As a retired food writer, Lynda Kochevar now Made to Order Cabinets spends time in her kitchen testing recipes without the stress of deadlines. But Kochevar, who purchased her 1951 midcentury home 10 years ago, wanted to give her tired kitchen more counter space, better function and a fresher look.She found kitchen designer Christine Nelson on Houzz and the pair set out to create a space that felt “midcentury modern meets modern Sweden,” Kochevar says. A gray Marmoleum floor, white paint-grade maple cabinets, a white ceramic stacked subway tile backsplash and warm wood counters provide a neutral Scandinavian-inspired Made to Order Cabinets backdrop, while orange walls and lift-up avocado green cabinets on the range wall give the kitchen a fun burst of color worthy of the Mad Men era. "“Before” and “after” photos by Mark Ehlen of Ehlen Creative Communications
AFTER: Designer Made to Order Cabinets Christine Nelson had the idea to use a built-in banquette with lift-up benches with storage inside to replace the table and chairs that at one time sat in the far corner of the kitchen. This allowed for more clearance around the eating area and better traffic flow.
BEFORE: This view of the kitchen prior to the remodel shows a scalloped Made to Order Cabinets detail over the sink that made the kitchen feel dated, and a single ceiling fixture that was the only source of light for the sink and cooking areas.Christine Nelson Design5AFTER: The updated sink area now includes a stainless steel dishwasher. An open upper shelf to the left of the sink provides a home for the kitchen’s microwave and some of Kochevar’s cookbook collection.
The 36-inch-wide stainless steel farmhouse sink makes a strong statement and was one of the first components Kochevar told Nelson she wanted for her kitchen. “I knew I didn’t want porcelain Made to Order Cabinets because that would be too traditional,” she says.
BEFORE: This photo shows the lack of work space and storage by the range and refrigerator, and how the appliances felt randomly placed in the room.Christine Nelson Design2AFTER: Countertops on each side of the new dual-fuel range offer much-needed work space. The drawers that flank the Made to Order Cabinets range store an in-drawer knife rack and pots and pans.
Avocado green lift-up upper cabinets on each side of the range add a punch of color to the room and provide storage for bottles of oil and Made to Order Cabinets vinegar."
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