Breathtaking Rustic Kitchen

Before After

Although this charming, 2,127 square foot home was brimming with style, our new clients were tired of living with their outdated and not-so-functional kitchen. Steve and Dian have lived in their lovely home since 1995, and realized it was time for a much-needed kitchen update. Before the beginning of the pandemic, the homeowners scheduled an appointment for me to meet with them in their Port Charlotte, Florida home.

Even though the layout of this kitchen wasn’t going to change all that much, there were some specific modifications which needed to be done, in order to improve the overall functionality of the room. The first order of business was to get rid of the awkward kitchen closet (which currently was being used as a pantry), soffits, knee wall, and widen an entranceway.

Before After

Next up: The homeowners did not want a bunch of stuff on their countertops. Everything needed to have its place. Storage and organization were at the top of Dian’s wish list, but she wanted more of it. She needed help with it because she’s petite and has back issues, so they asked for plenty of deep drawers and roll-out trays. Steve and Dian wanted to incorporate a microwave drawer for easy access. The main difference between this appliance and a standard microwave oven is the opening. As the name suggests, “microwave drawer” was designed to be pulled out of the cabinet and has a top opening instead of a door.

With neutral grays and whites being the popular choice for many home remodeling projects today, it was exciting when Steve and Dian had a different color scheme in mind. Our wonderful clients knew they wanted to incorporate rustic cabinets to match their one-of-a-kind dining room table. This beautiful table was a homemade gift from a dear friend of theirs.

So, I drew up floor plans and 3D renderings to show the changes. The pantry-closet was replaced with a built-in tall pantry cabinet with adjustable roll-out trays that matches the new cabinetry. This is one of my favorite ways to add storage. Steve and Dian won’t have to guess what’s behind the first row of supplies—they simply roll-out trays to see.

By relocating the refrigerator, it allowed for a longer stretch of counter space. The widened entranceway helped to create more leeway without removing an entire wall. Another significant modification that contributed to more storage was removing the soffits and installing double stacked cabinets over taller wall cabinets.  

Like I said earlier, Steve and Dian wanted a rustic style, which the couple both love. Ultimately they choose Shiloh Cabinetry. It was an excellent choice. The homeowners picked rustic alder wood with a caramel stain. This wood and stain color was ideal because it matched the rustic table, as well as the flooring in the neighboring living room. Steve and Dian didn’t want to skimp on cheap cabinets because they knew the cabinetry would be the main feature of the room. They were willing to spend more money to get exactly what they wanted. The new cabinets are plywood construction. They have flush inset and soft-close doors and drawers, and a pegboard system in the drawers for organization.  

Mention the phrase “rustic cabinet” to someone and they might think of old cabinets made out of roughly hewn slabs of wood. But for others, the idea of rustic cabinets is a dream come true.

So, what is it that makes cabinets rustic? Rustic alder wood cabinets have a prominent grain pattern that’s made all the more unique by various “imperfections” like pin holes and knots. In reality, these variations give alder wood its rustic charm—giving a look as if Just Counters & other stuff, Inc. chopped down a tree outback and built the cabinets especially for Steve and Dian.

The original microwave with a matched cabinet above was replaced with a sleek, stainless steel hood to match the new range oven. The dated cabinets were also replaced with custom shaker-style doors.

The new countertops tie the design of the room as well as complement the kitchen. LG Hausys solid surface not only is attractive, but it also stands up to the rigors of daily use. The low-maintenance countertop color: Tambora perfectly pairs beautifully with the custom cabinets.  

We installed under cabinet lighting. This made a big impact on the countertop work surfaces.

The most important part of a kitchen is the cabinets; they are the centerpiece of the room and often dictate how the rest of the kitchen will look. Steve and Dian were spot on when they selected the stunning cabinets. These rustic alder wood cabinets are the focal point of this kitchen and they’ll take your breath away.

I know rustic cabinets certainly aren’t for everybody, but I just love this kitchen. I think the gorgeous natural wood detailing on the cabinets is unique, and really makes the kitchen feel inviting.  

I’d like to recognize the talented team who contributed to this project: Just Counter’s gifted Tyler Mowatt and Tommy McCaffrey. They are professional cabinet installers. With their fine craftsmanship and attention to detail, their finished work is second-to-none. The brilliant Aaron Shaffer is an expert in the field of solid surface countertops, lighting, and plumbing. The way these three guys handled this project shows resilience, experience, knowledge, and critical thinking. Great work Tyler, Tommy, and Aaron!

You don’t need to Google “rustic cabinets near me” to get your hands on some stunning cabinets. Just head on down to the local Just Counters & other stuff’s showroom located in Port Charlotte, FL where their design experts will be happy to help you explore your options.

Before After

The kitchen remodel took a long few months in the making (appliances were on back order and another wall cabinet had to be ordered), but it was worth waiting for! I couldn’t be happier to see how beautiful this room turned out. And this was exactly the type of remodel our clients were hoping for! See you in two weeks.


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