I recently purchased a 5 year old home. The original owner did not do
any 'upgrade' at all, just had gotten the basic fixtures that come
with the house from the builder. I love the house, but I hate 2 parts
of the house.
1. The kitchen cabinets are all laminate type. The cabinets look of
good quality (ie: the newer types, the one that doesn't scratch or
anything) but I just wish the colour matched the rest of the kitchen!
What options do I have other than to completely replace the cabinets?
Refacing the cabinets with a different color laminate sounds like an
option, but it looks like an expensive and tedious job. Any ways to
treat it to look a bit darker?
2. The bathroom and kitchen counter tops (these are laminate too) are
the most awful of all, the ones in the bathroom are PINK! I'd like to
replace the entire counter top, but is there a cheaper alternative?
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
I ran into something like this back when I was a renter. One apartment
my wife and I rented had metal kitchen cabinets and were painted a sort
of an aqua-turquiose green. We could have repainted them some other
color, but my wife and I are basically pretty lazy, so we just learned
to live with them -- and actually, the color sort of grew on us over a
If you can't live with the current color scheme, you have one thing
going for you anyway when it comes to your countertops. Laminate is
relatively easily replaced, with "relatively" being a relative term. It
can be removed, but not always easily, especially if it was glued down
really well in the first place -- thereby making it one of those DIY
projects that are really more trouble than they're worth. IMO, save
yourself a lot of aggravation and just replace the entire countertop
assembly, especially if the cabs are in really nice shape.
Same goes for cabinets, except they tend to be more of a pain in the ass
than countertops. I'd have those professionally refaced. If I recall
right, I think even Sears has a cabinet refacing business that might be
worth looking into. No mattr who does it, tho, it would still be cheaper
than getting all new cabs.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Apkesh) wrote:
Apkesh, I can't think of a solution at the moment, but I feel your pain. I
like pink in flowers, natural rock formations, sunsets...but never never never
as part of a house. I once lived as a student in a house painted pink on the
outside, and my only consolation was that, usually, I only saw the outside
twice a day.
You are like my wife. Buy a house and then spend the next 3 ot 5 years and
$thousands$ changing it to the way you want it.
I would not buy something I didn't like in the first place. Just keep
looking until you find what you want or in your offer, put a clause stating
that you are reducing the amount offered by so much to allow for repairing /
replacing whatever it is you don't like about the house.
Heh-heh -- dream on, my friend. Whenever you buy any pre-owned house,
there's ALWAYS something about it that you don't like in the first place
and spend years and $$thousands changing it to the way you want it.
But then again, this is why we hear stories about people who looked at
150 homes before actually buying one which, oddly enough, they ended up
spending money to change somehow.
Picky picky picky ...
On 14 Dec 2003 16:34:51 -0800, email@example.com (Apkesh) wrote:
Line the counter top with Pepto Bismol bottles. Contact the marketing
dept. for Pepto, and tell them you want to advertise their product on
the internet. Send lots of digital photos of the counter with the
Pepto bottles, and you might make millions. If not, you got plenty of
Pepto to take each time the counter makes you puke.
There are 3 other options. Paint the counter, replace the counter or
sell the house to a gay guy, because pink is usually their favorite
I see ads every day for replacing the 'faces' of kitchen cabinets --
doors, drawer fronts, etc -- at lower cost than redoing the kitchen.
There's always paint. Counter tops may be more difficult, particularly
in the kitchen where they receive a lot of use. I am sitting beside a
pink-topped counter/cupboard section that was removed and reassigned
during kitchen renovation. It's covered in computer junk, and I don't
notice it much any more. Rather than paint on the counters, is it
possible there's some kind of bleach that might un-pink it to a more
bearable shade? Until you can gradually renovate the space.
What were you thinking? Surely you noticed the countertops were pink
before you bought the house. You should have been prepared before
purchasing it to make those kinds of changes afterwards.
carved with his roto-zip this awful
Several months ago in Washington Post I read about a new spray paint
(may even be just a Krylon) that adheres well to laminates, even
countertops. Haven't tried it yet (and I'm skeptical for horizontal
applications) but might be worth trying if going to replace anyway.
On the other hand, if I remember correctly, there was an article in
Fine Homebuilding w/in past year about person who demolished "pink"
bathroom fixtures only to discover when saw outside in trash under
natural light that actually not pink, but an attractive other color.
Try checking cabinets against true white and try different light bulbs
with very high CRI. Might be surprised.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Apkesh) wrote in message
Wow, Apkesh, that could have been me writing that post :)
My husband and I bought a good house in a good location for a good
price - it's an excellent investment, BUT there are PINK laminate
countertops in the kitchen, PURPLE in the master bath, and a bearable
powder blue in the guest bath. Puke.
The kitchen cabinets are that sort of bleached-out pinky tan that's in
every apartment complex in the suburban DC area.
Our solution: We're trying to change the feel of the room one thing
at a time. We will need to replace the countertops, for sure. No
getting around that. However, the cabinets already look better now
that we've re-finished the tacky, cheap-looking brass hardware by
sanding, priming, and spray-painting it with a dark bronze metallic
finish paint. It's holding up pretty well so far, but it we discover
that the wear and tear is too hard on the paint, we'll just replace
the hardware. That one change made a dramatic difference in the look
of the cabinets.
We replaced the white, pink, and blue flowery linoleum floor (puke
again) with dark natural-stone-looking tile. We made sure to choose a
color that would help tone down the pink tones in the cabinets. Again
a huge improvement, but also a pretty sizable time and cash
Next step is replacing the countertops. Then a little paint, and
hopefully it will no longer look like... well, pink, flowery, and
On 17 Dec 2003 07:31:35 -0800, email@example.com (Jennifer) wrote:
Makes one wonder, doesn't it? Tastes certainly differ. Got a tour of a
newly built house across the street. Nice, in that the over-all
investment upped property values, but geez -- it was all 'features'
and no 'decor.' Built-in stereo speakers everywhere, but a nasty
off-the-shelf Formica kitchen and some sort of brown/gray industrial
carpet thoughout. 3 (three!) bathrooms, but each like a motel room
accomodation of molded fiberglass. Color wasn't a problem, because
there isn't any. As I recall, everything was beige. *Everything.*
OTOH, I think many are unwilling to make *temporary* changes to
houses. Maybe paint on counters and cabinets won't last, but it's an
interim solution. If you can't stand 'em and know you're going to have
to replace eventually, slap on a coat of *something* to keep your eyes
from hurting. If you hate, hate, hate it, glue on some seashells or
make collages. Astro-turf with daisies. You can always change it.
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