Budget-Friendly Advice For This Kitchen?

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Q: My partner and I just bought our first home and we have no idea what to do with the kitchen. We are on a tight budget but also have conflicting ideas. My partner would like to paint the oak cabinets white, but since we aren't planning on staying more than 5 years, I don't want to change something that future buyers might want. We don't really like the floor either, as the rest of the home has original hardwood, but not sure if replacing it is within our budget. The appliances and table in this photo are leaving with the sellers so we are essentially a blank slate. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Sent by SarahEditor: First, you need to lose the ivy, the valence on the window and replace the light fixture. After that, you can really control the aesthetic by adding some color into this kitchen! Think about a paint color for the walls that would tone down the yellow oakiness of the cabinets, perhaps a long colorful runner in front of the cabinets would be enough change without replacing the floors?

Who else has kitchen advice for Sarah?

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