Remember these white cabinets, monster hood and that way too small island that we dished about here?
Well, of course we ripped things apart and made some unorthodox changes such as shrinking a window, removing the island and suggesting red counter tops, which you remember caused some debate among the family!
Well the votes have come in and, here's how it looks today.
|So as you can see, they went along with the red counter tops and man, what a burst of color for this fun family! To balance the red, we selected a classic Carrara marble tile for the floors and an arctic glass mosaic for the back splash.|
|A rather large sink to wash the many dishes of this large family, is flanked by our clients faves, orchids which she grows out back in her amazing greenhouse.|
|When designing a kitchen, consider if you can, reusing appliances that are in good shape. Sure we could have gone bananas with some fancier items, but everything was still relatively new and we were able to save a lot by making that decision.|
|This cook top was originally in that tiny, misplaced island.|
Behind the Scenes
Like most major projects, we made plenty of compromises and there were moments of insanity.
- For starters, in our original design, we thought we could add some extra inches to the kitchen by removing the angled edges of the wall framing the pockets doors at the kitchen's entry point. Those walls turned out to be solid and were simply not worth the money/time to remove and refinish. It meant we were stuck with one pantry instead of the two we initially wanted as seen in the above design.
- I'd suggested chrome finishes for the handles and faucet but my client had a new faucet sitting around in her garage in brushed nickel so we decided to save money and use what we had and to go with brushed nickel on the handles. Then guess what happened? After drilling all our holes, we realized the faucet was stationary, not a big deal, if you have a single sink! We had a double and needed a faucet that could move from side to side. Sigh. Double sigh. We had to find a budget friendly substitute which we did at Home Depot.
- In shrinking that window, we also shrunk our window treatment options! We definitely needed something for privacy but we had to again, select a shade that would not fight with all the elements and that would filter in the sun at all times so we selected white pleated shades by Hunter Douglas supplied and installed by the amazing team at Titan Decor.
- And that's that. A new kitchen for one of my favorite clients whose been cooking up a storm every hour of the day. She also sent me the most heart-warming text the day after the installation, thanking our team for finally giving her the kitchen of her dreams. We'll tackle her master bathroom after the holidays.
So what are your thoughts? Could you live with red counter tops?
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|Floors: Carrara Marble 12 x 12 - $4.99 per sq. ft.|
|Glass Range Hood by Whirlpool|
|Cabinets: Single Shaker Chocolate|
|Counter top: Red Vital Silestone|
|Backsplash: Arctic Ice Mosaic glass - $8.99 per sheet|