The #thornapplekitchen is complete. Their builder-basic kitchen got a fresh look and my client was so fun. I feel like my clients turn into friends, and for that I am lucky.
Please forgive my iPhone photos, but as my favorite photographer just had a darling baby boy, I'm going to wait to style this kitchen before I force Tracy to take professional photos. :-)
My wonderful clients had a not so wonderful kitchen. But we fixed that! The cabinets were professionally painted by Mike, the painter. He rolls the cabinet boxes and takes the cabinet doors to his studio to be sprayed. We added a backsplash, all new lighting, hardware, granite, faucet, and moldings galore.
My clients wanted to keep all of their seating, but the added molding to the peninsula was a massive improvement. Molding is an easy fix for those of you looking to dress up your kitchen.
Lighting. I can't stress the importance of lighting enough. This kitchen only had one small center light in the kitchen, and then one light over the dining table. It simply wasn't enough. Because of an addition built off the kitchen, the space does not receive much natural light. Between painting the cabinets and adding the lighting, this made a huge difference.
I know you're all tempted to get creative with your backsplash. But truly, if you have a natural stone counter with a pattern to it, please, for the love of all things beautiful, just keep your backsplash simple. It doesn't mean everyone has to do a white subway tile, but there's no need to insert diamond shapes of your granite countertop mixed in with your travertine backsplash. I only mention this because my electrician on this project suggested it. No. That's a bad idea. ;-) It sounds interesting and creative, but just keep it simple and glorious. I share this tip with love!
One of the best compliments my client gave me, possibly without even knowing it, was thanking me for helping her to realize that she deserved a stylish kitchen. Now she's seeing other homes with new eyes and not afraid to buy a house with a not-so-great kitchen, because she knows it can be made beautiful without a huge renovation. And that, my friends, is what it's all about.
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