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City Chic Kitchen Makeover

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

The Woodlawn Avenue kitchen renovation began in early Summer 2020 and is one of many projects to wrap up in the second half of the year. Located one block from the Mississippi River in St. Paul, this home had a wonderful location and great opportunities to become exactly what the homeowner needed moving to St. Paul.



BEFORE


The main floor was closed off and uninspiring. The kitchen was in decent condition but closed off to the dining and living rooms. It also did not utilize the space appropriately for cooking and entertaining.



Natural light and open concept were top priorities for this homeowner. We removed the walls and installed a massive Pella sliding door in the dining room to allow natural light to light up the space. A triple set of windows over the kitchen sink provides light and a view into the generous sized St. Paul backyard.


AFTER


Now we have a contemporary industrial kitchen, paying homage to the homeowner's days living in New York. Porcelain Jeffrey Court Dias Brick backsplash makes a statement with the antiqued mirror behind the range. Slab front cabinets provide a clean base to complement the tumbled style brick. The tops of the upper cabinets are hinged to lift up and the glass is a great place to display collections from world travel.

White and black contemporary industrial kitchen with brick tile backsplash and antique mirror range backsplash, exposed range hood

Contemporary industrial black and white kitchen with large black window over sink, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances

Contemporary industrial black and white kitchen with brick porcelain tile backsplash, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, exposed range hood and antique mirror backsplash

Removing the exterior door in the kitchen and raising the windows was the natural place for "the sink wall." We used the Pella Lifestyle series windows with black grilles to tie into the contemporary design.


Contemporary industrial kitchen sink with articulating faucet and undermount stainless steel sink and quartz countertop

Mixed metal island pendants merge together black and white custom cabinetry with slab style doors, brick porcelain tile backsplash

The homeowner wanted to incorporate more black into the space and we did so with an island in Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, black hardware and mixed metal light fixtures.


Microwave drawer in black kitchen island, red oak hardwood flooring, exposed range hood and brick backsplash

We did have to work around a structural post. We used a storage island to anchor the post as well as provide room division within the open concept space. We wrapped the beam in reclaimed white oak from Manomin Resawn Timbers to make it a design feature and reminiscent of an industrial New York loft.


Contemporary industrial style kitchen renovation with reclaimed white oak wrapped support post, tumbled brick backsplash

Contemporary industrial style kitchen renovation with reclaimed white oak wrapped support post, tumbled brick backsplash

Monogram appliances throughout, including a 36" gas range with four burners and a griddle for professional cooking. The island houses a microwave drawer that is out of the eye line and easily accessible.


Contemporary industrial style kitchen renovation with tumbled brick backsplash tile, exposed range hood, custom cabinetry, black island

Contemporary industrial style kitchen renovation with tumbled brick backsplash tile, exposed range hood, custom cabinetry, quartz countertop

Large black window with grilles pair with industrial inspired kitchen with custom cabinets, mixed metal island pendants

The homeowner is settling into their new home, enjoying a completed kitchen that incorporates inspiration of places lived and traveled.


Stay well,

Katie Wick + the Jkath Team


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