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The cool night air wrapped around me giving me a chill and my arms covered in goose bumps. It was hard to believe that it had been 80 degrees this afternoon and now I needed a sweater. The sky was a brilliant canopy of stars with the Big Dipper being the most apparent constellation of them all. The smell of orange wafted my way encircling me with the smell of fresh spring. The gardener “my husband” had just trimmed the confederate jasmine that wraps around the light post in our front yard that morning and the scent was perfuming the street. No blooms could be seen but like the cry of the mocking bird under the night sky it is a sign that spring has sprung! Webster’s dictionary defines spring: to originate, derive, proceed, or evolve. As I contemplated these things late at night in my front yard, my mind wondered to decorating and its common bond with spring. Let’s take a peek into a kitchen that evolved over the last five years into a light bright and airy space reborn just in time for spring, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• First timeBeautiful-Light-and-Bright After
The first time that we updated the kitchen was about five years ago. We were re-doing so many things at the time that the budget for the kitchen was low. We needed to update the ashy pink oak cabinets but painting them was the only thing the budget would allow. The painted white cabinets looked nice but over time the paint began to wear off at the handles and knobs.
• Re-face
Flip forward five years and the homeowner decided that it was time to really fix this kitchen. The cabinet boxes were in great shape, we were not changing the basic set up of the kitchen so a reface job would be the biggest bang for the buck. All the cabinet doors were removed and the boxes left on the wall were painted the same white to match the new doors that would be arriving.
The new doors that were installed were bigger so that they met in the middle and covered most of the frame face of the existing boxes. The end result is that the cabinets look bigger because the doors are bigger.
• Staggering the cabinets
This Lantana kitchen had basic cabinets that ran in a straight line. There were no levels to set the look apart. The installer added height to the cabinet above the micro wave and added depth to the cabinet above the refrigerator. The depth added to the cabinet helped the refrigerator look smaller in the space and also made the pantry look better. We did remove the appliance garage and the kitchen looks much bigger without it. We don’t have to hide appliances! They are not a secret.
• Crown
A larger crown molding was added to finish the top of the cabinets and it looks much better than the previous tiny molding.
• Trim molding
We added trim molding to finish the side of the pantry and any exposed sides. All cabinets should have finish trim to create a finished look. We also added trim molding under the bar. To keep cost low we had the trim guy add just boxes with molding to the wall. We then had the wall and molding painted white so it gives under the bar a wainscot affect. This sets off the bar and gives the kitchen a high end look.
• Granite
We chose light granite. White Ice granite looks amazing in this kitchen. The granite fabricator finished the bar with a soft radius rather than pointy edges and no seams! We chose to make the granite the backsplash. This is a less expensive option and there is no grout to deal with when cleaning. The granite receives a fifteen year seal as well. Also, without the large appliance garage taking up space the granite shows more and the whole kitchen looks larger.
• Appliances
The appliances are all new and stainless steel. The shimmer of the stainless steel looks amazing with the white cabinets and the white ice granite. Let me caution you on buying smudge less stainless, it is never as pretty or expensive looking as the real thing.
• Lighting
We added LED lighting above and below the cabinets. It looks amazing!

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