One of our longtime clients (whose previous house is featured in my new book- including her super-custom kitchen we helped design) made a surprise move to a new town last year and called us up to help her turn the dated kitchen into something special. She loved the kitchen in her old home, and was sad to leave it, so we had a lot to live up to with this new one! And I think we did! We worked with Haven Builders and Kramers Kitchens on the cabinetry and the results are, as you can see, pretty spectacular. You can shop most of the items we used at the bottom of the post, too!
This was the kitchen as is when the house was purchased. The first thing that had to go were those floors! We initially were thinking checkerboard marble, but that was a bit out of budget and concerning because of staining and coldness. Initially we were just going to paint the cabinets as they weren’t a horrible style, and redo the tile, counters, hardware and backsplash, but after figuring out the homeowner wanted to move the sink out of the island and under the window and realizing we’d need a new island, the decision was made to just do all new cabinetry. To minimize spend, we left most everything else where it was, which cut down on the cost of moving plumbing and such.
The homeowner has always loved Danby marble so we based the palette off that choice — mixing greys and warm tones to create a bright but warm space. The elongated subway tile running counter to ceiling is such a fabulous tone and mixed with warm brass fixtures really keeps things from getting too cold.
A tiny bar sink was installed under the back window and the hood is simple and tailored.
The floor in the adjacent rooms is a stained fir, and since that was proving to be a softer wood, we did not want to use it in the kitchen, but wanted something that blended rather seamlessly. So we used a harder variety of wood and to trick the eye from noticing that it’s a different species, laid it in a herringbone pattern. Man, did it come out great!
The eat-in dining area was updated with a modern fixture (such a good price for the size) and new table and chairs.
The butlers pantry cabinetry itself was fine, except for the granite top. So we replaced it with Danby and painted the cabinetry this gorgeous green color, Benjamin Moore Garden Oasis. We had planned to replace the glass with brass mesh grilles, but turns out it requires new doors because of the way these were constructed — so for now the glass was left alone.
I love this angle — the lighting all works together so beautifully and is a great mix of traditional and modern. The runner is actually from my house, but you can find similar ones on Etsy (where I got this one).
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**Photos by Sarah Winchester Studios.