This has been a fun project to work with Lisa
 (you would love her).  
Today, I'm showing her black and white kitchen 
renovation in the S.F. East Bay area.

There was much that Lisa wanted to 
accomplish in time for her twin's 
graduation from high school 
(look for other rooms in follow-up posts).  
Now, they can have a relaxing couple 
of months before the kids leave for college.

Here is Bruce (avid international golfer) from Discount Upholstery 
in Concord installing the back of the new banquette with velcro 
(made with indoor/outdoor Perennials fabrics).
But let's start at the beginning...
Weird ceiling, dated but good cabinets 
and glossy granite countertops...
This space felt crowded with high backed stools.

Since Lisa wanted dark countertops anyway....honing the existing granite gives it a newer look, and of course, the cabinets needed to be painted.  The odd ceiling/skylight needed to be addressed...and the backsplash...yikes.
First, it had to be opened up.  This is where Jim Brovelli, the architect/builder's transformation starts to take place.
I suggested adding glass  to the corner cabinets
and making the counter one level under the windows.

And here it is now thanks to Jim and his awesome team...
Appliance garage...

Notice how the glass and bead board 
in the back lightens this area?  
The ceiling looks so much better now!!! 

See how the corner granite was cut to make it one level when the new stainless steel sink was installed?  And the subway tile wraps around the newly trimmed out window.

 I don't have a before photo, 
but basically this was a blank 11' wall and narrow.
So, it made sense to install a banquette, 
to make the best use of the space.  Book shelves and horizontal planking were added for visual interest.
 Jim worked his magic on this ceiling/skylight, too.  
I love the stained the shelves and beam.
We looked at various kitchen tables and chairs...
but I strongly suggested refurbishing 
their vintage one with Old English.

Beautiful family.
 Many of the accessories are Lisa's... 
along with some of my additions such as 
frames (with graduation photos) from Target.

 Lisa's family had a fun graduation party!

The subway tile is from Home Depot.

New industrial pendants make a statement, 
as well as the floor stained darker 
in Minwax Jacobean.
Nice difference, huh?  Without ripping out the whole kitchen!

This Thursday stay tuned for:

Project Design: Simple Summer Entertaining Tips 
with six fab bloggers.
Steal ideas from a casual party 
that we gave recently in my sister's backyard in San Diego!


  1. OMG this is amazing! Paint, new subway tile and your special flair combines for an amazing transformation! They must be thrilled!!

  2. Oh my goodness Mary Ann, you are so talented! It is hard to believe this is the same kitchen as the before photos. Love the banquette seating, and the use of velcro on the back cushion is brilliant! I also adore the fabrics you chose. Love how you transformed the ceiling and lighting. The use of shiplap also gives it a great updated appearance. BRAVO!!

  3. Wow!! What a wonderful difference, they must be so please, you opened it up visually and it is fresh and new looking. Great job Mary Ann!

    1. It was Jim's vision with that ceiling, Kathysue. And he installed a crown with uplighting that made a HUGE difference!

  4. Amazing. That faux skylight was very strange indeed. I love that the cupboards and countertops were saved, yet it looks 100% different.

  5. What a beautiful difference Mary Ann!! I love the honed granite and the white cabinets change the entire look! Your client must be thrilled!

    1. I had that same granite that I tore out of an old kitchen remodel and honed it for the laundry room... so great to be able to use existing items.

  6. The architect had great vision with that ceiling! Looks like a brand new kitchen.

  7. Very nice revamp!! love the seating area!

  8. What did you use to paint the cabinets? This is an amazing transformation - any chance you could help with a Naples FL kitchen remodel??

    1. I am working on one in Tampa right now :)

  9. Looks so good and your banquette area rocks.
    What white paint did you choose for cabinets and shiplap, did you use the same on both?

  10. Love what you did with the skylight, it really opens up the space! I’m not crazy about white kitchens, but it does look good.

  11. I have the same granite. Did they hone on site?

  12. It's just gorgeous, Mary Ann! But I think I love it so much because it's a lot like our kitchen, we even have that exact same table in our breakfast nook! I'm so pleased to see that an all white kitchen with black countertops and hardware still looks as good as it did when we did ours. Think I'd like to change the fabric in on chairs and window seat and I love the fabrics you used! As always, fabulous job!
    Happy Monday! xo Gail

  13. Wow - What an amazing transformation! I can't even believe it's the same granite - and how nice you could keep the cabinets. I always love seeing your work!

  14. I can't believe it's the same kitchen Mary Ann! you are truly amazing! Love the ceiling change the most and the breakfast area, but man, this kitchen shows the power of paint!

  15. Fabulous renovation! The ceiling is now fantastic...Love the black and white. Everything looks so fresh and new.

  16. Absolutely fabulous, and relatively simple, it just shows what a little work and thought and imagination can do and white, I will always be a fan of white kitchens. A little jealous of the appliance garage, wish I had room for one as it makes such sense. Love it all.

  17. You've worked your magic again Mary Ann! Love the white cabinets, ceiling work, backsplash, banquette! And honing the existing granite was a great idea. I had that same granite in my last house and it showed every streak. This kitchen looks brand new!

  18. A wonderful, thoughtful reno that kept the good and improved on it and made way for the new that looks like it has always been that way. Great job with your Mary Poppins bag (always filled with what is needed) of tricks!

  19. The before pics look so much like my current kitchen! I really want an update but I'm not sure how an all-white kitchen would look in my mediterranean home. Hope to see you do some mediterranean re-dos in the future!

  20. My sister's house in San Diego is Spanish influenced and we painted her cabinets here:

  21. Gorgeous! I love black and white and the contrast those colors offer. This is a great kitchen makeover. Thanks for sharing!

  22. that banquette with the vintage table is CRAZYlovelyGOOD! wow, mary ann, this is a beautiful transformation, and Lisa must be so psyched. it feels very now but also timeless--bravo! xox

  23. Is the granite Uba Tuba? Is it costly to have it honed?

    Pat in Chicago


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