If you’ve ever renovated a kitchen, you know it’s a huge undertaking. In our former home all we did was replace appliances and countertops and even that was a big deal! There’s so many decisions to be made, and they need to be made with a great deal of forethought because for most of us, a kitchen redo is something we will do once and be done with it. Not only is it disruptive to go through, but it’s extremely expensive. Do it once and do it right.
This kitchen redo, which belongs to friends of ours, exemplifies excellent, solid choices that will stand the test of time.
Did you picture these cabinets when you read the blog title? I know it’s what I think of when I think of kitchens that were designed in the 80’s. I don’t know who the manufacturer was, but they must have made a killing! We had these cabinets in our co-op apartment at the time, and so did millions of other people!
These friends have a home in our community, but they also have this home about an hour away which is most likely their ‘forever’ home, so they wanted a kitchen that not only was updated, but reflected their classic style of decorating.
When I look at these ‘before’ pictures, I see potential. Lots and lots of potential. They’ve got plenty of space to work with, good light from a large kitchen window as well as another window in the dining area, and good locations for the appliances and sink. It just needed to be brought into the 21st century!
TA-DA!!!! Beautiful, yes?
One of the major design choices they made was to remove the peninsula and add a free standing island in its place. This brings the seating into the kitchen area, where it belongs, rather than intruding on the dining space. Their choice of seats around the island works perfectly. They are so unobtrusive, we were there for more than an hour before even realizing there were four seats, not just two!
Behind the refrigerator wall is the garage, so they took advantage of that and bumped out the wall a bit. This allowed for a standard depth refrigerator almost flush with the cabinets, which makes a difference under normal circumstances, but when your fridge is next to an entry door it’s even more important!
I think this is their favorite feature in the entire kitchen, and I don’t blame them. (More info on them later).
Here’s the adjacent dining space. They added some built-ins and a window seat ♥, and the cabinet finish is the same as the kitchen island, which ties the two spaces together nicely.
Here’s the 411:
They choose a wonderful ‘marble look’ counter, called quartzite in ‘super white’, only found in Brazil. I think if I was redoing a kitchen, I would have made the same choice. They’re even more beautiful in person.
Dishwasher, microwave and double ovens: Bosch
Range hood: XO
Cabinets: Candlelight Cabinetry, which makes a lovely, creamy white finish which I love. Definitely a color I would seriously consider too.
Grilles: these were custom fabricated in the U.K. to exact size. The material is polished nickel. They consist of two layers of mesh, and each layer is customizable in terms of metal type, mesh size and type and placement of rosettes on the outer grille. They happened to have been delivered the day we were coming over, and they were able to install them themselves quite easily before we got there.
- What do you think of this kitchen? Anything you would change?