Small Island, Big Style in a Taylor Ridge Remodeled Kitchen

Who’s ready for a break from all of the white painted kitchens we have been sharing so much of? Please hear this friendly reminder that while white kitchens continue to grace the covers of home design magazines and HGTV shows… that look is not for everyone. Thankfully our team is here to make YOUR kitchen dream a reality, not someone else’s! Take a look at this sophisticated new kitchen remodel we just wrapped up in Taylor Ridge, IL with a refreshing new take on painted cabinetry.

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with small island design in Taylor Ridge, IL. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Our best-selling raised panel doorstyle from Koch Classic is named “Seneca” and in this new kitchen we have included a Maple wood with “Black” painted finish from Koch. Five-piece drawerfronts (see island cabinet above) offer lots of added edges for the light to highlight this rich painted finish. Many would think that a black painted kitchen would be dark and cold but take a look at this bright and inviting new space! We have added a great new lighting plan, removed a portion of a wall, and even included glass in the doors above the kitchen sink.

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with Stainless Appliances and Cambria Quartz in the Seagrove design. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

A key element in keeping the space feeling bright and open is leaving plenty of walkway space surrounding the downsized kitchen island. When you are in this new kitchen you would never use the phrase “downsized” to describe this island in reality. It is exactly the right size for the kitchen design. It’s all about scale! If you have been curious about fitting an island in your own kitchen design, let one of our expert designers see what could fit for you within a functional layout. In this case, one very large base cabinet was simply ordered at a standard shallower depth of 18″ instead of 24″ and the one modification created the perfectly-scaled island cabinet.

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with small island and Cambria Quartz in the Seagrove design. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

That shallower depth still allows for a functional drawer above the lower storage and now gives room in this space for a countertop overhang for seating. The result is a centrally-located surface for prep and casual dining. The large quartz counter surface of the island is now within reach of the sink wall, the refrigerator wall, and the cooking zone of the kitchen. We were able to keep these beautiful existing cherry hardwood floors from the original kitchen because the peninsula layout didn’t change and we did not remove the lower half of the dividing wall.

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with Stainless Appliances and Cambria Quartz in the Seagrove design. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Across the room from the kitchen sink you will find the 4-Door Refrigerator and cooking zone. Our Sharp Over-The-Counter Microwave is tucked into the area between the two. This nook creates a great location for small appliances and would make a wonderful location for a coffee station in the kitchen. Our team removed a large section of a wall that divides the kitchen from the dining room and nearby living room space.

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with Stainless Appliances and Cambria Quartz in the Seagrove design. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

We capped off the half-wall with a long slab of matching Cambria quartz. This large pass-through area now creates the open concept design that this home truly deserves. And with two outlets on the inside of this ledge, this becomes a great counter for serving guests and entertaining. Speaking of entertaining, on the half-wall that divides the kitchen from the dining room is a new Whirlpool electric front-control range boasting 6.4 cubic ft. of capacity!

Whirlpool electric range and Cambria Seagrove quartz counters with ogee edge applied. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

It also has convection features allowing a consistent oven temperature and the ability to cook with all racks at once. Shop your local low price guaranteed prices on all appliances from Vilage Home Stores right here on our website. We service the the Quad Cities and many surrounding areas with appliance sales and service. We have noticed a rise in popularity with matte black finishes in our industry. Our Black Stainless appliances continue to be very popular and honed and brushed finishes on black countertops is also requested often. Tile surfaces, lighting, and plumbing fixtures as well as home accessories are all trending to a matte black look. We love the level of sophistication it can bring to a cabinet design. Just look at how the daylight shows off this great stylish finish!

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with Stainless Appliances and Cambria Quartz in the Seagrove design. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

The quartz countertop surfaces in this Taylor Ridge remodel are from our Cambria Quartz line. The “Seagrove” design is a bright blend of whites and shimmering silvers plus gray and black flecks making it the perfect way to tie in all of the new finishes in the kitchen (psst! ask your designer about some of our exclusive priced Cambria options). An Ogee edge profile was applied and we think it really compliments the raised panel details of the cabinetry doors and drawers.

Cambria Seagrove quartz counters with ogee edge applied. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Of course our customer favorite Diode LED tape lighting helps keep the space bright and warm. Learn more about that system in our last blog post. If you want to see more images from this kitchen remodel then click here to find a full album on our Best of Houzz award-winning profile. If you want to embrace the black trend for your own kitchen or bathroom space, be sure to follow this board on our Pinterest page.

Subway tile with black pencil rail accent. Tile and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Are you ready for your own dream kitchen to become a reality? Your first step is just to simply reach out to our team. We will then walk you through our process and help answer any questions you may have. You can call us at (309) 944 1344 or complete this short form online to send us a message. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and find out how we can help! Don’t forget that we have many financing options available including a fantastic option for our Cambria customers!

Partial Remodel- How To “Pull Off” Mixing Metals

Three wood finishes, two granite colors, AND four metal finishes? Yes that is correct! Take a look at how amazing everything looks together! Proof that with the right guidance and vision, you can pull off mixing materials like this. The perimeter oak cabinetry is actually original to the kitchen. A peninsula was removed and now a large painted island sits in the center of the kitchen.
A blend of finishes in a Prophetstown, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A brand new appliance package was purchased from Village Home Stores including A counter-depth refrigerator and dishwasher in KitchenAid’s first-in-the-industry Black Stainless Steel. This uniquely tinted Stainless Steel is sophisticated, stylish, and striking in person. The true Stainless Steel finish wipes clean in seconds and the tinted color even helps reduce the appearance of fingerprints on the panels.
Black Stainless Steel from KitchenAid. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new kitchen island top is a granite named “Desert Dream” and on perimeter of the kitchen “Astoria” granite has been installed. Both of these natural stones are in a “brushed” finish. Instead of the expected high-polished look granite normally has, the brushed finish gives a unique and warm texture while enhancing the look and feel of the stone. Two stones and two appliance finishes. The refrigerator and range wall is the best example of showcasing the two finishes side-by-side that work perfectly together in the finished look.
Mixing appliance finishes in the kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A Stainless Steel 30″ wide, front-control slide-in electric range is just inches from the Black Stainless refrigerator. The new distressed painted wood hood above the range and accent tile ties everything together, the look is perfect. A Stainless Steel microwave drawer in the new kitchen island is right across from a Black Stainless dishwasher. That is not all for metal finishes in the new space. Oil-Rubbed Bronze faucets have been paired with Hammered Copper undermount sinks.
Black Stainless Steel mixed with Stainless and Copper finishes. | VillageHomeStores.com

The Hammered Copper is not only a great color to add to the mix, the texture is incredible. With views of the countryside out every window, this Hammered Copper adds a rustic touch to the space while the shape and setting keep it formal. The use of a deep farmhouse apron-front model sink is the right choice for this Rustic Traditional look and offers even more of that Hammered surface to show.
Hammered copper farm sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

An updated look to an existing Oak kitchen. The finishes aren’t the only upgrades included. The appliances selected for this project represent some of the best features available in appliances today. The slide-in range includes convection and steam features in the oven and 5 elements including a warming zone. An internal water dispenser, versatile shelving, plus a three-tiered freezer drawer make this one of the most spacious counter-depth refrigerators you will ever use. This 24″ wide microwave drawer by Sharp has been redesigned to pair more seamlessly with all of our brands. With a tilt-out control panel, there are no handles to match up. Perfect for including in islands or even built-in to a custom bar area, this microwave is one of our top-selling models for both remodels and new homes. View our full catalog of appliances here on the website and contact anyone from our expert appliance sales team with any questions you have on these products.
Sharp Microwave Drawer. | VillageHomeStores.com

Oak crown molding and refrigerator panels were ordered to adapt the existing kitchen to the new design. The new black-painted cabinetry is from our DuraSupreme line and showcases their Heritage paint series. A wood hood above the new range and a large kitchen island are each finished in the “B” color from this series. An “X” back panel design is paired with a beadboard end panel treatment. There is now space for four barstools plus plenty of space for a large dining table area right next to the island.
Black distressed kitchen island. | VillageHomeStores.com

DuraSupreme’s Heritage paint finishes come in a wide range of color options. From a bright antique white to this black painted look there are so many possibilities. Heritage painted finishes all include distressed features like chipped corners, worn edges, and even “bird-pecking” which are perfect old-world characteristics for the furniture-look island and wood hood installed.
Painted wood hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

This new kitchen sits on the perfect platform to showcase the complete look. Beautiful new Hickory hardwood floors have been installed throughout the entire great room all the way to the front entrance of the home. This warm Hickory “Tackroom” finished hardwood is from the Chaparal Collection. “Annie” (see below) just loves laying in the sunlight on her new Hallmark floors.
Hallmark hickory hardwood flooring. | VillageHomeStores.com

Annie is now pretty much internet-famous thanks to this feature Hallmark Flooring wrote up on her (new floors). All of these finishes together in one space and does it work? ABSOLUTELY! Having a designer on hand to help you select and place your selections keeps your project vision on track and well executed. Your designer at Village Home Stores will have a firm grasp on the overall vision for the finished look and that is a valuable asset.

Black and true stainless steel in a Prophetstown, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A new tile backsplash ties all of these selections together perfectly. Matte finish subway tile in a color called “Elemental Tan” plus a Glazzio accent tile from their “Corrugated Scapes” series in the “Ginger Clove” color. A bold band of accent tile spans the entire L-shape and a square field installed above the range completes the look.
backsplash

This partial kitchen remodel was not all we completed at this home. New flooring was installed in many rooms and two bathrooms were completely made over. See the full album of over 70 photos from these projects here on our houzz page. We also are happy to announce that this kitchen and both bathrooms has been included in an episode of the Village Home Show. You can watch it entirely by pressing play in the video below:

What a beautiful home full of newly remodeled spaces! Do you have a project in mind? Need our expert help to make that dream a reality? Our team is ready to put our proven process at work for you and your home! We are excited to hear about what you are working on. Give us a call or contact us online to set up an appointment today!
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The Electric (and Gas) Slide: Whirlpool’s New Full-Depth Ranges

Last week we blogged about our recent trip to the Whirlpool facilities in Amana, Iowa. New product launches were on site for us to get added training and first looks at some products still set to launch later this year. We are excited to announce after many years of development Whirlpool has launched their new slide-in range models!

new whirlpool slide in rangeWe actually already have the new style on display for you to see up in our new showroom space. In the picture above you see a comparison of the old slide-in style of range and the new full-depth premium front-control model. That’s right FULL-DEPTH!

whirlpool slide in range newWhat’s the difference between an old slide-in range and these new “Premium Front Control” models? It means that these new ranges can fit into any existing opening for a freestanding range, even on the end of a run of cabinets! No more “bridge” of counter top along the back edge means the back of the unit butts right up against the back wall.

whirlpool fit systemJust like the wall ovens from Whirlpool these new models come with a Fit System Guarantee to fit your existing freestanding range cutout space. There is even a labor reimbursement program in place until 3/2015 for current slide-in counter tops still installed with the back “bridge” of counter to be modified and removed.  This means current standard-depth freestanding ranges can be upgraded to a premium look without the installation hassle and replacing an existing slide-in unit with a new model is more affordable as well.

You might have notice the sticker on the front of our display model shown above that reads “skip preheating for frozen favorites” Yeah, that is our favorite new feature as part of this product launch!  This means that for 5 types of frozen foods you can skip preheating all together!

skip preheatingPreset “Frozen Bake’ settings for Lasagna, Pizza, Chicken Nuggets, Fries, and Pies allow for your oven to adjust its temperatures to bake while it preheats. This technology has been developed to save you time and get you consistent baking results. When we asked a Whirlpool rep they said items baked with these preset temperatures actually came out better (i.e. pizza crust was the perfect amount of crispy without burning the top).

The new design’s look has been upgraded as well and now includes full-width grates and current Whirlpool controls and handles. As we previously mentioned we already have one of these new models on our showroom floor. These models are available in gas or electric models in a variety of finishes. Don’t hesitate to stop by and see it in person. As always, you can call our knowledgeable and friendly appliance sales staff at 309 944 1344