Rethinking the layout of Features Editor Jessica Thuston’s cramped kitchen resulted in a space that’s as good-looking as it is hardworking. Here are her tips for kitchen remodeling.
Jessica cleared the back wall of the kitchen and created an opening into the dining room. “This change, hands down, had the
most impact in transforming our room," she says. "The whole area feels bigger and has a nice traffic flow, and I can now keep
one eye on the stove and another on Tripp as he plays in the next room.”
All white walls, cabinets, and countertops also make the space seem bigger. “To keep the room from feeling too flat, I added color and texture with accessories such as curtains and a jute rug,” Jessica says. She reinforced the vintage look of the house with a new tongue-and-groove wood-plank ceiling and a trio of oversize globe lights, a splurge item.
Wall, ceiling, and trim paint: White Dove (OC-17) by Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.com.
Jessica created a galley layout with the range, sink, and dishwasher on one side and a wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinetry
around the fridge on the other. “My favorite feature is a tall cabinet equipped with sliding drawers that hold all of our
small appliances―saving precious countertop space," she says. I even had the electrician add an outlet inside the cabinet
so I can use the toaster in place.”
Here, Jessica and her son, Tripp, enjoy reclaimed space achieved by removing a tall cabinet.
Range: Architect Series freestanding gas range by KitchenAid; kitchenaid.com.
Hood: K41 30" Stainless Chimney Hood (K4130SS) from Best by Broan; bestbybroan.com.
Stool: Kartell Charles Ghost Stool by Philippe Starck from The Conran Shop; conranusa.com.
To stay on budget, Jessica used stock cabinetry. “It has come a long way!” she says. “You can find well-made, attractive cabinets
with storage options galore (called ‘semicustom cabinets’) at most home-improvement centers.” She recommends opting for “solid
wood cabinet doors to withstand wear and tear.” She also found hardware similar to a pricey version she liked for only $1.
Having saved on the cabinets, she chose to splurge on Alabama white marble countertops. Friends had warned her that they were impractical, but she has found that the few small rings on the marble add to the room’s “timeless character.”
Her hardworking stock cabinetry features this slide-out cutting board.
In lieu of wall-hung cabinets on part of the wall, Jessica uses this freestanding lime-wood piece for storing plates, bowls, and glassware.
Cabinetry features, such as this 8-inch wide pullout pantry, provide a designated spot for everything in the kitchen.
Cabinetry: Montgomery Maple cabinets in Pearl from Diamond Cabinetry; diamondcabinets.com.
Unlike a stainless model, this cabinet-front dishwasher is hidden from view and blends with décor.
Jessica did use stainless for her other appliances, but she says that you don’t have to buy a “suite” of them. “Stainless steel matches no matter what brand it is,” she says.
Countertops: honed Alabama white marble from MasonryArts; masonryarts.com.
Narrow, 6-inch deep shelves turn an empty wall next to the sink into a coffee niche.
Jessica also found an InSinkErator disposal controlled with a countertop button while searching for kitchen gadgets online. “It’s my ultimate must-have,” she says.
Wall shelves: Wedge Wall Shelf in White from CB2; cb2.com.
Curtain fabric: Cranley in Aqua Nutmeg (BP100554) by GP & J Baker through Lee Jofa (leejofa.com), available through DCOTA Design Services; 954-921-7575.
Sink: Dickinson Apron-front, Undercounter Kitchen Sink (K-6546-4U) by Kohler; kohler.com.
Faucet: HiRise Deck Mount Bridge Kitchen Faucet (K-7337-4-BS) and Sidespray with Valve (K-7344-BS) in Brushed Stainless, also by Kohler.