before and after

before & after: sunny kitchen makeover

by Kate Pruitt

I tend to stay away from yellow — in clothing, home decor and life in general. It’s a shame, really, because I do think yellow is an extremely energetic and joyous color. Bright, bold yellows can be really hard to work with, which is why I doubly admire this kitchen makeover from Christine Soccio. You can see from her “before” images that Christine likes the sunny color — she had touches of it in her textiles and accessories — but it was overwhelmed by all the wood and tan hues that surrounded it. The new white-and-gray combo is an immense improvement and really allows that beautiful yellow to pop. I also love Christine’s bold choice in tile and flooring, which work together to make this white kitchen charming, cheerful, eclectic and anything but dull. Nicely done, Christine! — Kate

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Time: 2 months

Cost: around $25K

Basic Steps: I am rather obsessed with the iPad app Houzz, so I did a lot of research there, on Design*Sponge of course (the book was a huge inspiration), in magazines and watched a lot of HGTV. My husband and I wanted to have a modern look but wanted to respect the 1926 Dutch Colonial roots of the house. The first thing we got were the great antique lights at an estate sale up in Connecticut. I have always wanted a white kitchen, but I didn’t want anything too fussy. A lot of white kitchens in the Design*Sponge at Home book inspired me. I even emailed Grace in a panic because I was in love with a black and white hex floor on page 31, but it wasn’t in the budget, so we ended up with the funky VCT flooring, which ended up looking great.

My advice is to try to avoid what everyone else is doing and do what makes you happy. Don’t follow the crowd. Everyone thought I was nuts with my lantern tile backsplash choice. “What about those little glass tiles?” But it has far more personality than the glass tiles that everyone is doing right now. I’m very happy with the final look. — Christine

Cabinets: Adelphi Cabinets (installed by Signature Kitchens in Hawthorne, NJ)
Appliances: Kitchen Aid
Counter top: Caesar Stone Organic White
Wall paint: Gull Wing Grey from Benjamin Moore
Faucet and sink: Kohler
Flooring: VCT from Armstrong (purchased at Lowe’s)

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