by Kristie Miller, CKF Designer in Urbandale, IA
I was so thankful that I was able to be a part of helping Erin with her kitchen project. Erin is an amazing designer here in Urbandale, IA (one may recognize her as the name behind E. Lynn Design). She and I clicked at our first meeting and after learning what style she was going for, I knew it would be a finished product for the books.
When we started, we originally wanted to remove the bulkheads and take her cabinets all the way to the ceiling. However, when we discovered they needed to stay, Erin decided she would mask them with shiplap, which I personally think turned out for the best as it adds even more character.
The cabinetry is from our CKF Signature Line in the Denali door style. The perimeter color is Linen, which is a painted finish. All the cabinets feature soft-close hinges and glides with dovetail drawer box construction. Erin and I were just about to place the cabinet order when a light bulb went off - she decided to add a pop of oak, which was a great touch! The Midwest has been trying to eliminate oak all together but I personally think adding it as an accent with the proper finish, is a perfect way to bring nature indoors. When a darker stain is applied to oak, it enhances the large grain patterns which adds visual depth and a touch of the rustic element. So we changed the open-cabinet’s finish from the original white paint to Weathered Oak in the Driftwood stain.
The island was still in good shape so Erin had it refinished with the most perfect pop of color. I love deep dark greens and I think the Midwest will be seeing more of this color trend in the near future. The granite island countertop also remained but we brightened the perimeter up with the complimenting Cambria Quartz in Torquay.
The Kohler sink is a stainless Steel Apron Front with no divider so it’s more open. We frosted the cabinets with Atlas hardware in a champagne finish. Erin of course added the finishing touches with the eclectic light fixtures and décor. I hope Erin and I can reconnect on future projects and I’m excited for her to enjoy walking into her new adorable kitchen!
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