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Outdated Kitchen Gets a Simple Refresh

On this project in Pawling, NY the goal was to give the kitchen a fresh new look, without losing sight of the overall budget. The homeowner’s goal was to be able to enjoy a new kitchen for a few years before planning to sell the home. Creating value was at the forefront of the decision-making process.

White shaker kitchen with gray walls and stainless appliances

This kitchen features white shaker cabinetry with concrete quartz countertops.



For this kitchen remodel, we teamed up with Thorin Moss of Oakenshield Kitchens. He is a cabinet designer and supplier based out of Poughkeepsie, NY. Oakenshield handled the sourcing and selection of the cabinetry, hardware and countertops.


You can check out more of Thorin’s work on their website.

Outdated kitchen with tan cabinets, linoleum floors and corian countertops

Before picture of the existing kitchen. Photo taken January 2020.

Outdated kitchen with tan cabinets, linoleum floors and green corian countertops

Before photo of the existing kitchen. Photo taken January 2020.

Design Challenges & Inspiration


Since the homeowner had no complaints with the layout of the existing kitchen, we kept the locations of all major items the same. Aside from a couple of tweaks to make the cabinetry more functional and appealing, it was basically a direct replacement of each item that was there.


Oakenshield decided to extend the cabinetry to the ceiling and add crown molding, which eliminated the tops collecting dirt and requiring cleaning. This also adds cabinet storage and makes the kitchen appear more expansive.

White kitchen with dining room table and grey floors

Cabinets with crown molding help make this space feel more expansive and complete.

Features & Selections




The homeowner went with a classic white shaker, full overlay cabinet from Fabuwood. Fabuwood’s line of cabinetry is budget-friendly, but does not sacrifice modern amenities like soft-close doors and drawers. Oakenshield offers this line for a cost-effective choice to his clients. The boxes are made of plywood, as opposed to some other budget-friendly choices out there that use particle board.




The countertops chosen for this kitchen were Ceasarstone “Rugged concrete.” These countertops appear to look like concrete, but do not have to be sealed regularly like concrete. Quartz countertops, although more of an expensive option than others, is an excellent choice based on its value. The quartz is more of a durable product in the long run as it resists staining more than traditional concrete. Check out more from Ceasarstone on their website, here.




Throwing the old linoleum floor in the dumpster, we installed luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring from Armstrong’s Pryzm line. LVP flooring gives the appearance and depth of wood, but the low-maintenance, durability and lower cost of a composite product.

Kitchen with white shaker cabinets, stainless appliances and dark countertops.

The old white appliances were updated with new stainless steel ones.

Kitchen with stainless and black oven, white LVP floors and concrete countertops.

The layout of this kitchen remained the same to keep functionality and save money.

Sleek, modern cabinet handles on white shaker cabinets.

Sleek, modern cabinet door hardware complete the refreshed look.

Sunlight shining through window with dining table and refridgerator.

The windows in this kitchen bring in a ton of natural light throughout the day.

Concrete countertop window sill an d sink faucet.

The rugged concrete countertop was used to create a waterproof window sill.

Final Thoughts


Kitchen remodels can vary dramatically in scope and overall cost. This kitchen remodel would be considered more minor, but the impact it has on the overall feel and value of the home is major.

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