Before & After: A Drab & Dark Kitchen Turned Mint Green Dream


Diana Marsh spent 11 years living in Brooklyn before returning to her home state of Michigan. After purchasing this Ann Arbor house, she set to renovating it. It had “good bones” but was a bit on the small side and a lot on the dark side. As the owner of a brick and mortar store called Thistle and Bess, Diana’s has a keen eye for crafting creative spaces. Her year-long remodel of this house was no different! Though all the rooms got a face lift, the kitchen is almost unrecognizable.

Diana loves entertaining often, and says she loves how “cozy the dining/kitchen area feels. Friends tend to gravitate to the dining table and kitchen island. Although the house is small, this area in particular feels open, bright and airy.”

Diana admits that her “retro-style mint green refrigerator” was a big indulgence. “For some reason, I was adamant that I wanted a mint green fridge in my all white kitchen. I spent months and months researching brands and styles, until I ended up deciding to go with the Retropolitan refrigerator by Big Chill. This particular model has the retro feel and bold color that I was looking for, with a more modern size. It was a gamble to put a huge green fridge in a clean, all-white kitchen, but it definitely payed off. I adore it.”

Gone are the dark green countertops, dark wood cabinets and old-fashioned lighting. Diana added Sherwin-Williams’ Pure White paint color all over the small kitchen, brightening up the space substantially. A classic marble countertop mixes with simple white tile and floating shelves filled with lovely kitchenwares and art. Schoolhouse Electric lighting is a big improvement. But the biggest and boldest element — the item that really makes the space — is that mint green fridge.


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