Karen chose lovely red marmoleum for the floor, and a warm yellow for the walls. As was done in the 40’s, she utilized left over marmoleum from her floors for her counter tops. She also decided to use wallpaper to create even more of a period feel. She chose one wall as a feature wall for the wallpaper, and she used a Bradbury and Bradbury paper in their Modernism line. bradbury.com/modernism.html
The hardware came from Old Portland Hardware, and was “new old stock”. Karen found that her kitchen became a place with warmth and personality. Even her Mom, who did not think there was much hope for the kitchen, fell in love with it! When people come into the room, they experience both beauty and functionality. Old and new can work together to create a happy and welcoming period kitchen. Not bad for a Craig’s List find!
Marmoleum and Coordinated Wallpaper
Mike installed under-cabinet lights to provide work surface lighting, and the over head lighting was vintage lighting supplied by Restoring History.
The 40’s red plastic handles was the perfect touch, tying in the cabinetry hardware with the reds and yellows within the room.
Karen purchased a panel ready, fully integrated dishwasher that could be totally hidden, thus blending seamlessly into the kitchen. She also decided to grace the kitchen with a 40’s Chambers stove. Restoring History sourced the stove for Karen, and it makes a huge statement in the kitchen. People love it!
In order to achieve the 40’s look we wanted, attention needed to be paid to the sink. The sink was new, but had hootie ring that was typical of sinks of this period. New sinks that have hootie rims are uncommon, and usually found only in the commercial category of plumbing catalogs. The faucet was salvaged, but correct in form for the period. Mike installed a Lazy Susan in the corner cabinetry to better utilize space. Lazy Susan’s were very common in 1940’s kitchens, and they provide a huge amount of storage in what would otherwise be lost space in the corner.
To save on costs, Karen and her family did the demolition themselves. They pulled out all of the 70’s cabinets and brought the kitchen down to the studs. Mike Edeen, a fabulous craftsman, was willing to work with the salvaged cabinets and create some new ones to match the old. The kitchen began to take form!
Karen had one of the most dismal kitchens one can imagine. 1970’s dark plastic fake wood laminate over particle board. She hated her kitchen, had a limited budget and very few options. Her kitchen was a dark, ugly, and depressing space. The dropped ceiling, florescent lighting, and dark cabinetry gave it an oppressive feel. It was one of the last major areas in need of restoration in her lovely bungalow. She had spoken with contractors about redoing her kitchen, but their prices were well out of her range. She was working with a very tight budget and none of the contractors were able to help her given what she had to spend.
In this image, we see the kitchen. The pantry pullouts are behind the rolling ladder. The rolling ladder provides access to the storage space high above. The ladder easily rolls side to side, or can be removed and stored out of the way.
Sig loves to bake, thus she chose to use a vintage stove with two ovens. She had two contemporary stoves in her kitchen before the remodel. However, this vintage stove provided her with the capacity she needed without taking up so much space and with much more style.
Sig and Jack clearly understood the concept of stewardship. They also needed a kitchen that was comfortable and convenient to work in. They were able to find the perfect balance with this kitchen/pantry design. It was gratifying to see this kitchen come together in a way that complimented the home so well. It was also a pleasure to work with homeowners who saw their role as stewards, and craftspeople such as Matthew Roman of Roman Design and Mike Edeen of Artisan Woodworks. Together, we all brought this project to its highest and best potential. This kitchen truly represents best practices when designing a new kitchen for a period home.
Here is an image showing Sig opening the refrigerator. This had been where a closet had been located. Before the remodel, the refrigerator sat in the middle of the kitchen and took up a huge amount of space. Relocating the refrigerator into the space where the closet had been opened up a huge amount of space in the kitchen area. The built in refrigerator was designed to look like an icebox. It has two freezer drawers below, with a double door refrigerator above. The door to the basement is on the far right of the refrigerator.
Here is another view of the period sink. Sig brought in traditional kitchen furniture to complete her kitchen, such as a baker’s table (seen toward the ice delivery door), a kitchen stool by the sink, and another kitchen work table next to the sink. Her garbage is the white pail with the lid under the sink.
The area where the wood lift had been located became the pantry storage area. The space was utilized with pullouts and deep drawers below. The rolling ladder provides easy access to the high up storage for those things that are not frequently accessed, but need to be close at hand.
These drawings show the conceptual plans as illustrated by Matthew Roman, of Roman Design LLC. Matthew and I often work together on the designs for historic kitchens, exchanging ideas and researching information to create designs reflective of a specific period. Because Sig and Jack’s kitchen had a butler’s pantry between the kitchen and the dining room, the cabinetry was designed to be reflective of what such a space might have looked like, based on research on known cabinetry designs in similar homes within the early 1900’s. Yet hidden within this butler’s pantry are such modern ameneties as a dishwasher, and space for larger appliances such as the microwave. All modern amenities are convenient, but hidden out of sight.
Photos on the Left: (upper left)The kitchen is seen without the large sink. As they say, marriage is the art of compromise. Jack wanted the doorway to be cleared, and Sig liked the big old sink. So it was recommended that a smaller version of the big sink be used in the same location. Sig was open to the idea and the hunt was on. Sig was able to locate a smaller version of the big sink, and it worked like a charm. Jack got an unimpeded doorway, and Sig still could enjoy a beautiful sink in the same location.
Sig and Jack live in a beautiful 1909 Craftsman Bungalow. Unfortunately, previous owners of the home had done unspeakable remuddles to the house. Sig and Jack have restored most of the damaged rooms in their home. But the kitchen was especially challenging. The Butler’s Pantry had been stripped of it’s original cabinetry, and stock 70’s cabinets were installed. A metal garden window replaced the original wooden window, and the space provided very dysfunctional storage for Sig’s dishware.
In our previous blog entry, “David and Tiffany’s Kitchen: Restoring an Original”, we saw an amazing original kitchen. Now, with a preservation sensitive restoration, the kitchen’s beauty is even more apparent. David and Tiffany chose not to destroy their historic kitchen, and instead worked with it. The pictures above show the transformation that took place under their fine stewardship.