Creating a Kitchen with Old World Charm
Our goal from the beginning of this project was to celebrate the history of this 90+ year old house, while adding some modern amenities for today's lifestyle. This was particularly challenging in the kitchen. We don't want it to look modern. But we want the modern conveniences everyone loves (aka dishwasher, microwave, storage, etc!) Our starting point was a 1980's kitchen that had zero vintage charm - it was just basic and blah. So anything would be an improvement!
|First Peek - new kitchen!|
I shared the design in a previous post, but it's so exciting to see that start to become a reality!
|Kitchen - 'Before'|
Next came the cabinets. I went with a slightly detailed shaker style cabinet in a color Thomasville calls 'dover'.
|The refrigerator is behind the backdoor|
Remember the steel beam we added to enlarge the kitchen? We wrapped it in reclaimed wood which really adds some charm to the room.
And since the kitchen door will be used by the homeowners the most, we needed a mud bench to make their lives easier. This custom unit includes a tower of shelves that will hold wicker baskets - much better for hiding hats and gloves. The tower and bench will be painted to match the cabinetry. But the back of the bench is made from fir bead board and some antique fir trim I found in the back of the closet. I'll be giving that a natural finish so the wood will glow!
They came to template the quartz countertops. Now we have a FOUR week wait for them to get installed!
Nothing about this renovation project has been fast, but it's nice to have some forward momentum. I can't wait to share more photos when the counters have been installed.