A Splashy Makeover for a Dated Kitchen (You Have to See the Tile!)

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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.

Before: Outdated Details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.

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.

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.

In a hardworking kitchen, a backsplash is an ideal opportunity to add a little personality. See how pretty materials and unique installations can bring a fresh face to your kitchen.

One-of-a-Kind Backsplash Ideas

In a hardworking kitchen, a backsplash is an ideal opportunity to add a little personality. See how pretty materials and unique installations can bring a fresh face to your kitchen.

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. 

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.

Central Station

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.

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.

Pretty Patina

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.

Modern Mix

Pro-style appliances were worthwhile splurges. Mixing modern stainless-steel appliances with vintage accents gives this kitchen an appealing built-over-time feel.

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.

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.

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.

Darling Details

Cup pulls with an antique burnished finish add vintage appeal to base cabinetry. Carrara marble countertops keep the look light and airy.

Hardworking Pantry

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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