I love when I get to go from room to room in a client’s home, making the whole house feel cohesive and updated. My dear clients (who have become dear friends) brought me back recently to do a kitchen dining upgrade. You may remember their family room and living room we completed last year. They wanted to continue the flow into their adjacent dining room and kitchen, but didn’t want to completely tear out their existing space and start fresh.
So many people do/did what they did. They bought their house and quickly made design decisions using builder options, and went with a kitchen cabinet choice that’s a bit outdated now– knotty alder. I suggested painting them (it can be done and done well. I’ve done it for clients in the past), but this isn’t their forever home, the cabinets are quality built, and so I devised a design plan around them.
Here are some before photos for reference…..
It felt so dark compared to the light and airy rooms we had already completed. And I had a challenge– update this space and give it the same feel, without painting the cabinets or breaking the bank. Here’s what I came up with:
We replaced the countertop with a quartz, added a fresh white subway tile backsplash, switched out the lighting, added a built-in mud area, and freshened up the decor– with a new dining table and chairs, rug, and accent pieces. I looooove how it turned out! As my client said, it almost makes me like the wood cabinets! We wouldn’t have picked them if we were installing a new kitchen, but I feel like it just works now that everything has been lightened up.
I believe in curating each piece that goes into your home. If you don’t love it, don’t bring it in. I think that’s what makes the biggest difference in this home and packs the biggest punch when it comes to giving this kitchen a facelift.
On another note, I’ve been writing some articles for Better Homes and Gardens as of late. You can check them out here:
I’ve been working behind the scenes on some really exciting projects and can’t wait to spill the beans soon. When things are quiet around these parts, it usually means things are NOT quiet everywhere else. If anyone figures out how to clone me, I’d be eternally grateful.