Sometimes that assessment feels like an insult, since I personally have no problem with the kitchen (although I'll admit that it's small). How is it that this kitchen is good enough for me but it's not good enough for other people?
My realtor, who really is good at his job, claims that in the current market, my house will not sell unless I have certain renovations done in the kitchen.
Yes, the cabinets look worn. They are 50-year-old high-quality cabinets. They don't look particularly impressive under a microscope but they function perfectly well.
Yes, the oven and stove are dated. But they work perfectly well. (The oven is beside the stove, above it and to the right.)
I wonder if flooring sold today will last 50 years. Let me guess.........
The countertops - well, even I don't like the countertops. But....yeah, they work.
Why, I say why do so many people find this peninsula offensive? Seriously.
As it is, the peninsula divides the room into a (small) kitchen and a (small) dining area.
The renovation recommended by the realtor calls for demolition of the peninsula. (This was originally my idea, but I have since abandoned it. The realtor has grabbed onto it like a bulldog.)
I think it would be a mistake to open up the area into one room. It will then be about the size of a normal kitchen (although still not a very big one). The realtor wants me to get rid of my current table (rectangular with leaves) and replace it with a small round elevated cafe table with 2 chairs. (Augh! Is he nuts?) I think the proposed plan will look awkward and will draw attention to the fact that the house has no dining room.
These 2 comparative drawings put it all into perspective:
As it is now, I could probably fit 6 people into my dining area if I tried. Maybe. (I have never tried.)
The realtor's (and contractor's) plan includes painting the cabinets white, replacing the countertops with granite, moving the (new stainless steel) refrigerator to the end of what is now the dining area, getting rid of the soffits, removing the wallpaper (I'd do that myself), installing a new stainless steel stove, ceramic floors and of course removing the peninsula.
Here's what I think: I should replace the counters with black granite, install white and black large checkered vinyl flooring, remove the wallpaper, replace the refrigerator and stove with stainless steel, leave the old oven in place (it can be used for storage if it's not needed for baking). Leave the peninsula as is.
I am not a realtor, nor am I a renovator. And I am the type who has a hard time spending money. But tell me. What do you think?