A Splashy Makeover for a Dated Kitchen (You Have to See the Tile!)
Drab to fab is the definition of this amazing kitchen flip. See how the fixer-upper gained space and style to become a vibrant Mediterranean-inspired hangout.
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Before: Outdated Details
Vintage kitchens can be packed with pretty accents and old-school charm. That was not true for this space, tucked into a 1926 Spanish Revival home. An inefficient layout coupled with old appliances, worn cabinetry, and ceramic tile countertops signaled a necessary remodel.
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After: Mediterranean Masterpiece
Tucking the cooktop into a space formerly occupied by the refrigerator and framing it with colorful tiles turns the once-lackluster window wall into a focal point.
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Impactful Tile Treatment
A colorful ceramic backsplash featuring decorative Mediterranean tiles makes a dramatic statement and reflects the home's vintage style. The tiles act as a transition between the different colored cabinets, pulling in hues from both green base cabinetry and white upper cabinets.
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Before: Lack of Storage Space
Wall cabinetry provided a place for pots, pans, and dishware, but a center island for additional prep space and storage was at the top of the homeowners' wish list.
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After: More to Love
Removing a wall and reconfiguring the layout made room for an island and a host of pro-style appliances, including a six-burner gas cooktop, double wall ovens, and an undercounter beverage refrigerator. A second sink in the island allows for separate cooking zones.
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The island's mahogany countertop adds warmth and serves as a refreshing counterpoint to the perimeter's cool marble surfaces. The lively green base cabinetry complements the medley of warm colors seen on the backsplash.
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A Place for Everything
Open storage breaks up the island's expanse and keeps cookbooks, bakeware, and serving pieces within reach. Glass shelves within reflect light and are easy to clean.
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A prep faucet on the island features a living finish, which means it has no protective coating and will continue to patinate over time. The small undermount sink is discreet but ideal for rinsing produce or filling pitchers.
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Pro-style appliances were worthwhile splurges. Mixing modern stainless-steel appliances with vintage accents gives this kitchen an appealing built-over-time feel.
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Before: Frustrating Flow
Prior to the remodel, the oven and range were contained to a corner away from prep surfaces. A rolling cabinet served as a portable pantry and extra countertop, but the homeowners wished to improve traffic flow.
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After: In the Zone
Double wall ovens cozy up to a functional counterop area flanked with two-tone cabinetry. Both colors -- grayish-green on base cabinets and creamy white on uppers -- keep the kitchen's palette soft, simple, and warm. Glass door inserts create attractive display space and visually expand the room.
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What's Old is New
The kitchen had beautiful original details that were considered when bringing in new materials and creating a sense of integrity. Keeping the existing casement windows preserved some of the home's 1920s heritage.
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Cup pulls with an antique burnished finish add vintage appeal to base cabinetry. Carrara marble countertops keep the look light and airy.
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A roomy pantry closet provides storage outside the primary work zone. A door with reeded glass allows light into the small room and helps it coordinate with nearby glass-front cabinets.
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