A Greenpoint Kitchen Basks in a New Light

Project: A contemporary kitchen update in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Before: To refresh this open 100-square-foot kitchen, the homeowner chose a Sweeten contractor who would make some key changes, including replacing harsh gloss black counters, which showed dirt. She wanted a new sink, a pale marble backsplash, and a stainless range hood to punch up minimalist replacement cabinets.

After: Nothing juices property values like natural light. A once-blocked window jumped back into full view when frosted glass-front cabinets came down from in front, thus brightening new open shelving installed against the adjacent wall. Existing wood-finish base cabinets got swapped for efficient white Swedish cabinetry from IKEA, upgraded with a Lazy Susan in the corner and lighting inside.

Centered in the new matte gray stone peninsula countertop is a sleek stainless undermount sink, with a single-hole, deck-mount lever faucet and separate built-in soap dispenser. The existing stainless stove was reinstalled beneath large-format marble tiles used for the backsplash, themselves crowned by a compact stainless range hood with additional much-needed closed storage above.

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Bonus:Extending happy sky-blue wall paint up onto the lower kitchen ceiling subtly differentiates it from the open-plan living room, where the ceiling stayed white.

Style finds: IKEA kitchen cabinets, an undermount stainless sink, matte dark gray countertops that hide dirt, marble backsplash tiles.

Do you like the idea of a galley kitchen completely open to your living area? Sophia and Leon‘s positioned theirs in a prime spot.

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