Before and After: From Fast Food Floors to Old World Charm

The designer of this renovation described the kitchen before as, “dark, oddly angled and with what looks like fast food restaurant tile on the floor.” The client wanted to brighten and update the kitchen while making sure that it fit in perfectly with the rest of the 100-year-old home. The results are fresh and airy yet utterly classic, and the brand-new kitchen has achieved the dream: it looks like it’s always been there.

The before and after photos are cropped slightly differently, but still! The kitchen now looks at least twice as big as before. Part of that is due to the fact that Lauren Medicus of The Colorado Nest—the creative force behind this renovation—lightened almost every aspect of the room, allowing the ample natural light to bounce around freely. The bulky sink corner is gone (more on that below), allowing more flow. The odd peninsula was eliminated, opening up the space, and replaced with a graceful table that can be expanded or removed as needed. Flexible space is more spacious!

I can’t explain why, but corner sinks stress me out so much! If a corner is the only spot to place a sink in a teeny kitchen, that’s one thing; there’s no need in this rambling room. I’m not alone, as the designer revealed:

I happily got rid of the angle at the sink – there was something about it that the client and I didn’t like.

Cherry-toned cabinetry has fallen out of favor lately, but we can generally still acknowledge the beauty of the wood itself. The juxtaposition of the cherry cabinetry and royal blue tiles, however, brings out the worst in both, while the taupe counter and stainless steel sink have nothing to do with either one. Perhaps I’m being too hard on this kitchen; I think I’m taking my corner sink stress out on the rest of the room!

My nemesis, the corner sink, was replaced with one straight out of Charlie on Blackish’s Nancy Meyer-fueled dreams: “I mean, if you can’t wash a pig in it, don’t even show it to me.” It’s so lovely and accommodating, and its scale feels much more appropriate in this large kitchen.

While most of the cabinetry was retained, the cabinets above the sink were ripped out, allowing for the display of favorite pieces. And, unlike many renovations we’ve seen, the fact that the rest of the cabinets remain mean we’re not all asking, “But where do they keep all their stuff?!?” Lots of storage, a little display—that’s a great way to go.

Thank you The Colorado Nest!



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