The intention for this project was to create a space that looks “as if it’s always been there.” Chelsea is a collector of vintage dishes and pottery, so she really enjoyed searching out antique hardware and light fixtures to compliment the traditional kitchen design. The difference from the original 1980s kitchen is dramatic, not just in appearance but also in function, since despite appearances, this renovation includes every modern convenience.
Also see the before and after video.
Above: The kitchen is divided roughly in half by the entry door and a large column. The window half features wood wainscoting and cabinetry, and a marble counter for making baked goods. The mirrored backsplash reflects daylight into the darker back half of the room. A Putnam rolling ladder makes getting to the upper cabinets easy and safe.
Above: The breakfast nook is a lovely place to start the day, with the antique holophane globes catching the sunlight. The marble counter in this section is table height to make the space feel wider and for rolling out dough.
Above: The back half of the kitchen is the work center, and it’s packed with clever features, such as interior lights that come on automatically when doors are opened. The discreet visor hood vents through metal screen doors in the top row of the cabinet run.
To have wall cabinets on both sides of this narrow space would have been claustrophobic, but the empty space is put to good use with a large cork board, framed with molding and fitted with vintage brass train racks (below) to hold pots and utensils.
Below: A large structural column that contains the mechanicals is built out to appear as cabinetry. Underneath there is enough depth for a spice cabinet.