charcoal and driftwood

Melissa brought a lot of enthusiasm to her renovation, which made the process a pleasure. With her fabulous collection of flea market finds, her place already had plenty of style before we started; my goal was to make a better backdrop for it. We did a budget gut renovation that reorganized the apartment’s traffic patterns and changed every surface except the exposed brick wall. When the dust settled and Melissa had moved back in, it was thrilling to see how completely at home all her things were.

Also see the before and after video. 

LR Kit OA 2

Above and below: The old white kitchen looked too stark against the brick wall. This Ikea kitchen, with gloss grey doors, driftwood-textured panels and a black stone counter, ties all the textures together. Iron stools harmonize with the modern chandelier, and porcelain tile (made to look like corten steel) enriches the floor. The *tall wall* on the left side contains the fridge, a pantry and coat closet. The sheetrock around the closet doors are painted the same grey to create a uniform plane of color.

LR6b kit after

Above and below: Under the bar counter, at the end against the brick wall, a corner base cabinet that would normally face the kitchen (and be hard-to-reach) is turned around to face the living room.

LR5b after  doorway 1

Simple 1×6 planks are used for baseboards and to frame the doorways. All doors are now pocket doors.

LR4b after

Above and below: By moving several doors, the bedroom windows are now visible from the kitchen and the back end of the apartment gets more natural light.

BR 1b after