This kitchen had brand new cabinetry throughout as well as a wet bar with a matching finish, but it was just too boring and plain. The kitchen screamed of builder-grade… something had to be done. I wanted to add some richness to this space, so I antiqued the cabinets, installed bronzed hardware and fixtures, and replaced the skinniest kitchen island in the world and the mini-fan above it with a custom built, oversized island stained in a contrasting color with a professionally cut piece of cream marble on top and an aged pot rack/light combo above. But before any of that happened, the cabinets were rearranged to maximize countertop and storage space, one wall came down and another went up, and a small pantry was added with a custom cut, salvaged New Orleans window installed as the door. This update was all about taking the existing elements and enhancing them to bring a custom look to a standard space!
1950′s Kitchen Remodel
Out with the old and in with the new…well, not all of it at least. When redesigning this kitchen, I had to figure out a way to modernize the space without spending a fortune. Years ago, kitchens tended to be small, set apart by a butler’s pantry that led into the dining room (exactly how this house was layed out)… nowadays, most of us enjoy a larger, open kitchen in which to cook, gather, and socialize. This was a must-fix!
The first thing I did was combine two spaces by removing a load bearing wall in the middle of the kitchen; of course this had to be reinforced with a beam in the attic space (please leave this to the professionals). Next we removed layers of old flooring and added a large, neutral Italian ceramic tile in a diamond shaped pattern. This instantly brightened the space, increasing the appearance of size. After all the mess was hauled out, we ripped the existing countertops off and replaced them with professionally installed solid granite slab. I decided to leave the cabinets but add some additional custom, redesigned compartments, doors, hardware, and trim to the facings which jazzed them up significantly… the crown molding on the top was also a nice touch to add some height to and increase their aesthetic value. A backsplash of alternating tumbled stone was also installed to give yet another texture to the kitchen. Finally, the bright green paint charged the space with a positive energy and modernized an older home’s most important room while still embracing its past.
This once dark and dated galley kitchen needed a major remodel… first, the cabinets separating the breakfast room from the kitchen were removed and an island with bar seating was added in their place… but positioned in the center of the room opening up this space. Since there were so many cabinets and not much money in the budget to buy all new ones, we painted the cabinets a light cream color and antiqued them with glaze and added new knobs to freshen them up. New tile, new paint, new lighting, new granite countertops, and new appliances rounded out this bright remodel making this a space for family to gather around and eat!
Grandma’s Kitchen No More!
The first time I visited this kitchen, I was shocked to find metal cabinets… yes metal! You just don’t see that anymore these days. So it was pretty obvious that the cabinets had to go, there was no salvaging them… I mean you could literally catch tetanus from this kitchen! Another problem with this kitchen: the appliances just floating out in the middle of the room… so that needed to be fixed as well as some extra storage space built, a pantry.
The new cabinets were installed and painted a clean, fresh white, as well as an additional few cabinets for extra pantry storage. Floors and backsplash were tiled, a new countertop put in, new white appliances, new picture window, and of course, wallpaper ripped down and a fresh coat of paint turned this Grandma’s kitchen into a bright space fit for healthy living!
Also pictured above is Stage 2 of the remodel: After the home’s tenants moved out, we revisited this kitchen and revamped it with new paint, new mosaic tiled backsplash, and new countertops.
An extra doorway was closed up to make room for extra cabinets.
Stage 2 of the remodel: After the home’s tenants moved out, we revisited this kitchen and covered the walls in a new, vibrant color.
This kitchen was dark and dated and the homeowners were ready for a change… but understandably not one that would inconvenience their busy everyday lives or break the bank. Therefore, the dated paneling had to stay but we simply painted it a calming green and revamped the cabinets with trim, paint, and antiquing glaze. We also removed the dated fixtures and installed sleek, recessed lighting. We also added a custom backsplash which gave new life to the revamped cabinets and existing, neutral formica countertops, giving the kitchen a completely custom look.
This kitchen was already beautiful, it was just lacking a certain something… the walls behind the sink and stove were being splattered from everyday use, so the homeowners decided that a backsplash was just what this kitchen needed. The tumbled stone tile was purchased from a local hardware store and laid in a diagonal pattern with small mosaic tiles varying ever so slightly in color, inserted at alternating intervals. Even though this extra detail may have taken a little extra time, it provided a customized look. In the end, a little work went a long way to make this kitchen a space that is beautiful and functional.