A 1990’s Kitchen Gets a Modern Refresh



Our recent clients in Grand Prairie, Texas, had a lovely home built in 1999. The kitchen wasn’t in terrible shape, but the clients knew it was time to refresh the look and also make some modifications to improve functionality. Luckily, the size and layout were great, so not much needed to be done structurally to the existing footprint.


A very popular trend in kitchen design right now is two-tone cabinetry: when the upper cabinets and lower cabinets are different colors or stains. Our clients loved this idea and shared some inspiration photos showing a mixture of stained wood cabinets, white paint, and dark countertops. They also loved the high-end look of glass front accent cabinets, open shelving, and shaker-style cabinet doors.



With these features in mind, our designers’ creative minds started working! They drew up floorplans and 3D renderings to showcase their ideas for the renovated kitchen and ensure they were on the same page as our clients in regard to the finished product.



Floor Plans










As you can see in the floor plans, there were not any significant structural changes. However, the call-outs listed on the plans defined the many modifications that would be made within the same footprint. These modifications included new cabinets, countertops, backsplash, sink, faucet, and appliances.





The existing step-up pony wall was removed from the bar area to create a sleek level countertop. A convenient trash roll-out was installed in the cabinet beside the new under-mount sink, and a storage roll-out was added in the cabinet directly below the sink for easy access to cleaning supplies.






To the right of the sink, a luxury Café brand built-in dishwasher with a brushed-stainless handle was installed alongside a stack of deep storage drawers.


The upper cabinets were extended up all the way to the ceiling to create the illusion of taller ceilings. Our designers wanted to include both open shelving and glass-front cabinets for a truly custom look, complete with LED backlighting for an even more dramatic effect. What a beautiful way to display decor and glassware!




By eliminating the double oven in the corner, we were able to install a pull-up appliance garage, which houses the toaster oven on a roll-out drawer. When the oven is in use, the drawer can be pulled out for safe ventilation and easy access, and then rolled back into the cabinet for storage.


Just below the appliance garage is an under-counter microwave drawer and a full-sized cabinet for the client’s stand mixer. Although we didn’t get a photo of the cabinet open, here is a similar example:





We love that these features still allow cookware and appliances to be easily used and stored without creating clutter on the counters!





The beautiful honed marble mosaic tile backsplash was installed all the way up this wall, creating a gorgeous backdrop for the shelves, cabinets, and countertop.



On the opposite side of the kitchen, two rows of deep pan drawers provide plenty of storage space, with the top drawers provide easy access for silverware and utensils within reach from the cooktop. The stunning Café brand 36” gas range with double oven is fit for a chef!


The clients wanted to keep the existing flooring and also incorporate their antique buffet cabinet. Our designers picked the perfect stain to blend all the wood finishes in the new kitchen.



A Café brand refrigerator matches the high-end style of the dishwasher and oven. Shaker-style upper cabinets with glass-front display cabinets above provide plenty of storage space with a great aesthetic.





Ample undercabinet lighting combined with strategically placed LED can lights create the perfect near-shadowless environment for meal prep on the Daltile “Black Pearl” Granite countertops.









Utensils and spices are easily within reach for the cook when preparing meals.





The combination of the taller cabinets, new lighting, and two-toned colors make this kitchen feel larger and more spacious.



Looking into the living room from the kitchen, it’s easy to tell how this renovation creates a new aesthetic for the home as a whole.



You’ll also notice that the fireplace in the living room matches the kitchen. Our team removed the dated façade and created an updated look with the same tile and wood elements from the kitchen, providing consistency to tie the spaces together.






The completed project now looks like the inspiration photos the clients shared with us at the beginning, and they are absolutely thrilled!


Kudos to our talented team that brought this project from concept to completion:


Structural Design: Mike Medford, Sr.

Aesthetic Design: Stephanie Milford

Drafting and Renderings: Brandy Anderson

Production Management:  Michael Medford, Jr.

Project Management:  Dave Broadfield

Trim Carpentry:  Dave Broadfield, Greg Haws, Scott Vernon

Cabinets and Shelving:  Bailey Cabinets

Plumbing: Express Plumbing

Electrical: Marc Miller Electric 

Drywall: Alex Green Drywall

Paint: Phillip Painting Company

Tile & Counters Fabrication: HRG Granite

Plumbing Fixtures: Build with Ferguson

Glass: Kindred Glass

Countertops & Tile:  Hilton’s Flooring & Tile

Staging for Professional Photography: Ali & Terri Doskocil

Final Photography and Video: Impressia– Todd Ramsey



We’d also like to include the details of the design selection items used in this project:






If you’re interested in remodeling your kitchen or another part of your home, our team would be glad to help. Contact us today to learn how to get started!


Warm Regards,


The Medford Team





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