Premium Princeton Cabinets Receive Upscale Upgrades
In many cases it doesn’t make sense to put the labor and other associated resources into refinishing old, damaged, or low-end kitchen cabinet doors. The time and cost involved to make these doors look good can be a poor investment. That is when we suggest new doors. And since the kitchen and its cabinets can account for a significant percentage of a home's value, Occasionally, however, there are circumstances where the existing doors are worth reusing. Here are two projects where that was the case.
Hopewell, NJ, Before: This home had custom cabinets which were painted a bright white. Over the years the color yellowed and became irregularly toned. It was also very stark and took away from the elegance of the home.
The owners wanted to do something different with the island, to give it the look of furniture. They wanted to remove the microwave from over the stove and install a range hood. They also preferred the upscale look of side panels, a larger crown, and other high-end details. Finally, it was important to them that the new cabinet color complement the granite better, a dense mix of deep black, taupe, and brown, with flecks of blue and green mica.
After: All of the perimeter cabinets received our Glazed Mushroom Souffle finish. The island received a darker version of the same color. Side panels and decorative moldings elevate this space with upscale style. The island is given greater weight and focus with panels and posts. A custom wood hood was built, finished and installed.
Princeton, NJ, Before: The owner of this country club home had excellent quality maple cabinets, but over the years they oxidized and discolored. They also lacked some of the architectural details that other kitchens in the neighborhood sported. She already had granite in place, as well.
After: She saw another kitchen we did and she loved it, so we gave her cabinets a similar treatment. An ornate crown was added, along with framed beadboard side panels. Beadboard and new corbels dress up the island. The main finish, “Butternut,” is an ochre based glaze on a creamy base. A dark rub-off with copper glaze finish was applied to the island. Eventually she ended up changing the granite on the island.