Updating an 80s kitchen

“While I don't have the countertops of my dreams, we were able to save thousands of dollars by working with what we were given.” Another way they saved money was by keeping the original tile floors but updating them with a special grout paint.It cleaned them up a bit, covering up the yellow-brown tint that had developed through the years.While you might be tapped out financially after fitting a new kitchen, something that is a really nice addition is new tableware to complement the kitchen style.

Van Slyke says that two years later, the floors are still holding up nicely.

For the missing pantry doors, she decided to DIY her own which not only add a unique look to the space, but also saved a bunch of money.

“The dining area feels more like its own space this way,” says Scales.

9 The oversize pendant light from Rejuvenation features a deep blue dome and stainless steel hardware.

“Using different metal tones throughout the space makes the area feel more dramatic,” Scales says.

10 The round Room & Board table is made of ebonized wood. “The black relates back to the oil-rubbed bronze pendants in the kitchen and also is a nice contrast with all of the walnut.” 11 Chairs, also from Room & Board, are upholstered in heather gray boucle, injecting a bit of softness into the space.

7 The rug in the dining area incorporates varying blue tones.

“It’s confetti style, which has a very contemporary look,” says Scales.

If your house is about to go on the market, you need to do more than think. A major overhaul means thousands of dollars, but you can bring your kitchen into the 21st century easily and inexpensively, and you'll get most of your investment back when you sell.

You can get the same pricey feel with inexpensive laminate that looks like granite. If this is outside of your budget, black ones are the next best thing.

8 For continuity, Scales had the cabinetry and shelving in the dining area made of the same walnut used in the kitchen.