Column: Cabinet modifications, warm colors transform a kitchen


EXISTING KITCHEN: Located in the Bay Hill subdivision in Carmel, these homeowners were feeling cramped in their 20-year-old kitchen. “Not only did the kitchen not fit our personal style, it also lacked storage space and did not provide enough seating.” The existing cabinets were still in good shape, so the owners decided to keep them.

CABINET MODIFICATIONS: “We desperately needed a larger fridge; however, the existing cabinets were custom built around the old fridge.” To accommodate the larger French door style refrigerator, the existing cabinetry was modified. The cabinets and double ovens that originally sat to the left of the fridge were relocated. A custom 12-inch pull out cabinet was installed adding dedicated storage space for spices and cooking oils. Moldings and new hardware was installed for a custom look. The original white cabinets were then painted a creamy white to add warmth.

EXPANDED ISLAND: To give the homeowners additional countertop space and seating, the original u-shaped island and bulkhead were removed and replaced with a new island stretching almost 10 feet in length. The island was constructed using semi-custom cabinetry in a contrasting chocolate finish including two decorative pendants in a bronze finish.

GRANITE & BACKSPASH: Neutral “Bianco Antico” granite countertops and “Legno Scuro Petite Strips” tile was selected for the backsplash to pair with the two-toned cabinetry.

BEVERAGE STATION: “Being entertainers, it was important to have a dedicated area for guests to grab drinks without interrupting the cook or making an inconvenient walk to the garage.” To accomplish this goal, the previous family room off the kitchen was converted into a beverage station. The chocolate finish of the cabinetry and matching granite countertops give the beverage station a consistent look with the kitchen island.

FINAL RESULT: “Our favorite part is the beverage station. It creates a separate adult entertainment area and also gives us more storage space for large serving platters and glassware that we didn’t have before the remodel.”

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