if you’re just joining us, welcome!! if you’ve come back for more behind-the-scenes of this upper west side pied-à-terre renovation project, thank you!! [and if you’re curious about renovation recap….pied-à-terre, part I, please check it out here]

today we are going to look at the transformation that took place in the kitchen.

our clients were very, very clear about how they were – or more to the point how they were not – going to be using their kitchen: it was be used strictly for making morning coffee, making evening cocktails or warming up the leftovers they brought home from a fabulous restaurant they patronized the night before. to that point, we removed the stove and capped the gas line, installed a convection microwave oven and installed an under counter drawer fridge and freezer unit [not pictured]. as for the finishes, we opted for dark cabinetry with blackened steel hardware to sit atop warm grey stone flooring. the counter tops we selected had a gorgeous horizontal striation to them that helped to visually widen the space and the mirrored tile back splash not only added drama but added depth to an otherwise shallow space. in trying to keep the kitchen to feel as open as possible [not to mention wanting to add interest and a beautiful focal point] we custom designed an open shelving unit with the glass shelves resting on classically inspired polished chrome brackets.

take a look at the photo diary below to see how this awkward kitchen was transformed into a jewel-box of a space.

before: an awkward corner of the kitchen obstructed the beauty of the gorgeous pre-war lead paneled window.
demo time! one of my all time favorite times to be on a job site!
once everything was removed, new plumbing pipes and shut-off valves were installed along with new gyp to ensure the walls were smooth and even.
stone flooring, base cabinets and counter top were installed! up next, the gorgeous back splash and sconces!
we chose an antiqued mirrored tile for the back splash which played beautifully off of the pre-war aesthetic of the building as well as brought some reflectivity to help make the small space feel larger.
last but not least, the gorgeous glass and polished chrome open shelving unit was installed. here's where things got....sticky shall we say? several of the mirrored tiles cracked once the structural brackets were attached to the wall and had to be replaced. it was not an easy fix but it was fixed nonetheless!
Kitchen turned into a full-service bar in a NYC apartment
ready for the big reveal!

our clients were beyond thrilled with the dramatic change that this otherwise drab and dated kitchen went through. isn’t this incredible space just begging for a martini to be made in it?

do you need help bringing new life to your outdated abode? we are here and happy to help! just say the word!!

UPDATE: check out renovation recap part iii for a behind-the-scenes look at the bathroom transformation!

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