4.19.2013

Thornapple kitchen: before and after

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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21 comments:

  1. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! Love the dark wood furniture to contrast with the white. The textiles really give it a clean, modern feel. Great job!

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  2. Just fabulous Abby! Simple changes that make an enormous difference and cost less than a gut job! Your clients must be thrilled!

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  3. abby, that looks AMAZING!!! WOW WOW WOW! This might be my fave transformation of yours....

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  4. I'm so glad she hired you to help her love her kitchen again - it's a hot spot in every home and she deserves to feel good about it. Which with how beautiful this is I'm sure she grins every time she's in it. Classic, beautiful, and stylish - perfect! Love the lantern and seating area.

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  5. I love, love, love the transformation, but especially the new lighting!!

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  6. love it Abby! I just can't believe what a huge transformation you made without ripping out the cabinets! And I love your tile tip ;) so true... take it easy on the craziness people.

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  7. Love the lighting selections, Abby. But, honestly, I've come to expect great lighting in all your projects. ;)

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  8. Amazing! Moulding makes such a huge impact! We added similar moulding to our builder basic cabinets and it made such a huge difference! Makes our basic cabinets look so custom. And such great advice on a simple backsplash - it create a more timeless look. Your clients are so lucky to have you!

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  9. Abby it looks absolutely amazing! You can work wonders girl! Thanks for sharing your clients work, it sure inspires me to do what I love someday!

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  10. Abby this renovation is really, really lovely. I can't believe it's the same cabinetry - that is so amazing. I love the changes you've made - the colors, lighting, and table with settee. Gorgeous! And great tip on going simple with the backsplash…I couldn't agree more. Get creative with accessories that are easy to change out when you tire of them instead of permanent elements.

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  11. Fantastic job, Abby. Love the lighting and the molding on the island. You must be so proud!

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  12. Really spectacular. I love everything about it. And the lights...ooh la la!

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  13. I love this kitchen! Just painted my cabinets too and am looking for a light colored granite. What type of granite is this? And what color is the grout used with the subway tile? So pretty. Breathtaking transformation. Congratulations! Jill
    jilljones1@frontiernet.net

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  14. My best friend did exactly what your electrician suggested. But she thinks it's fabulous so I can't say anything. I need to send her your post.

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  15. This kitchen is GORGEOUS! And, I completely agree with your keep it simple statement. YES!

    Also, I want that little eating area - the settee is a brilliant choice.

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  16. I love this kitchen! What type of granite is this and can you give me the source of the light fixtures you used?
    Thanks! Cheryl
    cheryl.seidelmann@us.redbull.com

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  17. It looks amazing! I love the colors and the fab lighting and the breakfast area. Home run!!

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  18. Oh my goodness! "For the love of all things beautiful..." Lol! LOVE that!!! I'm a simplicity gal anyway. I also love that dining bench and have been keeping my eye out for one. The whole kitchen is just beautiful!!!

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  19. This is *stunning*...and seriously, for the love of all things beautiful, I wish my parents had consulted you before installing their backsplash in their kitchen...gorgeous travertine...interspersed with bizarre/ugly glass tiles. *SIGH*. Oh well. Thank goodness your client listens to you because she is insanely lucky to have that spectacular kitchen!

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  20. Abby.....you brought that kitchen up girl! I am sure they are thrilled with that beautiful bright and pretty apace!

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Abby M. Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby M. Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com

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