Where Everybody Knows Your Name: An Extraordinary Kitchen with a Welcoming Pub Vibe
So if you’ve been following America’s Most Desperate Kitchens, HGTV’s newest design series featuring Kitchen Cousins John and Anthony (and shame on you if you haven’t), then you know these kitchen ninjas have been positively killing it with some of their most amazing makeovers to date. So amazing, in fact, that one might be hard pressed to pick favorites. But undaunted, we’ll give it a try.
Without question, their recent “Pub Style Kitchen” would have to be a top contender. Let’s start from the beginning: Blair and David are a Sacramento couple with loads of energy and infectious smiles. David is an avid homebrewer, and both he and Blair love entertaining friends at home. But, alas, their claustrophobically narrow galley kitchen was putting a damper on their ambitions of hosting parties and impromptu gatherings.
Enter the Cousins.
The “Before” Pic
Among the original kitchen’s qualifiers for “Most Desperate” designation were yellowed linoleum floors, wallpaper borders in an antiquated country motif, plain drab cabinets, floor tiles used as countertops — and everything made worse still by the harsh glow of ’70s vintage fluorescent tube lighting.
John and Anthony blew out two walls to allow the kitchen to breathe and set about transforming it — and surrounding rooms — into an opulent and visually arresting space that’s big on contrast, textures and a warm-you-to-the-soul ambiance.
Dark hardwood floors are used throughout the renovated space, and the dining room gets a rich crimson rug and stamped tin ceiling tiles in strategically varied designs.
A new 13-foot kitchen island features brilliant white quartz countertops and a handcrafted front panel made of reclaimed wood which was sourced from a decomissioned water tower that was more than 150 years old. A multi layered approach to lighting employs recessed spots for dramatic accent, industrial style pendants for concentrated task lighting and a trio of rustic sconces over the sink.
The “area rug” in the kitchen is actually porcelain tile made to look like a runner. It’s made up of 27 distinct tiles, collectively creating a visually impressive design effect. The tiles are installed flush with the surrounding wood floor pieces for a seamless inlaid floor accent.
And the crowning detail in the dining area (at least from David’s perspective) is the custom bar with restaurant quality beer dispensers that allow up to four homebrews or microbrews to be at the ready and on tap. Kegs are housed in a garage storage space directly behind the dining room wall to minimize the footprint and visual intrusion inside the home. “We’ve really focused on making this a commercial solution in a residence,” says Anthony, “for somebody who’s truly passionate about making beer.”
Want to see the rest of this makeover?
Check out this 60+ image gallery with befores, afters, lots of kitchen design eye-candy and all the details — down to the dishware and drawer pulls.
Want to catch this episode of America’s Most Desperate Kitchens the next time it airs on HGTV? Check out the episode info page for upcoming air times.