Katherine and Conan Fugit, Wichita, Kansas
Although it had good bones, Katherine and Conan Fugit's kitchen had a style that was all over the place. To give it a unified look, they decided to make a few cosmetic changes to boost its vintage vibe. After removing the drop-ceiling tiles, damaged by a leaky pipe above, they painted the exposed joists white for an airy look. The room's poorly placed three-light pendant also got the boot; instead, Katherine rewired to fit four small cage pendants that she made herself using stock parts from the hardware store. With the help of her parents, the couple scraped through five layers of vinyl and linoleum before uncovering wood floors they stained a rich dark brown. A coat of green chalkboard paint gave the white refrigerator a fresh look, and brass bin pulls warmed up the white cabinetry.
Shown: Dark wood underfoot and exposed joists above open up the space and highlight Shaker-style cabinets fitted with warm brass pulls.