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Continued: Before & After: New kitchen has vintage character

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 2, 2013 - 8:55 PM


Layers of artificial light: Canned lights, pendants and under-cabinet lights provide abundant task lighting.


A vent that maintains the view: The homeowners wanted a cooktop on the island, but instead of an obstructive ceiling range hood, they press a button next to the cooktop, and a pop-up downdraft vent appears.


The result: The 250-square-foot main-floor addition is “small in space but big in functionality,” said Jaydan. “And it fits the character of the house.”


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Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619


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  • From top: Katie Jaydan matched the new kitchen cabinets to an original set found in the basement, and the homeowner chose fresh buttercream yellow for the upper cabinets. A cabinet with a pull-up door serves as a mail and electronic charging station next to the refigerator. The island is outfitted with a wine rack, bookcase and built-in microwave.left: The “before” compact kitchen with dark stained cabinets and poor lighting.

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