Thursday, February 14, 2013

Park Slope Kitchen Renovation



For those who love to cook and entertain, an outdated kitchen can pose some annoying setbacks. Brooklyn couple Erin & Mark made do for 2 years in their Park Slope 1-bed before deciding to give their kitchen’s laminate surfaces and retro appliances a full upgrade. After having worked with tS member Nick Dillon of Nick Knacks Creative Interiors on a previous bathroom update, they knew he’d be perfect to tackle their kitchen project too. Erin, a film distributor, and Mark, an editor/journalist (who just launched a cool soccer magazine), couldn’t be happier with the result! So, we stopped in to check out the couple’s new, more functional kitchen.


Here’s what Mark & Erin were working with for those first 2 years…


The laminate surfaces muster up some serious nostalgia –but not in a good way! It was definitely time to bring in the team at NKCI.


After 3.5 weeks of construction, voila! The new kitchen features white quartzite countertops and ceiling-high storage. The updated space is so much brighter and more efficient.


The cabinetry had originally arrived on site unfinished and was painted white by Nick & his team. NKCI then built a custom unit to integrate the washer/dryer and refrigerator seamlessly into the white cabinets.


Nick’s team installed under-cabinet as well as over-cabinet lighting, and they also integrated a speaker system into the cabinetry (you can see one of the speakers up on the shelf in the corner of the room).


Another of Nick’s personal touches, are the glass-faced cabinets which are illuminated from within by strips of small LEDs.


We’d agree that it’s a major improvement –many thanks to Erin & Mark for sharing their new space!

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  1. Posted by bigmissfrenchie on March 7, 2013 | 4:45 PM

    Nice all around. A vast improvement. I love the kitchen pendant. May I ask where you got it?

  2. Posted by Holly on June 7, 2013 | 11:25 AM

    Would it be possible to share the cost of this project!
    It’s quite the transformation!!

  3. Posted by ABBY H on June 7, 2013 | 1:07 PM


    My husband and I are currently going through a similar process in Chicago. We are renting – love our place, but not looking to buy it (nor is it up for sale). How did you negotiate or feel about putting a lot of money and elbow grease into your rental? Did you work with your landlord at all? Tips and suggestions are welcome!
    Thanks! :)

  4. Posted by Starki on June 8, 2013 | 6:21 AM

    Any chance of getting the washer/dryer brand?

  5. Posted by ella on June 10, 2013 | 8:42 AM

    The light is exactly what I’m looking for – anyone know where it’s from?

  6. Posted by KimLnyc on July 19, 2013 | 9:18 PM

    It would have been nice to find a way to make a sliding door (that maybe fit into the side) to cover the washer and dryer … not so pretty sticking out like that.

  7. Posted by Anne B. on October 15, 2013 | 11:34 PM

    What an amazing transformation. I am so impressed with the utility of the space, and the maximized use of vertical space, which is so critical in smaller spaces. I love the multi-functional flow of this redesign. Great job, Nick Knack, owners, and, of course: Sweeten!

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