Grout Cottage: Apt. A Kitchen & Laundry


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I created a new appliance and cabinet layout, added an island, a small pantry and took the opportunity to work in the two-color cabinet paint scheme that everyone is so wild about complete with a Farrow & Ball gray hue, Lamp Room Gray.

Grout Kitchen Before-After


We began with a kitchen that the previous owner had started to re-work but it wasn’t something that I wanted to continue with. So I went my own way and I went in to designing this kitchen knowing that I wanted to try gray cabinets and I wanted to try the two-color scheme. This is the color plan that emerged,

Grout Kitchen Color

We left the windows in the position that they were originally in and salvaged the stain glass window that was there because it would later add a bit of character in our finished kitchen. We removed the last bit of a chimney that ran all the way up through Apartment B. The floor had to be reconstructed in several places in the kitchen and the walls finally got some necessary insulation. We removed some doors, added a pantry with a custom shaker style door, all new electrical and new plumbing, built a new laundry and mudroom area–you know just a few small things. Let’s take a look!


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Grout kitchen island detail


With the counter top I wanted a marble look but without the price tag of quartz or marble. I think we came pretty close with River White granite. The only thing I don’t love about River White slabs is the occasional burgundy spotting.




We had to rebuild and restructure the back of the house. We needed a laundry area and a rear entrance off the deck so we carved out some space off the kitchen for those spaces. I designed a built-in storage bench with a beadboard back to create a coat rack and a place to sit down to take your shoes off. Our carpenter expertly cut a flush handle out of the bench to open it up to reveal some cedar lined storage.

Grout laundry

Grout laundry bench detail

Grout laundry bench

The Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer were a great score on Craigslist, almost perfect condition!

Grout laundry

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  • It’s so fun to see the spaces coming together. I wish we had the time and resources to have styled and photographed that sweet little mudroom area.

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