RL Makeovers: An Updated Look for a Kitchen in Quezon City

Interior designer Kat Villanueva spices up a bland kitchen with a pinch of color and generous helpings of storage

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Coni Tejada Interior Designer: Kat Villanueva

Homeowner Pauline Ferrer explains that she has always wanted to cook but the drab aura of their kitchen makes her choose takeout instead. She was simply too horrified to even open the old, icky cabinets. Aside from the lack of usable storage, the boxy space had a stuffy feel.

Interior designer Kat Villanueva saw through the kitchen mayhem and recognized its potential as an efficient and breathable space. Since she wanted to make it roomy and spacious, Kat removed a portion of the kitchen walls. When that was over, the barrier—literally and figuratively—was finally lifted. That first major step paved the way for minor but crucial improvements.

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Incorporate dashes of color

In decorating the space, Kat was inspired by the color palette of the living and dining areas. To complement the brown furniture and yellow cushions, Kat introduced small doses of green and red in the kitchen.

She chose a set of green potholders in different playful shapes from SM Homeworld and striped kitchen towels and curtains from Robinsons Department Store.   

Opt for a ceiling fan

It was challenging to stay in the kitchen because it lacked sufficient ventilation. It was improved with a new ceiling fan from Handyman. 

Opt for a sleek finish

Kat spruced up the kitchen cabinets with stucco varnish and shiny handles. She explains that she always uses stucco varnish because it looks good and it is easy to maintain.

Keep the counters free

Since Pauline didn't use the shabby cabinets, she used to overcrowd the counters. This made the area seem cramped and cluttered. 

Create a mini bar

After one of the walls was tore down, Kat turned a portion of it into a mini-bar. She got a cool wine rack from Howards Storage World and had her contractor attach it to the wall.  

Kat completed the ambiance with a couple of unique stools—wooden slats with layers where the pillows are stashed—from the same store.

Get rid of unwanted elements

In tearing down one of the walls, Kat had to move an old buffet table somewhere else. And while going through the contents of each kitchen cabinet, the designer urged Pauline to purge a lot of stuff—mostly things the homeowner didn’t know why she kept in the first place! 

Store small appliances

Kat also assigned a cabinet for small appliances from Handyman such as the toaster and the rice cooker.

Install shelving units

Since the cabinets lacked compartments, Kat used shelving units from Howards Storage World.  She also asked her contractor to install wooden shelves inside some of the cabinets to make most of the space.  

With help from Howards Storage World, Kat easily addressed the area’s lack of proper storage. “I really wanted everything to have their own place,” she says. 

Indeed, there are specific stations for utensils, cooking products like oils and sauces, canned goods, cleaning implements, and even the trash bin!

How Much It Costs:

Carpentry materials, paint and paint materials, moldings, electrical materials, plants, cleaning implements, ceiling fan - P 50,500
Howards Storage World
Shelving units, caddies, canisters, dish rack, baskets, mats - P 45,000
Robinsons Department Store
Kitchen towels, grommet curtains, framed wall decor - P 18,000
Robinsons Appliances
Range hood, water dispenser, stove top - P 3,000
Labor - P 22,100
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact Kat Villanueva at 0917-324-0405.

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