Gitesh and Thomas live in a pre-war apartment that was in need of a major kitchen renovation. Staying true to the apartment's character, they chose classic colors, timeless subway tile, basic white cabinets, and indulged in some new high-performance appliances.
Gitesh and Thomas admit to splurging on their Viking commercial appliances. If you're going to splurge, this is a good place to do it, since top-of-the-line appliances can boost a home's resale value.
Subway tile is classic, easy to clean, and goes with a variety of different styles. It's also a good way to save money on a kitchen renovation, since you can find inexpensive subway tiles at most big box hardware stores.
Besides being inexpensive, IKEA kitchens carry a 25-year warranty, and the kitchen department's quality control is more exacting than most of the store's catalog.
Gitesh and Thomas used Benjamin Moore paints — you can find the full range of colors in standard, low-VOC (the Aura line), or no-VOC (the Natura line).
For classic lighting, we always like to check Rejuvenation and Schoolhouse Electric, two companies that specialize in recreations of American 19th and 20th century styles. Gitesh and Thomas' fixture comes from Schoolhouse Electric.
Kitchen Table and Chairs
The mid-century table and chairs are a nice complement to the mostly 1930s and 40s era details throughout the rest of the kitchen.
Concrete counters are a basic, durable alternative to stone. For a similar look, you can also try heat-resistant fireslate. Gitesh and Thomas' countertops were custom made by Concrete Central.
More On This Kitchen
• See the full tour of Gitesh and Thomas' kitchen here.
• See the full tour of their whole home here.
More Kitchen Renovation Resources
• Sources for Small Kitchen Renovations
• Fold-Out Jewel Box Kitchen: Get the Look
• Bright, White Industrial Kitchen: Get the Look
• Modern Kitchens: High and Low
• How to Shop for Tile
• Modern Micro Kitchen: Get the Look
Photo: Jill Slater