Kitchen & Fireplace Facelift
When a project gets published, we don't really expect much from it other than a warm and fuzzy feeling, a little validation for the client, and some good credibility vibes. So when this client reached out specifically because she had seen our Bucktown Kitchen Refresh Before & After on Domino.com, it was a fun surprise! She mentioned in her email that their kitchen was twins with the Domino before. Well, that was no joke! Slightly different and more compact set up, but same maple slab cabinets and black granite, and it was just a stone's throw away from the other Kitchen Refresh. Take a gander at this before and after!
Yep, lots of the same before things happening in another beautiful home. The clients' goals were to lighten and brighten it. Here is our on-the-fly mood board of the materials we ended up with:
And the after!! The kitchen layout was functioning for them, it just needed some updates so we:
- Had the cabinets sanded and painted: Perimeter Cabinets are Benjamin Moore OC-122 Cotton Balls, the island and the walls at the desk are 1560 Antique Pewter, and the rest of the walls are the same color as the great room, OC-100 Palace White. Pro tip: always view the colors in daylight and at night and if you're painting cabinets, ask for a drawer face sample to be painted for approval before they do the whole kitchen.
- New quartz countertops. The veining has really come a LONG way in the past few years.
- New crackle ceramic backsplash in an off-white.
- New appliances, sink, faucet and hardware. The client loved the champagne gold finish of the Delta faucet and so did we! We were lucky to find this Atlas hardware to match. They really complemented the existing hammered bronze light, not quite the same, but a nice darker tone, which is pretty much the only thing we kept as-is! OH and the counter stools. Mixing metals!
- We thought it was fun to paint the desk walls the same color as the island. It's nice to repeat colors and looks great with the new beaded pendant light in that area.
While this seems simple, this was a bit of a departure for us. We are normally white white purists or all about the color, but we got in touch with our tone on tone side with different shades of off-white and cream, and we are digging the effects.
Not to be forgotten, we convinced the client to splurge on a woven wood shade (instead of the white wood blinds they had there). It continues the tone on tone, but adds some texture without distracting the calm of the rest of the kitchen.
The desk nook needed to come into this decade as well!
Here's that desk nook walls painted the same as the island, new wood bead pendant light and new chair. These clients have really great art and gorgeous "stuff." Some photoshoots require a ton of props. We did some styling as part of the project, bu this one required almost zero added props, except flowers and produce!
I wouldn't mind working this close in proximity to all the coffee.
Last, but never least, we also gave the fireplace a facelift. While the 12x12 black slate wasn't overtly offensive, it wasn't feeling right for the space anymore.
Enter this fun green ceramic, the client's favorite color, and the unsung hero, this gorgeous bronze wood bead mirror by Made Goods. A little mantel styling refresh, and voila! This early 2000s kitchen is now a transformed space - lighter, fresher, and still fits in with the eclectic vibe the clients already had.