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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.
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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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Kewanee, IL Remodel: Timeless, Transitional, and Right at Home

This home in rural Kewanee, IL was ready for an update. Modern needs in the space-planning of the design paired with a classic look to match the history and style of the farmhouse. Proof that you can update without “time-stamping” your project, take a look at this beautiful new timeless finished space:
Kitchen remodeled in Kewanee, IL by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

White painted Birch cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the flat-panel “Prairie” doorstyle is the perfect selection to achieve a timeless and transitional look that can be styled a number of ways over the years. Selecting classic choices like this as the more permanent elements to your design gives your finished space a longer life and allows you so many more options over time. The painted white flat-panel door remains to be one of the top-selling cabinet choices throughout ALL regions of the U.S. because it looks right at home in so many spaces. This same cabinet could be in a metropolitan loft yet looks just as perfect in this countryside setting.
Remodeled farmhouse kitchen in Kewanee, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

Most of the change that happened in the remodel process came with updating the room itself. The entrance from the garage into the kitchen and nearby hallway received new doors. A wall dividing the kitchen from the Living Room was removed and a header was built in the location of the original wall. A single wall removed from the equation and an entire flow and function has been given to the space. New painted white base trim was also installed to surround the layout. The kitchen cabinet layout has been carefully selected to make the most of the limited space available. A previously unused wall has been fit with this custom buffet/sideboard area:
Buffet area in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a beautiful statement area to help separate the kitchen from the dining space while keeping the same look and feel of the overall design. This sideboard area is shallow enough to not crowd the kitchen space. The cabinets below are deep enough to accommodate drawers and offer up a great countertop space for serving and entertaining. The center cabinet has been fit with textured glass and lit with our Diode LED lighting system (more on that later).  Staggered depths and heights of this section of wall cabinets also help give it a customized look. The kitchen has been opened up into the front Living Room and now the entire main level of this Kewanee home is open and bright. With no Formal Dining Room in the home, a small kitchen table was tucked in the corner in the original kitchen. With the dividing wall now removed, the table area seems far less crowded and access to the pantry is easier. Take a look at the before and after of the area where the wall was removed:
Before and After kitchen wall removal. | VillageHomeStores.com

As we mentioned earlier, a header had been planned to go in the same location of the wall being removed. During the remodel process the header was installed and prepared for the plasterer to come in as planned to finish off the look. The more the customer looked at that beam in place, the more she liked the look it gave and the dividing quality it gave from the kitchen to the Living Room. She started searching on Pinterest and found an idea to trim out the opening to suit the look of the home. After showing it to the carpenters from Durian Builders, a quick sketch was drawn up to mimic the design of the valance above the kitchen sink. We think the end result looks even better than the pin! 
Pinterest Kitchen Ideas. | VillageHomeStores.com

Repeating design elements like this doorway detail and valance help give a finished space that expert touch. We think this is wonderful detail that helps make this remodeled kitchen look like it has been the kitchen that belonged in this home all along! The original space had soffits that dropped down from the ceiling and a track light system to light the kitchen. The new design has wall cabinets and crown molding that stretch up to the ceiling and can lighting has been placed along the perimeter with a ceiling fan in the center (see  image above). The main L-shape of new kitchen cabinets have been fit with storage solutions like a corner lazy susan, tray divider cabinet, and slide-out shelves near the range.
Koch cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of over 40 photos from this project (including before photos) over here on our Houzz page. There is plenty of added storage space available in the walk-in pantry. This original pantry on the opposite corner of the kitchen has been fit with a custom walk-through pantry front ordered to match the Koch kitchen cabinets. The pantry area now looks like a part of the kitchen. Now because of the location of the pantry in the now open space, it can act as a pantry and broom closet.
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Is hallway envy a thing? We sort of think it may be now. Would wouldn’t love We can’t possibly give you an honest tour of the new kitchen without admitting our own favorite part… the Hickory hardwood floors! With these areas combined into one gorgeous space, the home has been styled beautifully by the customer. This cohesive and styled look and open space showcases the hardwood so well.

Hallmark hardwood flooring in Hacienda Hickory Smoke. | VillageHomeStores.com

The home honestly looks magazine ready and the flooring is the main stage this is all set upon. Hallmark Flooring’s “Hacienda Hickory Smoke” hardwood is now in place in the new kitchen, down the hallway, and through the Living Room. We even installed this same hardwood the the entrance from the garage into the home. The rich dark stain gives the perfect contrast to the white doors, trim, and kitchen cabinetry.
Hallmark Hickory hardwood flooring. | VillageHomeStores.com

A more subtle detail in the finished kitchen is the use of a glass subway tile for the backsplash. The subway tile shape and pattern are a classic choice and the glass material adds a unique texture and tone to the finished look. Shown here iluminated by our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system, the subtle “Buff” color of these Jeffery Court 3″ x 6″ glass tiles stand out perfectly where a solid white tile might have gotten lost in the white kitchen.
Glass subway tile in a Kewanee, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Most of the kitchens we featured here on the blog have included this same Diode LED lighting system. We thought we would share with you that this same low-profile series of lighting can be used in so many different applications. In this kitchen we also installed it vertically on the interior of the center glass-door cabinet to light the shelves and glass (see image below). This lighting comes in a variety of styles and can be used indoors and outdoors. Click here to learn more about Diode LED lighting.
Diode LED undercabinet lighting placement. | VillageHomeStores.com

The backsplash covers the wall area from cabinet to countertop and what pulls all of the colors together is the Cambria Quartz countertop. The “New Quay” design by Cambria is a palette of soft whites and warm greys. This quartz selection is a neutral choice that will look great for years to come. Plus because Cambria Quartz is one of the most durable surfaces available for residential and foodservice areas, it WILL look great for years to come. Cambria remains to be considered as thought-leaders in the quartz industry and always launch new designs and patterns that are on target with trends.
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What does your dream kitchen look like? Would removing just one wall give your an entirely new space? The team at Village Home Stores would love to hear about it! This featured remodel was completed using our complete Project Management program at Village. This means that the entire process was managed from start to finish. You have enough on your plate! Leave all the estimating, designing, and scheduling to our expert team. Do you find inspiration for your own dream kitchen on Pinterest just like this customer did? Don’t forget to follow us there for great ideas and to see other featured projects just like this one. Click here to follow our Pinterest boards which we add to daily. When you are ready to start the conversation about your own Before and After story give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or click here to schedule an appointment.
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Davenport, IA Remodel: Upgraded and Accessible.

This Davenport, IA kitchen has received a whole new look! The entire remodel process was managed from start to finish with the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores. Upgraded layout features and a stunning selection of materials, welcome to our latest featured kitchen remodel…
Davenport, IA remodeled kitchen with grey cabinets and Stainless appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

Knotty Alder cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line has been stained in the “Cashew” finish. The “Arcadia” doors have received a “Coffee” glaze to help accent the door details and rustic features of the Knotty Alder. A sophisticated Stainless Steel suite of appliances by KitchenAid offers a great finished look and exceptional features. Cambria Quartz countertops in the “New Quay” design have a classic and neutral range of colors. Press play below to watch the episode of The Village Home Show that includes a full video tour of this completed space:

This entire space is furnished with a warm grey palette of materials in a variety of tones and textures. Before we show you around the new space, check out this before photo of the original kitchen:
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What a transformation of style and space! The original kitchen was an L-shaped layout with a small dinette area. A wall divided this kitchen space from an adjacent Dining Room. The new layout opens up the kitchen into that available Dining Room area. Take a look at this design rendering from the presentation stage of this remodel project:Kitchen Designers in the Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.comThis is the view into the new design from the Dining Room table. The cooking center of the kitchen has been moved to the original dinette area and a peninsula of base cabinetry caps off the end of the kitchen in the new open-concept design. The refrigerator stayed in the same location but the cabinets surrounding it have been selected to better use the space. The wall that now includes a gas range and chimney-style hood has been upgraded from a “meh” dinette space to a magazine-cover worthy new look!
Grey stained cabinets in kitchen with Stainless appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

This wall has now become the focal point of the entire new space. If the sleek look of the new range and chimney-style hood doesn’t grab your eye, the backsplash design sure will! A “Cascade” mosaic series of tile from our Glazzio line has been installed throughout the kitchen as the main backsplash. The “Diamond” series in a complimentary color spans the entire space behind the range and hood. KitchenAid’s freestanding slide-in gas range with Even-Heat™  True Convection features flawless baking results. The EasyConvect™ Conversion feature takes guesswork out of convection cooking by converting conventional settings for recipes to convection settings for you as you enter in the recipe’s temperature and contents. This cooking center of the kitchen was designed so that items and prep space can all be within reach of the range. Large deep drawer stacks are on either side and two pull-out spice racks flank the range unit. Click play below to see one of these pull-outs in action:
This same pull-out concept can be installed in a shallower wall cabinet or in bathroom vanity setting. Shown here full of spices it is easy to picture use in a busy kitchen. Consider this same cabinet in a master bathroom. A pull-out cabinet can be the perfect way to store makeup and hair products. Even appliances like flatirons or blow driers can be stored perfectly in a “grooming rack” cabinet.  In the new sink area of this Davenport, IA kitchen a pull-out towel rack was installed. Click play below to see this innovative option:
A rack for hanging towels and shelving above and below all offer space for cleaning supplies. Knifeblocks, tray dividers, and even pegboards for utensil storage all can be located within a pull-out unit. We have many of these examples on display in our Geneseo, IL showroom so stop in to see them in person. The new sink wall turns a corner into a peninsula area where the original dividing wall once stood. The back of this peninsula is now visible from the Dining Room and Living Room areas. Finishing off the cabinetry with a decorative end panel and matching doors for the back help give the the peninsula a completed look. If you look closely you will notice that the cabinet door against the wall has a handle. Access to storage below this countertop overhang has been included.
Decorative end panel on the end of a kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

The accessible storage on the back end of the peninsula is there due to cabinet choices made on the inside of the kitchen design.  In the corner of this design the customer wanted to include wide drawers in place of a lazy susan or other corner cabinet option. The sinkbase cabinet and drawer stack each meet in the corner and leave enough space on the end of the peninsula for a wastebasket cabinet. As we mentioned previously, pull out cabinets come in a variety of internal layouts from Dura Supreme. Wall and even tall pantry cabinets can include pull-out features but by far the most popular pull-out cabinet from this or any of our cabinetry line is a wastebasket cabinet.
Dura Supreme Cashew stain with Coffee Glaze. | VillageHomeStores.com

Dura Supreme builds their pull-out wastebaskets to hold the bins near the floor of the cabinet. This gives the bins a more solid and sturdy space once they are full, and make loading and unloading trashbags easier. Above the peninsula two pendant lights have been installed. These “Neillo” mini-pendants by Kichler Lighting hang directly above the kitchen peninsula where a wall once divided the kitchen and dining spaces. Now that the two areas are one open concept, a 3-light fixture from the same series has been installed above the Dining Room table. Our lighting experts at Village will help you decide the best size, quantity, and style of lighting for your new space.
Kitchen lighting pendants above peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen in this Davenport, IA home did not include enough accessible pantry storage space. A solution for the new design was to include a tall and wide pantry cabinet fit with adjustable slide-out shelves. The customers didn’t want to have a microwave hood take any of the design impact away from that great cooking center wall. They also wanted to use every available inch of base cabinet space for easily accessible storage.  A small landing space was created to the right of the pantry area that is large enough to accommodate a large-capacity countertop microwave.
grey kitchen cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

Below this landing space is a wide stack of drawers used to store plates, bowls, and mugs. Village Home Stores offers a wide range of cabinet lines. With each line of cabinets you have the ability to upgrade cabinet construction and drawer box options. The “drawer guides” are the hardware that allow that drawer box to move in and out from the cabinet frame.
Drawers for dishes and mugs. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen was ordered with “dovetailed” drawer boxes and full-extension guides. This means that when the drawer is all the way “open”, you have full access to the entire drawer box. These same full-extension guides have a soft-closing feature included. The soft-close feature makes it impossible to ever “slam” a drawer shut. A soft-close door hinge was also included in this kitchen. Anything from light tap to a forceful swing, all of the doors in the new space close slowly and quietly. above_pantry

This kitchen was remodeled from start to finish and from floor to ceiling. With walls being removed, a new ceiling was required and with a new footprint to the kitchen layout, new flooring was in order! This flooring choice is absolute perfection! A high-end look and an eye-catching application, Provenza Hardwood was installed at an angle. This “Antico Vintage” floor is the exact shade of all of the glazed detail on the knotty alder cabinetry. Provenza Hardwoods are hand-scraped AND hand-stained. In fact everything about Provenza Hardwoods is handcrafted. There is no machined work involved. This may add some time to receiving the product, but in turn it certainly ads to the value of your investment! provenza_flooring

Want to see more of this gorgeous new space? Be sure to check out the full album of photos over on our award-winning Houzz.com page. Click here to see this finished space in full detail. We can’t wait to help you start your own before and after story with Village Home Stores! Looking to remodel a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or home office? Call us today at (309) 944-1344 to set up an appointment and get started. You can also reach out online for an appointment by clicking here. We can’t wait to hear the beginning of your own Before and after story.
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Geneseo, IL- Tailor-Made and Transitional

Take a look at any magazine cover or browse kitchen ideas online and you will discover very quickly that A white painted kitchen is still the current look. Our design sales staff from Village home stores teamed up to create a magazine-ready finished look at this Hazelwood Homes Inc. home built in Geneseo, IL. White painted kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comPainted “Oyster” Maple cabinetry in the “Savannah” door from our Koch Classic line is paired with a KitchenAid Stainless Steel appliance package. Warm and full of a variety of wood tones, this Hickory hardwood flooring from Sommerset’s “Character Collection” anchors the look in the “Saddle” finish. lightingPainted cabinetry and selections like these Kichler pendant light fixtures above the island help keep the space light and airy. This is a surprising success considering how many large cabinets that have been included in the design. In new kitchens we have began to expect to see a refrigerator surrounded with panels and cabinetry that stretches to the ceiling. Kitchen_design

Tall pantry cabinets and wall ovens are becoming more commonplace in kitchen designs that have the space allowance for them. This kitchen is in a new construction project, so space was available for whatever layout options the new homeowners were wanting.

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The layout of the two tall units on the hood wall was arranged by “stacking” varied styles and sizes of wall cabinets in place. Within the Koch Classic line, our kitchen designers are able to work with the factory to then build these units as a single item in place of shipping them all individually.
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cabinetInstallers certainly would prefer to work with a single cabinet in place of four, but we admit this cabinet was built with the finished look in mind. The true motivation for having these tall cabinets built as a single unit instead of individual items is to achieve a seamless and customized look. Speaking of custom look, these cabinets are not something you can just walk into a “Big Box” store and purchase. Unique to this kitchen, a combination of doors and drawers surround a double wall oven on one side of the wall, and a full floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinet on the opposite wall.

To mirror the visual “weight” of the double oven cabinet to the left, a tall unit was designed with a versatile storage space within. This tall unit on the end also helps visually cap off the “end” to the kitchen perimeter in the Great Room space.Pocket doors in kitchen cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

The center of this tall cabinets space has been fit with “pocket” doors that can roll back into the open void. This space was designed for microwave or television area that could be hidden away behind doors when not in use. Add a slide-out shelf on the bottom of this space and you could even house a roll-out coffee station like this example in Bettendorf, IA.

Custom Wainscot Panels

Another way to give your kitchen or bar area a custom tailor-made look is to have a wainscot panel made to the finished dimensions of your island.

wainscot_panelsA similar look can be achieved with a smooth panel and trim. A true custom wainscot look looks as seamless as possible and the best way to get that look is to have a panel made to fit. Another custom detail can be found where the flooring meets the island. The baseboard molding used to surround this island was not baseboard molding at all. The same “Crown Riser” trim used to achieve the stacked molding look on the wall cabinets was used as a basebord.

crownGreat design is always found in the details. Details like an edge profile that matches exactly on the crown molding, door and drawer edges, and even the baseboards. That is a design detail perfectly planned out. Speaking of details all working together, take a look at this magazine-ready hood area.

At The Center of All Attention…

Located right at the center of all activity is a 36″ wide 5-burner gas cooktop with a 36″ wide chimney-style hood above. Beveled subway tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

This 3-speed canopy hood by KitchenAid is nothing out of the ordinary but when placed in this setting, it steals your attention right away. What is helping grab your attention to look at the hood wall is the backsplash tile found there.

tileWhite subway tile continues to be as popular as white painted kitchens. But we mentioned before to pay attention to the details on this project. Any of the “dream kitchens” you might have saved to Pinterest or Houzz include white subway tile? Revisit some of your favorites to see if that tile is a “beveled” subway tile. How can a long wall of white cabinetry with white tile still seem to have a lot of depth and style? The answer is texture. By using a beveled subway tile in place of a standard 3 x 6 smooth look, shadows are formed on the surface. This adds a tone-on-tone dimensional look to the wall. A range accent section of tile has been added and the same Carrara Marble material used as the island countertop is repeated here. countertops

Cararra Marble was installed as the island countertop in an “Eased” edge profile. Cambria Quartz counters surround the perimeter of the kitchen in the “Dunmore” design.  This Hazelwood Homes Inc. kitchen has all of the details to make it a great finished look. See the full album of nearly 30 photos from this kitchen here over on our Houzz page. Are you ready to start working on your own dream kitchen? If you are planning on building a home and want to work with the expert design team at Village Home Stores call today for an appointment! Don’t forget that New Construction customers receive discounted pricing as well as the opportunity to bundle your purchases together store wide for credit towards your lighting package. Let us help you design and select product for your dream home. Village_phone_number