And now we present, direct from Choice City, a brand new kitchen!
No, Choice City is not a new big box store. Instead, it's the process we underwent to bring our client a beautiful new kitchen, on time and on budget.
We began with a serious evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of this kitchen. The homeowners are an active family, and the kitchen stays very busy meeting the needs of a troupe of teenagers, dogs, and cats who stream through constantly. The floor, an off-white ceramic tile, held up well under all that traffic, so we decided to keep it. The Formica countertop and shiny-white tile backsplash showed lots of wear and tear, however. The entire kitchen was white, but things had discolored at different rates over the years, so the kitchen looked dingy and dirty even when it wasn't.
We chose Silestone for the countertops, a hard-wearing quartz that requires zero upkeep. This was important to an active family that includes cats who nap on the countertop! We chose a lovely beige and brown "splattered" design, mid-range in price, that has richness and depth. We replaced the original backsplash with a variegated beige ceramic tile that compliments the Silestone perfectly. What little wall space we had was repainted in a deep tan.
The cabinets were good quality, solid wood, but some of the hinges were wearing and the doors hung crookedly. Nothing wrong with their construction, though, so we decided to simply update them with a fresh coat of paint. We chose a crisp white that blended with the new countertop and backsplash. But we knocked out one group of cabinets that hung over the wide counter. This made the kitchen look and feel much larger and gave us a chance to really show off the new Silestone countertop. That also gave us some extra hinges to replace the broken ones.
We'll come back and address lighting later, when time and budget allow. For the time being, we added a tall lamp with a beige and brown leaf pattern and lovely square silk shade on our newly opened-up countertop. But we did have enough left over in the budget to replace the old white refrigerator with a new black matte one, which matched the other existing appliances. Your kitchen is a great candidate for a remodeling project, and it's never an all-or-nothing deal. With a few smart choices, you can get started today!