Garden Fresh Traditional Kitchen Makeover

Banquette Beauty
The kitchen of a professional gardener blossoms with a new look thanks to smart planning and creative problem solving.

Light and Bright

Although this kitchen had plenty of space, the layout was inefficient and the room lacked a comfy, inviting vibe. A budget-conscious remodel transformed the kitchen into a refreshing place to gather. The starting point for the makeover was the tiled floor, which was in good shape and would stay in place. From the floor stemmed a color scheme of cool blues and crisp whites to create an updated, classic look.

Island Getaway

An island was added to incorporate a focal point in the kitchen and to create a smooth traffic pattern. The new island lets the family move between the cooking and dining zones and houses the dishwasher and sink. It also faces a large window, which overlooks an impressive garden.

Custom Touches

Though it looks like a high-end model, this range hood was was paneled in beaded board for a custom look on a dime. The front panel of the hood lifts up to reveal the control panel of the vent, which recycles the air. Moving the range to the center of the room broke up the long stretch of cabinetry and created another focal point.

Subtle Accent Tile

Because the tile takes up a long expanse of wall, white porcelain subway tile was selected for a neutral backsplash. A subtle accent tile used sparingly throughout stretched the budget without sacrificing style.

Out-of-Sight Storage

A concealed cubby next to the refrigerator houses the microwave. The lift-up, slide-back door makes the microwave easily accessible without taking up counter space.

Baking Center

This corner was designed to compartmentalize a robust supply of baking items. Nooks are for baskets, and pullout shelves accommodate rolling pins and baking pans. A repurposed faux drawer front from the original sink area was used to create a door for the narrow cabinet, which stores baking sheets.

Dollar-Wise Storage

When the cabinets were reconfigured and the sink was moved from the back wall to the island, about 8 inches of empty space remained in the base units of the wall. The space turned out to be the ideal spot to add shelves and stow baskets. Situated next to the baking center, the baskets keep linens and cookie decorations within easy reach.

Window Bench

A bench was designed and placed under the window as a handy spot to sit and put on shoes before going outside. The seat is made from painted medium-density fiberboard and is supported by corbels.

Garden View

The island faces the window, which overlooks the home's impressive gardens. To add a nostalgic touch to the room, a detailed, curved faucet in a soft brushed-nickel finish was installed. The faucet is reminiscent of an old Victorian version.

Banquette Beauty

An underutilized corner was given new purpose as a cozy breakfast nook for casual meals. For less than $125 in materials, a bench and table were added to create a custom banquette.

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