Friday, August 30, 2013


Morning everyone........  Wouldn't it be great to completely gut your kitchen and start over??  Unfortunately many of us do not have that option.  However, do not loose heart my can have a very lovely kitchen on a modest budget.  I came across this Refresh and was completely blown away.  It is simple, it is elegant and you can be sure did not cost a fortune.  This is an example of when painting cabinets really works.  If you have cabinetry that is relatively new or in great shape but do not like the finish.....then painting those babies may be just what the doctor ordered.  Enjoy this amazing Redo;

As you can see by the 3 above pics the cabinetry is in great shape.  I for one have NEVER been a fan of this colour of Maple Cabinetry.  The Orange undertone makes it very difficult to decorate around.  I apologize to anyone out there who loves this colour of cabinetry but to me it just dates and overwhelms the space.  The Black Granite too is so overwhelming as well.  Not only that but the counter is tiled.  I would NEVER have tile as an option for myself or a client as a counter top- EVER!  I would rather source a great laminate than have tile if budget is the deciding factor.  For some reason this option seems to be way more popular in the States than here at home in Canada.  I think that I have only ever seen a tiled counter top once in my whole life here at home.
So between the cabinet colour and all that granite this kitchen is starting to be dated...still perfectly functional and would be for many years to come.  However, with a little paint, new counters, sink, faucet, lighting and hardware....well it really is amazing.......

This amazing pendant is by Juliska and can be found here.

Everything that you see in this Refresh is cosmetic.  They kept all their appliances.....granted they were great to begin with.
The advantage to this type of Reno is that there is very little disruption as compared to a full on tear out.  These folks were very lucky in that their layout, cabinetry, and appliances were great.  This is the type of Reno that anyone can do.  You can either repaint the cabinetry yourself or have someone do it for you-whatever your budget allows.
I love how they used both Marble and Wood on their counters.  I am a huge fan of Marble (hope to have it myself someday), but I also love Wood for counters too.  The wood on the island is a great option, especially when you are sitting there.  It is way more comfortable on the arms for leaning-the wood will feel warmer to the touch.  As I have said in the island has a wood top.  I LOVE it.  It is warm to the touch, looks great and didn't break the bank.  For a couple of hundred dollars and a trip to Ikea we had a great counter top.  Doing so as the above family did, it really helps to stretch a budget as well as make a statement.

For me one of the best Whites to use for cabinetry in this instance would be:

White Dove OC-17

It is the kind of white that is "just enough".  What do I mean by is just clean enough, warm enough without being creamy, just plain awesome.  And depending on the Marble that was chosen would look so lovely with it.  I cannot overstate how amazing this white can be.  It is clean without being too stark.
So there you have it....a kitchen Redo that is completely cosmetic.  I just had to share this amazing kitchen with you all.  It truly does give one hope that with a little money, one can make a great impact on a space.

 I almost forgot to mention.....this great Redo was done by Kristi Spouse Interiors out of Kirkland, Washington.  She did such a great job.  Check out Kristi's other projects.....she has such a great aesthetic that is very livable.  That is one of my favourite that is both lovely and livable!!

Have a great day everyone.

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