And you know what will really make it shine? Brand new countertops. John’s not 100% convinced that they are necessary, but I think I have a solid case.
Seeing as we’re only going to be residents of this little city for as long as it takes John to become Dr. Moore, PhD (5-6 more years, barring a post-grad appointment), it doesn’t make sense to sink funds into projects that won’t pay us back, come selling time. Plus, we’re a 1-bathroom house, so the cottage will cap at a certain price point, regardless of the inner fixings. John argues that the countertops are functional, so why switch them out and spend the money? I argue that the current countertops make my eyes bleed due to their utter greenness, and since kitchens are the heart and sole of the entire house, the future-buyers will surely agree.
Here they are on moving day:
You’ll remember that I painted the walls white, in hopes of making the green less in-y0-face. It was an improvement which made our galley kitchen feel larger, but the countertops could not be ignored. They are greeeeeeeen.
I talked to our realtor, who suggested that it might be worth our money if:
- The countertops were an upgrade. (We’re currently at the lowest end of the kitchen spectrum with laminate, so there’s only one way to go!)
- We kept it under a certain price point. (Knowing the worth of our house and what we paid for it, she was able to give us a number.)
- The new ones made us happy. (I’m convinced my love language is clean and pretty kitchens, so this is a no brainer.)
PLUS, you can’t forget that we’re expecting a hefty thanks-for-buying-a-house tax refund – so why not invest a bit of those funds back into the house? I know, my logic is irrefutable – new countertops are obviously necessary. Don’t you agree, dear Internet?