Before & After: Little Kitchen, Big Style

The Sweeten

This NYC apartment kitchen got the job done. But there were a few things about it that irked — the L-shaped layout blocked part of the window, and there wasn't a lot of storage space. The appliances were outdated, and the laminate cabinets had seen better days. Plus, the whole room just felt, well… little. What to do?

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Can you believe it's the same room? Architect Nalina Moses removed the sink cabinet that was blocking access to the lower part of the window. Now the entire window is visible, which instantly makes the room seem larger. She changed the configuration of the kitchen from an L shape to a galley setup, which allows for many more upper and lower cabinets. On the cosmetic front, the cabinets, countertops and floors were replaced. Appliances got a modern update. (And is that an undercounter washer I see in the foreground? We're all jealous.)

The final touch? The mirrored backsplashes. I know some people love to hate these, but nothing is quite as effective at opening up a small space. Plus, it's easy to check your hair while you're cooking.

To see more details of this project, visit the project page on The Sweeten.

(Images: Jeffrey Kilmer)

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