I’m so excited to finally share finished shots of Project Craftsman. This was such a great project to work on because the clients are just the nicest people ever and they were down to try something a little different. I’ve long wanted to try a “two-tone” kitchen with wood base cabinets and white wall cabinets and I think the results turned out so great. It’s a great mix of practicality (stained wood base cabinets are more forgiving) and aesthetics (white uppers really help brighten up the space.) We designed a custom 3 panel door for the wall cabinets. I love that it dresses up a simple shaker door but is still clean and classic. The DM team did a great job executing all of the finishing details and turning this once ugly duckling kitchen into the happiest spot into the home.
For those of you who missed the BEFORE posts, the original kitchen was a sad state. One of my biggest pet peeves in a kitchen design is when the sink and cooktop are too close together with no prep space in between. This was the case in the original layout, with the sink too close to the corner.
My clients and I played around with a lot of ideas with both the layout and looks of the space. We debated placing the cooktop in the island vs against the wall. We also discussed doing all of perimeter cabinets (base and wall) white or just the wall cabinets white. Here is a rendering I shared with them with white base cabinets on the perimeter and the cooktop against the wall. We didn’t end up going in this direction…
This was the final layout. Instead of fighting with the sink being under the window and too close to the corner, we simply moved it to the corner. Now it feels much bigger and spacious in this corner and there is still a view to the outside.
My client really liked the idea of being able to cook in a social setting white chatting with family and guests so we placed the cooktop on the island. We used an induction cooktop. They are pretty cool! No need to worry about little fingers getting burned- only pots get hot, the surface does not.
The island also houses the microwave, spice drawer, utensil divider and roll-out shelf storage for pots and pans.
Since the hood is such a big focal point over the island, we did not do decorative lighting in this area. Instead, we did pendants over the window.
A few details I love- subway tile all the way to the ceiling, open shelves over the sink, stained shelves contrasting against the white tile and wall cabinets.
By moving the oven to the long wall, we were able to maximize storage around the cooktop. This space here is such a great prep zone. I love how the new design has a few different zones for prep. No more crowding around the sink and cooktop!
A few more details I love- the wall door detail, the cabinet hardware, the Delicatus White granite.
I’m just so thrilled with this After. The space feels so much larger, brighter, happier and its now a great entertaining zone. It’s neutral and clean but not the least bit boring or sterile. I’m officially obsessed with mixing stained wood and white in the kitchen!
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