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So we left off (almost a month ago!) in the midst of my client’s kitchen makeover.
Several coats of paint and one new backsplash later, we have this:
Progress pic without the doors, just so you can see the final 2-tone look. 
With a large kitchen and a ton of cabinet real estate, the best way to keep from being visually overwhelmed is to consider one color for the island and another for the wall cabinets–it keeps your eye moving around the space and prevents the whole room from feeling dark & heavy (like the before pic). I custom-mixed Sherwin Williams Peppercorn for the wall cabinets and Pratt & Lambert Pearl White on the island. And just what do I mean by custom-mixed?? As-is, the colors we selected were too dark & too light (respectively), so we played around with percentages to get just the look we were going for. In the end, it worked like a charm!
I LOVE the herringbone subway tile backsplash and am so glad we decided to go with a thicker grout line. 
I knew I wanted a bold(er) end look and having installed subway tile with a slim grout profile in my OWN kitchen, I know the final look wasn’t quite as eye catching as I intended. 
So excited to see my vision come to life here! 

I had a custom, Chevron-print roman shade made to adorn the kitchen window and updated her existing hardware with something a little more modern and fitting of the space. This kitchen has almost 40 door fronts–crazy!

 And another close-up of the backsplash. To compensate for the thicker grout line we ended up going with a lighter grey grout color (though it’s hard to tell here because it was still wet). Most of the time you see dark or charcoal cabinets in conjunction with a light backsplash and light countertops but this kitchen is proof that dark cabinets and dark countertops can and WILL work together! It’s all about finding the perfect balance of light & dark. 
I’m still crossing my fingers that we’ll add a chandelier over the kitchen island but for now this job is complete! More pics to come…


  1. charmaine
    September 24, 2013 at 8:54 am (5 years ago)

    Oh wow! What a difference. Love it!

  2. La Monica
    September 24, 2013 at 9:41 am (5 years ago)

    My hubby is a professional chef and he would love throwing down in this kitchen!

  3. Tara {The Silver Lining}
    September 24, 2013 at 11:41 am (5 years ago)

    I’m blown away! It looks fabulous. Love the colors and that backsplash looks amazing. Well done! Your clients must be thrilled!

  4. Stacy Curran
    September 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm (5 years ago)

    GORGEOUS!!! They MUST have a light or two over the island! I so hope you can convince them. If they do, it would be magazine worthy! Fantastic job

  5. pve design
    September 30, 2013 at 7:16 am (5 years ago)

    Looks so much better! Sharp, stylish and chic.

  6. Amanda
    October 1, 2013 at 6:33 pm (5 years ago)

    Well crap! I clicked over here to your blog hoping you posted more pics of that bathroom with that amazing chandy! This kitchen is fabulous!!!!!!!!

  7. Brandi
    October 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow, such a big beautiful difference. I love backsplash and the pattern you chose to lay them!

    October 22, 2013 at 7:39 am (5 years ago)

    Hello sexy new kitchen!!! Rock and roll baby….


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