Before & After: A Beach Condo Kitchen Leaves the Sea of Beige Behind

Before & After: A Beach Condo Kitchen Leaves the Sea of Beige Behind

Wendy is doing Florida her way. After snatching up a beach condo with a view, she set about giving the outdated kitchen some much needed pizzaz. Treating her new digs as a blank slate, she added color and mid-century flair, giving the kitchen updated style.

From Wendy: Move over snowbirds, soon the sounds of The Rolling Stones, The Cars and even a little Pink Floyd may be drifting through your condo corridors as your new Baby Boomer neighbors move in. We snagged a great deal on a wonderful condo with an awesome view of the Caloosahatchee River and the downtown Ft. Myers skyline.

With no existing furniture, we decided a fresh palette would allow us to go in any decorating direction we like. So, mid-century modern it was. I'm going through a crazy Orla Kiely stage right now, and I'm falling in love with the simple lines and geometric shapes of the forties and fifties. Think Carol and Mike Brady coming over for a Moscow Mule on our lanai, with classic rock playing from our surround sound and discussions of what tattoos they should get now that all six kids have grown up and flown the coop.

The kitchen was a sea of beige, just like everything else in the condo. Beige ceramic tiles, beige granite countertops,and even beige walls! The kitchen cabinets were dark cherry and the lighting was inefficient and outdated.

I love everything about our new kitchen, but my favorite aspect is the way we turned a nondescript bar into a focal point. By extending the bar counter width a few inches, adding pendant lights and splurging on some retro bar stools imported from the Netherlands, the bar is now inviting and comfortable. I wish I had changed the appliances from black, but they aren't nearly as obtrusive in the new setting as they were before.

Wendy's words of wisdom: Prepare to spend more time on your research and planning than the actual renovation. Pinterest is my favorite friend and the internet my greatest resource. Learn about the style you are wanting. Spend hours browsing pictures of rooms you love and then spot the common denominators. Two suggestions for decorating newbies: consult a decorator for color selection, and be willing to pay for quality for most important features.

Thank you, Wendy! You can see more on Wendy's blog My French Twist.

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