Outdated and DisjointedInanna and Ryan Bantu are a hip couple who really like color and funky design styles. They tried to design their kitchen by painting it bright Caribbean colors and removing the overhead cabinetry to open up the space, but they really missed the mark. They are looking to the 24 Hour Design team to give them the cool updated retro kitchen they have in mind.
This contemporary 1950s-style kitchen matches the style of the home, but doesn't function properly. First, because this is a small space, the bold coral and royal blue colors actually work against each other and make the space seem un-unified. Second, and more importantly, there is a major lack of storage. Designer Angelo Surmelis, design assistant Wanda Colón and carpenter Chris Ashe are ready to tackle the challenge of getting this space in better working order in just one day.
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Updated and UnifiedThe ceiling and walls now boast a fresh coat of paint in a green shade that's a throwback to the colors of '50s and '60s appliances, but with a new kick. A new shelf in the corner where the toaster once was works double duty for holding various canisters on top and hanging pots and pans below. Painting the base of the cabinets chocolate brown helps ground the space, while the cabinets themselves get a neon shade to complement the wall color.
Products from ICI Paints:
Dulux acrylic semigloss white, Martha Stewart, E29
Dulux acrylic semigloss inter, Martha Stewart, C15
Dulux acrylic semigloss deep, Safari Brown Match, 6006-1
Products from Ikea:
rolling butcher block, Bekvam
ceiling lights, Ladi
Products from Lamps Plus:
52" ceiling fan, Casa Surveyor, 4 Bld W
Disorganized and Over-ClutteredThe pantry area is jam packed, and there still isn't enough room for it all! Plus, the fan and light fixture are way outdated.
Cool and Clutter-FreeBehold an updated, retro look that has style, function and plenty of storage. Gone are the blinds on all the windows, and in their place are funky retro curtains that soften the overall look and match the new color scheme. The newly established storage zone works for the entire family and also functions as a place for food prep. Wall-mounted rear cabinets, built by carpenter Chris Ashe, are placed above the existing white cabinet piece that was in another area of the room. The cabinets are an exact color match to the ones beneath the sink. Now the couples' attractive dinnerware can be stored and displayed properly. Additional cabinetry on the adjacent wall includes cabinets at child-size height with chalkboards on the front for each member of the family. There's also a new rolling cart that adds to the counterspace and storage. A modern ceiling fan (not pictured), light fixture top and cool new handles and nobs top off the transformation.