Before & After: A Clinton Hill Kitchen Lightens Up


Before her renovation, the kitchen in Sanaya's Clinton Hill co-op wasn't much to look at. But the issues with the kitchen went far beyond appearances: the cabinets were falling apart, and cans of food were holding up shelves in some places. A well separating the kitchen and pantry made both spaces seem small and cramped. It was time for a change — time to tear everything out and start anew.

Sanaya used Sweeten, a New York-area resource that connects homeowners with architects, designers, and contractors, to find a contractor to to help her transform her kitchen. She chose to work with an expert, Alan, who helped her to solidify the plan for her new kitchen, and then began work to make that plan a reality.

Sanaya's new kitchen has a completely different look — it's lighter, brighter, and more functional. White shaker-style cabinets are paired with a grey Ceasarstone countertop. The blue-grey penny tile backsplash adds texture and interest. And the light grey ceiling is a brilliant touch, bringing the entire room's color scheme together.

Undercabinet lighting helps keep the kitchen bright, and the new cabinets, which go all the way to the ceiling, provide lots of extra storage space.

The wall between the pantry and the kitchen (you can see a floor plan of the previous layout here) was torn down, which makes for a much more efficient layout and a much more spacious kitchen. Sanaya's pretty delighted with it: "There are whole shelves that I haven’t even moved into yet! I feel like I can breathe and cook freely without chopping vegetables on top of my cookbook."

To see more photos and get more info about the project (including sources), check out the project page on Sweeten.

(Image credits: Sweeten)