Not every kitchen needs to be gutted down to the studs. In fact, some kitchens just need relatively small changes to make a big impact. Take this classic kitchen in Wadsworth.
The cabinetry was already beautiful. It’s hard to go wrong with off-white. The raised panel design is also a true classic. There was absolutely no reason to replace the custom, solid wood cabinetry in this home.
The flooring was also just fine. Medium toned wood is like a good pair of jeans – it pairs well with everything.
So what was wrong with the kitchen? Well, the backsplash was decidedly pink. The counters were quite orange and very busy. And the odd, useless soffit above the peninsula was…just very weird.
Here’s a look at the after:
We selected a beautiful white granite with warm tones of brown and gray throughout. We replaced the backsplash with a classic white subway tile. Instead of sticking to a super plain subway, we selected one with both accented edges and some wave to it.
Here’s another view of the after that features the new, purposefully much larger pendants. We also had a drywaller take out that weird soffit and fix the ceiling. A good drywaller will make it look like a soffit never existed!
Before, the island was a very dark spot in an otherwise light space. The combination of the black cabinetry and black granite counter was just too much black.
We replaced the black granite with the same light marble as the rest of the cabinets. The result is a much more welcoming, fresh space.
Let’s go back to the lighting once more. Three itty bitty pendants was a very popular look about 15 years ago. It was overdone.
Fewer, larger pendants with more bulbs in each not only creates a more streamlined look, but actually provides more total wattage!
To keep the backsplash from being too boring, we added an accent tile above the range. The accent tile is a classic herringbone mosaic. Herringbone has been around for literally thousands of years. It’s a pattern as classic as brick pattern.
Here is a close-up of the subway tile and marble herringbone. The border tile is also a marble that we selected because of its crisp white color.
Here’s another view of the kitchen before:
And the kitchen after:
For continuity, we replaced the rather loud granite with the same marble in the kitchen. This really allowed the green walls to pop, too. We did NOT repaint in between the before and after photos below!
The laundry room suffered from Pink Floor syndrome (see the left photo below). The travertine floor tile had serious pink undertones, as did the counter. We swapped those out for more neutral options – a relatively easy change that made a big impact!
Small updates make a big difference in the powder room. We reduced the amunt of wood in the room by swapping out the wood framed mirror with a black metal framed one in a more interesting shape. The old vanity light was also a bit too “farmhouse” for this classic abode. The new one is much more classic!
See how the new mirror and vanity light play so well in the space?
If you need assistance with your kitchen makeover, schedule a Discovery Call with Lindsey to see how we can help.