The homeowner told Distinctive Interior Designs that she had seen this home first when she was searching for a waterfront property, but, because the kitchen was so dark, she immediately said, ‘Let’s keep looking.’ Bottomline, the bones of this space really were excellent–great quality cabinetry, and a lot of them, plus this kitchen had a pantry as well.
One key negative beyond the overall masculine look: since there is no basement, the tile floors were laid on concrete. The client knew from past experience that the tile would be like walking on ice cubes in the winter. As a result, new wood floors were top on the list of decisions made, not just for the kitchen, but for the entire main level to create a more spacious/ cohesive look. But, she wanted mid-tone wood, so the cabinets needed to be lightened since layers of contrast are one of the keys to creating a beautifully designed space.
Two options were considered to lighten the cabinetry: refacing or painting. Because there were so many things the homeowner wanted to have done and we needed to help her manage the budget, painting the cabinets ended up being the ultimate decision. She has heard again and again from people who have seen the newly done space that they can’t believe the cabinets are the same cherry ones–the finish looks impeccable with not a brush stroke showing anywhere!
Beyond the above, we helped her replace the granite with a lighter / more interesting versions and she donated the black appliances and purchased stainless steel. As well, we suggested the massive wall of cabinets in the dinette area be removed, as there was more than enough storage in this kitchen. Those cabinets were repurposed in the garage. A series of floating shelves and her grandmother’s art now fill that previous space.
The final piece that was modified in the kitchen was the pantry. As you can see, the prior wire racked one had cream color paint and left anyone who entered feeling rather un-inspired. Our painter applied a Tiffany blue on the walls to create a happy backdrop to the newly installed custom shelves.
End result–light, bright, and happy throughout! And just wait until you see how beautifully the newly done kitchen connects with the Family Room!