Cochrane Kitchen Update

I’m Dreaming of a White Kitchen


I’ve known Sam & Andy for years – introduced through mutual friends, they had previously hired me to assist with some minor changes to their home. They contacted me once again when they were ready to spruce up their kitchen cabinetry. Part of their difficulty in deciding which direction to go, was that they truly hated their countertops and didn’t think it would be in the budget.


It’s impossible to create a space you love when you are centering your decisions around the “elephant in the room” aka the very busy orange and black granite. After diving deeper into what they wanted to achieve, I put together a comprehensive kitchen refresh plan to brighten the space using classic, but hard-wearing finishes and they signed on the dotted line. They had three asks: a lighter, brighter kitchen, low maintenance materials and that it be done in time for Christmas…a mere 5 weeks away!

  • cut down the eating bar to counter height and replace the damaged gabels

  • replace the countertops with a low maintenance quartz

  • replace the dated and dirty backsplash

  • replace the glass in the damaged frosted glass doors

  • replace the existing scratched stainless sink with a silgranite sink

  • respray the island and perimeter cabinets in complimentary colours

  • replace the existing pendants to fit the new, lower counter height

  • Using the existing footprint we updated all of the kitchen finishes, tile, countertops

  • Replacing those frosted glass doors with a more elegant mullion insert instantly made the kitchen feel more upscale.

  • The bright marble-look quartz with grey veining.

  • Cutting down the eating bar allowed the clients a much larger prep space (and a little more room to dance I hear):


5 weeks