Kitchen Tour: Rich Green Cabinets Transform a Tired Scheme
An ageing kitchen is revived with bright colour, hardworking cabinets and more natural light
Instead of knocking down walls, Megan widened openings into the kitchen from surrounding spaces to improve flow and connection with the rest of the home. Janet’s collection of jadeite and green Depression glass inspired the muted rich green cabinet colour. And a wider peninsula, upgraded appliances, improved lighting and a revamped breakfast nook give the couple a fresh, modern-day kitchen with timeless appeal.
Who lives here? Eugene and Janet Wang
Location Oxnard, California
Size 20 sq m
Designer Megan Paulson of 22 Design House
‘After’ photos by Upmarket Media
The G-shaped layout of the former kitchen worked for the Wangs, but that’s about all the space had going for it. The peninsula was too short, while suspended cabinets physically and visually separated the kitchen from the breakfast area. “The kitchen felt as if it wanted to be more open, but it was really closed off,” Janet says.
The wood cabinets were original to the 1969 house. And the white tile worktops, ageing white appliances and worn out linoleum flooring had seen better days probably a decade ago.
The new custom-made wood cabinets and drawers and the repurposed units are now a welcoming shade of green (English Holly by Dunn-Edwards). “It has a richness to it without being too dark or heavy,” Megan says.
She also widened the peninsula to fit a new range cooker and widened the openings into the breakfast area and TV room. “We couldn’t take down any walls to make it one grand space, and that’s not what Janet wanted anyway,” Megan says. “This gives the illusion of an open space.”
Large-format (30cm x 60cm), sand-coloured porcelain floor tiles have a matt textured finish and the look of limestone.
The white pocket door leads to the formal dining room.
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The ageing white tile worktops were particularly difficult to maintain. “The grout was an absolute mess,” Janet says. “I tried to get in there with bleach to clean it, but it never worked.”
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Polished marble-look quartz worktops give the space a durable and stylish surface. “The grey and gold tones in it pull in the flooring and splashback,” Megan says.
A satin nickel tap, porcelain and wood sconce and oil-rubbed bronze cabinet handles create a mixed-materials look.
A microwave on the right ate up worktop space. The cabinet above it was in good condition, so Megan moved it across the room and reused it. A large pantry cupboard on the left was also in decent shape and in a good location.
Megan updated the pantry cupboard on the left to match the green cabinets. A new bank of wall units above the fridge stores and displays Janet’s collection of jadeite and green Depression glass.
A bespoke oak floating shelf with a natural finish offers another spot for decorative items. Below sits a new coffee bar. “Janet loves her coffee – and didn’t have a designated space for that before,” Megan says.
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The walls were a bright coral colour. “I took art classes and wanted to play around with colour,” Janet says.
The dual-fuel range cooker has a downdraft extractor and a convection oven. “They just had an electric [hob] there before,” Megan says. “I widened this peninsula almost all the way to the sliding door so we could have room for this range.”
Pale tan walls (Stucco Tan by Dunn-Edwards) and the off-white ceiling, woodwork and pocket door (Swiss Coffee by Dunn-Edwards) combine to create a neutral backdrop for the green cabinetry.
The pullout to the left has containers for utensils and shelves for ramekins and small mixing bowls.
Panel fronts on the peninsula help finish it off.
The kitchen now also includes LED recessed lights in the ceiling and undercabinet lights on dimmers.
A natural-fibre sisal rug under the table and chairs has a geometric pattern and adds a touch of softness over the porcelain tiled floor.
The curated gallery wall includes Janet’s art collection and finds from her travels, adding a personal touch to this cheerful, renovated kitchen. “It’s so warm, comfortable and inviting,” she says. “The remodel has really made the kitchen the centre of our home.”
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