French Country Kitchen
3rd Place Winner
Our client’s kitchen was a contemporary jewel back when it was designed in the 1970’s, but such a sterile laminated kitchen was definitely not her look any longer. Her love is antique French Country so her goal was to create a kitchen and breakfast room that would reflect this design style.
The kitchen had to be completely gutted from floor to ceiling. The existing island had large electrical conduit installed into the stained concrete floor but we wanted to open up the space with a free standing table. Due to electric only in her home, we could only use the Viking electric range. The size of the kitchen could not change but our client had many “special features” she wanted to incorporate in her new kitchen. The window was dated and closed in the space. Our client wanted the kitchen to be light and airy but private at night.
Changing the design of the window was my first priority. We added an arch over the window to coordinate with other design features in the kitchen area. Our cabinetry finish was selected next – antiqued, distressed “feather down” white finish. Since the floors would remain stained brown concrete I felt the walls needed some life. We chose dill weed green for the walls. This lead to the earthy and textural granite.
The backsplash is hand-painted, irregular, seven inch off-white tile. The accent tiles above the range and sink were custom painted for our old European look, in addition to tiny diamonds in the field tile design.
Some of the features we included are:
- Small divided-light glass sections at the top of the cabinets using antique German glass.
- A display shelf above the range.
- A built-in wine rack.
- An old farm-style full apron sink.
- Oil bronzed plumbing fixtures and cabinet hardware.
We purchased a wonderful antique French dining table in place of the typical island, adding five inches to the height then added two wood French-style counter stools. Above the work station are two chandeliers for both light and beauty.
Our client never expected her kitchen could be as wonderful as she had dreamed but now she feels it is truly a dream come true.