Hardworking Small Kitchen Redo
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.
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.
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.
Cabinetry: Montgomery Maple cabinets in Pearl from Diamond Cabinetry; diamondcabinets.com.
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.
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.
- Eating out is expensive and gets old. Set up a mini-kitchen (ours was in a living room corner) with a dorm fridge, toaster, microwave, and coffeemaker.
- Before mapping out your cabinet plan, make a list of every single item in your kitchen. It sounds laborious (and it is), but doing so ensures that everything you own has a home.
- Hiring a general contractor is worth it. When surprises and problems arise (and they will!), it’s best to have a person in charge with experience and knowledge to make smart decisions.
- It is possible to have a renovation be on budget and on time, but only if you do your homework on the front end. Changes midstream cost time and money, so commit to a plan at the beginning and stay the course!