Light & Airy Kitchen Reveal

My clients for this kitchen remodel are a young family with 2 small kids. They wanted to open up the kitchen to the living room in order to join living spaces, share the light, and make their house live larger. In the process we gained a counter to put a couple of stools at, a perfect perch for the kids.  

We didn't change much in the way of the floor plan...appliances, window, etc stayed in their same locations.  The main structural change was to knock out part of the wall between the kitchen and living room.  We had to keep a post there because the wall is load bearing, but clad in wood and trimmed with molding I think we made the best of it and gave it some architectural interest.

Because we were working on a modest budget here we used Ikea Lidingo cabinets, but I had my carpenters install them with a few custom touches to make it look more polished.  The Ikea cabinets don't come with much in the way of crown molding or components to make the fridge look built-in, but by supplementing with some side fridge panels and trim pieces from the lumber store and paint to match the cabinets we achieved a custom built-in look.  For structural integrity I also had the carpenters take the extra step of glueing each cabinet box together during assembly rather than using just screws.

In many spaces I think cabinets painted some hue of ivory with grey undertones, even ranging to true greys (as seen in my own kitchen re-do here) are really lovely, but for this  kitchen we needed a bright white to bounce around as much light as possible.  We selected the glass-front cabinets for the same reason. 

On to the best part...the befores and afters!

Even though you don't usually think of diminishing storage in a kitchen remodel, we willingly sacrificed these upper cabinets in order to open this space up to the living area.  It was a very worthwhile tradeoff!  White subway tiles and a new hood update the range.

BEFORE


You can get a sense from this shot of how this narrow galley kitchen felt a bit dark and closed in. The adjoining dining area and living room have walls of floor to ceiling windows, and we wanted that light to spill into the kitchen!

BEFORE


AFTER


AFTER


All the upper cabinets were replaced with glass front cabinets to reflect light and make the space feel bigger.  Check out the difference it makes...
  
BEFORE


AFTER


AFTER


We added an entire wall of floor to ceiling pantry cabinets on the far end of the kitchen...you can just glimpse them here.

AFTER

SOURCES

Countertops: Caesarstone Blizzard.  

Tile: 3x6 subway Dal Tile in Arctic White (very modestly prices at around $2 a square foot at Home Depot. I often find their in-store prices to be lower than online.)

Grout: PolyBlend Delorian Gray.

Hardware: The pulls are Ikea and the knobs we re-purposed from the old kitchen.

Hood: Luftig hood from Ikea.

Cabinets: Lidingo from Ikea.


A couple of parting tips regarding the ever-popular subway tile...

*I'm a big fan of using light grey grout rather than white, because it slightly accentuates the retro subway pattern of the tiles, and because it's easier to keep clean (or rather, it hides the discoloration better when your grout inevitably gets a little grubby and won't shine up any more.  Which happens.)  

*If you should run out of space at the top of your backsplash or tub surround when laying out the tile, DO NOT do this:




Cutting skinny little strips to fill in the gap is NOT a good look.  Do this instead:




Remove one row of horizontal tiles to make space for a single top row of vertical tiles.  The vertical row will have to be trimmed down a touch to fit, but this will end up looking like an intentionally designed border element rather than like you just ran out of space.  

Much better, no?




I'll be posting soon about the two spaces that adjoin this kitchen, the living room and the family room.  We finishing up lots of little touches to each since they were both impacted by the kitchen remodel. Can't wait to show you how we are slipcovering standard Ikea counter stools with punchy orange skirted slipcovers and a greek key trim!

Living room sneak peak...




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2 comments:

Kristin said...

Wow, I love this kitchen! The cabinets actually look like the Ikea showroom example (which I always admire and think to myself, "they'll never look that good in real life..."). Fantastic work. I do think the load-bearing column you dressed up adds a lot of interest. :)

aligater said...

I'm currently looking for a new home and the kitchens tend to be the most depressing part of the process. I love how you turned this closed off and dark space into something bright and open. So there's hope...

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