Fifty’ish Shades of Grey

There is “mid-century modern”… But also “mid-century-what-were-they-thinking” too! That was the case with this house in Phoenix that hadn’t been touched since the 1950’s… It was all original, but not in a good way!

BEFORE: Pink is a fun color… But not in this kitchen and the space totally isn’t functional!

The kitchen in this house was very cramped and essentially a galley style but with three doorways into it, it almost felt more like a hallway instead. Not only that, but the pink paint, floral wallpaper, and dated appliances weren’t much of a selling point! Kitchens have become the heart of the home. It’s the space where everybody gathers and the current kitchen obviously didn’t cater to that. Therefore, we worked to reconfigure the space by taking part of the family room so that the kitchen was nearly doubled in size. With the extra space, we embraced the original galley style design, but enhanced it by doing a massive 12′ long center island and doing enlarged cased openings on each end of the kitchen so that it creates more of an open concept floor plan to the dining room on one side and the family room on the other.

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AFTER: The 12′ long walnut butcherblock island offers a sink, dishwasher, and microwave on one side with ample seating on the opposite side. The scale of the island makes a huge impact on the space and creates a natural flow between the adjacient rooms.

Grey is my favorite color and this house has about fifty shades of it! The main cabinets in the kitchen and throughout the home are Greige from J&K Cabinets. They are complimented with chrome cabinet hardware, and white carrara marble countertops. However, in the kitchen I decided to contrast the island by doing white cabinetry and a “custom” walnut butcher-block counter. Any countertop that is 12′ long and almost 4′ wide is going to be expensive regardless of what material you do… I looked into a lot of different options, and finally found my “custom” yet affordable solution. I purchased two basic counter slabs (12’L x 2’W) from Floor & Decor and sourced a fabricator (thank god for Google) to fuse them together into one slab. This made a huge impact on the kitchen design and was about a third of what it would normally cost if it was truly custom.

I sourced three beautiful chrome chandeliers to hang over the island to add elegant lighting throughout the space, an awesome kitchen faucet which looks like it should have cost a fortune, but the price will make your mouth drop! Fantastic Thermador cooking appliances, paired with an affordable 36″ exhaust hood from Amazon makes this a chef’s kitchen that’s ready for entertaining!

To see all the AFTER photos and all of the sources for this house, please check out the Claremont page. If the item is highlighted, you can click it and it will take you directly to the site for purchase!


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