Counters for days!
Dated was the least of this kitchen's crimes. Underlit, poorly laid out, a mobile dishwasher that was loud and ineffective, and an awkward closet that backed up to the stairs also made the list. But with a little ingenuity, a better layout, and some beautiful finishes we transformed the space into this family's dream space without breaking the bank.
Left: A pullout cabinetry (with trash receptacle inside) becomes a mobile island with tons of flexible function.
Above: A bench tucked in a well lit corner at the end of the kitchen becomes not only a favorite spot to work or keep the cook company, but also a neat spot to tuck away shoes to combat the cramped rear entry.
Above: Familiar with those awkward, chopped up closets over the stairs that don't go all the way to the floor? That is a distant memory in this kitchen, because now the space houses a butler's pantry for bulky appliances and extra kitchen storage. With doors that swing all the way open, this space becomes an extension of the kitchen vs. an awkward closet.