My hubby and I recently had the pleasure of taking on a kitchen redesign in Southwest Minneapolis. This tiny, dated, dark, Linden Hills kitchen really needed a face lift. Years of use, dogs and kids had taken it's toll on the cupboards and doors... and with limited storage space, we definitely had our work cut out for us!
Here's how it looked before:
After meeting with the client on the "must-haves", I realized that I would need to do a lot of thinking about the design... but was SO excited to be able to give them their dream kitchen! They weren't expecting much within the allotted budget... but we definitely used all of our contacts and resources to make sure that every penny was well-spent.
I got to work on the design.
#1. Do a "faux" built-in look on the rolling dishwasher. Since actually hard-wiring it wasn't an option, this was second best. It would appear as built-in underneath a seamless countertop, but the family could still roll it out whenever needed. The best part of this plan... LOTS of usable counter space added!
|Island - BEFORE|
|My inspiration photo|
#3. NEW COLOR SCHEME. This should be listed as #1 because it's amazing what a little paint can do. Seriously. This kitchen was dark and dated.
We decided on a clean, cool bluish grey color for the walls (Behr premium plus - "River Rock"), and crisp white cabinets (Behr premium plus Ultra - "Decorator's White"). The client's favorite colors are blue and red... so we decided to keep the red accents for a fun pop of color. Very "Americana". Love it.
#4. New counter tops. Enough said.
#5. Finally, we were going to address some storage issues by displaying the functional and "pretty" things to free up much needed storage space within the cabinets. Not to mention tripling their storage space by adding the cabinetry mentioned above.
Easy enough, right?!
After a weeks worth of hard work, the kitchen was looking pretty amazing!
A lovely clean palette: The white and greyish blue really open up the space and leave you feeling light, airy, calm and happy... while the new dark counter tops keep everything grounded.
|I painted+distressed their spice rack and customized a bread box for them|
The fun, vibrant red and aqua accents not only serve a functional purpose, but add visual interest and that much needed "pop" of color.
|Functional. Sleek. Perfect.|