Easy-Peasy Before and After

Happy Friday! There’s nothing quite like an awesome interior design “before and after”, don’t you think? This is especially true when the makeover consists of only a few clever changes. New paint, hardware and light fixtures, new window treatments and re-stained floors – that’s all that was needed in this Boston kitchen redesigned by Nina Farmer. No knocking down walls, no tearing out appliances or cabinets, yet the result couldn’t be more astonishing.

Cafe Design | Nina Farmer | After

At the time, the homeowners were expecting a new baby and wanted to avoid the messes of a whole kitchen renovation so Farmer made a few smart cosmetic changes that completely revamped the space.  As you can see from this before shot, the cabinetry was beautiful and in good shape. The open space layout was very functional so it made no sense changing it.  Instead, the designer chose new paint colors for the walls to brighten up the space. For the cabinets, she went with a complex gray – Farrow & Ball’s Dimpse.

Cafe Design | Nina Farmer | Before

The Viking range and soapstone countertops stayed as well and I love how they contrast with the gray cabinets. Farmer also added a new Urban Electric Co. pendant, redone in Farrow& Ball’s Stony Ground. The original floors were stained in a checkerboard board pattern which the designer kept as well and had them re-stained. To warm up all the cool grays in the room, Farmer chose a warm brown striped fabric for the roman shades. Wooden boards and woven baskets further bring in texture and natural colors. Ahh, the power of paint…from dark and dated, this kitchen now looks like a movie set!

Cafe Design | Nina Farmer | After



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    • Eva Contreras
      October 20, 2017 / 2:34 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth! It’s one of my favorite makeovers, so cleverly done… Have a great weekend xo

  1. October 23, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Farmer did a wonderful job. I love all the windows in this space–it looks so light and spacious. It would be a pleasure cooking in this kitchen!

    • Eva Contreras
      October 23, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks for stopping by, it sure looks bright and airy… and the best part was the minimal effort that went into this space. Kitchen renovations can be so painful…xo