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Kitchen makeover with new cabinets, counters and backsplash

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We took a kitchen with black countertops, oak cabinets and stainless-steel appliances, and asked a local designer to give it some personality.


By replacing the hardwood floors with porcelain tile and turning the island into a seating area, designer Allie Mann made the room a colorful place for family gatherings.

Shaker-style cabinets provide clean lines. Pair dark cherry-stained doors with light floors and countertops.

Use the backsplash as a canvas. A glass mosaic of blue, green and gray tiles is a subtle touch of color.

Bar stools encourage conversation by giving guests a place to sit and talk.

Decorate with a few accessories, such as a vase with flowers and a chalkboard for shopping lists.

Try open shelving for everyday plates. Store more formal dishes in closed cabinets, out of a child’s reach.

White counters brighten the space. The material is White Cliff quartz by Cambria.

A blue-gray paint complements the backsplash. Walls are Solitude by Benjamin Moore.

Mann, of Case Design/Remodeling (703-289-5719, is based in Falls Church.


Furniture: Undertone extra-large undercounter kitchen sink ($810,; GE Cafe vent hood ($1,000,; Lowe khaki counter stool ($259 each,; Bliss Blend glass mosaic backsplash tile in Iceland ($25 per square foot,; Homestead style cabinets in cherry stain with espresso finish (priced according to size,

Accessories: Cuisinart single-serve coffeemaker ($150,; Pintuck place mat and napkin in smoke blue ($9 per set,; Bird Cage wine rack ($100,; Organic vase in brown ($20,; Square Dial 16-piece dinnerware set ($50,

SPLURGE . . . Grohe America LadyLux Cafe dual spray pull-down faucet ($454, Hampton pendant in antique nickel ($180, www.hinkleylighting. com). . . . OR SAVE Simplice single-hole pull-down faucet in stainless ($331, Progress Lighting Wisten collection mini-pendant in brushed nickel ($50 each, www.home

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