The goal for this space was to update the kitchen without any major layout changes. In addition to the expected cosmetic changes (I'm looking at you pink racing-stripe backsplash), we needed: a larger island, a gas cooktop instead of electric, double ovens, and to relocate the fridge. We were able to accommodate double ovens by moving the microwave (that was a combination microwave/single oven unit) into the new larger island. The existing fridge placement interfered with the stair railing and would bang against it when opened. We shifted the fridge towards the new double ovens and created a distinct spot in the kitchen that could be used for a mail zone instead of cooking/prep space. The hardwood floors also needed to be updated to reflect the new aesthetic. Fortunately, we were able to sand and stain the existing flooring to achieve a lighter finish that completely transformed the space.
All cabinetry was replaced with white shaker cabinets with soft close door glides and hinges. The uppers were carried all the way to the ceiling. The island was rebuilt significantly larger and included additional storage and a built in microwave.
The walls were painted Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore
The hardwood flooring was site finished red oak that had yellowed with age. We knew it would be more difficult to get the lighter tone we were looking for from a red oak instead of a white. We tried several stain options and ended up with Pickled Oak by Minwax.
It wasn't in the budget to update the fireplace surround, but since we were already sanding and staining the floors we decided it'd be the best time to remove the dated built ins. As expected, the flooring was not continued under the cabinets, but the contractor was able to lace in new flooring to match the existing and I just love how much fresher the space feels.
We carried the hardwoods from the rest of the main level into the dining room because white carpet in a dining room wasn't the most family friendly option. This particular room enjoys plenty of natural light, so we decided to paint it a moody green/black above the chair rail and kept all the trim work a crisp white.
The walls are painted Salamander by Benjamin Moore
The chairs are from Article and have been discontinued :(
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