Stone floors, stone counters, but something’s not right . . .

NealkitchenrefacedAs you can see from the "before" photo below, the kitchen in this Redondo Beach home did not exactly "pop" with excitement. And that might seem odd because the room had a really nice stone floor, counter and backsplash. What could be wrong with that? It was those white cabinets, which didn't set off the stone very well.

As it turns out, homeowners Felix Neals and Arleen Flores-Neals knew how to solve the decorating dullness for a relative bargain of $5,000 -- getting the cabinets refaced.

Nealkitchenbefore_2In this case, the upgrade was a combination of a new burgundy-brown paint job, glass inserts to the top cabinets, and new hardware.

The result is striking. And as the couple pointed out, with the glass in the cabinet doors, the visual impact of seeing all the way to wall at the back of the cabinet boxes gives the impression of a larger room. (There is another bank of cabinets surrounding the refrigerator on an adjacent wall.)

And now, the existing stone looks as rich and luxurious as it was meant to be all along, don't you think?

See another view of the room. Plus, there's a nice cabinet-refacing tutorial on the This Old House website.