A little 1950s Cape Cod cottage gets a one-of-a-kind kitchen packed with personality. The farmhouse style balances more modern accents for an eclectic feel.
This once-cramped kitchen underwent an amazing transformation, for just over $5,000. The budget was kept low, thanks to the innovative homeowners who exercised their DIY muscles and looked for creative budget-friendly solutions. For example, the homeowners were inspired by a high-end, modern chandelier and created a custom fixture at a fraction of the cost. Outdoor rope lights amp up an inexpensive base fixture, while a vintage-style ceiling medallion balances its contemporary flair.
The unique kitchen island design is a combination of stock cabinetry and a countertop fashioned from concrete slab. A miscalculation in the amount of concrete mix led to the kitchen’s best amenity: a butcher-block center on the island. The substitution, referred to by the homeowners as “a very lucky accident,” resulted in a perfect food-prep area.
In addition to constructing a functional kitchen, the owners wanted one that had a fun, spirited personality, too. They mixed modern elements such as stainless-steel appliances, hardware, and shelving with quaint, traditional ones, such as this apron-front sink. Inspired by the sink’s glossy sheen, they covered the range wall in shiny white subway tile.
Exposed ductwork is now the kitchen’s command center, covered in magnets and memos and flanked by office organizers.