Looking for examples of contemporary takes on traditional design? Meet our October Remodel of the Month. The combination of distressed cabinetry with a trendy gray-tone finish and beautiful accents, reconfigured cabinets and an in-kitchen desk area are all proof that you can have your contemporary cake and eat it with traditional style.
Kitchen Remodel at a Glance: Cabinet refacing & custom built in specialty pieces
Homeowner: Northern New Jersey couple
Location: Wyckoff, New Jersey
Size: 150 square feet (10 by 15 feet)
Designer: John Zambolla
Refaced cabinets that add height and elegance
Problem: Homeowner's want ceiling height cabinets
Keep: Layout the same
Replace: Soffit with extended cabinets & built-ins
One of the first things our design team did was eliminate the soffits and empty air space above the cabinetry, taking the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling. This immediately added lofty height to the design as well as room for decorative dramatic accents - like the beautifully sculpted niche above the oven.
The owners wanted to incorporate a gray color palette, but in a way that was exciting and dynamic. The answer was to reface them with Maple Cabinets finished in a Driftwood stain - with a brown glaze (more on that below). These days, about 10% of homeowners are choosing gray as their foundation color. Choosing a distressed effect makes it easy to hide the occasional smudge, print or minor dribble before it can be cleaned up - a major bonus for busy kitchens and/or those with small children and pets.
Love your countertops? We'll work around them
The existing, beige granite countertops were gorgeous and the homeowners loved them. We're firm believers that if you love something about your kitchen, it's worth keeping. That being said, it's much less costly to reface cabinets around an existing countertop than it is to replace a countertop and cabinetry.
In this case, the homeowners decided to add a brown glaze to the cabinets to tie the color palette together. In addition to warming up the cooler gray color, the subtle glaze creates color synchronicity between cream granite coutnertops and gray cabinets.
Beautiful trim work and accents add personal touch
This kitchen is full of personalized style accents. Some of the most notable include the aforementioned niche over the oven. The gently arched outline adds contrast to the standard 90° angles. Some of the trim and unique features we added include:
- Raised-panel doors that add dimension and offer lots of surface area to capture the warm, brown glaze.
- Over-sized corbels for visual interest.
- Converting some of the cabinet boxes to become open shelving for added dimension and a place to display colorful kitchenware and seasonal decor.
"We loved our kitchen layout, but not the soffits or the look of the traditional cherry cabinets. Working with Kitchen Magic, we were able to preserve our layout. After removing the soffit, they built boxes that extended our cabinet doors to the ceiling. Additionally, they worked with us to veneer portions of our soffit, adding various moldings to create a furniture feeling to an already existing pantry."
The suggested a special niche above our oven to create elevation and interest across the ceiling span of the kitchen. Kitchen Magic worked with us on charges during the process without complications. Thank you for making my kitchen unique, and not just new doors and veneer.”
Custom work spaces reduce clutter
Finally, these homeowners took advantage of the remodel to add a desk area. Current open floor plan trends, combined with 21st century gadgets that pave the way for convenient work stations that declutter the kitchen and add plenty of space for gadget recharging, bill paying, a mini home office and a to house a kitchen computer for quick recipes.
When you think you have limited possibilities with cabinet refacing, think again. This custom space is the result of true craftsmanship, creativity and a little magic!
A No-Stress Distressed Space
The Results: New color, style & look
Kept: Footprint the same
Replaced: Doors & drawers and custom work to create new design with extended cabinets
Are you ready to take your kitchen to the next level? Schedule a free, in-home design consultation with the design professionals at Kitchen Magic. The experts here at Kitchen Magic will design a custom solution just for you. Simply click or call (800) 272-5490.