Calgary Realtor - Karen Patterson

“Karen worked so hard to sell my home in Auburn Bay... even negotiated the deal while I was away in the States. Appreciate her communication, dedication and hard work!”  -Audra Zawada

Cell: 403-370-6442

Office: 403-259-4141


The Affordable Makeover: ideas to rejuvenate your home before renting, selling or just for the sake of living in it yourself!

“Constant renovation is the key to success and failure” - Yash Dwivedi

My decorating and renovation skills are NIL - indeed, I once used a shower curtain from Pottery Barn as a ‘window dressing’” - Candace Bushnell


A few weeks ago I was invited to and attended a real estate associate ‘caravan’, which is basically a group of realtors with listings in a particular area of the city who visit each other’s listings and offer constructive feedback. It is also in the hopes that maybe one of the participating realtors will bring a buyer. It was a very interesting, informative half day event, topped off with a light lunch and chat at the organizer’s listing. I had seen the photos on the MLS prior to entering the home for the lunch, and was interested as it looked like a new kitchen in a home that was about 25 years old or so. I was intrigued and looked forward to seeing this home.


I entered and was met by new hardwood floors, and obviously a new paint job. Heading into the kitchen I was amazed at the new cupboards and new counter tops… but wait, on closer inspection, the cupboards were in fact over painted original oak cabinets with new hardware. It looked fantastic, and once can only imagine the amount of money saved on tearing out and installing brand new ‘custom’ cabinets. The backsplash and counter was new, but the home owner had just had the cabinets refinished, painted and added new silver hardware - I was amazed.


Yes, an easy fix, but one that can make a huge difference if one is thinking to fixing up an older kitchen for renting out, selling or just for the sake of living with a ‘new’ kitchen. This can also be applied to bathrooms and pretty much anywhere in the home where there is the tired oak wood or panelling that needs to be rejuvenated. In fact, the construction and materials of these original oak cabinets, wall panels and railings are well made and is actually ‘real’ wood (as opposed to particle board) and so is worth the effort to preserve. I have since asked other home owners about this, making this a suggestion for my own listings during open houses in an area of Calgary where the homes are about 25 years old and are full of tired oak cabinetry. The response is great. For great ‘before and after’ images on Pinterest, see this link


Happy renovating / rejuvenating your home!

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