Despite a remodel, this 1920s row house in Jersey City, New Jersey, still has its original eclectic character. For your kitchen the homeowners wanted more room and a playful look that sensed period-appropriate. Cousins and designers Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri of Brunelleschi Construction reorganized the space, putting all of the cabinetry one wall and a fold-up table on the opposite. Antiqued turquoise cabinetry, eclectic hardware and modern accents combine to create a look that reflects the homeowners’ style and the house’s roots.
Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: First-time homeowners, a couple
Location: Jersey City, New Jersey
Size: 96 square feet
Kitchen cost: About $58,000, including demolition, custom closets, adding a window, new electric wiring, new plumbing and design fees
Originally the kitchen had a corner sink that didn’t make the best use of the space. Carrino and Colaneri squared it moved into the edge of the counter top, including an additional 3 feet of counter space. Adjusting the plumbing cost about $6,000, while repainting along with other electric work cost about $7,000.
Cabinets: Decora, Turquoise Rust; range: 30-inch gas range, Frigidaire; hood: 30-inch undercounter, Broan
Cabinetry on both sides of the original kitchen had narrowed the entry to a little 26 inches. Carrino and Colaneri got rid of one wall of cabinetry and extended the storage to the ceiling on the opposite side of the kitchen.
The house’s unique hardwood flooring were hidden underneath white and black checkerboard linoleum. Fortunately, the wood was in fantastic condition and required little refinishing work.
Dark soapstone counters cost the couple about $2,500 and give the kitchen a warm, classic feel. The industrial chandelier emphasizes the high ceilings, while Ikea stools include an unexpected modern touch.
A different Anthropologie knob every drawer and cabinet reflects the homeowners’ eclectic flavor.
Carrino and Colaneri utilized each inch of storage space accessible — slipping in two vertical spice racks beside the refrigerator. The custom cabinetry cost about $17,500, and appliances were approximately $4,000.
Refrigerator: 24 inches, Summit
An alleyway on the face of the row house doesn’t provide the best opinion, but Carrino and Colaneri wanted to get more light to the kitchen. Replacing part of the backsplash which has a small window and using an antiqued mirror behind the sink reflects light to the space. Earning the structural changes to get this new window cost about $1,000.
The treatment on the custom-designed mirror adds visual texture and won’t show every stain and spill.
The couple already has a formal dining tablethis fold-down one gives them an informal eating spot. Carrino and Colaneri had the walnut table constructed at counter height to make extra prep space.
Wall paint: Morning Fog, Sherwin-Williams; trim paintReally Taupe, Sherwin Williams; stools: Franklin, Ikea
Though the kitchen is small, the couple knew that people would still hang out during parties. If they need more floor area, the dining table folds flat to the wall, and also hooks scattering the stools out of the way.
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