Sara Ray Interior Design

Project Spotlight: West Meade Kitchen Renovation

We recently completed a kitchen renovation for a client in West Meade, and we are excited to share some photos, along with details on the project!

With the kitchen as the center of this family’s home, our goal was to give their kitchen a fresh and functional update. To begin, the client requested some changes to their existing kitchen – updated crown molding, hardware, countertops, appliances, sinks and faucets. In addition, they wanted to replace all of the hardwoods on their first floor and make some minor repairs on their perimeter cabinetry. Some of the more major updates included adding storage to their island, creating a built-in banquette to incorporate their table into the design, and designing a wet bar to allow moving their ice maker out of the main kitchen area. They were also interested in changing their overhead lighting and finding a place for a built-in television.


Dark cabinetry added weight to the original space. By updating the cabinet door style and giving the original cabinet frames a fresh coat of paint, natural light illuminates the kitchen. The existing perimeter cabinet boxes were kept, since they were in good condition, so the addition of this clean door style was all that was needed. The gray cabinets play nicely with the natural stone backsplash, which replaced the stainless steel backing in areas of the existing kitchen. Capping the perimeter of the kitchen in a dark quartz countertop keeps everything grounded. In addition, a custom hood was created to keep the flow of cabinetry from being broken up.

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The transformation of the island creates more visual unity throughout the space. Not only has the island been updated with a more streamlined look, functionality of the space has been increased with an attached banquette for dining seating. Although their previous seating arrangement worked, this update allows for the table to seem deliberately designed and much more integrated. With the banquette’s placement at the end of the island, the walkways through the kitchen have become more accessible for this family on the move.



The island was completely re-done to improve the amount of storage, making it more suitable to the family’s needs. By adding large storage drawers to the central work space in the kitchen, the kitchen can easily stay organized. Outlets are now incorporated into the design, as well, so the island can act as a hub for laptop computer use. The butcher block countertop completely revitalizes the once-dark island and adds warmth.

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This wet bar was added in a small niche just off the kitchen. This addition not only broadens the kitchen area, but also keeps the centers of their kitchen separated so that the family is not stepping on each other’s toes. The space was designed to move the ice machine and add in a bar sink, and it also creates a pretty vignette as you enter through the side door of their house.

We love helping families create more cohesive, beautiful, functional spaces in their homes, and we are really pleased with the way this kitchen renovation turned out!

All photos by McGinn Photography.

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