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Results to a dated Kitchen and Breakfast Room

One of our clients at MK and Company Interior Design and Decoration recently purchased a wonderful 1940’s home in the Los Angeles area.  The plan was to stay for a year or two and flip their home for larger square footage. Their plans changed and they decided to stay longer. Not having much of a budget, we were asked if we could up-date the existing Kitchen and Breakfast Room to allow it to fit better with their lifestyle.


Figuring out where best to spend the money and seeing that the kitchen space plan did function for it’s size, we asked our frist question; “What is on your wish list?”

“Fun fresh new colors and a stainless steel range and hood.”, were the 2 main answers.

The existing white tiled counters and back-splashes had been installed prior to the sale of the home and we felt there was no need to replace them at this time.  The cabinet doors, drawer fronts, flooring and hardware were a different story.

This required the most attention.

The cabinet boxes seemed to be in good condition, therefore all we had to do was to, remove the old drawer fronts and cabinet doors and replace with new.

The flooring needed to be cost effective and a product that would hold up. We selected a floor product by Armstrong, called Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) that comes in 12″ x 12″ squares. By creating a fun bold pattern and selecting interesting colors this would anchor the room with a fresh 2012 look.

Painting the new cabinet drawers and doors and adding complementary stainless steel hardware were done as well.

We selected a stainless steel range by FiveStar restaurant  range company.

Although the kitchen space had recessed lighting, it was the 6″ large can style and did not look attractive in any way. By incorporating a little trick, we achieved the look we wanted.  Simply changing out the “trim” part of these fixtures, with new shinny baffles and selecting par 20 light bulbs, the existing recessed can fixtures now look like they belong and the bonus is better light coverage.

In the breakfast room a new pendent light fixture was added, which in many ways has a 1940’s feel. It hangs over a new round wood top table along with painted wood chairs. A new bench banquette was added and received the same treatments and style as the cabinets. New cushions were added to the banquette and chairs. Soft “Roman” style shade window treatments in a fun brightly pattered fabric, white painted trim and cheerfully painted walls completes the new look.

Simple changes can produce big results

  • Refacing existing cabinets with new paint-grade doors and drawer fronts.
  • Adding a couple of Glass Front Upper Cabinets Doors.
  • Inexpensive VCT Tiles for flooring in a bold fun pattern.
  • Cheerful paint colors and brightly pattern fabrics.
  • New clean modern hardware and appliances.

All this adds up to make this up-dated Kitchen and Breakfast Room a fun new area to hang out and enjoy for several more years to come.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have on up-dating your home.

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