Kitchen Design: Before & After – From Dark & Dated to Stunning Contemporary

Here’s the “after”! Incredible, isn’t it?

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Judy Whalen, design director at our South Shore kitchen and bath showroom, worked with the homeowners to create a true gourmet kitchen with a contemporary flair.

The tired, oak flooring was replaced with wide plank walnut floors.  Cabinetry, appliances and accessories were also updated to reflect the new modern vibe.

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An oversized island is a striking centerpiece in the new kitchen.

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At one end of the island is a teardrop-shaped eating bar made of walnut which complements the new wide plank flooring and adds warmth to the space. A light fixture from Hubbardton Forge bathes the area with an intimate glow in the evening.

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The new professional-grade range is punctuated with an accent panel of stainless steel, mosaic tile penny rounds which help draw the eye to the beautiful range and hood fan.

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Just beyond the eating bar is a wine bar, perfect for the homeowners’ frequent gatherings.

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The countertops are leathered quartzite in “Fantasy Brown.” The Wood-Mode cabinets, which have contemporary Shaker-style doors, are made of quarter-sawn oak and finished with an ember stain.

“My favorite part of this project was to taking a kitchen from the ‘90s and transforming it into a space that felt urban, yet casual enough to entertain large groups of friends and family,” says Judy of the completed project.

The original kitchen

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All “after” photos by Shelly Harrison.