Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Adding Traditional Details

Traditional design is very popular in this area.  People seem to love extra mouldings and details.  I'm always amazed when I see a real estate show on tv and if there's crown moulding anywhere, it seems someone will mention it with appreciation and awe, passing over many other more noticeable good qualities.  It's definitely an attention grabber.

I've had many clients who want to add detail and mouldings to their homes in the remodel process.  Adding just a few touches, sometimes makes all the difference in the world.

Paneling and brackets were added to the face of this bar for durability and an upgrade in materials.

Bar - Before

Bar - After

Block paneling with a curved foot detail was applied to an existing standard box cabinet before painting to give it the look of piece of furniture.

Upper and lower cabinets - Before

Hutch - After

Side panels on the upper cabinets that continued down as brackets were added to the existing cabinet and the crown was redone.  Paint covers up all the additional pieces and patching.  In this project, the pantry next to these cabinets was relocated in the space.  Upper door panels were cut out for seed glass inserts and cabinet pulls added, all helping to make these standard issue box cabinets look like a piece of furniture.

Brackets were added to the bottoms of these cabinets to help break up the space and give an unfitted look to the kitchen cabinetry.


The cabinets read as one visual element in this large space.  The homeowner wanted a more traditional and interesting look in the kitchen without investing in a lot of new cabinets.

In this kitchen remodel, we added panels to the sides of the existing cabinetry.  It made for a more finished look.  See on the end of the cabinet by the sink?


We did a new island and kept the cabinets on the left side of the kitchen.  Adding the side panels helped tie the old in with the new island.

Little moulding tricks (and lots of paint to cover them up) helped customize these projects for their homeowners.  At some point it is just better to rip it all out and start over, but for all these above, we saved money and kept cabinets out of the landfills!

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

All the details make all the difference. Great before and afters. I have the seeded glass too in my glass front cabinet.

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

Carla! Outstanding post!! I love your examples. My you are good, girl. I do love seeing what you are up to. Good luck with the new url or whatever you have planned. :)

Princess Kate said...

I love your work. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

You are a great teacher, Carla. WHo needs design class with you around?!
Love the afters in all. AMazing difference.

Heather said...

Once again you have demonstrated that it's all in the details!

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Taylor Greenwalt said...

All those little details is what makes a great design. Your work is lovely.

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Amy Fountain said...

That was an amazing transformation. The kitchen looks so sophisticated!

At The Picket Fence said...

Wow! It is always so amazing to me how simple touches like that can make such a HUGE difference. Those are gorgeous kitchens and the details really are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon Designs said...

This is such a fabulous post. I think we all tend to lose sight that it is the small details that show big character in design. Thanks so much for sharing this with us this week!

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