Kitchen Refresh


As empty nesters, my clients wanted to upscale the look and feel of their kitchen that felt cold. They were considering a full remodel, but the cabinetry was, for the most part, still in good shape, and the door style was still current. Given their budget, and overall goals throughout the rest of the house, a decision was made to complete a light remodel without replacing the cabinets. The lighting scheme was sufficient, but they wanted more storage in the refrigerator, an “open” focal point above the stovetop without losing cabinet space, and they needed appropriately sized bar stools to accommodate an athletic build. From an aesthetic point of view, the client wanted to incorporate art from her husband’s trips to Africa, and when complete, she wanted a feeling of warmth.


We started by reworking the cabinetry to remove the existing microwave, and one of the double ovens that was never used. Next, we cut the cabinetry to the specifications for a new microwave and oven stack, then faux finished the cabinets in a warm mushroom glaze with polished brass hardware. We grounded the kitchen island in dark chocolate, and the countertops were changed to a tight patterned granite with cream, black, and light brown colors. New appliances in stainless with a bottom freezer refrigerator accommodated the client’s, mostly, fresh food purchases. The floors were refinished with a lighter glaze that brought out the wood grain, and the room was wrapped with a new backsplash and contrasting warm color that complimented their artwork. New window treatments, and reupholstered kitchen chairs with a punch of color made it complete.