During Season 6 of The VeryVera Show, you might notice a new location being filmed: my brand new test kitchen! Back in April, the VeryVera Cottage underwent a total kitchen renovation. Starting with an outdated, family-sized kitchen, we were on a mission to make the best VeryVera test kitchen possible. We started by tearing down the wall to our craft room and to create one large kitchen space. We now have the room we need for recipe testing, camps, and our upcoming Chef Series (more on that coming out later)!
The first hero on the project was Mitchell Florence and his guys at Madison’s Millwork and Coating Specialists, who custom-built all of the cabinetry and the prep tables. Madison’s Millwork gave us the structure of our beautiful new kitchen and provided us with enough storage for all of our kitchen necessities. To be able to film in the new space, we needed to update the lighting in the kitchen. After running into a few renovation hiccups (as is expected), we were able to add in recessed can lighting as well as great under-the-cabinet lighting to make a bright and energizing space in which to cook. With the biggest issues behind us, we continued. We decided to go with laminate hardwood floors throughout the entire kitchen. With so many children coming through the kitchen during Camp, we thought this would be the most practical and durable decision.
Cabinets, done. Electric, done. Floors, done. Now it was time for the fun stuff: counter tops and appliances! When filming the Easter-themed episode from the Southern Living-inspired home in Woodside, we took note of the gorgeous marble counter tops and asked who provided them. The answer was Cambria, and that they were actually quartz. Quartz is durable, cost effective, and, best of all, beautiful. Our friends at Star Granite put us in contact with Cambria to have their “Britannica” counter tops put into our new kitchen, and we were blown away at the result! Made to look like marble, you wish you could wear it as a dress! We chose to use the quartz as our back splash as well for a continuous, luxurious feel. We could not be happier with our counter top and back splash.
Finally, the other stars of the show could make their grand entrance. Our overall show sponsor, Sub-Zero and Wolf, outfitted our new test kitchen with M-Series built-in double ovens, a warming drawer, a built-in drawer microwave, an induction stovetop, an ice machine, an Asko dishwasher, and a French door refrigerator. We could not be more excited to share our new space on this season of the show!
Thank you to all of our test kitchen sponsors: Madison’s Millwork, Star Granite Interiors, Cambria Quartz, and Sub-Zero and Wolf! Be sure to tune in for Season 6!
–Rachel Schifter, Associate Producer of The VeryVera Show