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Kitchen update limited budget UPDATED

Jane Barrow
5 months ago
last modified: 5 months ago


I OWN THIS town home which was a complete gut rehab 18 years ago. My mother lived there and left it to me. I have rented it for 8 years. I have never sold a property and both bathrooms and kitchens are dated now (and a bit worn).wish to upgrade but am nervous at the cost. I am already having the place patched and painted. What could be done with an additional 5-10K? (am I naive with costs rising so?).


The most expensive, I think, would be replacing floors and/or cabinets. If I left cabinets but (1) invested in floors would this do it? These photos don't show that the floor is beige, box store basic, and the grout now is darker. The kitchen floor continues into a bathroom and laundry so footprint is not small.

Someone suggested (2) removing fan and putting in new lighting...

(3) I've thought of changing countertop to white or something more contemporary?

Finally, since painting is already budgeted... what color will help modernize the oak cabinets?

Thanks to anyone with thoughts and experience!!

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