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Is there anything better than walking into a freshly renovated room — especially the kitchen?
Here at the “Rachael Ray” show, we certainly think not!
That's why we were so excited to unveil Rach’s brand-new kitchen, courtesy of HGTV’s “The Cousins,” Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri.
Watch Rachael’s new kitchen reveal above!
Of course, the space is a stunner, but even better? Anthony and John didn’t just unveil the space. They shared their entire creative process, step by step.
So if you’re looking to give your kitchen a little Rachael-inspired facelift, listen up! “The Cousins” share their best tips for refreshing your kitchen with style.
1. Get that backsplash going!
“If you’re going to do one thing inside your kitchen, and the budget’s tight: backsplash,” says John. “It’s a nice, easy update, but it’s got a big return, and it totally transforms the entire kitchen.”
For Rach, John and Anthony used white, mustard, and gray tiles with a matte finish, because, as Anthony explains, “A matte finish as opposed to gloss is something that really warms up the space. It has a very authentic feel.”
2. Add live plants — the no-need-to-water kind!
Want plants in your kitchen with a zero-maintenance policy? There really is such a thing! It’s by FlowerBox, and it’s called a wall garden. “These guys make these beautiful art displays out of real live moss, trees, branches,” says Anthony, “but they’re treated so that they don’t need any maintenance for five years!”
“I love these,” adds Rachael. “I really do have these in my upstate kitchen, in one of the guest areas, because they never have to be watered.” Too easy!
3. Drop the hammer.
While Anthony worked on Rach’s hot-rolled steel countertop, John added a rustic touch to the walls with gray-washed Stikwood which, as its name implies, just sticks to the wall without nails or glue. “It’s so easy to install,” John insists. “No power tools, [just] stick-on tape. That’s it!”
4. Go for that statement fridge!
Want an instant update sans DIY? Go for a statement fridge. You can pick a complementary color or a contrasting color, or even your favorite color, and boom! Kitchen transformed — just look at Rachael’s slate Big Chill beauty.
5. Add a personal touch that’s all you.
John and Anthony wanted to give Rachael’s kitchen a touch that was entirely Rachael. Their choice? A printed wallpaper by Juju Papers with owls on it, a nod to Rach’s childhood nickname, “Little Hoot.” (It’s the little things!)
And there you have it! Your new kitchen, minus the time.
For even more kitchen renovation tips, watch the video below!
We’d like to give a big shoutout to all of the companies who helped bring Rachael’s new kitchen to life, including Lowes, Knockout Renovation, Big Chill, FlowerBox, Hoboken Iron Works, Kohler, Real Antique Wood, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., Stikwood, Mirth Studio, Juju Papers and Mosaic House.