Kitchen Transformation Pt. 2: The Results

Doing a blog post with before pictures then neglecting to put up the after pictures is not a very nice thing to do so I’m rectifying that glaring error on my part this very moment (a whole lot of introductory words for “Here’s the pictures of the kitchen…”).

While a crazy amount of construction was taking place at Rapid Canyon Ranch, I was busy hunting for the exact fixtures, surfaces and appliances I wanted. Because the original house was built in the 1930s, I wanted to maintain a sense of tradition, yet incorporate a bit of the random, eclectic style that I also love.

While searching on-line for ideas I came across a store in California which sold beautiful, handmade tile. The soft green sculptural relief medallion became my starting point for the color palette of the kitchen (Sherwin Williams Haven green). Adding the metallic pencil border around the tile emphasized the beauty of the artwork and ground the backsplash to the countertop.

By using travertine tile for the main body of the backsplash, the bits of gold in the medallion stand out nicely next to the green. The custom cabinets were painted a neutral cream and a warm glaze enhanced the beauty of the bead board and crown molding. Because of the overall style of the kitchen, I shied away from granite counters feeling they would somehow just look wrong for the space, landing instead on soapstone as the perfect surface choice. While soapstone is a softer material, it is totally impervious to heat and stains, which I love. It has a softly aged appearance and an occasional coat of mineral oil brings the sheen back and darkens any minor scratches.
Again, thinking of the style, I decided to also stay away from stainless steel appliances. The white AGA dishwasher, range and refrigerator as well as the white cast-iron farm sink were perfect in both style and function.
To carry the concept of traditional and eclectic just a step further, my handy dandy carpenter brother suggested we mix it up a bit with the island and fridge surround. The profile of the cabinets are just a bit different and by using a nice walnut stain, they stand out as one of a kind furniture pieces. Also the legs on the island and the corbels on the fridge surround are oversized while their counterparts (feet under the sink and corbels on stove hood) are the same profile but much smaller. This created the continuity but kept the individuality. Using the rhomboid honed travertine for the range backsplash connected to the rhomboid shape of the  medallions.
I’ve always loved banquettes and was really excited about the concept of putting one in the kitchen for a breakfast nook in front of the sliding doors. Because storage is always at a premium, adding the shelving on either side created extra space for my collection of antique scales and just those odd items that seem to show up in a kitchen. The small drop leaf kitchen table came from a junk store for $50. I added a swipe of black stain to emphasize the scuffing and character that shows up on a well-loved table. Comfy, neutral “retro” chairs completed the look. While the tile is probably a bit more modern and urban, it has a worn look to it that also reflects color nicely. It was the perfect way to ground the big space.
The final results of the transformation were exactly what I was after: A traditional yet slightly eclectic kitchen with my personal style and concept of design: it’s called home.
*Special thanks to my friend, Amy Renea at A Nest For All Seasons who took the beautiful pictures.
Becky Pickrel

13 Responses to “Kitchen Transformation Pt. 2: The Results”

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  2. Penny Goodman

    I so love what you’ve done. The flavor and texture of the kitchen and dining areas are is just scrumptious. Very traditional and modern at the same time. Crisp. Fresh. Savory and inviting.

  3. Judy

    Becky~ Your kitchen is just gorgeous! I love your choices! The cabinets are wonderful, I love their color and stain. I’ve always loved soapstone! It’s perfect in a busy ranch kitchen like yours, and the matt look is so complementary to the other components in the kitchen. The green is fresh, like a new spring day, and it brings a needed pop to the white kitchen, along with the travertine and the medallion accent tiles. I adore the stove hood and the furniture style legs on the base cabinets. The idea to take the ceiling as high as it would go was a good one! It opens up the room and gives height, light and more character to the new kitchen. Bravo! Great job!

  4. fgassette

    Beautiful. A wonderfully styled place to prepare meals and have cozy conversations on the banquette.



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