I had the opportunity to work with a couple of my local friends and makeover their kitchen using a Caesarstone quartz countertop! Get ready for a giant kitchen post (complete with terrible before images). The homeowners (and my friends), Dru & Brooke, have been updating their home in Salt Lake City room-by-room. When Brooke asked me to design their kitchen, I was excited to jump in and make their dream kitchen a reality. The couple knew they wanted a high contrast, modern look with quartz countertops.
Check out what their kitchen looked liked before we started. This was even after they tiled the floor- there used to be BLUE carpet. Yep- carpet in the kitchen. Just imagine that visual.
This was definitely a “demo everything” sort of situation. The only thing they kept was the floor tile and the sliding doors. There were certainly challenges with this project, but I think the end result turned out really great. Check out the video for a glimpse into the process…
To give you an idea of my planning process, here are a couple of the initial renderings.
The plan was to add lots of functional storage space and rearrange the appliances in a way that was much more useful, making the area feel more spacious. Previously, the corner cabinets were wasted space and some of the ‘drawers’ were non-functional. I created a more practical layout that took advantage of the corner space with a lazy susan and added custom features like wine storage, a pull-out spice rack, and a cookie sheet cabinet… in addition to maximizing the overall storage. I also added a pantry that is large enough to hide the trash cans!
Obviously, the star of this kitchen is the countertop with that gorgeous waterfall edge! Quartz was the obvious choice when determining a material… it fits the bill for their “modern and durable” request. We used Caesarstone’s London Grey and photos just don’t do it justice. You can really see more of the veining in person. The waterfall edge was not only something I envisioned for the aesthetic, but also a solution to a problem. Roxy, their adorable rescue pup goes in and out of the sliding glass doors multiple times a day. Their old cabinetry was banged up and getting destroyed in that area because of the excessive use and exposure to the elements (dirt, excessive sun, rain, snow, water, etc). The waterfall edge is SO much easier to clean and will virtually last forever- unlike cabinetry. You can see more of my favorite quartz countertop and backsplash pairings here.
I should also touch on the backsplash. The homeowners already had their hearts set on subway tile before I even entered the equation. We opted for a traditional running bond pattern with a high contrast black grout. I also designed the backsplash to go from floor to ceiling. It’s much easier to clean, works well with the existing architecture, and compliments the quartz countertop. Their home doesn’t have beefy or bulky trim and they don’t plan to add any for awhile, so running the tile all the way to the ceiling creates a more finished look.
I also have to take a minute to talk about the gorgeous hardware! Brooke and Dru knew they wanted stainless appliances. They already had them selected and were 100% committed. This space is the perfect example of mixing metals. It’s a-ok and totally works! I actually prefer mixing metals and don’t love a ‘matchy matchy’ look. Just because you have stainless appliances, doesn’t mean you can’t mix in brass or another metal. In the end, one of their favorite things ended up being the hardware and I’m so glad I was able to convey my vision and incorporate a little bit of brass, even though it was originally a bit out of their comfort zone.
In regards to lighting, I reworked Dru & Brooke’s entire lighting plan. The existing lights weren’t centered or positioned correctly for their updated kitchen layout, so we added some recessed can lights and shifted things around. In addition to overhead lighting, Dru asked for cabinetry lighting… so we did that as well. The clear glass uppers are lit from the interior, and all of the upper cabinetry has lighting installed beneath it.
Lastly, I added warm wood tones to soften the space and add some organic color and texture. The custom toe kicks under the lower cabinets and wood pendant light above the sink help to balance the minimal space.
If you’re wondering about the sources… you can find everything linked here!
What do you guys think about this kitchen makeover? I’d love to hear your feedback.