Sometimes a client really loves their home - the neighborhood is great, the number of bedrooms is perfect, the layout is ideal - but they are just not in love with the style. This was definitely the case for my client, a young couple living in a suburban neighborhood with three small kids. The house was a new construction home built in the 2000's and the contractor-grade finishes were starting to look outdated, especially in the kitchen. While wood cabinets come in and out of style, the combination of oak cabinets with wood floors, beige walls and laminate countertops wasn't doing this house any justice. I was hired to give the kitchen a facelift and increase functionality in the laundry room.
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AFTER PHOTOS - THE KITCHEN
Once we peeled away the beige walls, oak cabinets and laminate cabinets the great architecture of the room started to reveal itself. My client wanted a neutral and contemporary design for the kitchen that would keep the footprint the same. To accentuate the high vaulted ceiling, I shifted the color palette away from basic beige to a combination of grays and bright whites. To keep from having the gray cabinets blend into the gray walls, I took the cabinets in a warmer direction to anchor the room and the walls in a cooler gray to make the room feel larger.
Trim and doors are Arcade White (SW7100), cabinets are Dovetail (SW7018) and walls are Mindful Gray (SW7016).
White 3x6" subway tile from American Olean was installed with a darker Delorean Gray grout to tie the overall color palette together and reflect the minimal contemporary look we were going for. Installing a tile backsplash not only adds visual interest to the kitchen, but it increases the functionality greatly. Without a high-powered vent above the range, any grease that collects is infinitely easier to clean off porcelain than it is a painted wall.
The White Arabesque quartz countertop from Silestone has a gorgeous marble look that my client envisioned without the heavy maintenance that marble stone requires (see my advice on marble in the kitchen).
Across from the main cabinets is a side countertop area that used to have a bar sink. Since my client never used the sink I had the plumbing capped and extended the countertop the length of the nook. I retained the teal accent that my client originally had in the space to give a pop of color that ties into the decor and wall color of the sitting room off of the kitchen.
AFTER PHOTOS - THE MUDROOM
My client has three young kids, so organization is key. More often than not, the family enters the house from the garage into the the laundry room. Prior to the project, the kids' backpacks, coats and shoes would be thrown into a poorly organized and small closet. I decided to have the front of the closet demoed and leave the side wall to enclose new wall cabinets, coat hooks and bench seating with cubbies.
The best part of this makeover is that the length of the previous closet made it possible to fit in prefab cabinets and benches. Since custom millwork wasn't needed, we were able to keep the budget down without sacrificing functionality.
Removing the front of the closet opens up the laundry room and adds a few square feet. I changed the color from a dark green to one of my favorite Sherwin Williams colors - Sea Salt (SW6204). This color bounces from a green undertone to a blue depending on the lighting and really brightens up the space.
There are more angles and details from this project in my portfolio - check them out here.
Do you feel like your home could benefit from a cosmetic makeover? If so, let's start updating today to turn your house into your dream home.
After photography by Ryan Hainey