While their initial kitchen wasn't horrible, it was at least all white, it was a very basic builder grade laminate special. After they saw how great *wink wink* our Ikea kitchen looked they realized that they could get a new kitchen for a lot less than they had thought. While they knew they were up for a reno, they each had a different idea of what would make the perfect kitchen. My Dad wanted an ultra-modern sleek industrial kitchen, with touches of wood and concrete and most importantly a fridge with an ice-maker. My Mom, on the other hand, wanted something more traditional, neutral and sophisticated preferably without a giant fridge. Here was some of their inspiration:
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I think the two things that made the biggest impact are the new ceiling height cabinets and the removal of the bar ledge behind the sink. It really took the kitchen from 80's laminate to sleek and modern. My other favorite detail is the back splash. While it was a bit of splurge it really adds a lot of texture and interest and even has a bit of sparkle that shines when the under-mount lighting is on.
Here is all the source and styling information in case you're interested:
Counter top: Quartz
Backsplash tile: Ciot
Appliances: Kenmore Elite
Faucet: KWC Systema
Accessories: Vase, small bowls, kitchen towels-Maxi & Cie Grocery Store
Wooden cutting board and bowl-Winners
Thanks again Mom and Dad for all your help and for letting me work with you in designing your kitchen. Chad and I will be over next weekend so you can cook us something.