Before & After: New Life for a Sad Brooklyn Kitchen

updated May 4, 2019
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Here’s a kitchen transformation where I think we can confidently say that no one will like the ‘before’ better. When Robyn and Alejandro bought their two-bedroom condo in Brooklyn’s Columbia Waterfront District, the kitchen was in distinctly sad shape (and had, apparently, a basketball in place of a refrigerator). I’m sure it was tough to imagine this space as anything near livable, but Robyn and Alejandro had a vision for what their apartment could be.

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The old kitchen was tiny and cramped, restricted by a partition wall. Apart from, you know, replacing everything, the biggest change Robyn and Alejandro made was tearing down the old wall, which allowed them to expand the kitchen and add a lot more counter and cabinet space.

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Paulina and Albert, the contractors Robyn and Alejandro partnered with for the renovation, expanded the living room’s re-surfaced and re-stained oak floors into the kitchen, matching the new wood to the old with a light stain. The light grey cabinets are a pleasant departure from the typical white, and custom toe kick drawers add even more storage. The new countertops are a white granite with grey veining that closely resembles marble. It’s the best of both worlds — all the durability of granite with the good looks of marble.

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We love the extra bit of shine the stainless steel subway tiles add, and extending the tiles past the backsplash to frame the chalkboard wall is a nice touch. Paneling matching the shaker-style cabinets frames the edges of the kitchen, helping to give it a finished look when seen from the rest of the apartment.

Robyn and Alejandro found their contractors, Paulina and Albert, through Sweeten, an online resource that connects New York-area homeowners with architects, designers, and contractors. You can read more about this kitchen renovation and see more pictures on the Sweeten blog.

Re-edited from a post originally published 11.24.15-NT