Breathing Life back into an Old Kitchen


This is the second major project for this charming old bungalow home in Fort Collins, Colorado.  This kitchen of this investment property was dingy, unattractive, poorly laid out and lacking any functional flow.  After many years of use, it was time to redesign this space, to create a kitchen for this delightful bungalow home.  Our major goal for remodeling this space was to create a large bump in additional equity for future resale value. Having an updated functional beautiful kitchen is one of the quickest ways to accomplish that. 

Here are a few of the before shots from the kitchen space. 

Mismatched cabinetry, worn our linoleum flooring, no discernible appliance layout, and hardly any useable countertop space. 

The elements of the design have been a significant factor in the creation of additional equity in the property

The kitchen space is pretty large for an older home, so it was easy to design a kitchen that would include an island, more countertop space, additional upper and lower cabinets, updated appliances, new lighting and a functional work triangle layout. Not having a huge budget for this project, we definitely needed to prioritize how the design would work for this home.  One thing we opted to do was expand the door way between the kitchen and dining to a 6' wide floor to ceiling opening to improve the flow from the kitchen into the rest of the home. This made a huge difference when walk through the home from the back door.  We also knew we would need to completely rework the cabinet layout, as well as lighting and electrical design to accommodate the new kitchen.

So, let's talk cabinets.  The lovely old original cabinetry along the east wall was definitely staying. Its charm and the storage it offered was definitely the only redeeming quality of this kitchen. We decided to repaint the original cabinets inside and out with Sherwin Williams Classic French gray, and update the hardware to a stainless pulls that tied in with the new appliances. We decided on white shaker style cabinetry throughout the rest of the kitchen to brighten up the space.  With this clients renovation investment budget outlined, we settled on the OxHill line from Martha Stewart in Picket Fence White. Soft close drawers and doors, dove tail construction, and pull out shelving, made this cabinetry line the perfect fit for this kitchen and our renno budget. The simple design of these cabinets in clean white compliment the charm or the huge original built-in cabinets. 

The original tall, stained floor trim was stripped and re-stained to retain the charm of the home.  To tie in with all the lovely wood work throughout the house, (and to help us stay on budget) we decided on rich, warm, walnut butcher block countertops. They turned out exquisite!  Large format subway tile was chosen for the backsplash to keep things clean, bright and classic, and on budget. The new Kitchen Aid hood, Whirlpool gas range, refrigerator and dishwasher in stainless steel added a much needed element of updated functionality.

The linoleum flooring was replaced with large format wood-look ceramic tile in pale gray and white to add durability and elegance to the kitchen while new recessed lighting and large globe pendants helped to pull this whole project together. 

The wall paint is Sherwin Williams Alpaca - a lovely pale warm gray that complimented the whole design. 

A huge thank you to the general contractor Buck Scarbrough for the excellent work and craftsmanship needed to bring this whole kitchen design to life!

Enjoy these after photos!