How To Freshen Up This Kitchen in Preparation For Selling?

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Q: We are looking to sell our 1920's four square house this spring and are doing some work on the house to get it ready. We'd like to freshen up the kitchen. This is an old photo — the house is currently being rented. We'd love to hear your inexpensive ideas to make the kitchen look more appealing. I'm embarrassed by how it looks now, but you should have seen it when we bought the house (hello, crappy brown cabinets and nasty drop in ceiling and long tube lights).

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Our realtor said she thought the flooring was fine. We know we want to do the countertops since the back of the sink area is molded and in bad shape — thinking just vinyl. Color? Pattern? We're planning to repaint the kitchen a neutral cream to match rest of the house (to create a blank slate for new owners), and feeling like painting the woodwork white would be a good idea too, even if the rest of the house is all natural woodwork. We'd love your thoughts! And FYI, the stupid stove juts out because of the stupid gas line installed behind the stove. Not sure how easy this would be to change. Thanks!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.