Client Reveal ~ Chesterfield Kitchen

I am so excited to share a new client reveal with you!  My client reached out to me after moving to Richmond from Maryland.  She and her husband wanted to update their new home and make it match their style instead of the style of the previous homeowners.  We decided to start with their kitchen.  She knew she wanted white cabinets, so we created a color story ~ white, green, taupe, & blue ~ and a style that would still work with some of their family pieces.  The end result is a beautiful, fresh, and updated kitchen!

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Here is the before:

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Wow! Can you even believe that is the same space?

Our first step in the renovation process was to select new flooring.  The flooring throughout their main level consisted of three different materials: hardwood (foyer and dining room), tile (kitchen), and carpet (family room).  All of the flooring was showing wear and needed to be replaced.  In order to create a better flow, we selected an engineered hardwood to go in every room on the main level.  We choose the 5" Beckford Oak, color: Bark, from Armstrong (purchased from ProSource).

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There are so many options when looking at hardwood flooring: from solid to engineered, hand-scraped to a smooth finish, and light to dark in color. We looked at several of options, and decided on the Beckford Oak for it's color, durability, width, and overall look.  These floors are such a nice, medium-brown color - not too red and not too yellow.  The construction of the engineered hardwood makes them durable and water-safe for kitchen use also.

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While working on the flooring, we were also deciding on countertops and paint colors.  We landed on these amazing countertops - Fantasy Brown Marble, from Artistic Stone Design.  And they are so stunningly beautiful! 

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The mix of colors in the Fantasy Brown - soft white, taupes, greys, and soft browns - and the river veining pattern make this countertop the focal point of the kitchen, while also being versitale and timeless.

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For the paint colors, we chose: 

  • Cabinets: Benjamin Moore, Cloud Nine 2144-60 - A soft shade of white - not too bright white and not too creamy.
  • Island: Benjamin Moore, Herb Bouquet 460 - I was determined to find the perfect green for their island, and Herb Bouquet is definitely it!  It complements the Fantasy Brown countertops nicely, while adding a subtle pop of color to the space. 
  • Walls: Sherwin Williams, Agreeable Gray, 7029 - A light greige that is a mix of grey and beige to coordiante with the countertops and the backsplash.

It was hard to capture the texture and beauty of the backsplash, but Beth Furgurson sure knows how to work magic behind the lens!

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The tile is Quintessenza Genesi, color: Tortora, purchased from Mosaic Tile.

The finishing touches in the space are the lighting and the rug under the table and chairs.  Changing out the lighting made such a big difference!  The Tiffany-style lights from the previous owner did not provide a lot of light in the space, and combined with the tile floors and wood cabinets, made the room feel dark.  To brighten up the kitchen, we added recessed lights, 2 pendants over the island, and a brighter chandelier to go over the kitchen table.  The orb light over the table is from Wayfair, and she found the pendant lights on a trip, but these are similar.

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We selected a Surya rug to go under the kitchen table that includes all of her kitchen colors, and also incorporates blues that she used in the paint in her dining room (Benjamin Moore, Wedgewood Gray HC-146) and the fabrics in her family room.

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Tackling a kitchen renovation is not an easy project to live through, but my clients are so happy with the beautiful result.  The new colors and updated style feel fresh yet timeless, and the new design still allows them to use pieces they already had - the table and chairs, and a hutch (not pictured).

Once again, the before:

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And the after!

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Thank you so much to my clients for inviting me into their home, and also big thank you to the wonderful team of vendors who helped this project run smoothly!

Want to see more of this project?  Head over to my portfolio page!

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Kitchen Renovation ~ part 4

My last update on the kitchen featured this ‘progress’ picture… new cabinets

…and the post ended with this question: “Any bets on if we’ll get the kitchen complete before the baby arrives?”  That post was on June 14, and Baby Boy Green (a.k.a. BBG) was born (10 days early) on June 24; so, if you put your money on ‘no’ to the previous question, you guessed right!

We’ve slowly worked over the past few months make progress on the kitchen.  I still want to add a few accessories, and we also have a few touch-ups to finish, so we’re not calling it 100% complete yet, but I’d say we’re at about 95% done.

One more reminder of the ‘before’:

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And now, when you walk in the front door, instead of a wall of stencil, you can see straight into the kitchen!

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It has been so nice to have a more open space.  We were able to steal a few inches from the dining room and gain a little bit of extra cabinet storage as well.

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One of my favorite things is the tall skinny pantry to the left of the refrigerator.  It doesn’t seem like a lot of space, but it’s given us a good place for food storage.

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The floor tile is a 12” x 24” gray porcelain tile from Mosaic Tile, (Folio Artistica Meteor, color: Silver).  They gray does a much better job than our previous white linoleum of hiding all of the dirt that the dogs bring in through the back door!

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Here is a close-up of the countertop and backsplash.  We chose Luna Pearl granite countertops from Colonial Granite, and 3” x 6” Arabescato Marble also from Mosaic Tile.  The Luna Pearl granite has a white background with gray and black specks all over.  Whereas some granite selections have veining through the slab, this color has a more consistent look.  Andrew installed and grouted the backsplash himself (when BBG was about 2 weeks old).  Looks pretty good for his first time!

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And here is a detail shot of the cabinet hardware.  We purchased the handles from Pleasants Hardware, and we found the knobs online at

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There are a few finishing touches that we still want to add to the kitchen.

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  1. We bought the counter stools at Garden Ridge.  They originally had a wood tone seat, but we wanted to add color, so we tried painting them white and adding a blue border.  We decided half-way through the painting process that we didn’t like the way it was turning out. (If you look closely, you can see that the blue border on the stool on the right only has one coat of paint.)  So, we are going to change the seat color to something different – we’re thinking a green to tie into our family room.
  2. Before the ceiling was closed up and drywalled, they wired for a light fixture over the sink.  We have a pendant light that I’ve been waiting to use somewhere in the house and this is the perfect spot for it.  We actually made progress on this project this weekend by spray painting the light fixture gray.  Hopefully, we will install it soon!
  3. We had our cabinet guys add a piece of wood to the right side of the refrigerator to give it a built-in look.  We have found that mail is collecting on the peninsula, so in an effort to be more organized, we want to build a mail center & cork board to hang on that part of the cabinetry.  We have most of the pieces for this project, so now we just need to find the time to build it!

Although making progress on the kitchen has been a slow process over the past few months, we are truly enjoying our kitchen and are so happy that we decided to go through with the renovation!

Here is a glance at the four phases of the project:

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(part 1  /  part 2  / part 3)

Removing the wall and painting the cabinets white have completely transformed the space.  I can hardly remember what it looked like before!

º What projects did you work on over the summer?

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