Dark Cabinets and Smart Hidden Storage Update a 1980s Kitchen

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Looking for better traffic flow and more prep and entertainment space, this empty-nester couple set out to remodel their original 1980s kitchen with the help of designer Kathi Fleck. But before beginning, the couple tasked Fleck with one more request: to include a subtle nod to the wife’s Scottish heritage. Fleck responded to the latter request with tones of green in the backsplash and granite countertops and with red glass pendant lights above a dining area.

Before Photo

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Photos by Memories by Louise

Kitchen at a Glance

Location: Willow Park, Texas
Size: 179 square feet (16.6 square meters)
Designer: Kathi Fleck of LoneStar Property Solutions

BEFORE: The couple thought the original kitchen felt cramped and the appliance layout was a bit dysfunctional, with the refrigerator near the kitchen entrance blocking the walkway.

Contemporary Kitchen by LoneStar Property Solutions

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AFTER: Fleck reconfigured the space to bring the refrigerator to the full wall, freeing up the entryway for better flow and creating more of a work triangle.

Dark-stained maple cabinets help offset the subtle hues of muted green in the backsplash and granite countertops and the red in the pendant lights and window treatments, not shown.

Mission-style cabinets: Factory Builder Stores; backsplash: Emser Tile; floor: Daltile; plumbing fixtures: Ferguson

Contemporary Kitchen by LoneStar Property Solutions

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Fleck paid special attention to incorporating smart storage solutions inside the cabinets. Here, pullout baskets hold fresh fruit and vegetables.

Contemporary Kitchen by LoneStar Property Solutions

LoneStar Property Solutions

Slide-out shelves make full use of the deep cabinets for pantry space.

Contemporary Kitchen by LoneStar Property Solutions

LoneStar Property Solutions

A spice rack pulls out conveniently near the range.

Contemporary Kitchen by LoneStar Property Solutions

LoneStar Property Solutions

Deep drawers store pots and pans and large serving dishes.

Contemporary Kitchen by LoneStar Property Solutions

LoneStar Property Solutions

Near the sink, a slide-out trash and recycling bin system also includes a drawer for storing trash bags.

Contemporary Kitchen by LoneStar Property Solutions

LoneStar Property Solutions

A Lazy Susan and swing-out shelves make use of corner storage.

Before Photo

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BEFORE: Here, a cutout above the original sink area offered minimal connection to the nearby living room.

Contemporary Kitchen by LoneStar Property Solutions

LoneStar Property Solutions

AFTER: Fleck removed the partial wall and upper cabinets to create more openness to the living room.