Before & After: Rachel's Timeless Two-Tone Kitchen

Before & After: Rachel's Timeless Two-Tone Kitchen

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Name:
Rachel
Location:
Ossining, NY
Division:
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
We bought a home built in 1856 because we loved the character, but the kitchen hadn't been redone in 30 years, so we decided to renovate right away. We couldn't afford custom cabinets, so we went with IKEA plus Semihandmade doors. Planning started in November 2014, demolition began right after Memorial Day, and the entire project was wrapped up by the second week of July 2015. Although two-toned cabinets are trendy right now, we think the simple Shaker style and classic colors will stand the test of time. Countertops are Pure White Caesarstone. The stove is Blue Star, which we LOVE, and the pendant is Schoolhouse Electric. After a ridiculous amount of searching, I found some great Etsy vendors for the shelving (gokojo), brass brackets (pepeandcarols), and stools (BarnWoodFurniture). We agonized over tile vs. hardwood vs. other flooring, but finally chose a bamboo floor from CaliBamboo and are really happy. The finishing touch was the rug, which we got from the ABC Carpet + Home outlet!
My makeover advice::
If you have outdoor space, planning a kitchen renovation for warmer weather is a lifesaver. We were able to grill a lot of meals and enjoy eating outside on paper plates, instead of being limited to microwave meals.

And it sounds obvious, but if you go with a less expensive contractor, you might not get work you're happy with. While most of our kitchen turned out great, we ended up firing our contractor because of a lack of attention to detail and for damaging some original features of our very old home. It was heartbreaking and so frustrating, and there are some imperfections in the floor installation that I still notice every time I go into the kitchen. We couldn't have afforded to spend more on the contractor, and decided to take the risk because we really needed that dishwasher and I was pregnant and we didn't want to renovate with a small baby. Just know that you will end up compromising on something unless your budget is unlimited!
What I love most about my new space::
Probably my favorite area design-wise is the shelving, which makes great use of the weird diagonal wall -- and is now giving us a terrible excuse to start collecting ceramics to display with all the dried goods! Probably the thing we love most is the fact that with a dishwasher, we can spend less time doing dishes and more time hanging out with our friends when they are here for dinner parties or weekend visits.
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