“They wanted to funkify it,” project designer Michelle Ruber Hardwood Kitchen Cabinets says of her clients’ goal for their Portland, Oregon, kitchen. When the young family purchased the 100-year-old residence from a house flipper, they loved its location and bones but knew they’d renovate to infuse it with their own personalities. “The owners are both very involved in theater and are used to theatrical sets and artistic, creative spaces,” says Ruber, of Encircle Design and Build. Check out the dramatic difference they were able to make with a few impactful changes.Who lives here: A family with 2 young childrenLocation: Portland, OregonDesigner: Encircle Design and BuildSize: 220 square feet "The house had been renovated Hardwood Kitchen Cabinets by a house flipper, and thus was pretty generic to appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers. The results were nice, but these homeowners wanted something unique and tailored to their tastes.
AFTER: The design team’s most impactful move was painting the cabinets a bold avocado green, giving the room the dynamic energy the family sought. Another big intervention was the new fir Marvin windows, which add warmth to the room and are energy efficient — another project priority. Ruber Hardwood Kitchen Cabinets also added speakers to the ceiling, so the family can enjoy their favorite tunes.
A few things that did leave the room were some of the panels in the cabinets; they were replaced with Lumicor (a resin product). The new panels reflect the light, while the small Hardwood Kitchen Cabinets graphic pattern plays nicely off the larger pattern of the subway tiles.
To make the cabinets function better on a day-to-day basis, Ruber upgraded the hardware to include soft-close hinges and fully extending drawer glides. Encircle Design and BuildOpening up the kitchen to other rooms wouldn’t have worked with the home’s style, but the woman of the house Hardwood Kitchen Cabinets still wanted a way to draw her kiddos into the room with her. Thus, the island and the wall along the side of the refrigerator were covered in chalkboard paint. “It gives the kids a way to mark their own space and a way to get creative in here,” Ruber explains."
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