A Renovation Majorly Improves This 1990s Kitchen’s Flow (It’s So Much Brighter!)

published May 29, 2024
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Sometimes addressing one problem in a space is a great excuse to overhaul the entire room. At least that was the case in the kitchen in Casey Rogers’ (@mellamocasey) and Juan Esteves’ (@juanjumps) modern, minimalist Seattle home

“The kitchen had probably been redone in the ’90s with white appliances and what we would call a wide galley layout,” Juan explains. “When we got the house, we found out that we would have to update the electrical, so we took the opportunity to improve some things that didn’t work for us.”

Credit: Casey Rogers

There were three main issues Casey and Juan wanted to fix. First, the kitchen’s flow; its original layout was galley style, but the room was wide.

The kitchen didn’t have enough storage space, and the options that were there were somewhat awkward. There also wasn’t a ton of counter space, and as avid cooks, the couple wanted to be able to sprawl out. Lastly, they wanted to leverage the connection to the yard and get more natural light.

In their new space, they opted for only lower cabinets so they had a clear view from the front door to the kitchen windows, which they replaced with larger ones to let in more light.

To maximize storage, especially in the corner cabinets, they used Rev-A-Shelf’s Blind Corner organizers to easily access things in hard-to-reach places. 

But it wasn’t just the storage and layout that needed to be updated.

Casey and Juan decided to make some aesthetic changes, too. “We wanted to balance out the warm wood tones from the adjacent slat wall and the floors with a cooler gray tone for the cabinets,” Juan shares. “We ended up using Farrow & Ball’sPavillion Gray. We also wanted a marble top that was unique and packed a punch.”

Before they knew it, the kitchen quickly became the focal point of the home. “No matter how curated of a home we have, we always end up spending the majority of our hosting time in the kitchen,” Juan shares. “It truly is the heart of our home, and we love cooking and making drinks while friends hang out!”

If you loved the kitchen transformation, you’ll want to see the rest of Casey and Juan’s eclectic Seattle house. Visit the full home tour on Apartment Therapy to see more.

This post originally appeared on The Kitchn. See it there: Before & After: Gorgeous Gray Cabinets Instantly Revive This “Tired” ’90s Galley Kitchen