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Kitchen & Dining Room

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Adjacent to the great room in the previous post is this open concept kitchen and dining area.  The same cream colored paint over the wood paneling makes this side of the room feel updated and spacious and shows off the gorgeous vaulted and beamed ceilings.  Additional updates included new granite counter tops and light fixtures.  Counter tops have been cleared of clutter to give a cleaner, more spacious appearance.  The wood cabinets were cleaned and polished, and the back plates were removed to give the cabinet hardware a fresh look.  Moving the table perpendicular to the wall opens up the traffic flow and adds to the feeling of spaciousness.  Silk greenery above the island cabinet helps to highlight that unique feature and draw the eye upward to the gorgeous vaulted and beamed wood ceiling.

Kitchen Staged To Sell

Granite countertops, stainless appliances, tile backsplash and an abundance of cabinets are all key selling features of this kitchen, but they were hard to notice due to too much distracting décor. Reducing the countertop clutter and replacing all but a few of the décor items on top of the cabinets with silk greenery helps the kitchen’s best attributes to stand out. Two barstools were also removed to open up the space around the island and allow foot traffic to flow through.

Kitchen Nook – Before / After

This kitchen nook was transformed into a cozy seating area with a warm paint color, a new light fixture, window valance, furnishings and artwork. After the baseboard trim was finished off, a portable dishwasher was moved to allow space for seating. Accessories were place on the built-in shelves to draw attention to that unique feature.

Dining Room

DINING ROOM - BEFORE

DINING ROOM - BEFORE

BEFORE:  This dining room appears small and despite the vaulted ceilings.  The furniture and light fixture give it a dated appearance.

DINING ROOM - AFTER
DINING ROOM – AFTER

AFTER:  Removing a leaf from the dining room table adds needed space to the room. A large art print on the wall takes attention away from the outdated light fixture and adds a touch of color bringing out the warm tones in the woodwork. A green fern placed in the corner of the adjacent kitchen draws your eye into that space and highlights the unique opening connecting the two rooms.

 

Kitchen Nook Before / After

 

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Kitchen Nook Before

Kitchen Nook Before

Kitchen Nook After

Kitchen Nook After

BEFORE:  The décor and furnishings in this kitchen dining nook have a definite country flavor that lacks universal appeal. Dark blue wallpaper makes the space appear smaller than it really is, and heavy curtains block both the light and the view outside.

AFTER:  Country-style furnishings have been replaced with a round glass-top table and chairs more proportionate to the space. Cream-colored walls brighten up this kitchen nook considerably. The rug was removed to reveal hardwood floors, and an updated light fixture replaces the tin candelabra. Removing the window grilles and changing the valances allows light to come in and accentuates the beautiful view. For a pop of color, a vase of red flowers adorns the table.

 

Cluttered Kitchen Makeover

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Cluttered Kitchen Before

Cluttered Kitchen Before

Organized Kitchen After

Organized Kitchen After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dated wallpaper has been replaced with neutral paint.  The refrigerator and door magnets have been removed and the countertops cleared except for a few necessities.  The space above the refrigerator has been organized.  Coordinating rugs finish the space!

 

Kitchen Staged To Sell

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Kitchen Redesign Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Redesign After

Kitchen After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Removing the area rug from under the table and re-arranging the chairs gives the appearance of more space to move through the dining room and into the kitchen.  Counter clutter has been cleared except for a few necessities, and the cabinet top decor has been minimized for a cleaner look.

Dining Room Before / After

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Dining Room Before

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Dining Room After

BEFORE:  The unique built-in cabinet and shelves were lost in a gallery of children’s artwork displayed across the wall of this dining room which does double-duty as a play area.

AFTER:  Removing the extensions from the table and positioning it away from the wall at an angle makes it feel more spacious and functional. The child’s drawings and photos were replaced with a simple print that coordinates with the drapes and sliding doors leading out to the deck. A few colorful vases placed on the top shelf of the built-in cabinet draws attention to that feature. The child’s drawing desk was removed from the corner to further open up the space.