Rock Island Kitchen Remodel With Blue Accent Island

This home in Southwest Rock Island was ready for a more updated and opened up design. While the home had an interesting layout, the kitchen still seemed separated from other nearby rooms because of a dividing wall. The Village Home Stores design and project management team took the original U-shaped layout and replaced it with a spacious new L-shape and large island. Take a look at this amazing new kitchen!

Rock Island Kitchen remodel featuring Acacia floors and painted Oyster and Charcoal Blue painted cabinets.
Rock Island Kitchen remodel featuring Acacia floors and painted Oyster and Charcoal Blue painted cabinets.

The large kitchen island has an overhanging countertop with space to seat four comfortably. Nearby is a dinette area where we built in a bench seat below the window. This new bench includes added storage drawers that match the kitchen cabinetry. Now these customers are shopping for a new casual dining table that can use in this corner. Many of our remodel customers want to maximize storage as much as possible with a new layout. Including bench seating within your island design or along a wall is a great way to create a seamless and custom look while adding storage.

Kitchen bench with storage drawers below a dinette window. Kitchen design and complete remodel in Rock Island Quad Cities by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen bench with storage drawers below a dinette window. Kitchen design and complete remodel in Rock Island Quad Cities by Village Home Stores.

The main kitchen includes an L-shape layout with the cleaning, cooking, and refrigerator zones. The new wall cabinets stretch to the ceiling and include a stylish crown molding detail. Crown molding, undercabinet molding, and added details like the fluted columns framing in the microwave space all help to create a stylish take on a traditional kitchen design.

Kitchen featuring Acacia floors and Koch cabinetry in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight and Charcoal Blue painted kitchen island.
Kitchen featuring Acacia floors and Koch cabinetry in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight and Charcoal Blue painted kitchen island.

Not every kitchen layout can allow a corner lazy susan cabinet. In the case of this kitchen, a susan in the corner would have moved the kitchen sink away from the center of the window. A “blind corner” cabinet can be used in this instance to allow usable space on one side, and a standard cabinet on the other. Our cabinet vendors offer many specialty options to help maximize your accessible storage. Press play below to see the swing out shelving option we included in this kitchen corner cabinet.

White painted kitchens remain to be a best-selling choice across all regions in our industry. Of course if you have ever gone to select a white paint for a project, you quickly realize there are MANY shades to choose from. The same is the case in our cabinetry selections. A stark “White” paint may not be what you are after. We have some that are a warmer Ivory or Pearl finish, and others that lean toward a cooler gray tone. This kitchen is the “Oyster” painted finish from our Koch Cabinetry line. In this home, the Oyster paint has been given a “Smoke” highlight to enhance the edges and molding details. We love the look of this finish. The Smoke highlight is such a great compliment to metal finishes as well.

Koch Cabinetry Legacy door in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight.
Koch Cabinetry Legacy door in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight. Complete kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores.

The long kitchen island is installed in the same Legacy doorstyle as the kitchen perimeter. The “Charcoal Blue” paint is a rich contrast to the Oyster kitchen. This Charcoal Blue painted cabinet finish is among our top selling accent colors for cabinets. We have sold many kitchens, bathrooms, home bars, and laundry spaces in the Quad Cities area in this finish. Take a look at the hardware selected for this kitchen. How perfect are the stacked edges of the “Calloway” handles with the edge profiles of the cabinet doors and drawers!?

Koch Cabinetry in the Legacy door and painted Charcoal Blue finish. JA Calloway Satin Nickel handles are the perfect pairing with the door edge details.
Koch Cabinetry in the Legacy door and painted Charcoal Blue finish. JA Calloway Satin Nickel handles are the perfect pairing with the door edge details.

The blue accent color was also used on the wall surface of the kitchen. Elongated glass tiles from Glazzio’s Aristocrat Harbor Series are stunning! The “Dim Afternoon” color takes the tone of the blue cabinet finish and adds a glossy finish and texture to the overall kitchen. A beveled edge to the tiles bounce and reflect light and shadows and add a lot of style to the space without introducing multiple new colors.

Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances including low profile microwave hood in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.
Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances including low profile microwave hood in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.

The cabinet handles are a Satin Nickel finish and that is a perfect compliment to the Smoke highlight of the cabinet paint and the Whirlpool Stainless Steel appliance suite in the new kitchen. A new Whirlpool dishwasher, beverage cooler (in the island), electric range, microwave hood, and refrigerator have been installed in this new kitchen. The microwave hood included is the new low profile model available from Whirlpool. This hood takes up a similar height footprint to a standard under-cabinet range hood, but includes a 1.1 cu. ft. microwave in it! Wish your current hood was a microwave? This may be the model for you! Contact a team member at Village today!

Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances including the new short, low profile microwave hood in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.
Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances including the new short, low profile microwave hood in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.

The refrigerator in the new kitchen is surrounded by a great pantry cabinet on one side, and an end panel on the other. To assure that the space between the kitchen island and this refrigerator was as open as possible, a counter-depth model was purchased. Counter depth refrigerators can save you space in your layout and give you a cleaner look. “Standard” refrigerators can stick out an added 4-6+” deeper than a kitchen cabinet so be sure to discuss this depth with your designer at Village Home Stores.

Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.
Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.

At the very center of this incredible new kitchen is a large island with seating. This island is of an enviable size and also has no sink or cooktop in it. That makes it an incredible versatile surface for prep, entertaining, dining, and more. A slight arch detail has been applied to the overhang area for added interest. This arch also helps soften the look and scale of the large island.

Kitchen featuring Acacia floors and Koch cabinetry in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight and Charcoal Blue painted kitchen island.
Kitchen featuring Acacia floors and Koch cabinetry in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight and Charcoal Blue painted kitchen island.

Engineered quartz countertops surfaces in the Carrara Marmi design are an instantly classic surface choice. The look of a polished marble, with the hassle-free appeal of a quartz counter, these surfaces will look incredible for many years to come. A stylish “Ogee” edge was applied to all of the countertop edges in this kitchen. This one detail choice makes such a huge impact in the completed space.

Carrara Marmi Quartz countertops with an Ogee Edge style applied.
Carrara Marmi Quartz countertops with an Ogee Edge style applied. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores.

This remodel project involved removing a wall. That means of course that ceilings would need to be worked on and of course a new flooring surface to tie the new open space together. The solid 3/4″ Small Leaf Acacia flooring that was selected is absolutely stunning. When you walk into the home now you are greeted with the gorgeous warm flooring stretching all the way through the kitchen. We just love how it looks against the blue cabinetry. Ask a flooring expert at Village today about Acacia wood flooring for your home.

Kitchen island in the Koch Legacy door and painted Charcoal Blue finish.
Kitchen island in the Koch Legacy door and painted Charcoal Blue finish. Complete kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores.

Do you have a wall (or walls) in your home that seem to be boxing you in while you work in the kitchen? Curious if all, or some of it can be removed? We can help design a new kitchen for your home and arrange for experts to get to work for you. Check out this past episode of our TV show where we removed a wall and also unpack our remodel process for you in detail. What does your dream kitchen from Village Home Stores look like? Let’s find out! Reach out to us by phone at (309) 944-1344 or message us here on our website. Or your can always come visit us at 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL.

Rock Island, IL- A Kitchen Customized But Not Resized!

Village Home Stores is completely capable of having a wall removed or opened up to create a beautiful new space for your kitchen. Many of our full project management remodel projects involve some kind of wall work like that….but not every project. This Rock Island, IL kitchen remodel is a wonderful example of how you do not need to make drastic changes to the room to still get a winning result!
Pearl painted cabinetry in a remodeled Rock Island Kitchen. |

This kitchen was remodeled and only the soffits above the cabinetry were removed. But seeing the before and after transformation you would think this was an entirely different home! The original kitchen was a medium tone wood and crowded by a small peninsula area.
Before and after of a remodeled kitchen in Rock Island, IL. |

The new kitchen is bright and beautiful. Painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Prairie” door and “Pearl” finish is paired with “Chakra Beige” quartz counters. Not only is the kitchen light and bright, its packed with smart storage solutions!
A Rock Island, IL kitchen with beige finishes and Koch Cabinetry in "Pearl" paint. |

Behind any of the base cabinet doors you can find adjustable slide-out shelving to help easily utilize every inch of cabinet space. Of course the corner cabinet includes a lazy susan for the best way to access the corner. This style of susan is called an “all wood susan” or “super susan” style. A fixed center shelf with a susan tray attached allows a sturdy construction.
A Rock Island, IL kitchen with corner lazy susan. |
Not only are there special inserts in the cabinetry, there are some custom additions. The stack of drawers to the left of the dishwasher includes a pullout cutting board. This option is a wonderful feature to add to your kitchen space. The cutting board can be removed completely for use or cleaning.
A Rock Island, IL kitchen with cutting board in cabinet. |

We love the coffee station in the new kitchen. This area near the refrigerator is the perfect breakfast station including coffee and the toaster. Below the counter is a Stainless Steel microwave drawer. This 24″ wide unit from Sharp has a flip out front control and blends well with many appliance brands and styles.
A Rock Island, IL kitchen with microwave drawer below coffee station. |

Of course a tall and wide pantry is the fastest way to add great storage to a kitchen. This new layout includes a large pantry with slide-out shelves. Now pantry storage items are within reach of fresh food storage. Keeping this tall pantry next to the refrigerator helps to keep the rest of the kitchen seem less crowded and more open.

A Rock Island, IL kitchen with tall pantry cabinet. |

Not every kitchen design includes the kitchen sink beneath a window. In this case, the sink area has been accented with a lighted glass-front cabinet above and a tile accent. The Soho 3′ x 6″ Subway Tile in “Linen” color and glossy finish is accented with a strip of glass mosaic.
A Rock Island, IL kitchen with tiled space above sink. |

Adding a lighting plan to this new kitchen also help brighten the space dramatically! Not only are there recess cans throughout, but also a lighted ceiling fan. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system is installed underneath the cabinetry and also inside the glass-front cabinets. This low-profile and low-voltage light system is always a favorite feature for those that have it!A Rock Island, IL kitchen with Diode lighting underneath the cabinets and inside of glass-front cabinets. |

The casual dine-in area on the end of the kitchen has just enough room for a small round table and chairs. Instead of a shallow tv stand, this client asked to have a custom hutch area created to match the new kitchen. Not only is there plenty of space for a TV but also display space, storage below and even wine cubbies on each end!
A Rock Island, IL wine storage and tv area in a remodeled kitchen. |

This beautiful new bright kitchen all sits atop a new Luxury Vinyl Floor from the Tarkett Permastone series in Travertine “Weathered Beach” color. LVT is a durable product with many benefits for kitchen applications. Call or stop by today to speak to one of our flooring experts about LVT in your home.

Curious what potential your current kitchen space may have? We can’t wait to help show you! Contact us today to start the conversation about your project. Complete this short online form or call us at (309) 944-1344. See the full album of photos from this kitchen remodel project over on our award-wining Houzz page here.

Rock Island- Become a Birch Believer

I was invited to come photograph this finished remodel last Friday evening and I can’t believe how impressive this new kitchen is right when you walk in the front door! The designer from our store was with me and as she looked everything over and straightened out the hardware I got to work snapping photos. It wasn’t until about 15 minutes into our appointment that I was corrected… “Oh no, it’s not Cherry. This is Birch wood with a “Burgundy” stain.”

kitchen_remodelMy jaw dropped open. I had been fooled! The high contrast of the rich wood color and the beautiful glass backsplash glowing from the undercabinet lighting made me a Birch fake-out believer right then and there. You can get the look of Cherry by using a Birch wood with the right finish applied.

farmsinkBefore we take a look at the layout and finishes let’s get right to the standout combination of this glass subway tile backsplash all aglow with the new Diode LED lighting! Our Diode LED system can be installed in a traditional undercabinet installation like shown here. This low-profile system can be used a number of other ways as well. Consider some accent lighting above your kitchen cabinetry if there is a space from there to the ceiling. How amazing would the baseboard area below a bar or home entertainment center look with an accented area lit up? This lighting system can even be put onto a dimmer switch.

diode_lighting_quad_citiesIf you are investing an a beautiful new backsplash for your kitchen you really must consider showing it off in the best way possible and this Diode LED system is perfect for that! Now let’s take a closer look at how this remodel transformed completely! Check out these before and afters:

rock_island_kitchenThe homeowner just purchased this Rock Island home in the Fall and immediately got in touch with us to do the full remodel for her. Using our Project Management program we managed everything for her including gathering estimates and scheduling and coordinating all of the crews involved. We removed the existing peninsula and wall cabinet above it and an exterior wall was rebuilt and moved out to now give her plenty of space for a small dining table just outside of the new kitchen.

Village_Home_Stores_remodel_blogThe refrigerator was moved to the opposite wall which created a lot more space for the user who is at the new gas range. The refrigerator now has a large pantry cabinet to the left and allows the front end of the kitchen stay feeling open and spacious.

wood_leg_decorativeBecause the kitchen is the very first room you see when you enter the home, the back of the new peninsula couldn’t have just a plan look.  The new kitchen design includes an overhang that can comfortably seat two guests. Below the overhanging Cambria quartz is a beadboard panel with a furniture baseboard attached. On each end of the panel are decorative turned posts that match the cabinet finish. This one detail truly takes the first impression to the next level. The same materials can be installed in a different way as well. These posts are finished all around so that they can be pulled forward and give the look of a table leg. Either installation method makes a great impact.

glass_subway_tileThe cabinetry that gave the rich look of Cherry is actually a Birch wood in the “Burgundy” finish with a black accent glaze applied. The cabinets are from our Koch line and are a doorstyle called “Legacy”. The Cambria quartz countertops are the “New Quay” design. See the other complimentary Cambria colors to this color here on the Cambria site. The 3′ x 6″ glass backsplash tiles are available in many colors to match your own space.

birch_cherry_finishThe flooring in the new kitchen is another great example of a fake out! Looks like ceramic doesn’t it? It is actually Luxury Vinyl! These 16″ x 16″ tiles by Mannington are in a color called “Cloud Cover”. Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” gives the look of ceramic but offer the comfort of a softer (and warmer to your bare feet) material. LVT can also be installed grouted or non-grouted. If you have any questions about the materials or design of this space feel free to contact us anytime! Or call us today to make an appointment and start talking about your own project! You can reach us at (309) 944-1344.


Rock Island- Soffits Out & Storage In

rockisland_remodelWe love to showcase large kitchen spaces here on the blog. Many of those kitchens are in brand new homes that have allowed for a larger space for the new kitchen. The truth is most of the remodeled projects we do here at Village Home Stores are smaller challenging spaces.  Not every customer has the luxury of a lot of space to work with. You choose to invest in a remodel of your current home to make it better for you to enjoy. That is why we are here. To make the most of your space and help provide you with a better functioning design and layout than what you have currently. This Rock Island remodeled kitchen is a fantastic example of how you can take the same space your kitchen currently uses but maximize how you use that space.

kitchen_design_rock_islandYou don’t have to remove walls or add onto your existing home to end up with a brand new space. In the case of this kitchen, the overall footprint stayed almost the same. The designer from Village Home Stores did do some rearranging of the location of the new appliances. This allowed for more open areas for users and a less crowded look overall. The original kitchen had the cooktop and microwave hood on the same wall at the refrigerator. Wall ovens built in across from this in the old kitchen filled out the opposite wall. The new layout moves the two taller elements together into one space and leaves the new cooktop area is open and spacious. A smarter layout paired with bright finishes help this new kitchen seem much larger.

tray_divider_abovewall_ovensThere were existing soffits in the original kitchen that were torn out.  The new kitchen design now has more wall cabinet space to reach all the way to the ceiling. The wall oven cabinet in this new kitchen offers tray divider storage above the wall oven (see above) and a wide drawer below the ovens adds even more space for bake ware and racks.  The tall cabinet that acts as an end cap to the new refrigerator has been installed in a unique way as well. By ordering the cabinet with doors applied to the right side, our carpenters were able to install this tall pantry cabinet to open away from the refrigerator. See it in action over on our YouTube channel here. A shallow cabinet with a wider shelf in place of a deep and narrow unit is perfect choice.shallow_pantry

drawers_below_cooktopA large drawer stack located below the new gas cooktop keep pots & pans within reach and a prep space to the left and right of the cooktop keeps the design open and spacious. The L-shape top projecting out on the left also acts as a landing zone for the wall ovens directly behind it. fullview

footed_sinkbaseWith the soffits removed, the new sink wall becomes an eye-catching space that also packs a lot of storage solutions. The sink base has been pulled forward by 3″ and decorative feet have been added to create a furniture look. Wood feet can be ordered with the kitchen cabinets to  give your space this “magazine” look with just a simple upgrade. The new design has a symmetrical layout with an appliance garage on either side of the sink.

appliance_garage (1)Even with both of these garages installed all the way down to meet the countertops, the user at the sink isn’t crowded. There still remains a lot of counter space on either side of the sink. Appliance garages are a fantastic storage solution to keep your kitchen counters from seeming cluttered.

oyster_painted_kitchenThe finishes for this kitchen play a major role in how bright and open the new space feels. Birch cabinets from our Koch Classic line in an “Oyster” painted finish have been paired with “Torquay” Cambria countertops. Throughout the new kitchen “Smoke” wood plank style luxury vinyl tile has been installed. The backsplash tile used in the new kitchen is by Jeffrey Court and the thin accent details have just the slightest sparkle to them when you see the kitchen in person. This Rock Island kitchen remodel was completed using our full Project Management program at Village Home Stores. If you are searching for a source that can provide you with materials, full estimates of labor, and also coordinate the project we are that place! From start to finish we can manage it all for you. Give us a call today or contact us via our website to set up an appointment to get started on your remodel with Village Home Stores. Village_Home_Stores_number

Kitchen Remodel With Great Storage Cabinets! (Rock Island, IL)

I could not have picked a better time to stop by to take some final pictures of this kitchen in Rock Island, IL. It was the end of the day last Friday and the homeowners were hosting some friends for cocktail hour in their new space. Seeing customers enjoying the finished project and showing it off to friends is the absolute BEST compliment we could get. I felt like I was walking into a commercial for our Full Project Management service. The owners of this beautiful new kitchen were so enthusiastic to share how easy the estimate and execution of the project was from start to finish with their guests.

Kitchen remodel by Village Home StoresWhile the shape and configuration of this island may appear strange at first glace, I got to see first hand how perfect it was. The raised bar-height top on the right end was the perfect place for guests to lean and set a drink and snack while the user is working in the kitchen. The location of this section of the island is actually where a wall was located previously. Here are some photos to get a better grasp of how we opened the space up.

Before Photos of KitchenIn the “Before” photo you see that a wall formed a narrow hallway behind the refrigerator and pantry. This wall was removed along with a beam that spanned the width of the old space. The temporary wall you see in the “During” photo was put in place until a new supporting header could be installed in the now wider kitchen. Now for the full tour of all of the great storage cabinets included in the new kitchen.

Pullout Spice RackA pull-out spice rack was installed adjacent to the range area for easy access to spices and cooking oils. While this cabinet happens to be a wall spice rack, base cabinet versions are available as well. A great secondary use for a base pull-out rack is to hold cleaning products near a sinkbase.

The new island also had great access to pots & pans storage in deep drawers immediately behind the range user. A pull-out cutting board located in the island is actually one of two installed in this kitchen. With two active users in the kitchen, there can now be many stations to prep and work in the space.

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Tray Storage Above RefrigeratorMy favorite storage solution in this new layout was hidden where you may least expect it. As I was taking photos of the island the customer exclaimed “Oh and you haven’t seen my favorite one!”. In the cabinet above the refrigerator were wood tray dividers and a wonderful deep space to store small (but tall) appliances. Now the reachable space in the base cabinets can house everyday items in place of these.

Cubby front to match kitchen cabinetsAn opening that once sat on the end of the old hallway area is now included in the new design. A face frame and door was ordered to match the new cabinets and create a custom look covering the cubby. Now access to this deep storage area looks like a well planned element of the new space. The customer plans on adding shelves to make for more pantry storage in the kitchen. While face frames and doors make up a significant part of the cost of a cabinet, sometimes the purchase of one and some added trim can make a great custom impact.

Cookbook storage

Angled base cabinetCookbook storage and an angled base cabinet were two other areas worth noting in the new kitchen design. Angled end cabinets can be a great way to add storage an not intrude on traffic paths in a space. You are able to extend the counter and storage an they make a great cap for row of cabinets in place of an abrupt square stop. In this case a table was just beyond the end of this counter and now a seated guest will not feel crowded.

Do you have a kitchen that may be able to be widened or reworked for a better solution? Just having a hard time figuring out how it will work best? We would love to talk to you about it. Our team at Village Homes Stores can show you full-colored rendered images of your new space before any walls or soffits get torn down. This way you can visualize your new space before any mess is made. Contact us today for an appointment so we can begin the discussion with you. We would love for you to be our next “Before & After” story!

Kitchen Remodel In Rock Island by Village