Sarah’s Kitchen Quickie

8 04 2010

Well, when Sarah emailed me that her kitchen could use a makeover, I got straight to working on a solution.  Here’s her letter:

I am a returning customer and love seeing all your ideas.  My husband and I recently purchased our first home and are in need of some design help for our kitchen.  Currently, I feel like our kitchen jumped straight out of the ‘80s country look.  I am not a fan of oak cabinets, however they are in good shape so have a hard time getting rid of them.  We generally like everything very modern and my favorite finish is chrome.  Everything in our house is painted white so we will need some suggestions for color as well.  I want to bring this outdated kitchen into the modern age.  Please help. –Sarah B.

This kitchen has soaring potential and amazing bones but needs just a little TLC.  So with a lot of paint and a little stainless steel, this space can be transformed from the little bit of country to jaw-dropping modern they’ve been dreaming about.  Here’s their material board:

And now for the board breakdown.

  1. Dark, dark, dark brown paint will whip those cabinets from country oak to modern in just a couple of coats.  Since you have good bones to your cabinets but just want to refresh the room to update your look, this will be a great and inexpensive solution.  You will probably need to prime the cabinets first, then go for a color like, Dunn Edwards/#DEC756 Weathered Brown and put a couple coats of clear coat to finish them off so they won’t scratch.  Now for the walls, pairing a light tan color will create some contrast between the walls and the cabinets.  A great wall color would be Valspar/ #6003-1B Frappe.  Keep the trim consistent with the rest of your house and leave it and the doors a pure white.
  2. For your countertops either a poured concrete (fairly pricey considering the time it takes to build custom moulds) or a close look alike found in Corian would be a great fit for your ultra modern kitchen.
  3. Here we have some appliances in a stainless steel finish.  By updating your appliances you will not only add value to your home but will certainly add style to the end result.
  4. Here we have some mesh mounted stainless steel penny round tile to update the backsplash.  This ultra fun and modern twist will help connect the countertop to the cabinets while certainly making an impact with your guests.
  5. Since you will be tearing out the tile on the countertop and backsplash, this might be a great time to refresh the floors as well.  To complement the dark wooden floors in the nearby family room, here is a large scale tile (12” x 24”) with a contemporary mesh pattern.
  6. These sleek pulls will add dimension to the cabinets on both the drawers and upper doors.  They are almost 10” long so will make a dramatic impact on the overall appearence while helping to modernize the trim on the doors.
  7. Just a few accessories for the kitchen such as hand towels, oven mitts and pads in a dark cabernet red will accent the room nicely.
  8. Finally, these prints by Martin (upper left, upper right, lower left and lower right) will add a little tongue in cheek action across the kitchen near the pantry.  Since Sarah has a long standing wine addiction, I thought it would be fun to add these guys to the mix in a simple frame to finish off our room.

So there you have it.  Sarah’s chic and modern kitchen makeover.  I can’t wait to hear what you guys think.  And if you are in need of your very own material board, click here to get one for yourself.

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