White Kitchen Transformation in Upstate New York

I consulted with my client Kay at the end of 2012 and this is the beautiful result!

“I had been thinking about a kitchen remodel for a couple of years before actually doing it.  I was considering different options, including gray-blue cabinets, until I started reading your posts about white kitchens and realized that if I wanted a serene backdrop for all my stuff, I needed to follow your advice about keeping things white and avoiding busy surfaces.  Frankly, if you had not written so much about white subway tile, there’s no telling what I would have done for backsplashes! 

Your posts about kitchen floors–and your advice during the consult about the importance of refinishing our connecting wood floors despite the appalling prospect of moving all our furniture–really pushed me in the right direction.  My kitchen would not look the way it does without all your advice, both generally in your blog and personally during our consultations.  Thank you, thank you!!” Kay F.

White Kitchen Transformation


White Kitchen Transformation


White Kitchen Transformation

 Kitchen design by Cindy Cifaratta, Contractor George Oley

White Kitchen Transformation

Here are the details: The cabinets, island, and hood are BM Chantilly Lace, and the painted walls are the same color.

The subway tile is gloss white from Heritage Tile, and the paint for the shelves, window and door casings, and baseboards was mixed to match the tile.

The ceiling is BM Soleil.  Counters are Carrara marble, from a really great, authentic local place called Vallars.  The veining does not have that muddy look, and I just love it.

Cabinet hardware is polished chrome, to match the polished chrome Rohl faucet.  Floor is red oak finished in Rubio Monocoat Castle Brown (a European hard oil finish).  The Lacanche stove is Portuguese blue, with stainless steel and polished brass, which will develop a nice patina.

White Kitchen Transformation

What a stunning transformation! I love the charming way she styled the kitchen too! Thanks Kay for sharing it with all of us!

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  1. This is the most beautiful kitchen, I have ever seen!! I love, love love it!!! It’s so inviting, what a great place to cook and entertain, and since everyone seems to gravitate towards the kitchen, anyway, this would be the biggest pull ever! How fun! I’ll take one, please!!!

    • You’re right. With a 33″ high island, I need chairs with a seat height of 20″. Haven’t been able to find anything I like so am using what I have.

  2. Hi Maria!
    I am totally in love with this kitchen and now am totally dissatisfied with my own- the blue oven and lights are my favorite, but then the floors and the tile and…everything!

    [email protected] House Romance

  3. Love the transformation! I love that it is a real kitchen in a real house for a real gal! Great job! Unique stove, have no idea where one purchases a Chagney? as I had never heard of that make.
    Have to say, I do love those pendants!
    Thank you so much for sharing.Very inspirational.

  4. A masterful renovation! Raising the ceiling was brilliant. It changed EVERYTHING, allowing all the other elements to happen with great style and purpose. Bravo to Kay and the great team she assembled.

  5. I’m late to this post, but I love your kitchen. We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen and I love seeing a lot of the things I love, in this kitchen. White cabinets, and carrara counters will also be in mine. How do you like living with marble counters? I am in upstate NY as well, and trying to find carrara has proved difficult. I simply adore your French stove. I wanted one, but in the end, we went with a Wolf. I’m a peeper when I bake, so it would make me nuts not to have a window in the oven, but your stove is so gorgeous, I think I could get over it. Enjoy your gorgeous, new kitchen!

    • Just saw your comment–thank you. I love my marble counters and would choose them again, but I made a deliberate choice not to stress over them. They are sealed before installation with something very strong, so staining from red wine has not been an issue–although I’m careful about wiping up. Oils leave darker spots that fade over time. Anything hard that drops on the marble leaves a permanent small white mark. It’s very easy to scratch the marble, although I use my stainless steel dough scraper with no problems. Etching will happen from anything acid, and it happens fast. I’m careful not to bang things on the counter, and I squeeze citrus fruits in the sink to avoid spatter that I might not notice in time to wipe up. And I don’t set hot pans on the unprotected counter. For cleaning I use a microfiber cloth wrung out in hot water and then wipe the counters dry.

      Best of luck with your remodel!