Original My Home Redux reader and frequent contributor (and dear friend), Tara Foulis, has shared her kitchen makeover. It was a typical scenario: she wanted to change her countertops, which lead to an island discussion, which lead to questions about colors of island, which lead to the merits and de-merits of two-tier islands, which lead to a talk about island heights, and finally planning walking paths in the kitchen.
Here you can see her kitchen BEFORE. Nice, but she wanted granite counters. The island is interesting and room-saving, but limited in it's use for serving snacks to two hungry little girls or extra space for making dinner.
In our discussions, Tara decided she wanted a rectangle island. She measured and determined she had enough walking space around it. (She marked off the size on the floor with red tape.) She didn't want to do a different color cabinetry for the island, and although white panelling on the back side may show scuff marks more easily, she didn't want a second color (although islands are often different colors and sport contrasting tops than the cabinets). She opted out of the two tier island because it raised more questions and required more space.
She kept her existing paint color but took down the border to udpate the kitchen's decor. She even extended the paint color into her dining room. She selected a nice warm brown granite (Tropic Brown). She and her husband did the work. And voila, without breaking the bank, they have totally updated their kitchen as you can see in this AFTER picture.
Looks beautiful and updated. Great job, Tara and Rick.