Before: Mismatched, Cramped KitchenWow! Talk about a kitchen with no flow. This cobbled-together, mismatched space turns family time into a hockey game, pitting the Lombardis against each other as they try to stir a pot on the stove or wash dishes in the crammed-in-the-corner sink. To make things worse, the floor and walls are held together by two types of tape and when it peels up, you can see the "lasagna" of floor or wallpaper beneath. Say arrivederci to this old kitchen!
The Lombardis have $35,000 — $45,000 to spend on this renovation. The Spice Up My Kitchen team offers them two options, both of which include a new layout, upgraded cabinets and countertops and a space for Nicole's favorite find, her copper sink.
In the first option, designer Lauren Lake offers the Lombardis oak cabinets with a warm, honey finish topped with natural stone counters. The appliances would be integrated to match the cabinets; a beadboard backsplash and earth-toned ceramic floor would complete this cozy, comfortable look.
Option 2 also offers a new layout, with maple cabinets in a natural finish. Laminate counters, a tile backsplash and a faux wood floor leave a big chunk of the budget for high-end appliances.
The Lombardis choose Option 2 because it gives them the new layout and cabinets they need, and the high-end appliances they crave.
After: Beautiful Italian CucinaWhat a beautiful modern take on Old World style! The deep, rich tomato color gives the room a bright, cheery feel while new cabinets in natural maple warm it up. The team took this kitchen back to the basics by creating a work triangle and placing the appliances at each corner.
Laminate countertops mimic earth-toned granite and their color is echoed in the copper tin ceiling and the beautiful copper sink. The white appliances have vintage appeal without sacrificing convenience. Finally, a family-style kitchen that feeds the needs of these Italian chefs!