Updating my kitchen without replacing cabinets

To accent the original oak cabinets and porcelain sink, I added a kitchen towel in a beautiful scallop pattern which reminded me of the breathtaking stain glass ceiling at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Painting our oak cabinets wasn’t an option because it’s costly and time-consuming.

Just take the doors down so you can work on them outside.

However, if you do not like the doors, you can just replace them with new ones.

I also couldn’t resist adding a rattan light fixture after admiring them at lunch while in Chicago. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Delta Faucet.

It fills the void above the kitchen window and gives the previously dated kitchen a more modern and waterside aesthetic.

I wasn’t sure what direction I would take until after I visited Chicago for the Day of Design event in May.

I was so inspired by the water that surrounds the city, the history of Chicago and architectural details that have endured the test of time that I integrated a few of the elements into our kitchen design.

A repurposed cast-off hardware–store counter serves as an island.

Off-the-shelf cabinets and inexpensive tile also helped cut costs.

Free up cabinet space, and create a clever spot for collectibles, with above-window shelving.

We removed the wallpaper and painted the walls to make the space feel light, bright and open, but replacing the faucet with a Delta Cassidy™ faucet in beautiful Champagne Bronze made the most significant impact.

The original faucet felt dated while the Cassidy™ faucet felt fresh and beautiful.

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