From Drab to Fab- End of Week 3

Cabinets are installed and ready for countertop template!


From Drab to Fab- Week 3

Cabinets are being installed!

From Drab to Fab- Week 2

Cabinets have been torn out and rough-in’s begin! Image

From Drab to Fab in 8 Week- Day 1

Day 1

Here is a before picture of the kitchen.  Demo starts today so stay tuned for more pics and updates!

From Drab to Fab in 8 Weeks!

Follow my blog for the next eight weeks and watch an outdated kitchen  get completely transformed.  From demolition, to rough-ins, to cabinet installation, to the finishing touches- you will see it all  as I post pictures and updates on this luxury dream kitchen remodel!

Go High Gloss

Gone are the days when all of my clients are looking for regular paints or stains.  High gloss finishes and glass  fronts are what people are asking for now.  Believe it or not there are several ways to get that shiny look too.  You can do a standard high sheen finish, whether it be on a veneer, laminate, or thermafoil.   But I have to say that the newest technique has my vote…

It is a “glass front.”  That’s right I said “glass” not “gloss”.   The door or drawer front is a clear piece of glass with the color printed on the back of the glass.  This makes the door or drawer front much heavier than the traditional construction, but with the color printed on the inside, it’s nearly impossible to damage.  And I have to say a kitchen done in black looks even better than a black Mercedes fresh off the lot, and it almost creates a mirrored finish.

The color possibilities are endless.  White, blue, green, wood grained, graphite, purple… you name it! I will say that this technique can only truly be appreciated in person.  Anyone in the Cleveland area, give me a call @ 216.464.6500 and I can set up a time for you to see it in person.

So, you may be saying, “Gosh, I couldn’t live with my entire kitchen in high gloss.”  Well you aren’t alone.  Many people like things in moderation, and especially in a large space it can help if we mix in other materials.  Mixing it with a textured wood or laminate finish in a complimentary color, can soften the room, and keep the high gloss from being overwhelming.

So, if I’ve peaked your interest, give me a call and we can find the high gloss technique and color that will work in your space!


Nikki Trivisonno, CKD  216.464.6500

Trend Report

With many new companies prepared to launch new products this spring, I thought I would take a moment to point out the latest trends of 2011.

Cabinetry– Sleek style with clean lines.  You may be picturing ultra modern, but that isn’t necessarily what it means.  Basically, we are going to see less of the ornate details and carvings.  Less is more.

New Wood Species-Manufacturers are being more responsible when it comes to wood.  They are using fast growing woods like lyptus and bamboo.  Some are even creating their own “species” by using the obeche veneers and engineering them to look like mahogany, walnut, rosewood, wenge, and even rift cut oak.

Appliances– Stainless is steel the most popular finish for appliances, and it will likely stay that way many years. However more companies are coming out with a stainless finish that doesn’t show fingerprints.  I think that is something we can all get excited about!

Wardrobes– Elaborate closets aren’t just for the super-rich anymore.  Many kitchen cabinet manufacturers are adding wardrobe cabinetry to their catalogs, giving homeowners the same amount of organization in their closets as they have in their kitchen.  They have unique hanging systems, places for ties, belts, jewelry…and ladies, wait until you see what they have for all of our shoes!