To rethink a small but hardworking kitchen in Washington, D.C., designer Cabinets RTA Melissa Cooley carefully measured every nook for places where she could incorporate space-saving solutions. The results of her efforts paid off in a still-small kitchen that has a creative mix of open and closed cabinetry with enough storage to rival a kitchen twice its size. "“After” photos by Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography
AFTER: Cooley used about 75 percent of the existing layout but moved a few appliances around. The window and light fixtures stayed where they were, and Cooley gave the room a completely Cabinets RTA new, contemporary look. She upgraded the range and hood to create more of a statement and focal point on the rear wall.
BEFORE: The couple previously used a metal rack to store cookbooks, oils and wine bottles, a system that tended to put clutter on display. Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.AFTER: Closed cabinets surround the fridge, to the left of which is a mix of open shelves, drawers and a wine rack.
Open cabinets to the right of the range store cookbooks within reach. Case Cabinets RTA Design/Remodeling, Inc.“The 1900s house lends itself to a very tasteful, traditional style,” Cooley says. Warm bronze hues in a crackled tile backsplash above the range complement the cherrywood tones.
Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.An integrated hutch-like piece near the kitchen has a grand, hardworking, elegant look you’d see in larger spaces. This nook, with opaque glass cabinets and a small bar, lets the owners display featured wines, charge their phones and Cabinets RTA conceal mountains of china for a less cluttered look."