Ready to take your kitchen from before to after? David and Ginette Williams transformed their tiny ranch-style kitchen into the inviting, usable workspace shown above. Here’s how you can, too:
Select your upgrades:
Buy the best products that you can afford. You use your kitchen more than any other room in your home, so spend some cash to build a room you’ll love for years. To create their elegant kitchen, David and Ginette splurged on five fantastic upgrades:
- Extended the exterior kitchen wall
- Added custom cabinetry with beadboard, double-stacked crown molding and ogee feet
- Mounted crackled-glass doors in upper cabinetry
- Installed Santa Cecelia granite kitchen countertops
- Built-in bay-window bench cubbies with doors and hardware
Dare to update:
If an inventive idea comes to you, try it! Don’t succumb to the temptation to second-guess every decision; most of the time, your first instinct is right. The Williamses’ kitchen succeeds with two clever innovations:
- David crafted stained-glass panels for the bay window transoms.
- The couple added a portable island worktable, which David built with a durable walnut top.
Choose to redecorate:
Your old, unusable kitchen may secretly have a great color palette! To create a coastal, elegant ambiance, David and Ginette reworked their 1950s kitchen’s color palette—pale blue backsplash, natural wood cabinets, and cream walls—with a contemporary white backsplash and cabinets, natural wood flooring, and pale blue accents. They completed the space with
- Cute seaside accents like starfish and shells
- Sheer window treatments
Have you successfully taken your kitchen from before to after? Tell us your story in the comments below!
By Rebecca J. Razo
Photography by Mark Tanner