My “Mediterranean home” clients were ready to move to the next phase of their kitchen renovation (see Kitchen Renovation-First Step to Success). The existing island was decent, but did not fit their design aesthetic. The other concerns they had were lack of storage and an awkward void in the angle and the color.

Island before

We started with our island wish list:

  • decrease the size to allow more walkway space
  • add drawers to optimize storage
  • add a corner cabinet to fix the dead space on the angle
  • add a pull-out trash bin for convenience

The client wanted to keep with a color that contrasted with the rest of the cabinets. We selected a stain that coordinated with the doors throughout the house. We added drawer bases on both sides of the island & the client is thrilled! Drawers offer so much more flexibility with your storage solutions and are great for storing pots & pans.

New island

In this second phase of the kitchen renovation, replacing the island meant we also had to purchase new counter tops. In order to streamline the design, we opted to replace the countertops throughout the kitchen. The homeowner also wanted to address the inconvenience of the elevated bar top on the peninsula. Having the counter top all at the same height increased the useable surface and allowed us to increase the overhang depth for counter stools. We selected a quartzite stone, a natural stone that is denser than granite and much easier to maintain than marble. Updating the counter tops included new sinks and faucets as well. This client selected deeper, rectangle shaped stainless steel sinks. We incorporated a matte black finish on the faucets and upgraded to an air switch (push button) control for the new garbage disposal.

Reminder of this kitchen’s starting point

Kitchen after second phase of renovation

I hope this brought some inspiration as you contemplate your kitchen renovation project. 

Stay tuned for the final phase & completion of this kitchen project.

Designer’s Notes for Kitchen Renovation:

  • An elevated bar is a nice way to hide dirty dishes and kitchen messes as well as create another feature with a stunning wood top, or contrasting stone. Remember, design is personal so choose what works for you.
  • Pantry’s are excellent for storing small appliances to keep your counter tops clutter free. Be sure to consider thoughtfully a walk-in pantry vs a cabinet pantry. There are benefits to both. The list of available features for cabinets and other areas of your kitchen are endless.  
  • As you spend time in your kitchen make notes on how the space is functioning for you. When you get the opportunity to renovate this valuable slice of real estate, take the time to explore innovations that suit your lifestyle.

Hidden dog dish and waste bins

Hidden stool for access to tall shelves