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I learned several seasons ago that it took time for mashed potatoes and turkey to become the staples of the Thanksgiving Day feast. My niece, Regan had a big idea that we would have a traditional Thanksgiving like the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians shared but I could not dream of being without mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. This once a year Thanksgiving Day feast is one of the most calorie laden decadent meals of the year and I can’t wait! The best part Thanksgiving for me is that I don’t have to cook! However, in the event that I did have to cook I would want to cook my meal in a bright white kitchen. Let’s take a peek into the refurbished kitchen of an Amarillo that looks amazing and ready to greet the holidays with a fresh face somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Larger and LessAfter-Looks-Fresh-and-Bright
In the before picture we see regular stock cabinetry with no frills and no crown molding. The original cabinetry boxes and footprint of the kitchen were in great shape and did not need to be changed. What the kitchen needed was more cabinetry on the back wall and it would look much better in white.
• Reface instead of replace
I like to get the most for my money! In the world of decorating, I call that visual bang for the buck! Re-facing is the most cost effective way to get the most visual bang for the buck. In the Amarillo the kitchen is a major part of the focal point when you walk in the front door. For this reason, it is important the Amarillo kitchen look bright and most of all updated. To make the kitchen look larger and the cabinetry more impressive we will take it all the way to the ceiling! It is important in this model with lower ceilings to eliminate the gap between the top cabinets and the ceiling. The eye is drawn upward and the space looks bigger. The cabinets are finished with large molding that increased the height and looks amazing!
• Microwave and Refrigerator
The cabinets above the microwave and refrigerator are pulled out a bit. This technique makes them look less imposing in the space with a more custom fit. Today’s French door refrigerators and counter depth refrigerators are taller. This is not a problem because the cabinet above the refrigerator can be moved higher. If you are looking for a new refrigerator but thought you could not have it due to height, now you can!
• A great new feature
Many homeowners with smaller kitchens are lacking drawer space. This usually leads to utensils in jars on the counter. In a small kitchen that can look like clutter. We had small drawers added to the bottom of the cabinets to use for utensils and things on the counter. That eliminated so much stuff from site the kitchen felt larger and more open.
• Why White
When I reface a kitchen I usually stick to white or off-white. The reason being, I don’t like fake wood grain doors. When the kitchen is white the doors look like high-end painted doors and they are super durable. Also, white is perceived as the cleanest color. White kitchens never go out of style and white is the best way to get a light bright and airy look.
• Wainscot the island
The island was fake oak veneer so we covered it in white wainscot. This effect is accomplished by adding molding around each panel with finish trim added to the inside. This gives the appearance of raised paneling. It looks amazing and visually cohesive with everything in white.
• The window
We finished the window by adding trim and a small valance to the top of the window. This visually connects it to the cabinetry, so that the window looks like an extension of the cabinetry.
• Counter tops
New granite was not in the budget, so we re-lamented the old counter tops. We chose a light countertop to keep things light. We left off the back lip of laminate that usually runs along the back wall of the kitchen. Instead, we installed tumbled travertine tile all the way down to the countertop for a smooth and uninterrupted backsplash. I love the end result and so do the homeowners.

P.S. –Attention, club presidents! I give free decorating programs! It is lots of fun and very informative. Call and schedule your club today or call Ruth your full service decorator at 352-804-2056

P.P.S Be sure to visit our home decor store, "The Finishing Touch" for your home good needs.

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