Monday, January 4, 2010

New Kitchen Now

Although she liked the basic layout of her kitchen, this homeowner desired a fresh look for the cabinetry. “I envisioned a design that had more character than my white cabinets, neutral floor, and tan walls,” she says. The homeowner also had stipulations—a limited budget and a before-the-holidays deadline. She chose an option called cabinet refacing, which saved her time and money. According to the refacing process, she applied a veneer to her existing cabinets and then replaced the doors and the drawer fronts to match the veneer. Another goal for the homeowner was to gain storage space. She added custom-built cabinets above her existing ones, making them extend to the ceiling, and she installed a pantry made with in-stock cabinets from Lowe’s. She refaced all of the additional cabinets so that the entire kitchen—new and old—would look uniform. Topped off by chic decorative touches and new appliances with a metallic-nickel finish, the kitchen is transformed into a brighter, more organized area for holiday entertaining.

Kitchen Solutions

1 In-cabinet organizers, such as this folding spice rack, solve many storage challenges.

2 New appliances, including this side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, have a sleek metallic-nickel finish that adds to the kitchen’s fresh look.

3 A champagne color with a mocha glaze was selected for the homeowner’s cabinet refacing project.

4 The backsplash, made up of 6-inch beige tiles, protects against splashes.

5 A new pantry, constructed from in-stock cabinetry and then refaced to match the rest of the cabinetry, houses canned goods and cookware. The turquoise wall color is offset by chocolate brown crown moulding.

1 The freestanding range features two ovens that can accommodate any large holiday meal. The new microwave/hood combination offers even cooking results as well as a stainless interior for easy cleanup.

2 The new dishwasher’s AquaSurge technology allows it to match the exact water pressure to the items in the load. The dishwasher also has a stain-resistant GraniteGrey interior tub and a SpeedClean cycle that washes and dries in one hour.

3 Featuring a water filtration system and optional cubed or crushed ice, the new refrigerator is perfect for large gatherings. The counter-depth racks can accommodate large items, such as an 18-inch platter.

Spotless Convenience

A new stainless steel pullout faucet and a hot-water dispenser add functionality to the kitchen’s updated look. Solid-surface countertops in a rich brown coordinate with the cabinetry moulding. Because the homeowner chose cabinet refacing instead of installing brandnew cabinets, the countertops could be measured immediately, without having to wait for new cabinetry to be ordered and installed.

cabinet refacing (Quality Doors, DL Covington, Champagne with Mocha Glaze, special order)
pantry cabinets (white, #58744)
hardware (Amerock, satin nickel, #16062)
pull-down spice rack (Rubbermaid, #141670)
2-tray slider (ClosetMaid, #224073)

countertops (Corian, Suede, special order)
under-mounted sink (Corian, Bone, Model 850, special order)
backsplash tile (6-inch, American Olean, Avenida Desert Mist, #73667)
ivory grout

(Frigidaire Elements, metallic nickel)†

refrigerator (Model LECR23EFE, #33399)
dishwasher (Model LEDB500FEE, #243385)
gas range (Model LEGFM389FE, #243394)
microwave/hood combo (Model LEVM30FE, #243406)

plank hardwood (3-inch-wide, Pergo, Espresso, special order)

faucet (Price Pfister, Contempra, stainless steel, #140398)
hot-water dispenser (In-Sink-Erator, #56432)
garbage disposal (In-Sink-Erator, Evolution Excel, #240431)

3 recessed lights
9 under-mounted
cabinet lights
ceiling fixture (2-light, Portfolio, brushed steel, #20867)

wall (American Tradition by Valspar, Lake Country #5003-5C, eggshell)
trim (American Tradition by Valspar, Sumatra Blend #2008-9A, semi-gloss)
ceiling (American Tradition by Valspar, Courtyard Tan #7002-13, flat)

crown moulding (35/8-inch)
window casing (31/4-inch)

wood blinds (2-inch, Levolor, white, special order)

* Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market.
**Does not include lead time for special-order materials.
Available by special order in some stores.

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