A DIY approach pays off in this modern-meets-country kitchen renovation
Before: A choatic kitchen
THEN: The kitchen had dated dark oak cabinetry, cheap laminate counters and a mishmash of appliances.
After: A bright, fresh space for cooking
NOW: To offset escalating renovation costs, homeowners Julie Arcand and Frédérick Lebeau, together with designer Jean Stéphane Beauchamp, decided to go with affordable IKEA cabinets, allowing the couple to splurge in other areas. The two-tone cabinetry gives the room a custom feel. A quartzite countertop with heavy veining looks like marble but is more durable. Coordinating stainless steel appliances, including a sleek induction cooktop, complete the look.
Creating a farmhouse style
A horizontal window allows the cabinetry to wrap around this end of the kitchen and offers the preferred sink-under-window placement. Julie got her wish of an apron-front sink, which complements the kitchen’s farmhouse style. The penny round-tiled backsplash, which the couple installed themselves, stops short on this wall, leaving space for a hit of bright blue. Lighting in the work area is modern but low key. Jean Stéphane likens these fixtures to “bridesmaids,” while the pendant light over the eat-in area’s dining table is the stunning “bride.”