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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly…

Koleen M
5 months ago

Thanks in advance for your thoughts. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet. We purchased this home in 2018. The previous owners did not update anything since they custom built it in 1990. Please note - we are very grateful and thankful to have a roof over our head and in great working condition. We are planning to sell within the next three years, so would like to update it at low cost.

My Priority

  • Get rid of the carpet and tile on the 1st floor. Currently have off white carpet and white-ish tile. Too hard to keep clean especially with two smaller dogs. One step away from purchasing luxury vinyl flooring (waterproof).


  • Haven’t picked out color/“species” of flooring yet due to the Oak (as pictured) throughout the home (kitchen/bookcase/stairs/linen closet/bathrooms)
  • While I like Oak, I am not fond of this color and despise (seriously despise) the curvature design at the top of each door
  • Another ugly bone of contention are the hinges. They are exposed and outdated.
  • I prefer not to go the resurface route due to cost.
  • Will need to replace the countertops and backsplash


  • Keep cabinets and stain? Maybe the curvature would not be so prominent?

Your suggestions welcomed!

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