I am pleased to introduce you to the kitchen of our flip. It’s funny how different it looks from the before photo even with the same cabinets and counters. If you are just reading about this flip for the first time let me tell you that we really lucked out… the previous owner put in nice cabinets and countertops which saved us a boodle in the reno budget.
Let me refresh your memory with the “before” shot of this kitchen. If nothing else let these two photos show you the power of paint and new flooring.
Of course, paint and flooring weren’t all that happened. Notice the rust colored built-in in the “before” shot? Our builder and partner for this project, Nate, from Boyd Builders did an amazing job creating a nook for the stove from the area where that cabinet was and then his brother, Zack built a spice rack to the left of the stove. Because the house is tiny we wanted to make it feel as open as possible so Nate created a window to let whomever was in the kitchen feel like they were part of the action in the living room and then he created a little shelf around the chimney which he opened up. My sister told me today she thought that was very North End-ish (a reference to the Italian section of Boston). 🙂
The floors were redone with laminate flooring. They were glue down cherry planks that Nate said were really easy to use and they were reasonably friendly to the budget as well.
Notice that runner? Does it look familiar to you? We had one runner left over from our stairway project at our own home and I knew it would be perfect to stage the flip. Aside from the rug, we added a small pedestal table at my friend Danielle found on the side of the road for us and our own kitchen chairs so that potential buyers would have a feel for what would actually fit into this kitchen.
Because the kitchen doesn’t have a lot of cabinets we wanted to give the potential buyers the vision that they could set up their own buffet on the opposite side of the kitchen so we popped a dresser that someone just gave us onto the other side and I added my mug holder from World Market onto the top. I have to keep reminding myself that I’m just staging a house, I’m not decorating it for us to live in so it doesn’t have to have decorative elements everywhere… just enough to show what living at this home could actually look like for someone.
Let’s do a quick flashback to what those stairs and walls used to look like.
Much better now, right? 🙂
The doorway was widened from the living room into the kitchen so the space wouldn’t feel so choppy. This shot shows the size of the kitchen. It’s not too big but it has some great light from the sliding door and now from the living room that make it feel more open and airy.
If you are wondering if our own house looks bare from staging this flip the answer would be a resounding “yes”. 🙂