Kitchen Islands, Peninsulas, and Bar Counters

Explore how Sweeten homeowners expanded counter space and maximized storage with these creative kitchen islands, peninsulas, and bar counters from real kitchen renovations.
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Brooklyn kitchen features pendant lamps crafted by Robert Ogden, wooden bartop made of reclaimed pine, and a new backspash in Merola Lantern tiles.

Combining Apartments in Brooklyn

"I finally decided on the Ringhult glossy cabinet series from Ikea for the kitchen with white upper cabinets and gray on the bottom, split by a snow white quartz countertop." - Rima

Rima's IKEA Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation - Sweetened!

East Village Kitchen featuring a custom island with reclaimed wood surfaces and high-gloss cabinet faces.

Site Visit :: East Village Penthouse w/ Bulson Management, LLC

Clinton Hill Kitchen features  custom solid wood cabinets, painted to color-match Benjamin Moore’s Early Morning Mist.

Ketrina's Sweetened Clinton Hill Kitchen - Homeowner Guest Post

Brimming with warmth and charm, this combines old and new wood finishes. Link in bio for info on this Sweeten renovation and more.

Midtown modular kitchen system features a hybrid of custom cabinet bases with IKEA Sektion white lacquered doors and pulls.

Before & After: Megha's Midtown Kitchen and Bath Renovation -- Sweetened!

The kitchen in Megha's Midtown West condo had a problem common to lots of older kitchens: it was tiny, and awkwardly walled off from the rest of the living spaces in her apartment

Unable to resist the lure of Calacatta gold marble, Amy and Nick used it to create a beautiful waterfall counter in their kitchen.

A Waterfall Counter in Calacatta Gold Marble Shines in this Kitchen

A Brooklyn couple who loves to cook created a gathering spot in their new kitchen with an island topped with a waterfall counter.

Without destroying any of those gorgeous hardwood floors, Eduardo addressed the most pressing of the to-dos first. The base cabinets were completely removed and replaced with a full wall of semi-gloss, flat front, white cabinetry with hidden hardware. White stone composite counters replaced the butcher’s block, and a larger island replaced the former, keeping a similar silhouette with a mahogany base and ample knee space for diners.

A Fashionable Townhouse Blossoms in Brooklyn

A New Kitchen and Two New Bathrooms For a Fashionable Townhouse – Sweeten in Clinton Hill!

Open plan Midtown kitchen features a white and gray color scheme and an island fitted with gray caesarstone countertop with waterfall edge.

Before & After: Megha's Midtown Kitchen and Bath Renovation -- Sweetened!

With the kitchen newly open, the team began relocating appliances to create a more convenient U-shape, with a dining bar peninsula serving as a partition between the two rooms.

A New Kitchen Makes Way for Two New Arrivals!

The bar counter was significantly enlarged, granting more prep and dining space and doubling the kitchen’s drawer storage. And to accommodate a full-sized stove and fridge, Kelly moved the fridge out of the galley altogether.

Kelly’s Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation - Sweeten in Brooklyn Heights!

Upper West Side Kitchen features a durable Quartz surface countertop with an open-plan space - great for hosting guests!

Heather's Sweetened Upper West Side Kitchen Renovation - Homeowner Guest Post

Heather's Upper West Side apartment had a problem common to a lot of New York apartments, big and small — an outdated floorplan with small, chopped-up rooms

Industrial modern kitchen balanced by raw and unfinished accents with natural and synthetic wood to maintain a measure of warmth and masculinity in Hell's Kitchen.

A Small Kitchen Converts to an Industrial Warehouse Vibe

A Longtime Rental Studio Gets A Prewar Restoration

A Longtime Rental Studio Gets a Prewar Restoration

The most exciting proposal from Thomas was to open up the ceiling and expose building beams that were encased in the walls of the kitchen and living room. This eliminated awkward lines and revealed some industrial elements, playing off of the raw materials mirrored across the street at Domino. We achieved separation of living room and kitchen, while retaining warmth in the space, by limiting how far we (and our budget) extended the look.  We also debated and ultimately agreed to a waterfall…

Exposed Beams and Marble Frame a Luxe Renovation

Williamsburg residents Lia and Christopher took on a stunning kitchen and bath renovation with exposed wood beams and marble finishes.

I would count our (very consciously UN-oiled) blue/green soapstone on the kitchen island among our riskier–but ultimately most rewarding–design choices.

John and Katharine’s Sweetened Manhattan Apartment Renovation - Homeowner Guest Post!

John and Katharine’s Sweetened Manhattan Apartment Renovation – Homeowner Guest Post!

"For the countertops, we went with honed black granite because we wanted the look of a soapstone or black marble, but with a little more durability. The stone looks fantastic and is really a great contrast to the high-gloss cabinets."

Gregg and Kelly’s Sweetened Kitchen Renovation - Homeowner Guest Post!

"For the countertops, we went with honed black granite because we wanted the look of a soapstone or black marble, but with a little more durability. The stone looks fantastic and is really a great contrast to the high-gloss cabinets."

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