Quarter Cut Walnut Reface with Quartz and Soapstone Countertops
This Bancroft Parkway kitchen had a traditional white painted finish that was difficult to maintain. The appliances and countertops all needed updating, but the homeowner liked the layout of the cabinets and did not want to change the floor. To meet the homeowner’s contemporary design preferences, we custom made flat doors out of quarter cut walnut. The grain direction ran both horizontally and vertically. By utilizing sequenced veneers, we were able to achieve a uniform appearance, with custom grain matching throughout the kitchen. We modified a wall cabinet with two white gloss flip-up doors to match the island countertop. To complete the temporary cabinetry look, the stainless steel bar pulls were selected in sizes coordinating with each door dimension.
To accommodate new appliances, we made several changes. The wall oven cabinet was modified to fit a KitchenAid oven/microwave combination and LED television. The refrigerator cabinet was shortened to accommodate an Electrolux French door refrigerator. The cooktop cabinet depth was increased to fit a Viking gas cooktop and downdraft ventilator. The lower cabinets were altered to include a built-in Electrolux wine and beer refrigerator.
For a durable surface on the regularly used island, the customer chose a white quartz countertop. Extending the countertop down to the floor with a side panel emphasized the contemporary style. The island was fitted with a 30-inch square stainless steel sink, a commercial style Kraus sprayer faucet, and an insinkerator countertop air switch to control the garbage disposal. For something unique, the customer chose unoiled soapstone countertops. We installed a large version of pennytile for the backsplash. We completed the job by installing under cabinet lighting with halogen light bars.