Kitchen Before & After: A Cramped Shoebox Kitchen Gets Gorgeously Gray

Kitchen Before & After: A Cramped Shoebox Kitchen Gets Gorgeously Gray

Cambria Bold
Apr 24, 2014
(Image credit: Susan Hughes)

Aaron and John's Chelsea, New York kitchen was dingy and cramped, with rickety appliances and sad cabinets. There wasn't even room for the fridge which, along with the microwave, had to sit outside the kitchen. Desperate for help and a serious redesign, the couple called upon Susan Hughes of Modify Interiors to transform the kitchen into a beautiful, usable space. See what this kitchen looks like now:

(Image credit: Susan Hughes)

Wow! Gorgeous. The new space — in its calm, cool color palette — has ample storage and a mini kitchen island. Where did the space for the island come from? Susan tore into a wall between the kitchen and living room, which created more countertop space in the kitchen and a new, open area for entertaining.

(Image credit: Susan Hughes)
(Image credit: Susan Hughes)
(Image credit: Susan Hughes)
(Image credit: Susan Hughes)


  • Cabinets - Martha Stewart Perry Street Collection
  • Countertops - Martha Stewart
  • Floor Tile - 18 x 36 Trend Cement via Nemo Tile
  • Faucet/Sink - Vigo
  • Backsplash - 4 x 12 Subway Tile by Classic Tile
  • Pendant & Cabinet Hardware - IKEA
  • Paint Kitchen - Martha Stewart - Sharkey Gray
  • Paint Living Area and throughout entire apt - Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
  • Dining Table/Chairs - CB2
  • Mid Century Wall Art - Novo
  • Wall Sconces - Kichler


  • Convection Microwave - Sharp
  • Drawer Dishwasher - Fisher Paykel
  • Counter Depth Fridge - Bloomberg
  • Two Burner Cooktop - Verona
(Image credit: Susan Hughes)

Thanks for sharing, Susan! See more from Modify Interiors here.

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