Project Description


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Umekubo Residence
Traditional Antique White Kitchen
Kitchen Remodel to Update 1960’s Home

2003 | Bonita


  • Kitchen remodel and update
  • Replaced Kitchen Window
  • Raised Dropped Fluorescent Light Box Kitchen Ceiling to 96″

Kitchen Details


  • Cabinets: Antique White Traditional Raised Panel Thermofoil Doors and Parts
  • Cabinet Interior: White Melamine
  • Cabinet Lighting: FSC Fluorescent Under Cabinet Lights
  • Countertops: Crema Bordeaux Granite Countertops
  • Backsplash: Crema Bordeaux Granite Full Splash up to Bottom of Wall Cabinets and All the Way to Ceiling Behind the Hood
  • Sink: White Enameled Undermount Sink
  • Faucet: Single Lever Euro Style with Separate Water Filter Faucet to Right. Water Filter under Sink Also Feeds to Water and Ice in Refrigerator
  • Room Lighting: Lithonia L5 5″ Halogen Recessed Ceiling Cans



  • Refrigerator: KitchenAid Architect Series KSCS25FKSS Freestanding Stainless Steel Side by Side
  • Range: KitchenAid Architect Series KESC308LSS Slide-In Electric Range
  • Microwave: KitchenAid Ultima Cook KBHC179JBL 27″ Built-In Microwave Convection Oven
  • Range Hood: GE Monogram ZB750SY European Style Stainless Steel Wall Mount Vent Hood
  • Dishwasher: Existing Unit in White


  • Flooring: Stone Look 20″ x 20″ Porcelain Tile

Project Credits

Designer: Danilo Nesovic
Contractor: Danilo Nesovic
Interior Decoration: Homeowner, With Inputs From Danilo Nesovic
Cabinet Manufacturer: Danilo Nesovic

Project Overview

This client was referred to me by a family friend, as most of my clients are, and was looking to simply upgrade and replace all the existing kitchen components. In regard to layout changes, the Wife could not imagine any modifications that could be made to make the kitchen more efficient. When I suggested considering a few minor placement changes for the sink, range, and fridge, she showed a great deal of resistance. As I do with all of my clients, I explained why the changes would make the kitchen more usable in extensive detail to give her the necessary information and context to make an educated and informed decision, and asked her to simply think about it for a few days before she finalized her decision. After talking to her grown children, one of which was a successful professional chef, she not only embraced the changes I had suggested, but added on other changes the family chef offered as well. To this day, whenever I see her she reminds me how much she likes the changes we made to her kitchen. We have since done numerous other projects in her house, and for her friends and relatives.

This is a pretty basic kitchen, all we did was try to ensure we created good counter workspace and storage near the primary kitchen work elements, the sink and cooktop. Our position changes were not drastic. The client wanted the new kitchen to be light with a simple classic painted cabinet look. They found some very colorful granite slabs in a style called Creme Bordeaux that they fell in love with. That stone is very dynamic with a lot of visual movement, “veining”, that the simple traditional white cabinets became a great way to get the neutral base needed to allow these countertops to really stand out as a point of visual focus in the room. They picked a 20 x 20 porcelain tile that looks like a natural honed stone for the floor that compliments the granite counters.

Like the majority of my clients who originally requested this white painted look, as you will see in my portfolio, when I showed them samples of white raised panel thermofoil doors and explained how easy they are to keep clean, how they last many years longer than a painted door, and how much less expensive they are, they selected the thermofoil. Unlike most other kitchen fabricators, I do not limit the molding options for a thermofoil cabinet project like this to only thermofoil light valence or crown moldings, since they are very limited in size, shape, and color. When I say these doors look like painted doors, I am not exaggerating. What I have always done with solid color thermofoils like this is offer all the same molding that we use on real wood projects, and simply paint the wood to match the thermofoil. This has always given my thermofoil projects much greater depth and detail than other manufactures, who do not seem as capable of thinking outside the box and mixing materials to create unique and stunning detailed overall looks that can be shaped to any style, by the use of appropriate detailed moldings. Classic, Mission, Craftsmen, Art Deco, and most other styles are not defined as much by the actual door style used as they are by the choice of how to accent the doors with accompanying crown, casing, or light valence molding that create the overall style.

Notice the placement of the Halogen recessed down lights over the counter tops as you look around the kitchen, they are not in the typical brain-dead architectural geometric pattern seen in most magazines. These kitchen lights are placed where they are needed over work spaces, in front of cabinets so the cabinets are highlighted and you are not standing and working in your own shadow like you would if the lights were behind you in a geometric pattern in the ceiling. We also supplemented the lighting with under cabinet florescent lights.

Two years ago this client called to have us replace the halogen ceiling cans with LEDs. They really like the new LED cans, saying the lighting in the kitchen seems brighter than the old Halogens. At that time, using LED under cabinet lights to replace the fluorescent was still cost prohibitive. Today, as those costs are continuously coming down, changing out those lights will be the last thing they need to do to update this kitchen to present-day standards.