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White Cabinets brighten up a Lincoln Park Kitchen

The cabinets have been fully installed!





When I met my clients for the first time we discussed in detail what they were looking for in their new kitchen.  Top items were:  brighten up the room, add storage, expand the dining counter to eliminate the need for a separate table. The existing cabinets were oak with a dark black/green granite counter top (see the photo below).  There was very little counter space and storage.  The entire wall behind the rectangular dining table was underutilized, providing no storage.

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White painted cabinets were easily selected—what could be brighter and more classic than white? .  With White as the color and shaker as the style, the cabinets set the tone for the rest of the kitchen.

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Light colored quartz counter tops will be practically maintenance free while providing a natural look and feel.  The expanded island will feature a quartz counter top in Silestone Lusso  while the outer counters are Silestone Coral Clay.  The oversized island will provide much more counter space for cooking, dining, entertaining or working.

Silestone quartz: Lusso and Coral Clay

Silestone quartz: Lusso and Coral Clay



Good lighting is an important consideration in any space, but it is typically not thought about much or as a last item.   After spending so much money on a renovation, you want to be able to “see” it and our enjoyment of a space can be enhanced with proper lighting.  To achieve the client’s goal of brightening up the kitchen, which only has 2 small windows on one wall, general lighting will be improved with the addition of 4 can lights and 2 pendants over the dining counter (which can be dimmed to function as ambient light).  For task lighting there is LED strip lighting under the cabinets and for ambiance the glass door cabinets will be lit with puck lights within the cabinet.  The glass shelves and ribbed glass inserts for the cabinet doors is being custom cut off site.


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I’ll be onsite tomorrow checking on the progress and hoping that it is all still moving along smoothly.


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