One Room Challenge - Fall 2019 - Week 6 - The REVEAL DAY!
Updated: Mar 4
Welcome! If you’re visiting for the first time or found me through the One Room Challenge, I’m so glad you’re here! I'm Samia Verbist, French Interior Designer, owner of Samia Verbist Interior Design, a design studio based in Southern California. I'm participating for the first time to this amazing challenge and I am really proud to reveal my Coastal Chic Kitchen Remodel!
This week is THE final week! It’s time to show you the result of a lot of planning to design a kitchen to die for, if you love turquoise color and coastal chic style! I'm so excited to share with you how the kitchen has been transformed!
But first, let's have a little reminder on how the kitchen was before I transformed it in an amazing and stunning Coastal chic room!
As you can see, it was dark, not so much light in this room! The cabinets are made of good wood quality, the floor plan was perfect except there were two different levels on the counter top: a lower breakfast table with regular chairs on one side and a higher bar with bar stools on the other. This kitchen was more than 20 years old. It was time for a big refresh!
For the color of the cabinets, I chose a beautiful turquoise green color "Bali 702" from Benjamin Moore to bring the coastal touch, the ocean vibe to the kitchen. The house is near the Pacific ocean so, it makes sense to fetch this vibe in! I really love this color, it is fresh and bright! If your cabinets are made of good wood quality, it can be a good idea to paint it. Keeping the cabinets saves money on both new cabinets and associated labor. The question then is: which color? Depending on your personality, the style of your house, the lights in the room, the size of the kitchen, all of which are important factors to have in mind. Don't be shy and dare color!!!
The original white tile backsplash was replaced with a stunning honed Calacatta gold marble stone with thin gold aluminium strip accents from GBI Tile & Stone Inc. It adds an extra spark of detail and enriches the kitchen! Impressive, isn't it?
Sink, faucet are part of the remodel and need to fit with all the design line. For the faucet, I chose a polished brass pulldown from the Royden Collection by Signature Hardware. I found matching disposal flange and sink strainer at Kohler. If you want to do "gold", go for it, it's stunning and fabulous!
I wanted an undermount sink to keep the pure line of the countertop, my choice was a composite granite with low-divide equal double basin in white from MR Direct. Pure design, stain resistant, so easy to clean!
The cabinets didn't require any handles, but I decided to add gold handles for an additional touch of style... After some research, I found the perfect ones on Etsy, a great store HookedPullMeKnob with a large selection of pulls, knobs etc. I used the high polished luxury gold cabinet pulls and knobs . Simple, elegant and stylish!
You may have noticed that top cabinets were painted in White. This added more light to the kitchen and brought more personality in an less conventional fashion.
Lighting... before the project, the kitchen possessed only recessed lights. A good way to add more personality to your kitchen is to add some stylish pendant lights. Tip: Conversion kits exist so you can reuse the recessed light base and limit electrical work.
I wanted to keep the floor plan open between the dining room and the kitchen, so I chose something light and bright like glass pendants. I selected the model Possini Euro from Lamp Plus which reminds me of a wine carafe...
I lived in Bordeaux (France), well-known area for wine (Saint-Emillion, Pessac-Leognan, Saint Estèphe, etc...). Those pendants make a statement!
Now, the counter top, a giant piece and another big step in the kitchen remodel!
My choice is a gold calacatta quartz from Di Franco Stone Specialist. This a master piece in the kitchen. I love the flow of the veins. Quartz is a non-porous, germ-free product that doesn’t require sealing or waxing, and cleaning is a breeze with hot water, soap, and a sponge. It also stands up extremely well against cuts, heat, and abrasions, and is virtually stain-resistant. That makes it undeniably great in kitchen!
A final touch: the counter stools. I fell in love with the Dayna counter stool from Ballard Designs. I've been captivated by the sophisticated soul of Chinese Chippendale styling. Solid beech wood frames are artisan crafted with classic fretwork hand finished with bamboo-inspired turnings. It brings the final coastal touch to the kitchen!
So now it time for the Big Reveal! Like fireworks, this is the time for the "Bouquet Final"...
So, this is done, 6 weeks of a makeover for a kitchen remodel! Now, It is time to relax and celebrate!
I would like to thank Linda Weinstein and all the One Room Challenge team for the opportunity to be a guest participant. I also would like to say thank you to my mentor Veronica Solomon who inspired me to participate! It was a fantastic adventure and I am so grateful to share it with all of you!
Special Thanks to Ning Wong for the fantastic photos of this project!
I hope you had as much fun as me in following this 6 week makeover!
It was a great experience and I don't know for you, but I LOVE this Coastal Chic Kitchen!
See you next year for the next One Room Challenge in Spring 2020!
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Your Dedicated French Interior Designer
You can revisit the first 5 weeks here:
Another special Thanks to Ernie, my painter, Josh, my contractor, Toni and Gabriela di Franco, my stone company.
Here are the links of all the suppliers:
For the decor:
Photos by Ning Wong Studios