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Defying all expectations for a room full of white and peach, Bernice's  kitchen was dark and dungeony.  Old appliances and odd angles made the space difficult to use, soffits above reduced the available storage in cabinets, and an oddity of the existing (metal?) base cabinets rendered upper drawer space unusable.
Bernice Before
Bernice Before 
Bernice Before 
Bernice Before 
A small table in the center of the kitchen divided the sink on the south wall from the stove and oven which were on the north wall.  The less than ideal stove and oven placement provided no landing space for hot items coming out of the oven, nor for pots or pans coming off the stovetop.  The angled counter next to the stove further diminished the available counterspace and rendered the entire area a safety hazard. Clever redesign solved all these problems and gave Bernice a brighter, more functional kitchen. 
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By removing part of a wall, creating a new glass block window behind the sink and expanding the existing slider from 2 doors to 3, Bernice was able to both open and lighten up the kitchen.  New overhead lighting and undercabinet lighting supplements the natural light during the day and creates mood lighting at night. 

The light ash of the Askerum cabinets and the White Beaches aka Piracema White granite contrast nicely with the medium toned walls which are painted in Benjamin Moore's Sommerville Red. The flooring chosen is Congoleum Ultima in Sonoma Taupe and the Askerum cabinets are outfitted with 5" pulls in satin nickel.  

To deal with a recessed portion of a wall, full sized base cabinets were used in the recess and then wall cabinets were used as bases where the wall bumps back out. At the end of this run, two of the (now discontinued) end-corner wall cabinets with glass doors were used and the counter clipped to follow the profile.
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By using 30" high glass fronted cabinets above the sink and creating a new glass block window behind the sink, she was able to break up what had been a monolithic mass of white.  The different heights of doors - 30" above the sink, 39" on the ends and 24" over the KitchenAid microwave creates additional interest along that wall.  A cabinet depth microwave is set into a cabinet and 24" doors installed above. 
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At the island, an overhang allows for casual meals and hanging out with the cook - stools are the "Paul" by Amisco Industries.  The use of white appliances (KitchenAid Side by Side refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and a Dacor Duel Fuel 30" slide in range with a pop up downdraft vent) and a backsplash of cream tumbled marble tile with Oyster Grey grout along with the cabinet and counter choices result in a calm yet exciting new space!  
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Range - Dacor Duel Fuel 30" Slide in Range with Pop up vent
Sink - Blanco Supreme U2
Faucet - Grohe Alira pull out with spray
Backsplash - Cream Tumbled Marble with Oyster Grey Grout set on diagonal
Cabinets - Ikea Askerum with 5" brushed satin nickel pulls
Countertops - Granite - White Beaches aka Piracema White
Refrigerator - KA S/S
Microwave - KA
Dishwasher - Bosch
Floor - Congoleum Ultima Sonoma Taupe
Paint - BenJMoore - Sommerville Red
Stools - Amisco Industries Paul Stool