Kitchen Catastrophe

A rundown '60s kitchen is transformed into a beautiful transitional space with stainless appliances and granite countertops.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis kitchen may have been the height of style 40 years ago, but it hasn't aged well.
Engaged couple Sam and Dan have just purchased a house at a rock-bottom price. They've already decorated the downstairs and want to extend their traditional-meets-contemporary style to the kitchen. The cabinets are dated and not very functional, with drawers that come off the slides and bump into the stove's gas line. (Definitely a hazard.) In addition, the appliances are a hodge-podge of styles and colors. The speckled Formica countertop and blue-tile backsplash are clearly ready for a makeover. But the thing that Sam and Dan want to get rid of the most is the red carpet on the floor. Lauren Lake, Mark McGraw and Jeff Devlin to the rescue!

Given a budget of $35,000-$45,000, Lauren offers Sam and Dan two options.

In the first option, the wall between the dining room and kitchen will come down to create an open area for an island with seating. They'll get new cherry cabinets with a saddle finish in an easy-to-navigate layout. To bring in the contemporary look Dan loves, Lauren recommends stainless appliances. To balance it with the traditional style Sam loves, Lauren offers granite counters in a warm, neutral color and a custom island with a butcher block counter. Flooring in gold ceramic tile ties it all together.

Option two also brings down the wall between kitchen and dining room to make space for an island. But from there the design goes in an entirely different direction. In this option, Lauren offers the couple light-toned maple cabinets with a toasted almond glaze. The island, with a butcher block top and pendant lighting, would allow for food prep, entertaining or casual meals. Stainless countertops brighten the space while black appliances allow Sam and Dan to save money without skimping on style. Finally, an eco-friendly bamboo floor is proposed.

After some consideration, Sam and Dan choose Option 1 because it gives them the stainless appliances and granite counters they love. Say bye-bye to the red carpet!

For products used in this episode, click the After photo.