Warm Tuscany was the feeling that Bonnie wanted in her home, along with sun-warmed colors and rich wood tones.  Her last update had been in the late 80's and she just wasn't feeling the blue and white anymore.  In fact, she wanted to change just about everything about her entire ground floor.

Her kitchen was dated, with a ceiling hung bank of cabinets and matching peninsula that made it a dark and cramped space. 

(before) Kitchen view with peninsula and bank of hanging cabinets

(before) Kitchen view - dropped ceiling with fluorescent lighting, oak cabinets
The original fluorescent lights were in a 70's style dropped ceiling, and her cabinets were typical oak with a prominent grain. 

(before) Kitchen - sink and window area
(before) Kitchen - fridge and cabinets

Bonnie dreamed of warm hardwood floors and rich wood cabinetry in an open light-filled space with an island.  We made beautiful selections of cabinetry, granite, lighting and appliances and Alex at A Plus Kitchen made it happen.

(after) Kitchen - cove ceiling, can lights and pendants

We removed the peninsula of cabinets and ceiling hung cupboards which opened the kitchen to the rest of the family space.  We added crown and base molding, and raised the ceiling - adding recessed can lighting and speakers for music and media.  The door to the dining room was removed and an arched doorway was created to mirror the existing arch from the entry.

(In progress) - Cabinets in, paint on the walls, granite on countertops

Next came hardwood floors, beautifully crafted custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a new kitchen sink, brushed nickel faucet, and tumbled travertine back-splash.
(after)  Kitchen sink area with new faucet, granite counter tops, garden bay window

we opted for a painted finish on the island to break up the woodtones. 

The paint (Dunn Edwards 'Golden Gate') added warmth, as did the bronze pendant lighting (Lamps Plus).  Bronze hardware complimented the cabinetry and accessories and new vinyl windows with blinds for light control and custom window treatments finished the picture.

In the breakfast nook, we replaced dated metal and oak railing with custom hardwood, and added cabinets in the bar area to match the kitchen, just a step or two away.

(before)  kitchen eating area
(after)  kitchen eating area with new railing
completed bar area

We added glass cabinets for display and light and chose GE Profile appliances, which gave her a dual range - with gas burners and electric oven.

What a beautiful difference!




I had to take a little break from the kitchen series - it was taking over my life....
but, here is the final posting in the series - a look at sinks and faucets
The country apron sink (undermounted) is more popular than ever
it provides a unique look whether in porcelain

(brushed nickel bridge faucet with sprayer and soap dispenser)
or copper
(double bronze single hole faucets (one for purified drinking water on the left)
stainless steel (undermounted) divided sink (it is just me or does this look on the small side?)
(I really like the industrial look of the faucet and sprayer)
Consider your view when installing a sink.  If you have to face a wall, make it a little more interesting than this one!
Undermounted granite divided sink - kind of gorgeous
the undermount provides an easy to clean surface
(also love the tiny mosaic backsplash)
(single hole polished nickel faucet with integrated sprayer)
Speaking of view - this location lets you be a part of the family while cooking or cleaning up, as it faces into the adjoining family room
vintage look bridge faucet in bronze on an undermounted
apron sink
Another undermount - this porcelain sink is assymetrical - larger on one side than the other to accomodate larger pots and pans
(chrome single hole faucet with sprayer)
This extra long stainless steel sink, undermounted in marble, accomodates two full-size faucets for busy kitchen prep.
country apron sink gone industrial - this updated stainless steel version would fit into any style kitchen
an additional stainless steel sink in the island increases the prep area.

Dark hand oiled bronze bridge faucet with sprayer on an extra deep single undermounted sink
ceiling mounted pull-down faucet over a long stainless steel sink -
for a commercial or industrial style kitchen - maximizes counter space
Another stainless steel option - divided sink with larger and smaller basins
chrome faucet
or how about two equal size stainless sinks
the bridge faucet here needs to be extra large to cover both sinks
where's the sink?
the granite sink in the same material as the counter top creates an almost invisible effect
The divided undermount sink in porcelain - larger and smaller sinks - undermounted
old fashioned style brushed nickel faucet

This stainless divided sink may look equal in proportions, but has a shallow and a deep side

I like a deep single basin sink.  This one, undermounted in a marble countertop with spread chrome fixtures

What is your preference?
Do we need a divided sink? What was your favorite look?
Or your favorite style of faucet?

Even though I like a country kitchen - I really like the industrial and clean lined faucets
That might be an interesting mix..... eclectic!  See, you can get away with almost anything if you call it eclectic!



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