Before & After: Kari's Mix and Match Kitchen

Before & After: Kari's Mix and Match Kitchen

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Chicago, IL
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
Our house is 125 years old and the kitchen is pretty small. But one whole wall is windows with a door out to the deck - a huge score in Chicago. We decided to work within the existing footprint and just change the finishes. And since the existing kitchen wasn't TERRIBLE, we prioritized other projects, doing a little bit here and there over the past 5 years. On the plus side, we were able to pay cash for everything as we went. But it took FOREVER. We finally pushed to the finish this summer by painting the cabinets, tiling the backsplash, and splurging on quartz countertops.
My makeover advice::
Mix and match! Adding pieces with history gives any room instant character, kitchens included. Our island was pulled from the kitchen of a Chicago institution, Buddy Guy's Legends (according to the guy on CL, anyway!). The black hutch was salvaged by an architect renovating a two-flat. He took it home, painted it black and added crown molding, and we bought it from him on CL a few years later. It's the perfect spot for my ironstone collection.
What I love most about my new space::
A complete reno was never in our budget, but this still feels like a completely different space. I love the color of the cabinets (Gettysburg Gray by Benjamin Moore), the shelf for my cookbooks, and the quartz countertops that look like limestone. Also, I will never have another kitchen sink that isn't a single bowl. The single bowl sink is everything.
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