Name: Graeme & Rebekah Molloy
Type of Project: Kitchen Remodel
Location: Chautauqua Park, Des Moines, Iowa
Type of building: 1920 Tudor
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Now that we've seen Rebekah & Graeme's kitchen in its pre-renovation state, let's take a look at the spaces that got them dreaming big kitchen-revamp dreams.
From Rebekah & Graeme:
I don't think we have one specific "style". We have curated things we love to surround us in our home. We love mid century design but are equally attracted to industrial aesthetic. For the kitchen we are inspired by a sort of coffee shop feel! We also think it is really important to keep the vibe of the house in character with the original features we love so much! We decided to keep within the original style of the cabinets and continue using shaker style into the new design. We are updating the look by utilizing black cabinetry on bottom and a contrasting white on top. Bright, open and inviting are words I hope this new kitchen will evoke!
We designed a lot of the kitchen ourselves. I had a lot of input from friends and family...but ultimately we are the ones that know the space the most and what we want out of the new design. A part of me still thinks we should have hired a designer...but I am excited to see how our vision unfolds!
We are using hardwood shaker style cabinetry, and white quartz surfaces. The countertops have changed through the design (from wood, to wood stamped concrete and, finally, quartz.) The allure of minimal upkeep was too hard to pass up! We have an area dedicated to open shelving (which I'm hoping to DIY!). We think wood will warm up the hard white countertops. The backsplash will be classic subway tile with dark grout.
We plan on using:
- Hardwood shaker cabinets (in black and white)+white quartz counters
- Distressed wood for open shelves
- IKEA brackets for shelves, spray painted in copper
- Subway tile with dark grout
- Warm white paint
- Updated lighting
- Installation of gas stove, microwave and dishwasher
- New faucet