Before Work Begins
We took out the room-cramping peninsula, soffits, dark cabinets, black appliances, and dated surfaces. But you don’t have to gut your kitchen to get the look. Just use the ideas that make the most sense for your space and budget.
In the upgraded cleanup area, the star is a stainless-steel apron-front sink with two deep basins for easy prep work.
Easy-care quartz countertops replaced dated, hard-to-clean white ceramic tile. Save by using subway tiles on most of the backsplash and then showcase mosaic glass tiles behind the range. Glazed porcelain floor tile is easy to clean and long-lasting. For a refined look, choose maple cabinets in fashion-forward gray and warm white. Make your own island from stock cabinets to add prep space and storage while improving traffic flow.
A light you love can work at different heights. This one stays close to the ceiling to allow headroom above the sink.
Use open shelves in place of some cabinets to create a sense of spaciousness and keep your everyday items easy to see and grab.
The island’s paint color and top surface set it off from perimeter cabinets and counters. Make it yourself with help from stock cabinets for about $340 plus the paint and countertop of your choice.
Get the look of a marble counter for less with laminate. This preformed edge treatment creates the illusion of a thick slab on the island.
Create a cooking area conducive to culinary greatness: Pair a stainless-steel slide-in gas range with a high-style vent hood.
Use clear-glass doors and interior lights to show off glassware and serving pieces. Paint the backs of the cabinets a contrasting hue to enhance the display.
Get into the flow of a new look by upgrading your old faucet. This sleek single-handle model features a restaurant-style pull-down sprayer and a stainless-steel finish that resists fingerprints and water spots.
Pulls with Punch
Satin pewter door pulls (Special Order) subtly echo the diamond shapes seen on some of the cabinet doors.
Install crown moulding above upper cabinets to add a traditional touch and raise the perceived cabinet height.
Valspar Signature paint in soft colors -- warm white on the walls, light purple inside the display cabinets, and gray-blue on the island -- complements the kitchen’s neutral finishes.