making kitchen cabinets to look like furniture

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Customize your kitchen cabinets with furniture-style details.
The right type of cabinet component can help refresh and add character to your kitchen’s style — whether you want brand-new cabinets or just need to revamp your old ones. But some design elements with the most impact may be small ones you haven’t even considered. Here are some details to integrate into your cabinets for a truly stylish design.

Take a basic kitchen up a notch with decorative add-ons that give cabinets a high-end look

Armoire-Style Cupboard

Armoire-Style Cupboard
There’s no end to the usefulness of this stand-alone armoire-style cupboard. The multiple drawers could contain table linens, silver, and serving pieces. And the upper level of the cabinet could easily house a large flat-screen TV. Cabinet-style cupboards feel like fine furniture, but offer all the amazing perks of modern cabinetry such as pullout storage and drawer dividers.
 

Surprising Turned-Leg Sink

Surprising Turned-Leg Sink

Here’s a surprising look for a kitchen sink — intricately turned legs. The ornate legs and white-painted finish create a custom look. The chinoiserie-style fabric creates a skirt to hide undersink storage and tie the room’s color palette together.
 

Cabinetry-Clad Refrigerator

Cabinetry-Clad Refrigerator

These large doors appear to be cabinetry, but instead hide a pro-style refrigerator and freezer. Built-in overhead cabinets make this refrigerator and side storage ensemble feel like a large piece of fine furniture.
 

Bookshelf + Open Storage

Bookshelf and Open Storage

Oh, what to do with all those cookbooks? This bright bookshelf/storage wall solves that problem with style. Simple cubbies above the books store single bottles of wine, and colorful baking and serving dishes are displayed on the shelves above.
 

Furniture-Style Island

Furniture-Style Island

A decorative painted exterior, ornate inlays, and tapered, carved feet make this stone-topped island look like an antique — but it’s not! This kitchen gets all the style of an antique piece of furniture with the hard-working practicality of an island.
 

Inspired Details

Inspired Details

Glass-front cabinets on the island add a custom look and mimic the look of a curio cabinet.
 

Beverage Center

Beverage Center

A series of small apothecary-style drawers and curved detail inset transforms standard cabinetry. Here, the beverage station feels like a stand-alone piece of furniture because of its staggered depths and sweet arched inset. Different heights (or finishes) make permanently installed furniture feel more freestanding — and more furniturelike.
 

Mantel-Top Range

Mantel-Top Range

A ceiling-hugging range hood (with spectacular crown molding) surrounded by inset cabinets takes center stage. Architectural add-ons, such as the corbel-supported mantel over the range, use furniture elements to make standard cabinetry look like they were custom-made.
 

Dresser-Style Cabinets

Dresser-Style Cabinets

You really can’t have enough drawers in a kitchen — especially in the cooking area. Here, a dresser-style cabinet contains stacks of drawers and serves as a room divider. The arched, floor-level cutout makes the kitchen cabinet feel like it has feet.



 

Furniture Details on Kitchen Cabinets

Furniture Details on Kitchen Cabinets

Architectural details on standard cabinetry give it a custom look. Here, crown molding and turned feet transform standard cupboards into a decorative asset in the kitchen. Search online for tons of stylish options.
 

Island with Table Legs

Island with Table Legs

The tapered legs of this island add-on make it appear to be a piece of furniture. The marble top continues from the rest of the work space to create an unbroken look.
 

Built-In Bookcase

Built-In Bookcase

Added to the end of this island is a built-in bookcase. Beautiful trimwork showcases this as a deliberate addition to the kitchen — for beautiful and smart storage.
 

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A Perfect Home Improvement

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A More Perfect Home Improvement – No Matter What!

For the best your home has to offer, let Columbus Ohio’s Best Local Construction Company, Best Contractor and Best Kitchen and Bath Remodeler for the fifth straight year guide your family on the home improvement journey of their dreams.   Here are some ways that working with Columbus’s most talented home design crew – SemBro Designs and Remodeling – will ensure your home design is a success for countless years to come.

  1. SemBro Designs and Remodeling uses the most straight-forward processes to completely plan every step of your home remodel and help ensure that it will be exactly as you hoped and more.  With a digital rendering process, it is possible to view how the finished look in your home will be before the work crew gets started!  If you aren’t happy with the projected changes, let our talented and award-winning designers know your concerns and help you plan a remodel you are sure to love for years and years.
  2. In our SemBro Designs and Remodeling showroom, get ideas for inspiration in your home from viewing photos of other Columbus home remodels completed near you.  Check out what the neighborhood is doing to its homes to make your remodel as similar or unique as you are.  And with all of the samples for wood and stone right on sight to put together in countless combinations, you will see how it feels to become excited for the beautiful new home that will soon be under your hands and feet!
  3. SemBro Designs and Remodeling was voted Best Kitchen and Bath Remodeler with the Union Tribune for the past four years in a row.  That attests to our Columbus clients’ continued loyalty and support, and so does the fact that a high percentage of customers return for other parts of their home to be improved.  Whether you are looking to live more elegantly, get more function and durability for your kitchen or bath, or simply to increase your home’s value, you can’t go wrong with a stunning Columbus SemBro Designs remodel.
  4. Our SemBro Designs and Remodeling crew takes great pride in working for a company voted Best Local Construction Company and Best Contractor for the past four consecutive years.  And one of the reasons is because our crew members are so multi-talented.  We hire team members with a wide array of skill sets and experience to ensure that our clients know who is working on their home at all times, no matter what complexity the work entails.




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10 Eco Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

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The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is the one place that handles it all – from the early morning madness to the relaxing late night dinners. The kitchen is a high-traffic area and thus need to have high volume. One of the trending way of giving this section of the home a modern touch is making it an eco-friendly place. If you are not a professional with redoing your kitchen, ask around for the modern kitchen designer or better yet, employ the service of a remodeling company. Here are several ideas that you might keep in mind for the next time you Remodel your Kitchen.

These days, we are all looking for ways every day to live in a more environmentally friendly way. To help you find that in the kitchen, here are 10 environmentally friendly kitchen remodeling ideas for you to consider:

Decreasing Energy

The kitchen is by far the room with the highest energy consumption; thus, reducing energy is a very good idea for having a “green” kitchen. You can make the room more energy efficient by finding ways to maximize the natural energy resources. For instance, you can improve the indoor air quality by having big enough windows as opposed to installing an AC. Another great idea is to opt to wash the dishes by hand rather than installing a dishwasher.

 

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Open Shelving

One of today’s most popular kitchen design trends is the movement towards open shelving. It requires less materials and in some cases, reclaimed wood is used to give the kitchen a very unique and distinctive feel.

 

Recycle, Reuse

Nothing speaks of having an eco-friendly room better than recycling and reusing materials. It might be that you find no use of certain things in the kitchen and other sections of the house. So how about finding other things for the other sections of the house that can recycle or reuse in the kitchen. Do not just remodel and end up throwing out more things that you are actually putting in; recycle and reuse.

 

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Green Themed Décor

In as much as you will aim to use eco-friendly installations and appliances, you still have to contend with the décor. Hence, you need to extend the “green” theme to the kitchen décor. Consider getting décor accessories from environmentally conscious and friendly companies. From the tiles to the cabinets, shelves, and other installations that contribute to a “green” kitchen décor theme.

 

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Hands Free Faucets

Hands free faucets help you to use less water and do so in a more hygienic way. But not having to touch anything when preparing food you have less chance of passing on germs and the faucets sensors quickly respond when hands or other items have been removed.

 

Re-purpose old furniture

Finding a new way of using the old furniture from another room in the house is a great way of giving the kitchen a new look. Sometimes, even the old kitchen furniture might just be needing a new coat of paint and a few touch-ups to give them a new look.

 

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Recycling Center in your Cabinets

Paper, plastic, metal, glass…you should be recycling it! Whether you have room for 2 bins or 4, a pull out trash storage and recycling center cabinet allows you to easily separate recyclables and insure they don’t go somewhere to sit in a landfill for the next 50 years.

 

Indoor Herb Garden

Who doesn’t love fresh herbs year round? An indoor herb garden provides instant access to a natural food source, saves money, helps keep your indoor air quality healthier and can even provide subtle touches of aromatherapy and be a therapeutic resource as well as a food one.

 

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Wood Cutting Boards

Replace plastic cutting boards with wood ones, particular regenerating species such as bamboo. Not only are the better for the environment, but studies have shown that wood cutting boards are less likely to contaminate food when used.

 

Do not skimp on Quality

While the general outlook about going green is a minimalistic approach in the use of resources, this does not mean that you minimize on quality. It would make little sense to have to tear down one green kitchen set up to put in another every few years. Doing this would only be a waste of the same energy and resources that you are striving to preserve. You can always contact us for a free no obligation consultation to see which options are best for your home and kitchen remodel.


Even changes to the smallest of behaviors can help in the fight for a better environment. Don’t stop at a few kitchen ideas. Earth Day is every day! Look for little (and big) things you can do today and every day to help the environment and make every day a little better, brighter and greener.

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Kitchen Stories Inspired by International Women’s Day

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March 8th is celebrated as the International Women’s Day, and both women and men around the world are joining together to celebrate economic, political and social achievements of women, as well as to draw attention to the continuing fight for women’s causes. In honor of this day we have gathered a few kitchen stories to give you some inspiration for the women in your life.

International Women’s Day also recognizes the incredible progress and accomplishments of females around the world. CNN called attention to an amazing 15-year-old Pakistani girl named Malala Yousafzai, who became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee in history, by risking her life for the cause of girls’ education. The Huffington Post highlighted some of the many women who have helped bring computer science education into the next generation, in a world where only three percent of tech startups are led by women. There is certainly no shortage of ground-breaking ladies to celebrate and honor this day. So here it goes…

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The Woman Who Invented the Kitchen. (She couldn’t cook and had 12 kids)

The idea that housework is work now seems like a commonplace. We contract it out to housekeepers, laundromats, cleaning services, takeout places. We divvy it up: You cooked dinner, I’ll do the dishes. We count it as a second shift, as well as primary employment. But it wasn’t until the early part of the 20th century that first a literature, and then a science, developed about the best way to cook and clean. The results of this research shape the way we treat housework today, and created a template for the kitchen that remains conceptually unchanged from the 1920s. And the woman who made the kitchen better? She couldn’t cook…
Read more @ Slate

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Why Kitchens aren’t designed for Real Women

Before women were all hunched over screens, applying filters and tapping out hashtags to food photos, we were hunched over sinks, sudsing dishes and keeping an eye on the stove. Today’s kitchens may have more machines, but they remain abuzz with structured and artificial femininity, from aprons to pink KitchenAids. Everything matches, even the woman, whose body the kitchen has been designed to fit—albeit inaccurately—since almost a century ago, when engineers measured thousands of women to try to make housework more comfortable…
Read more @ Quartz

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Women who inspired me to get in the kitchen

Today is a day to honor women and all they do. It’s a day to inspire girls to realize they can do anything. As a girl, cooking wasn’t my thing. If you had told me that one day I’d love being in my kitchen cooking meals every night, that chopping vegetables would be one of my favorite activities, that I’d be someone who writes about food, I wouldn’t have believed you.
But International Women’s Day is a day to believe that anything is possible, and when I look at how my life and career have turned out, I do believe it. Along the way from being that girl who was not interested in being in the kitchen to this woman who happily spends the majority of the day in the kitchen and thinking about food, there have been some women who have been inspirational. I thought I’d honor a few of them today…
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Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2016

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Kitchens are certainly the heart of today’s homes, so you definitely want your kitchen to look its best. Even if you aren’t in the market for a total remodel or renovation, one or two trendy updates will bring your kitchen up to date and into 2016.

Cabinet Kitchen Design

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Gray is the New White
Wondering what color to choose for your cabinets? The kitchen industry’s leading manufacturers say that while white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is the shade they’re betting on to break white’s top spot. If you are looking for a trendy kitchen in Grey Shaker Style, then West Point Grey Kitchen Cabinets are your answer. This grey offers some warm undertones to help keep it from looking gloomy in your kitchen. The cabinet box comes with a matching grey interior and comes fully upgraded!

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Classic Black and White Palette
The look may change as styles evolve, but the appeal of a black-and-white kitchen never dies. It’s all about high contrast — like this design in Ice White Shaker kitchen cabinets (from SemBro Designs) and Absolute Black granite countertops, but it also benefits from the tension between country and modern. Warm rustic hardwood floors are an effective counterpoint to sleek cabinet materials. As mentioned above the kitchen in West Point Grey is showcasing yet another kitchen trend — combining cabinet colors is a trendy look that’s holding strong.

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Maximize Kitchen Storage
Kitchen storage is always an issue, especially for apartment dwellers or any homeowner whose kitchen is short on space. To remedy this, manufacturers are doubling up storage in new, custom kitchens with clever multi-tiered drawers. For more ideas for your kitchen storage read about the 7 Innovative Ideas for Your Kitchen Storage.

Sink Kitchen Design

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Fresh Hues and Timeless Farmhouse Flair for Sinks
Like kitchen cabinets, sinks are trending away from basic white or stainless steel. This eye-catching fluted fireclay apron-farmhouse kitchen sink by Mitrani is definitely unique. Also a colorful sink is a great way to pop in a small amount of color in a neutral kitchen or make it more of a focal point by using the same hue in the backsplash.

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Kohler’s apron-front cast-iron kitchen sinks come in a variety of colors, including new neutral tones Dune, a soft sandy shade, and Suede, a dark hue that pairs well with granite countertops. Apron-front sinks have not gone out of style. They add a timeless focal point to any kitchen. From a practical standpoint, they’re deep enough to hold large pots and platters for easier cleanup — a shorter person can even benefit from better access to the sink. Because of their visual weight, apron-front sinks are best suited to medium-size or large kitchens.

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Add in Automation to your kitchen sink. The kitchen of the future is here today. From sensor-activated lights that illuminate the kitchen only when it’s in use to meat thermometers that alert your smartphone when dinner is done, kitchen technology is here to make your life easier. If you’re new to automation, a great introductory product is a hands-free motion sensor faucet by Moen. Perfect for homes with small children who can’t yet reach the handle or any kitchen where busy cooks often have sticky hands.

Read more in depth about Kitchen Faucets from our previous post about Factors to Consider in Choosing a Kitchen Sink

Countertops Kitchen Design

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New Colors for Quartz
Along with natural stone, quartz countertops continue to be tops. Quartz kitchen countertops subtle color gradation lends itself well to sleek contemporary designs. Nonporous and are resistant to heat, quartz countertops are also resistant to spills and scratches, making them a smart choice for families or busy cooks, and a perfect choice for your kitchen remodel.

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You can also save money with a look-alike countertop materials. Countertops continue to define a kitchen’s style — but they don’t have to be a budget-buster. The granite look-alike from Wilsonart is actually laminate but unlike previous laminate countertops features a more realistic, larger stone pattern and rounded edge for a high-end granite look at a fraction of the price.

Mix your Countertop Materials, if you’re in the market for a fashion-forward kitchen countertop, granite, quartz and laminate are no longer your only choices. Wood countertops are coming on strong. You could have a kitchen that combines the warmth of wood with a cool marble for the best of both worlds.

Kitchen Style and Decor

Marry the Kitchen to Your Home’s Style
Gone are the days when kitchens were just kitchens — now they’re so pretty they could be any room of the house, says designer Jo Ann Alston of her French Normandy-style design. Jo Ann integrated the appliances for a seamless look and combined light fixtures with different styles and finishes to give the look of having been acquired over time rather than purchased all at once. The mixed gray and brown tones in the Chinese slate and oak flooring complement the island’s Jerusalem gold limestone countertop, offering a rich look that never strays far from a neutral color midpoint.

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Keeping a flexible palette is ideal for any traditional or contemporary kitchen. Keeping a kitchen neutral allows you to personalize it to reflect your style, we have a kitchen in our showroom accessorized that way right now. The real treat in this otherwise traditional kitchen is the unexpected light fixtures and any other décor that suits your taste.

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