Magazine article Sunset

Small Change, Big Improvement

Magazine article Sunset

Small Change, Big Improvement

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The changing Western home

The assets of this kitchen-including well-made cabinets, vintage tile countertops, and a generous layout-were hidden by layers of aged grout, worn paint, scuffed linoleum, and cutesy detailing. According to interior designer Jeffrey Marks, "The kitchen had not been touched since 1948."

Kitchen alterations

White marine paint makes the cabinetry look new. Normally used for boats, it is very durable and has a high-gloss finish. For a lacquerlike finish free of brush strokes, Marks used a paint sprayer to apply it both to the doors-removing them firstand the insides of the cabinets.

Small touches can make a big difference. Marks eliminated some of the dated look just by removing the wooden window scallop and replacing the knobs with metal handles.

The new refrigerator and dishwasher were disguised with wood fronts painted to match the cabinets. "Because the kitchen is open to the living room and dining room, I wanted to minimize the industrial appearance of appliances," Marks says. …

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