When this house was purchased two years ago the owners knew they needed to bring the kitchen into the 21st century.   So, short of a complete kitchen remodel, a to-do list of updates was made:

  • Remove corner appliance garage
  • Replace countertops, enlarge the island top
  • Reface cabinet sides
  • Remove various other oak trim
  • Strip wallpaper and paint

Some items were accomplished almost immediately.  The appliance garage was removed along with the wallpaper.  A warm pumpkin color was chosen for paint.

Then a few of the finer points were addressed.  The oak scallop over the sink was removed.  Cabinet sides were faced with tongue and groove oak, then stained to match.

Next to be considered were countertop choices.  As the current counters were laminate, the owners opted to upgrade to granite or quartz.  Samples were brought home and considered.  Many were beautiful in the showroom but not right for this kitchen.  It is north-facing and the cabinetry is dark, so a lighter countertop was deemed best.

Granite was the final choice–one with a lighter background but plenty of black and brown color variation.  The island top was enlarged to accommodate seating on two sides.

An undermount sink and nickel faucet was installed with the granite.  Black accents in the area rug, accessories and small appliances complement the stone.

The update is complete and the space has a more current appeal, for a fraction of the cost of a kitchen remodel.