House hunting in New York often involves a few compromises, and for Brandi that compromise was buying an apartment with a kitchen in need of a serious overhaul. The backsplash tiles were cracked and yellowing, the wall oven didn't work, and the hinges had so many layers of paint on them that the cabinets wouldn't close. And to top it all off, everything was painted a particularly unappealing shade of olive green.
The renovation involved opening up the wall between the kitchen and the living space, but not completely. This way, the kitchen gets a lot more natural light, and is a bit more open to the rest of the living area — but it still retains its identity as a separate space.
The kitchen itself is modern and bright, and, happily, all the appliance work (and all the cabinet doors close!). Brandi chose marbled cork floors (yes, that's cork!), white lacquer IKEA cabinets, stainless appliances, and a beautiful seafoam-green glass tile for the backsplash, so the new kitchen still has a bit of color (although it's much more subtle this time around). The counters are a light-colored granite.
Since the kitchen's galley shape doesn't allow for a ton of storage, part of the plan all along was to add built-in cabinets in the dining room. A plan for high wall cabinets was scrapped on the advice of Brandi's contractor Paul, who instead built a console in the dining room from the same cabinets that were used in the kitchen.
The extra storage and creative solutions mean that the new kitchen doesn't just look a lot better: it also functions a lot better, as the hardworking heart of this little family home.
Brandi found her contractor, Paul, on Sweeten, an online resource that connects homeowners with local design and construction experts for home renovations. You can read more about the project, see more photos, and find sources on the Sweeten blog.