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    In Process: A Kitchen Goes from Dated to Black and White
    July 11, 2014 in Before & After | 3 comments

    We have a really fun renovation project going on right now and it is nearly done!  This is a cosmetic update to a traditional suburban home that was starting to show its age.

    We have the coolest clients who wanted the home to have a little more chic now that the kids have all left for college (sorry, kids!).

    The Heather Scott Home & Design team have taken on several rooms in the home (basically the entire downstairs) but I wanted to share with you the kitchen today.  This will be an amazing before & after!

    We started with your typical wood cabinets.  I like wood cabinets, but my problem is that the stain tends to date them, more than white or another painted color cabinets.

    kitchen before

    kitchen before other view

    Yes, that is wallpaper with the border at the top, and greenery above the cabinets.  Both homeowners knew the décor needed updating, but it had not been a priority. Finally it was time!

    wet bar before

    Our clients were on board to paint the cabinets black so we used that as the foundation for our design scheme.  Here you see the cabinets post-painting but before the floor was installed.

    construction during, new floors

    construction during

    The renovation was not inexpensive (all new floors, new appliances, new countertops), but it was very ‘smart’- cabinets were reused and painted and the floor plan was kept the same to save on construction costs(especially plumbing and electrical).

    kitchen during 2

    A row of upper cabinets was added on with glass doors and interior lights.  The homeowner has a lovely collection of white stoneware to go in these areas.  Taking the cabinets to the ceiling makes them look richer and solves the ‘what to put on top’ dilemma. 

    kitchen backsplash

    The counters are quartz for practicality, but the backsplash is marble.  The shape of this marble was unusual and we thought it was the perfect fit above the stovetop and cabinets. 

    kitchen oven

    The new counters were also installed in the adjoining wet bar.  We painted the cabinets white in the wet bar because the space was really tight and we didn’t want it to feel too dark.

    butlers pantry 1
    photo 1 (2)

    The renovation only took about 2 months, but, the homeowners lived in the home during the process.  I do not recommend this if it can be avoided in any way.  It is not fun to live in a demolition zone!  The only positive is that I think it must be like when you have a child and after you see the child, you forget how much pain you were in.  The experience must not have been too bad as we’ve continued to add on rooms as the project was starting the wind down.

    I look forward to sharing the complete ‘before and after’s’ with you once we get everything installed!  You are going to be blown away on the extreme difference this cosmetic refresh made!