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decorating help (by Tom [IL]) Jan 15, 2019 5:19 AM
       decorating help (by NE [PA]) Jan 15, 2019 5:25 AM
       decorating help (by plenty [MO]) Jan 15, 2019 5:29 AM
       decorating help (by Richard [MI]) Jan 15, 2019 5:50 AM
       decorating help (by Tom [IL]) Jan 15, 2019 6:03 AM
       decorating help (by plenty [MO]) Jan 15, 2019 6:29 AM
       decorating help (by Deanna [TX]) Jan 15, 2019 6:37 AM
       decorating help (by plenty [MO]) Jan 15, 2019 6:42 AM
       decorating help (by Deanna [TX]) Jan 15, 2019 7:04 AM
       decorating help (by Doris [OH]) Jan 15, 2019 7:11 AM
       decorating help (by LindaJ [NY]) Jan 15, 2019 7:47 AM
       decorating help (by Robin [WI]) Jan 15, 2019 7:59 AM
       decorating help (by Busy [WI]) Jan 15, 2019 8:35 AM
       decorating help (by Busy [WI]) Jan 15, 2019 8:37 AM
       decorating help (by Tom [IL]) Jan 15, 2019 8:38 AM
       decorating help (by Robert Phaedra [NY]) Jan 15, 2019 9:36 AM
       decorating help (by plenty [MO]) Jan 15, 2019 12:10 PM
       decorating help (by CX [WA]) Jan 15, 2019 12:26 PM
       decorating help (by Tom [FL]) Jan 15, 2019 12:32 PM
       decorating help (by Hoosier [IN]) Jan 15, 2019 5:08 PM
       decorating help (by Busy [WI]) Jan 16, 2019 4:23 PM
       decorating help (by Lynda [TX]) Jan 17, 2019 6:48 PM
       decorating help (by Tom [IL]) Jan 18, 2019 5:46 AM

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decorating help (by Tom [IL]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 5:19 AM
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I am selling a rental I've owned for over 15 years and I'm not very knowledgeable at decorating for flip. Anyway I could use some opinions on what exact flooring and colors to put it? There are original hard wood floors (orangeish color that are in pretty good (but not great/minor scratches etc) condition in most of house except kitchen. What Color laminate floor would you put in the kitchen (white shaker cabinets and havent picked countertop yet) that butts up against the hardwood floors? Or would you go over both old hardwood and kitchen with same laminate? I cant decide if a buyer would prefer solid hardwood thats not in perfect condition or brand new cheap laminate? Home Depot has a laminate named saratoga hickory for $0.89 sq ft.?? All help with be appreciated! --107.197.xx.xx




decorating help (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 5:25 AM
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Just keep everything neutral. theyre going to paint their own colors and change the floors they don't like anyway. --50.107.xxx.xxx




decorating help (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 5:29 AM
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Old hardwood is fine. Just make sure everything is clean, sparkling and straight lines. Floor in kitchen... white with some grey or browns... tie the colors together. Sounds like it's going to be a nice house when you are finished. Hopefully someone will come along and post their entire color palette. Search Authors above for a Cimba. --99.203.xx.xxx




decorating help (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 5:50 AM
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Lots of questions.

Price range of house?

Neighborhood?? A, B, C??

What do buyers expect in this neighborhood?

Are you selling turn key completely finished for as much as possible or just good and clean as is?

There's no guessing what a buyer will want plus if they are a good negotiator, they will say they want different from what you offer.

Depending on budget, it might be a faster sale or better return to sell as it is, just good and clean. There's little sense in spending a dollar just to get a dollar back on improvements.

If you must do improvements, shades of grey with white trim are currently popular paint colors.

Ask a few real estate sales agents what buyers want now as that should improve the possibility of a sale. --23.121.xx.xxx




decorating help (by Tom [IL]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 6:03 AM
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Trying to sell turn key at top price. House was built in 1954. 1250 sq ft ranch, 3 BR. 2 baths, partially finished basement. Comps show about $190,000. Most improvements are about done but I am so confused on countertop choices and flooring. Have painted all walls grey and doors and trim white. Cant find any laminate flooring that looks nice against the hardwood yet. --107.197.xx.xx




decorating help (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 6:29 AM
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With that information... go to Homedepot and get a sample og Allure Khaki Oak. Just put it in a house with simular colors to your. My counter top is Jamocha Granite Formica color and brand. Hope that helps! This house also has the old hardwood floors. --99.203.xx.xxx




decorating help (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 6:37 AM
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Original hardwoods are awesome, so keep it wherever it is. You can clean it, possibly stain it with a lighter color to help blend the scratches, and then give it a couple of coats of glossy polyurethane to make them shine.

I don't know about putting fake wood next to real wood. You might consider tiling the kitchen. --96.46.xxx.xx




decorating help (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 6:42 AM
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There are great products to bring the lustee in your hardwood. Make them clean and rich in color. I agree with Deanna. Try Murphy's oil soap mix in a bucket or even better if you can find it Kramer's Best Antique Improver... we found it at Antique store. --99.203.xx.xxx




decorating help (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 7:04 AM
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I went ahead and uploaded a photo to my picture page to show the difference that glossy polyurethane can make. It was an $8k house-- but you can't tell from looking at it now. :) --96.46.xxx.xx




decorating help (by Doris [OH]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 7:11 AM
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Definitely keep the hardwood floors, just spruce them up a little as recommended by a bunch of posters. I would not put laminate in the kitchen because itís not supposed to get very wet. Tile would be fine against the hardwood. --74.140.xxx.xxx




decorating help (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 7:47 AM
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Keep the hardwood. Even if it is not perfect, people like it and those that don't will cover it with what they want. Bono makes a quick refinishing product. You might be able to get away with that.

I would go with a stone or tile look in the kitchen. Make it different from the hardwood in the rest of the house. The right laminate might work in the kitchen, but you could do the allure luxury vinyl, or the stick on tiles that you grout between (personally, I hate grout) or even sheet vinyl if it is an easy layout. There is some really nice sheet vinyl these days.

With white cabinets I would not do a light floor. Go medium color to ground the area. Darker is heavier, and it shows less dirt. Pick your countertops first. I would do a high end laminate. Some of them look like solid surface or stone. Medium to medium dark color to contrast the cabinets. Do not worry about matching the color of wood floor. It is a very different area, with a different purpose, it is good to stand out.

Keep it neutral. --108.4.xxx.xx




decorating help (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 7:59 AM
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The problem is that you have warm (orangey) floors and the rest of the house is cool (gray and white). You will never be able to make those two look good together.

Where are you located in IL? I know a guy in the Chicago area that refinishes hardwood floors very affordably ($1.50/sq ft) and does an AMAZING job. You'll get your investment back and then some. --204.210.xxx.xxx




decorating help (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 8:35 AM
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Use Robinís guy. Isnít he the guy Cimbaís uses?

For color scheme look at the recent solids that netted top dollar in your area. Thatíll tell you the color scheme for your area.

For the kitchen floor, if it was me, Iíd go to a flooring store to find a good looking vinyl and have it installed. Yes, more costly that diy Allure, BUT, big problem with Allure, they have very few stone/tile patterns anymore. You are NOT going to get a good look if the kitchen has a faux wood laminate next to the real hardwoods in rest of the house. Unless you can find an Allure pattern that looks like stone/ tile, and color looks good with the newly refinished floors., Allure wonít work.

My daughter and husband redid all the wood floors in her house, husband has done our own years ago. Both turned out very well. Key was making sure ALL bits of dust are cleaned up before applying finishes. --70.92.xxx.xxx




decorating help (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 8:37 AM
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Recent SOLDS! Not solids.

--70.92.xxx.xxx




decorating help (by Tom [IL]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 8:38 AM
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Robin - The floor was already refinished about 8 years ago and I'm not sure if it could be done again. But $1.50 is a great price and the house is in the chicago area. Could you please let me know the guys number or e-mail so I could ask him. --107.197.xx.xx




decorating help (by Robert Phaedra [NY]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 9:36 AM
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If the hardwoods are in good shape keep them! My own home had 100 year old oak floors under the carpet. Finished beautifully. Fefinish and use any stain. Modern is darker. IF they can get away with a good cleaning with Murphy's Oil Soap, all the better. --161.11.xxx.xxx




decorating help (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 12:10 PM
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Robin is right there are cool colors and warm colors... get a sample of Allure Khaki Oak it will bridge the spectrum --99.203.xx.xxx




decorating help (by CX [WA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 12:26 PM
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Keep the real hardwood mid-'50s floors but here's an argument for not refinishing them. You simply can't fortell a potential buyer's taste or preferences. What if you refinished them w/ a light stain and they simply must have dark?

Clean them up the best you can; most buyers understand you are giving them the chance to refinish them to their liking. If you can show an area that lets them see the remaining thickness of the floor that allows for more refinishing processes (i.e. at a removeable heat floor register or similar) they should be fine with that. --174.21.xxx.xxx




decorating help (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 12:32 PM
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What exact flooring and colors to put in? Get samples of laminate countertops and flooring. Take the samples and set against the hardwood floors and the cabinets see how the various colors look in the light and against the hardwood.

Original hard wood floors (orangeish color that are in pretty good (but not great/minor scratches etc) condition in most of house except kitchen. The hardwood was refinished 6 years ago so clean them and touch up the scratches. Do a you tube search this will help you to rejuvenate the hardwood floors.

What Color laminate floor would you put in the kitchen (white shaker cabinets and havent picked countertop yet) that butts up against the hardwood floors? I would not use a laminate it will look cheap. Go to home depot get a few samples of life proof and allure. Also go to lumber liquidator ask them the top 3 most popular flooring and see how the 3 flooring samples work with the hardwood floor. I bet it will be the click vinyl flooring plus its water proof. The cost for the kitchen and bathrooms (if the bathrooms are ceramic or porcelain then don't worry about them) to replace with a click vinyl will be $1 to $4. And the finish look will be worth it.

Or would you go over both old hardwood and kitchen with same laminate? no to laminate go with a click vinyl flooring. Ask at home depot and lumber liquidators what are the top 3 flooring choices that are most popular see what they say. Make sure in home depot you get the flooring person and not someone just working the area, the flooring person will know the most popular choices or lets hope he or she knows the most popular floors.

Best of Success and get top dollar for your house!!! --99.56.xx.xx




decorating help (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 5:08 PM
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Here's what I have done with great success on original hardwood...but it's time consuming...

Assuming the floors are in decent shape...some scratches ok.

This is in lieu of refinishing...MUCH less expensive

1) Stain any scratches first

2) Wipe down the entire floor on your hands and knees with a large sponge and mineral spirits...this removes anything that will prevent the next step from bonding

3) Buy the following materials....a) Floor grade polyurethane b) A lamb's wool mop head and a handle/wood head to attach it to

4) Get some plastic bags...the kind they bag your groceries in at Kroger

5) After making sure the floor has all scratches colored/stained, and wiped with the mineral spirits....start in the room farthest from the front door...

6) put the plastic bags on your feet...double bagged, and rubber band them around your ankles

7) Pour out about 1/2 gallon of the poly on the floor, and use the lamb's wool mop to spread it gently, trying to even it out...work in an area about 4' x 10' before going to the next area

8) Continue the above, working your way towards a door to the room, so you can "back out" of the room

9) Continue for the entire house, finally backing out the exterior door

10) Close the door, and don't let anyone enter the house for at least 24 hours

You will come back to a floor that looks 80% better than it did before, at a cost of about 1/4 of the cost of refinishing

I've done it 3 times with very good results. It's messy and time consuming, but it works pretty well and material costs are low.

Good luck. --99.92.xxx.xxx




decorating help (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 4:23 PM
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Tom in Illinois, did you see Robinís post about Allure on sale today only? Travertine might work for your kitchen....travertine stone is a warm color stone, so the Allure travertine might go with the orange tones of your hardwoods.

--70.92.xxx.xxx




decorating help (by Lynda [TX]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2019 6:48 PM
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Deanna and LindaJ are right-on. Keep the hardwoods,clean well and use a med dark stain to get rid of the orange. That one thing-getting rid of the orange-is the single best thing you can do for your house color choices. Then, everything else will fall into place. Med range laminate counter top, something with a little movement(not too much) or something with a little 'bling' like sparkles (not too much). A solid backsplash if the counter top has streaks or swerls; backsplash can be colorful and have some bling if the countertop is a solid. For the floor-nothing light. Med to dark with very little pattern (if any) against the white bottom cabinets. I like real ceramic tile for kitchens and baths. Very cheap to do and many color choices. Slate-look tile in grays looks very rich and classy especially against wt cabs. Good luck. Come back and tell us what you ultimately did! --108.87.xx.xxx




decorating help (by Tom [IL]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 5:46 AM
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Thanks everyone for all help. --107.197.xx.xx



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