Kitchen Before & After: A Disorganized Kitchen Gets a Place for Everything

Kitchen Before & After: A Disorganized Kitchen Gets a Place for Everything

Cambria Bold
Jun 10, 2013

We were recently sent photos of a lovely kitchen renovation on New York's Upper West Side.The husband and wife — a retired couple on a budget — wanted a new kitchen to accommodate their love for cooking and enable them to display a few treasured heirloom pottery pieces. They also wanted to find a prettier way to deal with "their habit of leaving things out in the open." The result is a soothing, neutral color palette, four stunning (and heavy) shelves, and a place to put everything!

Love these shelves! These raw edge wood shelves were constructed from a gorgeous and very old piece of wood that had been sitting in the Long Island studio of shoji screen and Japanese-inspired furniture maker Mr. Hanafusa, of Miya Shoji. Very striking! Each wood shelf weighs 300 pounds, and is held together by 200 eight-inch metal pins pushed through the existing wall. (Not surprisingly, the couple had to have their 1900s plaster wall re-plastered to be thicker to accommodate the added weight.)

Interior designer Marcia Butler created a custom red coconut tile backsplash for the couple, made from reclaimed coconut shells, and reused the refrigerator from the old kitchen. (The stove was replaced.) The pottery is traditional raku ware, made by the wife's mother. The pot racks were sourced from a restaurant supply store, and the counters are Silestone. 

(Also, if you're wondering why there's suddenly green outside the window instead of New York apartment buildings, that was a decision on the part of the photographer, who photoshopped the trees in. The view in reality is still the buildings, as seen in the 'before' photo.)

That is quite the change! We're certain the owners must be thrilled, and thoroughly enjoying their streamlined space!

Thanks for sharing, Ann!

(Images: Peter Murdock for Marcia Butler Interior Design)

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