Well I finally got a realtor in here to tell me what I should be investing in etc. If I didn't know the guy was a top salesperson I would think he was hosing me but he says I shouldn't invest any money in this house beyond some paint (no new windows, bathroom fixtures, etc.). That it will sell for the same money anyway (well that just blows all those shows I've been watching that say you can flip them for more with some fixups). Apparently I have an ace location, highly sought after, and buyers who would rather do it themselves anyway. I guess if I was a few blocks over or whatever I would have some work to do, but luckily I am where I am.
What has me really keen (ready to start packing) is I can sell for way way more than I expected which means I can probably buy back into my old neighbourhood that I miss like crazy and thought I would never be able to afford again. I am now highly motivated to sell quickly whereas a couple of days ago I was considering waiting till next spring.
Anyway, I'm here in D&D because I just have to fix the kitchen. Given he said to not invest a lot of time or money I will lay the laminate (dark grey pretend slate) since I already have it and paint (it hasn't been done in over a decade and is basically a cream/white now). I will forget painting the oak cupboards (maybe my next house will need that paint anyway) but I may get new knobs (or paint the ones I have blackish). The counter is new in Perlato (I think that's its name) laminate that looks like a granite which is a grey/black/white/taupe that reads as dark grey from a distance but changes to taupey depending on which way you are facing.
Part of my question is this. What do I do with one wall that is covered in grasscloth (circa 1980, the real thing, painted over some years ago)? If I am keeping it simple, it means it stays on the wall. If I am to feel better about the room I would like to do more than just slap another coat of paint on it. I'm thinking a wash or something that would seep into the crevices and bring the texture out again. I know how to do it, the issue is colours (eg. same as wall with an umber wash, or a totally different combination).
So, ideas please for kitchen walls and ceiling, and whether I should use a 'feature' colour on the grasscloth wall. The kitchen is north facing (quite a good sized window), again, golden oak cupboards, white appliances, greys in flooring and countertop and a backsplash that totally sucks (off white with a where were you in '82 design). I am not taking it down given the KISS instructions, but may cover with beadboard if push comes to shove). Sink is stainless with a stainless and white faucet. Oh, and I still didn't do anything with the window which I had planned on doing roman shades for (thanks to help from here). So I need an inexpensive but presentable alternative that doesn' require me to sew as I will now be shooting for fast and easy. That window is an odd size 64"W X 48"H. So it's a bit short for some of the premade blinds and such that I have seen around.
Since this is for selling I can choke down my nobeigeness and am totally open to suggestion. I will probably have to repaint my LR/DR (dark red at the moment) some more sensible colour which if I want it to go with my decor and still be a neutral will have to be in the camel/tan/gold or sage/green/mutedgreyblue colours I think. The kitchen is only barely visible through a doorway (and then it's the side of the cupboard) so not a huge big deal to match I don't suppose.