When interior designer and content creator Bre Bertolini and her husband moved to their hometown of Ohio, Poland, they thought they would stay in their childhood home for a short time.
“His father still lived here, but he was alone now,” she says. “He offered to let us move while we thought things through. And six years later, we’re still here!” When we moved in, We had an older daughter and two more children. ”
The home was built in 1989, and the bold red, white, and black palette hadn’t been updated since then. “Her husband’s mother had a great sense of style for her time,” says Bertolini. Initially, Bertolini couldn’t afford to make major changes to the kitchen, so as her multigenerational family settled in, she made as many weekend projects as she could, such as painting the backsplash and adding new lighting. I did that. It wasn’t exactly her dream space, she admits, but she saved up money over time and was able to begin a complete renovation last spring.
“My inspiration came from many European-style kitchens with warm, earthy tones that make you want to pull up a chair and leave,” says Bertolini. “We wanted it to not only feel new, but also feel like it’s been there for years, which was tough considering everything is really brand new.”
Although it was gutted, the layout had to remain the same and a mix of DIY was needed to balance the cost of hiring professionals. Bertolini coveted old-world charm, especially the combination of dark wood and brass, but also wanted a completely modern amenity: plenty of storage. “I like to hide everything away from the counter so that the kitchen feels lived in without clutter,” she says. “So it was important to have a home that could house everything.” They hired a custom cabinetmaker to build each piece of dark oak furniture from scratch. Bertolini decided on now-common locations to hide small appliances and dry goods, including inside the grooved island where the dishwasher and food scraps are located. is also hidden. “I find it very easy to store things because almost everything has drawers,” she says.
They brought in professionals to install a new window over the sink, install a quartzite countertop over brass hardware, and also do the electrical, plumbing, and drywall. Bertolini painted the range hood and walls with Roman clay, and his father-in-law patched all the floor tiles when they removed the old cabinets. “He’s a tile setter by trade, so he did all that work for us,” she says. Of course, there were some hiccups, like switching out wall sconces and pendants for better sizes and styles. But overall, Bertolini and her family were able to complete the project in about four months, and everyone is proud that this kitchen represents a new chapter.
“Kitchen renovations are not for the faint of heart,” she says. “Living without a room that is the heart of your home is a big challenge, but it’s well worth it when you’re done.”
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