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Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Designing a custom kitchen can be tricky, especially when you find yourself dealing with an older home with nonstandard measurements and odd angles. With the
help of the expert design consultants at Gulf Tile, this
South Tampa homeowner was able to get the kitchen
she’d always dreamed of while maintaining the old-fashioned warmth and feel of her classic-style home.

Initial Consultation

This project was unusual because our designers

never saw the existing kitchen.Without a “before” we went to work building a fabulous “after.” We created our first designs solely from contractor’s drawings, measurements and owner input. The homeowner fell in love with a semi-custom cabinet finish and door style she saw in our showroom but it could not be fit into the existing space.

A Creative Solution

After studying the problem, our consultant introduced the homeowner to Collier, a premier manufacturer of fully custom cabinets and a trusted Gulf Tile partner. The artisans at Collier were able to replicate the color and door style of the cabinets the client desired and incorporate added features at a budget that was actually lower than the original estimate. New cabinet styles and door designs added architectural elements and increased storage. Instead of settling for second best, the homeowner turned to Gulf Tile and found the results she was looking for.

The Design

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

The house depicted is an older South Tampa home, and the owners
wanted to update their kitchen without sacrificing its vintage charm. Choosing white flat-paneled cabinets with beadboard centers maintained
the classic feel of the kitchen, and added extras created a visually
interesting and subtly modern effect.

  • Angled wall cabinets create a unique look with furniture elements.
  • Custom design makes it possible to have glass-fronted doors that
    match the rest of the kitchen.
  • Accordion multi-part doors on bottom cabinets allow easy access.
  • Deep pull-out drawers look pke ordinary cabinets but provide extra storage for pots and pans.
  • Wide but simple crown moldings around windows and cabinet tops
    draw the eye and make the room appear larger.
  • Contemporary to original design drawer pulls and hardware maintains the history of the home.

Completing the Look

Classic white subway tiles are a time-honored tradition in kitchen design. Our consultant suggested removing the existing ceramic tiles and updating the look with rectangular subway tiles in cement gray. This crackle-finished backsplash has the look of broken glass, reflects light, and draws out the colors in the client’s granite-topped movable island. To reduce the shine in this minimalist kitchen and tone down the sparkle, the client chose a honed countertop of matte-finished Cambrian granite in flat black.

The Gulf Tile Difference


Helping you design and build the kitchen or bath of your dreams is the primary goal of the designers at Gulf Tile.
Though it’s not our job to choose paint colors, a color scheme suggested by one of our partners was ultimately embraced
and became an integral feature of this kitchen. Instead of seeing the limitations of the home or the project, our
designers worked with the owner and the existing features to devise a kitchen remodel that went above and beyond expectations.