to prevent further damage. That said, accidents happen, even with the best contractors. So what ever you can do to protect your cabinets will be the best defense.

 

Book matched panels

 

Then there is the issue of color matching. Attempting to match the graining is problematic from one order to the next. Sending the damaged door back to the manufacturer for inspection may help them gain a better color match.

 

End matched and sequenced panels

 

Even worse, book matching or end graining means that if one door is damaged, chances are you will have to replace the matching drawer head or an adjacent upper or lower door on a tall cabinet to ensure book matching or end graining is not lost.

If you have contemporary high gloss lacquer cabinets, using touch up paint is only going to exacerbate matters. A touch up on a ding only acts as a magnifier to the damage.

The most notorious damage that can happen while your kitchen is under construction is damage from tool belts, ladders, and other equipment being shifted about in the space.  The best defense against damage is wrapping your cabinets in foam wrap to provide a layer of defense against the inevitable. You can pick up a large roll of Polyethylene Foam from a moving store or on-line web site for about $50.00.

 

Polyethylene Foam

 

This is the better choice over rosin paper or painter’s plastic because it is thicker and less prone to ripping. Your cabinets will accumulate less construction dust and be better protected from damage. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

Rosin Paper

 

 

Painter's Plastic

 

Posted in Color Marketing Group, Durasupreme, Kitchen Trends, Paint, Style Notes

COLOR MARKETING GROUP PREDICTS HOT COLOR TRENDS FOR 2009

Durasupreme Cabinetry: Perimeter cabinets in Quarter-Sawn Red Oak in Mission Stain. Island Cabinets in Maple Tea Green Paint with Espresso Glaze and a rub-thru finish.

Would you believe that the state of the economy and ecology are key drivers of color trends for 2009? This fact will be reflected in the choices in colors available for cars, purses, fabrics, upholstery, including new color tones in paint and stain finishes for cabinetry.

According to the report released this December by the Color Marketing Group, the leading international non-profit association of color design professionals that forecasts color trends up to three years into the future for its members, states in its prediction for color choices in 2009 are driven by concern for economy and optimism for the future. The report can be read here in it’s entirety.

How do cabinet companies stay current with fashionable colors and avoid being trendy?

Trend analysts at Dura Supreme located in Howard Lake, MN., keep a close eye on prominent color trends in the kitchen and bath. Cabinetry is a fashion industry and popular colors and color combinations are evolving constantly. Because cabinetry is a long term investment, Dura Supreme’s cabinetry color palette does not follow trendy “in today, out tomorrow” color fads, but looks to include more timeless renditions of popular color directions. That is why we are seeing gutsy oranges and purples in the fashion industry, but we won’t see them become classics in cabinetry. They work well for decorative treatments that can be easily updated (i.e. paint and sofa pillows) but not on the major investment items.

Durasupreme Cabinetry: Island shown with Silverton Door in Maple Mineral Paint Finish, and Perimeter in Craftsman Panel and Craftsman Beaded Panel in Maple Antique White.

“The wise investor is careful to select colors that are up-to-date and yet will be timeless classics in the years ahead… ” Karen Wistrom, Vice President of Marketing for Dura Supreme cabinetry and a member of the international Color Marketing Group (CMG).

Dura Supreme’s new finish colors include several different directions. Several rich, medium-tone colors were introduced for Cherry and Maple wood species. And a new hand-detailed collection of finishes, “Patina” finishes, are available for a variety of wood species. The most notable changes to the color palette include several gray tones added to the paint collection.

Top Left: Graphite (with Country Traditions detailing), Top Right: Cobblestone (with Charcoal Glaze), Bottom Left: Mineral paint finish, Bottom Right: Tea Green (with Espresso Glaze).

Wistrom states: “All of these new colors look great when paired with a stained finish, but they can stand on their own as well. The new paint colors are available as a basic paint – and also paired with glazes and Country Traditions. Graphite is a dark, charcoal gray that will give our Black paint a run for the money. Cobblestone is a medium tone gray that is used as a great neutral tone.”
The new “Mineral” gray paint is one of those “chameleon” colors that has a subtle spa blue quality to it but could also be used in place of a white paint. A gray-green paint called “Tea Green” was also added and has become a popular selection.

“The global color palette has been drifting toward the gray hues for some time now,” explained Karen Wistrom, ASID, Vice President of Marketing for Dura Supreme cabinetry and a member of the international Color Marketing Group (CMG). “Blues and greens have become more subdued and instead of showcasing their vivid hues, they have become more of a subtle blue-gray or green-gray. The wise investor is careful to select colors that are up-to-date and yet will be timeless classics in the years ahead. Gray has become that timeless classic.”

Located in Howard Lake, Minnesota, Dura Supreme is a second-generation, family owned company that manufactures semi-custom, framed and frameless cabinetry for a nationwide network of dealers.

For more information: www.durasupreme.com.

For more information: www.colormarketing.org

Posted in Historical Influence, Kitchen Tours, Kitchen Trends, Paint, Style Notes

Subtlety: The Master in Design

I love detail. Who doesn’t.

Detail, well crafted can exude an enormous amount of interesting features without becoming overwhelming. The beauty of detail is found in the subtlety of design and the ability to interpret regional influences.

A master at quiet detail is Doug Durbin, award winning designer, and co-founder with brother John Durbin, of NuHaus Kitchen and Bath Design. His ability of layering wood species in a space is absolutely striking but never loud. So subtle are the transitions, similar to a painting, there is a nuance you may not observe upon first viewing. Return again, and a new detail will present itself that you hadn’t noticed before. To me, that is the inspiration of good design.

SubZero has an excellent video series featuring award winning projects with a commentary from client, designer and design commentary from leaders in the kitchen and bath design world.
Please visit SubZero.com/trade/tradevideos.aspx to visit Doug Durbin’s featured video.

Posted in Historical Influence, Kitchen Tours, Kitchen Trends, Paint, Style Notes

Subtlety: The Master in Design

I love detail. Who doesn’t.

Detail, well crafted can exude an enormous amount of interesting features without becoming overwhelming. The beauty of detail is found in the subtlety of design and the ability to interpret regional influences.

A master at quiet detail is Doug Durbin, award winning designer, and co-founder with brother John Durbin, of NuHaus Kitchen and Bath Design. His ability of layering wood species in a space is absolutely striking but never loud. So subtle are the transitions, similar to a painting, there is a nuance you may not observe upon first viewing. Return again, and a new detail will present itself that you hadn’t noticed before. To me, that is the inspiration of good design.

SubZero has an excellent video series featuring award winning projects with a commentary from client, designer and design commentary from leaders in the kitchen and bath design world.
Please visit SubZero.com/trade/tradevideos.aspx to visit Doug Durbin’s featured video.

Posted in Computered Design Programs, New Products, Paint, Planning

Free Online Kitchen Visualizations

My Edited Image created online at http://showroom.labs.autodesk.com/
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EuroElectroluxKitchen

Matrix EuroElectroluxKitchen

Builders Homesite, Inc. American Kitchen with Island
My edited image of same kitchen

Rendered images courtesy of http://showroom.labs.autodesk.com.

Kitchen Design Notes was contacted by Noah Kennedy, a product manager for a new technology under development by Autodesk that would allow DIY’s and interior designers to experiment with home remodeling ideas in an entirely new way.

Autodesk, an industry leader in several key design and visualization industries wants to here from you. Autodesk has a vision that decorators want to (1) see their designs quickly, easily and photorealistically before they are real, (2) privately browse real products (furnishings, appliances, paint/wallcoverings, tiles, fabrics, etc.) from real manufacturers, and (3) be able to mix and match products together.

Noah states, “What we need now is feedback: do you and your readers like this vision and do you want to see more? What are we doing right, and what are we missing?”

“Our technology preview shows how this might work- it is free and works on all browsers, and there is no software to install. What we need now is feedback: do you and your readers like this vision and do you want to see more? What are we doing right, and what are we missing?”

Send Noah your feedback. This is a chance for designers and homeowners to give your opinion on what you want in design software.
http://showroom.labs.autodesk.com

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Posted in Computered Design Programs, New Products, Paint, Planning

Free Online Kitchen Visualizations

My Edited Image created online at http://showroom.labs.autodesk.com/
Matrix
EuroElectroluxKitchen

Matrix EuroElectroluxKitchen

Builders Homesite, Inc. American Kitchen with Island
My edited image of same kitchen

Rendered images courtesy of http://showroom.labs.autodesk.com.

Kitchen Design Notes was contacted by Noah Kennedy, a product manager for a new technology under development by Autodesk that would allow DIY’s and interior designers to experiment with home remodeling ideas in an entirely new way.

Autodesk, an industry leader in several key design and visualization industries wants to here from you. Autodesk has a vision that decorators want to (1) see their designs quickly, easily and photorealistically before they are real, (2) privately browse real products (furnishings, appliances, paint/wallcoverings, tiles, fabrics, etc.) from real manufacturers, and (3) be able to mix and match products together.

Noah states, “What we need now is feedback: do you and your readers like this vision and do you want to see more? What are we doing right, and what are we missing?”

“Our technology preview shows how this might work- it is free and works on all browsers, and there is no software to install. What we need now is feedback: do you and your readers like this vision and do you want to see more? What are we doing right, and what are we missing?”

Send Noah your feedback. This is a chance for designers and homeowners to give your opinion on what you want in design software.
http://showroom.labs.autodesk.com

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