Column: Using cosmetic upgrades to modernize kitchen, family room

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EXISTING KITCHEN: Located on beautiful lot south of Indianapolis, the original 17-year-old kitchen and family room left little to be desired. “We were so tired of the old ’90s design. Each room had a gimmicky theme. We were ready for something more contemporary with a rustic edge.”

CABINET MODIFICATIONS: The original perimeter cabinets were still in great shape and functioned well in their existing locations; however, they needed cosmetic upgrades to modernize the space. The perimeter cabinets were painted eggshell with a Pewter Glaze. New pull handles in a brushed satin nickel finish were installed and a new farmhouse style sink installed in the modified base cabinet. The microwave was replaced with a higher-end vent hood.

EXPANDED ISLAND & LIGHTING: The original island was replaced with a larger island in a contrasting espresso color. The new island offers more space for seating, storage and also houses the microwave. Three pendant lights in an oiled bronze finish were installed above the island making it the main focal point.

GRANITE COUNTERTOPS & KITCHEN BACKSPLASH: Pairing perfectly with the newly painted cabinets, black pearl suede granite countertops were installed on the perimeter cabinetry. Completing the two-toned look, contrasting granite in a pergaminho color was selected for island countertop. Larger format 3 inches x 6 inches tiles called Catania Blanco were selected for the kitchen backsplash for the desired rustic look.

FAMILY ROOM FIREPLACE WALL: “Our original fireplace had a very cold look to it with the large white tiles. It didn’t give off a very warm and cozy feeling.” To warm up the space, the tile was removed and replaced with a multi-color stacked stone. The fireplace wall was then painted deep green creating a breathtaking feature wall in the family room.

FINAL RESULT: “Being entertainers, we are thrilled to host our friends and family in our newly remodeled kitchen and family room. Of the entire space, we love the island countertop the most and can’t wait to show it off.”

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