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Remodel of Charming Kitchen

RockfordWhiteJanna FSt. Paul, Minnesota

White and Harbor Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
Increase storage by adding cabinets with roll-out drawers under island seating.

Recommended by Friends

Homeowners Janna and Sam reached out to designer Jason Spencer after their friends recommended CliqStudios. Although their current kitchen was only five years old, the layout didn’t suit their lifestyle. They came to Jason with a vision of opening up their kitchen. Together, they created a brighter, more functional space that reflected a warm farmhouse style.

Corner floating shelves
Decorative features like glass-front doors and floating shelves create focal points on the back wall of the kitchen.

Removing a Wall for Open Space

The existing kitchen had a partial wall separating the kitchen and the living room. The wall housed the refrigerator, sink and dishwasher, but blocked light from flowing into the kitchen. They wanted to remove the wall and replace it with an island to transform the room into a welcoming space for friends and family to gather.

Kitchen island with sink and dishwasher
Brighten up white kitchens with a colorful island, like this one in Harbor.

Getting the Design Just Right

After seeing the first design, the homeowners knew a few adjustments needed to be made. Jason created new designs based on their revisions, tailoring the design to exactly what the family wanted. In about one month, they had a final design they loved and ordered their cabinets.

To start, they moved the microwave from the island to a more hidden spot next to the refrigerator. While tucking away the necessities, they added more decorative options, opting for glass door fronts and open shelving on either side of the range hood to create a focal point on the back wall.

They also changed their cabinet choice from Austin cabinets with inset doors, to the versatile Rockford door in White and Harbor. The two styles have similarities like slab drawer fronts and recessed panel doors that fit into traditional or modern kitchens.

Open kitchen with sink in the island
The new, brighter space after removing a wall and adding an island

They also slightly reduced the island size, allowing them to keep their dream feature without sacrificing the space they needed to move around and add a dining table. Reducing the island countertop size meant the legs were no longer needed to support its weight. However, the homeowners chose to keep them.

“I like that they made the legs work as a decorative aspect even though they didn’t need them,” Jason shared. “I think it was a wise decision because they look great.”

They kept the sink in the same spot, setting it in the island to face toward the light of the living room. On the opposite side of the island, they chose cabinets with roll-out trays to easily access items under the countertop overhang.

Corner Lazy Susan under butcher block countertops
Corner Super Susan, storage drawers and microwave cabinet make the most of a smaller space.

Personal Decorative Touches

Jason was impressed with the final photos, “They made a lot of great design choices after we did the layout.”

Decorative details, like the cabinet hardware and range hood, help give the kitchen a charming cottage feel. They also opted for two different countertops after the final rendering, choosing butcher block along the walls and white for the island.

“I like the overall style of the space,” said Jason. “It speaks to my personality as well and maybe that’s why we got along so well. Being from St. Paul as well, I think it suits the community and their family well.”

Bright Cottage Kitchen
Choosing quality kitchen cabinets in simple colors is the best way to create a kitchen you’ll love.
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Showing 6 comments

  1. Katie Reply

    Could you share the dimensions of the island?

    • CliqStudios Social Media Reply

      Yes! This particular island is about 85″ x 67″ with the legs included.

  2. Stacia Reply

    This is beautiful and so similar to what I want! Excited to get my kitchen design back so I can start dreaming!

  3. Leslie Reply

    This is such a beautiful kitchen. I currently have a completed kitchen design with CliqStudios but I can’t decide if I want White or Harbor. What is the color of this island??

    • CliqStudios Social Media Reply

      Harbor is a wonderful addition to a kitchen needing a bit of tranquility. The island is done in the color Harbor.

  4. elsie Reply

    Do you also sell the leg post on the island? what are the dimensions of the island?

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