Before and After: A Simple yet Dramatic Kitchen Makeover
For anyone thinking their ugly kitchen is a lost cause, think again. My team at Consort Design recently helped a couple who moved into a great house, but the previous owners went full-on 1996 in the renovation of its classic interior. With the budget exausted on new room editions and master bath updates, we were determined to find a way to make the kitchen feel classic and fresh, without spending a fortune. See below how a few quick fixes helped transform this Clueless kitchen into a bright, magazine-worthy place to gather round.
Rosewood cabinets and a granite backsplash were no match for what my team had up its sleeve.
Consort kept the countertops and painted the cabinets a two-toned look. Upper cabinets were covered in Farrow & Ball's All White No. 2005 and the center island in Railing No. 31. A $50,000 renovation was avoided by hiring a painter to take apart and spray down the doors and cavities for about a fifth of the price of ordering new millwork. If you're not afraid to roll up your sleeves, try doing it yourself by sanding down the existing finish and carefully applying the paint with a smooth roller.
A matching granite backsplash is such a '90s move.
We invested a little in knocking out the granite and replacing it with a simple subway tile. It was a cost-effective way to bring the kitchen to a fresh and classic place.
The patchwork stone floors were another odd choice left over from the previous owners.
New hardwoods were installed, and mixed vintage, flat-weave runners were added for a bit of casual color.