Saturday, April 30, 2011

Before & After - Arabesque Love

This is my most recent kitchen remodel project. I collaborated with Dwell Construction as my contractor and the results are stunning, in my humble opinion. We replaced everything except the floor tile!
This is what the space looked like when the home was purchased. Clearly very dated, in not only the decor, but the scale of the cabinet uppers and the finish out materials.

This home was built in the late 90's and the finish out materials are clearly indicative of that...including shiny brass, ugh! We ripped those dated cabinets out of there and put in not only beautiful cabinets but much more functional ones as well. The real beauty of designing your own cabinets is planning for exactly what you need and a place for everything.
Here is what she looks like today...
Big difference, huh?! :-)
I took the cabinets all the way to the ceiling to really take advantage of every inch of storage space possible. This, aesthetically, just looks beautiful too. It draws your eye up and takes advantage of the ceiling height. The cabinets have lots of new organizational features that the original cabinets didn't offer. Some of the features include, a pop-up mechanism for the client's KitchenAid stand mixer in the far right base cabinet, pullouts behind the doors for ease of reach and finding items and the skinny cabinets on either side of the new Viking cooktop are pull-out spice cabinets, among other many other things.
Here is another view of how the kitchen looked before...
We also increased the island size in our renovation. This special client has a big family and entertains frequently. The larger island size is obviously an advantage for her yummy spreads and buffet style dinners.


Closeup of the new island.


The arabesque backsplash tiles from Mission Stone and Tile are probably one of my favorite specifications for the kitchen. Check out their site, my in-kitchen herb garden is their highlight photo :-) They were a pretty penny but we didn't need very much square footage and I think they add loads of character. I have yet to tire of the classic and traditional subway tile, but it is fun to throw in a different shape to mix things up every now and then. Notice the new pot filler behind the cooktop as well. Pot fillers are a nice luxury if you have the opportunity to put one in.
The new Viking cooktop :-)


Pot filler close up. So convenient!


New Viking double ovens :-)


A little in-kitchen herb garden.


In this image you can see our new bell jar lantern pendants...love. All the way to the left in this image, under the microwave, behind those doors, is a convenient little coffee bar.


The new space is bright, airy and most importantly functional.

A big thank you to Adam Luczycki of Dwell Construction (formerly known as Blank Canvas Const.) for taking our specifications and making the vision come to life. It is beautiful!


I hope you've enjoyed a peek into my most recent project completion and I hope you are having a great start to the week!

30 comments:

Alli Aars said...

Stunning!

Cherelle said...

Love it, this makes me want to paint my kitchen cabinets!

Amy R. said...

Gorgeous! This is a stunning transformation. The difference is night and day. Lovely, lovely!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thanks Alli :-)

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Cherelle, yes! Let's paint your cabinets :-)

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Amy, thank you so much! :-)

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

This is soooooo amazing. I cannot believe the transformation! You did an incredible job...everything is so GORGEOUS!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

LCL, thank you so much and thanks for reading :-)

Mary Elizabeth Hulsey said...

A loud Gasp! This is absolutely gorgeous! Definitely one of the finest displays of the Arabesque I've ever seen!

Dave & Sandy Tan said...

WOW! Puts the remodels featured on HGTV at the bottom of list of design excellence!! Looking forward to an invitation to experience the usual outstanding food served in this special environment. Dave & Sandy Tan

Daneen Schafbuch said...

Just Beautiful!! I am sure this person is LOVING this kitchen!!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you Mary Elizabeth! Your product is so beautiful! :-)

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you Sandy :-) I'm sure you'll be getting one soon!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thanks Daneen :-)

orumom said...

What color us you're island? I love it

Judy Steenland said...

IN LOVE! Could you share the paint colors for the cabinets and island. May be doing a little makeover. ;)

Ashley said...

Did you use a glaze on the cabinets? Would you mind sharing the paint brand and colors? Looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

I love everything! Can you give me the names of the paint and also the granite?? I love everything together and I'm re-doing my kitchen soon!!!

KeKe said...

Did anyone find out the names of the paint used on the center island? I think that is a great color! Thank you.

KeKe said...

Before & After - Arabesque Love - would love to know the paint color used on the center island. Thanks!! So beautiful!!

LaDonna said...

Absolutely beautiful, great job!!! ,I would love to know island and cabinet paint colors also!!! , thanks

Lauren said...

Could I please get the name of the color you used on the island? Thanks!

LH DI said...

Hello everyone, has anyone been told the paint colors for these cabinets and Island?

Jen said...

What is the paint colors used on these beautiful cabinets and island? Please share!

Kris said...

If Anyone has info on the color of the cabinets please share.

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you everyone for the compliments!!! I typically do not share sources as I'm unable to due to contract on my client projects, however there is so much interest in the paint colors for this project that I have special permission to share the paint colors. The cabinets are Benjamin Moore White Dove and the island is Kelly Moore Tropical Tan, both with a custom glaze that I don't have the combo for because we mixed it on site until it was right. I hope that helps y'all out :-) Thanks so much for stopping by Live Beautifully!

Leslie Foley said...

What is the two types of Granite you used? Simply beautiful!!

Irene Elizabeth said...

For the arabesque backsplash, did you use the white or cream?

Judy White said...

Please give us name of granite. I've looked and looked vut haven't found anything like this. Thanks

James MKT Driver said...

Absolutely yummy at every turn! First rate, top class. Just gorgeous, extremely tasteful. BM White Dove has been my go-to color for 30 years!