Kitchen: Restoring Functionality
This client’s kitchen was a typical outdated kitchen: the flooring was a worn out linoleum, the counter tops were faded, there was not enough lighting, mismatched/uneven cabinetry, old appliances and wallpaper. A drop ceiling made the room feel small and cramped.
In order to give the kitchen a more open feel, we took out the drop ceiling which gained us an additional 5″ of ceiling height. We opened the doorway to the dining room up allowing more flow between the two spaces. The old flooring in the kitchen, dining room and family room was replaced with rustic engineered hardwood planks. The flooring in the entryway was also replaced to complement the renovations. I chose a mocha colored 12 x 12″ tile which we laid in a diamond pattern. To improve the lighting we added recessed lighting, pendant lights and under cabinet lighting. New lighting fixtures were also added in the dining room, entry way and stairway. We completely gutted the whole kitchen, adding all new cabinetry and countertops. We extended the countertop of the island area to allow for bar seating. New appliances were purchased. A beautiful rustic slate backsplash was added. The walls were painted a nice neutral color.
The powder room right off of the kitchen was redone as well. It too had dated fixtures, insufficient lighting, outdated wallpaper, and basically just wasn’t very attractive. We continued the plank flooring Into the bathroom area, took off all the old wallpaper, installed a new lighting fixture, new mirror. A pedestal sink and new water wise toilet were added to allow for more room in the small powder room. The same subway slate tile as in the kitchen was used with just a bit of change by adding a glass/slate tile mix to the top of the back splash and was finished off with a pencil tile. The walls were painted a soft, subtle neutral.