Trendy but Tasteful Kitchen

Dull and windowless, this 1945 ranch kitchen needed a serious style overhaul. See how a family of remodelers combined industrial accents, shimmery finishes, and sunny decor to bring the dated room into the light.

Before: Dark and Dated

With decades-old decor and not a single window to be found, this California kitchen was beyond behind the times. After purchasing the home, the owners devised an affordable remodel that would bring light into the kitchen while merging it with an adjacent family room.

After: Airy with Artistic Accents

A new skylight, windows, and pair of French doors in the eating area bathe the kitchen in natural light. Sunny yellow accents, like metal barstools and ceramic dishware, provide a pop of color to the neutral palette. Reworking the layout made better use of the the tight quarters and established an efficient work triangle. The homeowners stretched the budget by reusing old paneling to dress the wraparound breakfast bar.

Smart Style

Accessible from the dining area, the breakfast bar easily accommodates family and friends while maintaining the adjacent counter's functionality. Trendy touches like an apron-front, double-bowl sink provide cool utility.

Creative Cluster

Three sculptural pendants fill the space over the sink. The black metal lighting draws attention to breakfast-bar seating while doubling as stylish artwork.

Contemporary Finishes

White walls and shimmery quartz-surfacing countertops accentuate industrial-style stainless-steel appliances. A pull-down faucet with a single handle pairs fashion with function. Wood-look cabinets convey the industrial-cool vibe the homeowners were going for.

Rustic Elegance

Open shelves built from leftover lumber helped the family of remodelers save big. Mounted to an affordable to-the-ceiling tile backsplash, the charming storage highlights the driftwood finish of surrounding cabinetry.

Leftover Love

With a little elbow grease and a wire brush, redwood boards left over from another construction job receive a charming limed patina. Inexpensive black brackets with subtle curves contrast the clean lines found throughout the smart space.

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Modestly Modern

Sleek furniture-store cabinets with a modern gray finish set the desired chic-industrial tone at a low cost. Wide upper cabinets and pantry cabinets below mirror the side-by-side refrigerator, while pulls found at a local lumberyard supply cost-conscious hardware.

Custom Features

A pot-filler faucet over the range accommodates the homeowners' love of cooking. Glossy ceramic subway tiles add timeless polish to the kitchen's trendy raw-wood-look finishes.

Reclaimed Beauty

Recycled wood planks on the walls and ceiling contribute cozy comfort to the trendy attached dining area. Large ceramic floor tiles tie in the kitchen's modern style, while a pendant light crafted from wine-barrel hoops echoes the shape of proximate lighting.

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