When we moved into our new "old" house
almost 8 years ago,
I loved every inch of the place,
The kitchen needed to be remodeled in a big way.
The cabinets were a pink-hued pickled oak,
the floors and counter tops were terracotta tiles,
and the backsplashes were the same.
Needless to say, there was a whole lot
of burnt orange in the room!
The cabinets were falling apart,
but we lived with them for six years
until finally it came time to make some serious changes.
From the time that we moved in,
I ripped out and saved magazine pages
depicting kitchens that I loved.
I had so many of these images,
it took two jumbo three-ring binders
just to hold them.
So when my sweet husband finally decided
that we could take the plunge
and make the changes ...... I had a game plan.
It was time to trade spaces.....
away with the old and in with the new.
Since the house was built in the 1930's, I decided to use beadboard and simple flat frame cabinetry. The hardware and the details are mostly vintage style from that time period. My collections of vintage white ironstone and brown transferware worked well as accessories in the room's design.
I think my contractor thought I was crazy
when I asked him to take an old arch top screen door
and use it for my new pantry. He lined it with beadboard
and added deep shelving for storage.
I like how the arch is repeated in the hood
above the cooktop and again in
the iron armatures on the chandelier.
The chairs at the table were found in High Point
and have pastoral oil paintings upholstered on the backs.
I loved these when I saw them. The English oak sideboard
and parquet top pub table are antiques I found.
The island is a reproduction hunt board table
from the Philippines. It's almost ten feet long
and came with two built-in marble tops.
Perfect for an island, right?
The light fixtures are a mix of new and old.
The pendant lamps above the sink are from Pottery Barn,
the iron chandelier above the kitchen table is an antique
from an old house in our town, and the iron chandelier
above the island is from Holly Hunt/Chicago.
Since we live on a concrete slab foundation,
our flooring guys recommended that we use
teak flooring instead of other woods
since we are more susceptible to mold and mildew.
It came hand-scraped so the texture
and patterns are nice and random.
(I would have loved to have recycled wood planks,
but that was not an option.)
I'm still looking for old digital images of the room before we renovated, but haven't been able to find any. So, until then... at least I can share the new images.