Before: Floral OverloadDavid and Mary Coat's kitchen hasn't changed much over the past 30 years. With its clunky brown appliances, floral wallpaper and dated cabinetry, this kitchen is ready for a much-needed update. Although their parents have a traditional design style, the couple's children, Kathy and Rob, would like to incorporate a chic, modern look.
Over 30 years ago, David and Mary Coat, along with their two children, Kathy and Rob, moved into a 1960 suburban bungalow. Although some of the rooms have been updated, the kitchen has been left on the back burner. With its combination of white and green floral wallpaper and 1970s appliances, this small kitchen needs a design plan for the modern age.
After: Cool, Clean TonesTo bring the kitchen into the new millennium, hosts Andrika Lawren and Emmanuel Belliveau help Kathy and Rob remove the layers of wallpaper and paint the walls with fresh tones of gray and cream. The old linoleum is covered with attractive maple laminate flooring, and the dark, dated cabinets are completely refaced with modern Shaker-style doors. The lower cabinets are finished in a contemporary black and the upper ones are a light almond color. Stainless steel hardware is added to complete the look. The '70s striped countertops are replaced with a contemporary acrylic solid surface.
Before: Kitschy CountrySince David built the kitchen table and chairs, the family would like to keep the memorable pieces. However, the country decor and broken appliances need to be replaced, as well as the tired linoleum tile flooring.
After: Modern and FunctionalFollowing the new French provincial design, they create a toile wall anchored by a comfortable banquet seating. The dramatic chandelier adds a dash of upscale style and a punch of color to the space. After three decades of service, the brown appliances are finally retired and their brilliant stainless steel replacements are a stunning addition to the modern kitchen.
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Australian-Inspired TableIn honor of David's Australian background, Lawren designs a tabletop motif featuring Australia's floral emblem, the Golden Wattle. To enhance a wood table of your own, use paint stripper as directed to remove the existing finish. Lay out the desired design using painter's tape, remembering the taped part will remain the natural wood color. Use your fingertips to press the edges of the tape in place to insure stain doesn't leak under it. Apply desired stain to the entire table; let dry, and then remove the painter's tape. Apply several coats of polyurethane according to the manufacturer's instructions for protection.