This is an ugly kitchen. But its ugliness might seem a bit innocuous to you, if you didn't know the extent of the fire damage hiding behind its walls. The unit's owners, Colin and Orli, originally intended a fairly simple renovation, before they realized the extent of the unseen damage their kitchen was hiding.
Their renovation was more involved than they originally planned. The kitchen was torn down to the studs, the floor was leveled, and the stove and refrigerator switched positions in the space, resulting in a more open, efficient plan. The new cabinetry, a Thomasville design from Home Depot in a whiskey black finish, lends a timeless feel. And the new cabinets go all the way to the ceiling, a detail which streamlines the look of the kitchen and makes for extra storage at the same time.
The ceramic floor tiles, with just a little bit of color movement, mimic the look of slate, and the black granite countertop, whose depth reveals hints of blue and green, adds texture and beauty to the kitchen. The finishing touch is the tin backsplash tile, which replicates the look of an antique ceiling. Colin and Orli did the faux finishing on the walls themselves, to match the look of the walls in the rest of the apartment.
→ Check out the transformation of Colin and Orli's bathroom here!
Colin and Orli found their contractor, Pedro, through Sweeten, an online resource that connects New York-area homeowners with designers, architects, and contractors. You can read more about the project, find sources, and see more photos on the Sweeten blog.