e-design: Easy Kitchen Update

Texas Ranch House update

Sally and Robert want to update their kitchen dining area of their Dallas ranch home. Their styles have evolved since they last remodeled their home ten years ago: he likes sleek modern and she prefers a softer contemporary look. The challenge is coming up with a design they can agree on! Since they’ve recently lived through an extensive remodel of their master bedroom and guest bathroom, they aren’t up for any more “construction” or spending a fortune. They’ve also welcomed an adorable and very active puppy into their home, so any changes need to be minimally disruptive as well as pet-friendly. The airy kitchen opens to the dining and living rooms, overlooking the backyard pool through a vista of windows.

When they remodeled their ranch home 10 years ago, Sally and Robert invested in  unique smokey-blue polished granite countertops. Neither of them are still in love with the granite, but replacing it isn’t in the budget. The stainless steel appliances and a simple modern dining table (similar) with matching benches are timeless and in great shape. I came up with three looks to add color, texture, and contrast to the kitchen dining area.  All of the selections are inter-changeable according to their preferences.

 

Transitional Kitchen Update

Tile | Upper Cabinet Paint | Lower Cabinet Paint |Pendant | Hardware

Fabric | Butcher Block |Rug | Chair


Modern Kitchen Update

Tile | Upper Cabinet Paint | Lower Cabinet Paint |Pendant | Hardware

Fabric | Butcher Block |Rug | Chair


Classic Kitchen Update

Tile | Upper Cabinet Paint | Lower Cabinet Paint |Pendant | Hardware

Fabric | Butcher Block |Rug | Chair

TO DO:

  1. Paint cabinets: I chose to use a darker color on the lower cabinets to blend with the dark color of the granite for a more modern look. White upper cabinets give the illusion of space and height in the small kitchen
  2.  Replace tile backsplash: The current backsplash is slate and tumbled marble- in style when they chose it 10 years ago, but again, not their preference now. The backsplash is small enough to allow a for a splurge. Robert is a fan of artisan ceramics studios like Heath Ceramics and Fireclay Tile, whose tiles perfectly compliment their ranch style home. Basic white subway tiles with grey grout are a classic and inexpensive option as well.
  3. Add pendant lights above island: Pendants will add visual interest and needed task lighting, but they can’t be too large or opaque or they’ll overwhelm the space.
  4. Install butcher block counter(optional): Robert is a true chef and does all of the cooking (lucky Sally)! Butcher block is paractical, inexpensive, and will break up the long expanse of blue granite. The most cost-efficient use would be on the island, but it would also look great as couter beside the range.
  5. Replace cabinet hardware: Changing out your old knobs with stainless steel or satin brass is an easy way to snazz up cabinets.
  6. Reupholster dining benches: The benches are currently upholstered in the original leather and have been lovingly chewed by several family pups. Textured vinyl looks great and is easy to clean.
  7. Indoor-outdoor area rug: These rugs are inexpensive, available in tons of styles and are practical- spills and puppy accidents can be hosed right off.
  8. Dining head chairs (optional): Interesting head chairs add style to matching dining sets. There are many online sources that sell them in sets of two at a reasonable price.

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