Remodel Reveal: A Fifty-Year-Old Kitchen Transformation


We first met this couple at a home show in 2016 when they approached us about remodeling their kitchen. They then stopped into our Bradenton design center to discuss the options and what might be possible for their project.

They own a beautiful home just a short drive from the Manatee River. However, it was built in the 60’s with most everything being original, and in need of an update.

The kitchen was closed off from the dining area, so they wanted to open it up to be one large room because they enjoyed entertaining. Our couple also wanted to add a kitchen island, as well as update the aesthetics like cabinets and countertops.  In addition to focusing on the kitchen, there were some additional updates they wanted to make: move their laundry from its current place downstairs to upstairs, refinish the ceiling in their living room, and lay consistent flooring throughout the kitchen and living room.


When it came time to design the new kitchen, our client worked with our designer to create a new layout which worked more to their lifestyle, and selected materials in our design center which were more up to date and suited to their taste.   The decision was made to use two different colored cabinets, as well as two different countertop materials. The result is quite remarkable!

In getting started on this kitchen remodel, we removed and disposed of the existing materials in the kitchen. This included cabinets, countertops, appliances, etc. We tore down light soffits and removed some walls which separated the kitchen, family and dining rooms. Lastly, we removed all of flooring throughout the three rooms in preparation to install the new Luxury Vinyl plank style flooring.

Once the rooms were empty, we trenched the existing concrete floor to run electrical to the new island. We then did some framing required and prepared for new drywall where the existing soffits and walls were removed. A new wiring plan was needed for the new layout including outlets, positioning of the appliances, and lighting.

As sometimes happens, particularly on a home 50-plus years old, once the walls were opened it was discovered there was some unsafe wiring. We brought this to the owner’s attention and we with the help of our electrician were able to correct the problem. As you can imagine this brought significant peace of mind to our client knowing it was taken care of.

Lighting was important, as the previous kitchen was dark and closed off. In addition to the natural light that now came through after removing the wall that separated the kitchen and dining room, we also added LED under-cabinet lighting. Moreover, we modified the existing recessed light locations, changed them to mini 4” recessed cans on a 3-way dimmer and prepared for pendant lights above the island.

For the main cooking area, we positioned Showplace “Pendleton” shaker style cabinets, including 42” uppers, in a beautiful gray wash color with Cambria 3CM Newport color quartz countertops.

For the island, we installed white “Hartford” Wellborn Cabinets in a “Glacier” white paint with a Black Walnut butcher block countertop. This island countertop was not only a unique statement piece, but also tied in nicely with the main cabinets and included an overhang for additional bar seating.

All the cabinetry features full extension soft close Blum glides and dove tail all wood drawer boxes and Top Knobs hardware.

On the far end of the kitchen, near the French doors, we placed a pantry cabinet with convenient pullouts and drawer base cabinets for easy access to food items. This was a huge upgrade for our client, as they only had a small closet previously.

Our carpenters then installed the COREtec vinyl plank flooring in a light wood Nantucket Oak color throughout the kitchen, living and dining areas.

With the flooring and cabinets set, we placed in the new stainless-steel appliances. The microwave was designed into the island to maximize the layout and for convenience when cooking.

For the backsplash, we installed a 2×8 blue frosted glass subway tile. We also painted the walls of the kitchen, dining and living areas a coordinating blue so that it would all flow together nicely.

In the end, with the open concept layout and the new island, our client was more than satisfied with their remodel and couldn’t wait to entertain!

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