Michele and Gunadhi had a problem with their kitchen, and it was everywhere. Honey oak wood grain, honey oak wood grain, honey oak wood grain. Having everyone clustered around their kitchen island with great wine and artisanal cheeses on a regular basis made them happy. Looking at their kitchen did not.


Every kitchen remodel centers on backsplash tile and countertops. Michele was drawn to white and gray tiles and counters, but humor is a big part of their personalities and traditional carrera can look very serious. So it was with great pleasure that we found a backsplash tile with a bit of mid-century whimsy, in undulating waves of the Italian marble.

Distinctive pencil liners give a luxurious finish to all of the edges, and coordinating quartz counters echo the look of the backsplash in a calming and seamless way.

White paint on the upper cabinets eliminates the oak wood grain and keeps everything light and airy. Navy on the lower cabinets grounds the space with a fresh and modern spin.

A butcher block counter on the center island provides great functionality near the cooktop and is easy on the renovation budget. It also provides a bit of unity with a beloved heirloom table the couple have used in their sunny breakfast area for years.

Michele found some pot racks made from wine barrels and they could not be more perfect in the space. A portrait she drew graces the newly painted lavender-gray walls.

Everything coordinates with Michele and Gunadhi’s original wood tile floors in a really beautiful way.

We couldn’t be happier with this amazing transformation, and we’d love to help you create the kitchen of your dreams, too! Contact Room Fu for help selecting the finishes for your own kitchen remodel.

All photos by Leonid Furmansky.