Before & After: Glamorous Remodel for a Tiny Kitchen

Isn't fun to see before-and-after shots? It's thrilling to see something beautiful emerge, improbably, from a tired old space. Well, we truly had that thrill when we saw this kitchen that Francesca recently remodeled for a New York City client. Read on for more before-and-after photos and all the details, including cost, of this 3-week renovation! Francesca, of Interiors By Francesca, was the designing hand behind this dramatic transformation. We asked her a few questions about this lovely renovation, and she gave us some good tips and resources for those of you who may be thinking about renovating a little city kitchen.

Did your client have any particular needs due to their cooking style?
My client was in dire need of a truly functional kitchen, and yet she is single and therefore does not cook much, as most single New Yorkers. The main focus was to give the kitchen an open, modern and functional feel. So my approach was to open up the kitchen, make the space feel grander by adding recessed lights, under cabinet lighting and the dramatic chandelier.

What was your approach to this kitchen remodel?
The residence is in New York City, where apartments and especially kitchens tend to be small. So, to maximize on space and create a larger kitchen, we removed the wall that separated the kitchen from the living room, creating a great room look and feel.

I selected cherry cabinetry with a classic/contemporary look and stainless steel appliances and hardware to give the kitchen a look and feel that is timeless.

The backsplash is white polished marble and the countertops are Cashmere Granite. We added recessed lights on the ceiling and added undercabinet lighting to create a wonderful balance of light and make the space feel grander. By adding a modern light fixture above the peninsula, the kitchen feels dramatic and sassy. It's an unexpected touch that really adds pizzaz to a small kitchen.

How long did it take, and how much did it cost?
The renovation was completed within 3 weeks. The complete renovation including materials and labor totaled $20,000.

Do you have any renovation tips for our readers who are remodeling?
• I recommend having your kitchen professionally measured by the showroom you intend on buying cabinets from. They are experts and can anticipate problems easily.

• I also recommend selecting materials that complement your lifestyle. For example, choosing materials that are easy maintenance or durable surfaces for a family with children or pets.

• Always use a contractor that was recommended by someone you know. Ask for references and check out their work in person. That way you are sure they can meet your expectations.

Do you have any recommended kitchen design resources in NYC?
• The kitchen cabinetry in this kitchen was purchased at Home Depot on 59th & 3rd avenue. I personally love this Home Depot because they have a great range of cabinetry options to fit any budget, and a knowledgeable staff.

• I also love Nemo Tile for flooring, stone and tile options. I visit the Ann Sacks showroom frequently for inspiration; they have the most amazing displays.

• The best kept secret in NY for design inspiration is the Architecture and Design Building. It's an inspiration mecca for remodeling projects.

Thank you so much, Francesca!

• More info: Interiors By Francesca

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(Images: Interiors By Francesca)

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