Kitchen Kapers provides remodeling inspiration

Pat Snapp drew inspiration for her kitchen's deep color scheme from inclusions in her granite countertop. Her Winchester home will be featured in Saturday's Kitchen Kapers tour. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

Pat Snapp drew inspiration for her kitchen's deep color scheme from inclusions in her granite countertop. Her Winchester home will be featured in Saturday's Kitchen Kapers tour. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

WINCHESTER – Coming from plenty of experience with remodeling, Pat Snapp will give visitors to her home at 170 Hawthorne Drive a few expert tips on extreme home makeovers, complete with before and after photos.

Snapp will be one of five hosts for the Quota Club of Winchester’s 15th annual Kitchen Kapers fundraiser on Sunday, where visitors will tour featured designer kitchens for home improvement ideas and inspiration. This year, part of the proceeds will go toward Special Love, a Winchester-based nonprofit benefiting children with cancer.

Snapp’s house was built in 1962 and she estimated that the previous owners renovated it in the early ’80s. When she bought the house in the summer of 2013, she immediately knew it would turn into a new project – the wood paneling, striped wallpaper and linoleum kitchen floor had to go.

Snapp’s father had worked in home construction and she knew she couldn’t be afraid to take a risk. For her, it’s a matter of keeping her living space current and updated.

“A lot of people wouldn’t undertake remodeling to this extent,” she said. “It doesn’t intimidate me.”

The hutch in Snapp’s dining area is a retouched piece from the old house. Originally kitchen cabinets built into the wall, Snapp had them made into a separate piece and stained the wood darker to match her table, painting much of it black.

One of the most drastic changes she made was tearing down the walls that divided the main floor into three rooms to create a seamless, open living space that’s been perfect for neighborhood open houses, Christmas parties and friends and family to mingle at parties.

“For now I think that’s one of the first things you hear when anybody’s looking for a house: they want it open,” she said.

The open space created by the floor plan left freedom for Snapp to pursue a dark and elegant color scheme for the entire area. Dark wood cabinets and mahogany-stained floors blend with wine-colored walls and black countertops, and the gray of the reupholstered sectional and hallway walls tie those shades in with the more muted colors in other rooms.

“What started it was this granite,” Snapp said of the speckled neutral countertop. “This granite has the wine color in it and I just so happened to come across a paint chart that had the wine, geranium…the paints were exactly what I needed that just made it work.”

Outside, she transformed an empty backyard into a welcoming space for entertaining with plenty of seating on an upstairs screened porch and at a downstairs fire pit and table.

Snapp completed the refinishing and major landscaping work around fall of last year, but she continues to tweak and add small elements even now. The most recent addition has been a cabinet to house her record player and collection in the downstairs rec room, and Snapp has plans to further refine the landscaping in her backyard.

Not every Kitchen Kapers house will offer visitors a complete house tour; attendants in some houses will section off certain areas. At Snapp’s house, however, both floors and the outdoor patio space will be open.

Each Kitchen Kapers host home creates a place setting to show to visitors, and local chefs and florists provide catering and arrangements to give the final housewarming touches. El Centro Mexican Restaurant will serve as the purveyor at Snapp’s house and Bluebells will provide the flowers.

Sweet Nola’s and The Flower Center will provide for Carter Hall at 310 Carter’s Lane, Virginia Flavor Pourfection and Winchester Floral for Steve Surber and Gina Sullivan’s house at 407 South Stewart St., Anthony’s Pizza and Horton’s Nursery for Claudio and Debi Buono’s house at 3640 Middle Road and Westminster Canterbury and Smalts Florist for at Sally and Chuck Walters’ house at 106 Elderberry Court.

Tickets for the Sunday fundraiser are $20 in advance at The Daily Grind at 621 W. Jubal Early Drive or through the Quota website at, and $25 the day of the event at the houses, which will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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