Legacy Kitchens

Two tone white and walnut cabinet with breakfast bar and bench seating.

Two Tone Transitional Kitchen Design and Renovation

Legacy Kitchens Designer Kim Schellenberg had the opportunity to update a dark and impractical family kitchen. Kim sat down with the homeowners to learn about their design preferences, goals, and lifestyle; through that conversation, she discovered that this home is a key gathering place for a growing extended family, and the homeowners needed an improved layout in the small kitchen space to make hosting more convenient and comfortable for their guests.


Kim's updated two-tone kitchen design is transitional with touches of traditional. This classic style was achieved by using shaker-style cabinets in Chantilly Lace around the perimeter and a warm, Maple Sierra finish on the island.

In the island design, an under-counter microwave was included to reduce countertop clutter. The new bar and bench seating allows for multiple conversation areas in the kitchen - perfect for the homeowners' growing extended family.

Kim's favorite part of the kitchen design is the long stretch of countertop, something the previous space lacked.

To maximize functionality in this small space, Kim extended a wall to enclose the fridge and added deep cabinets and pull-outs in the pantry for convenience. A tall thin cabinet was added beside the fridge to keep cleaning supplies out of sight.

Two tone white and walnut cabinet with breakfast bar and bench seating.
Large flat kitchen island with built-in microwave.
White shaker-style kitchen pantry with pull-out shelves beside a fridge.