Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well during quarantine time! Have you been doing any home improvements while staying home? My husband has been working on our kitchen renovation and it is coming along nicely. At this point we are at a little stand still as we have to make some final decisions about the built-in that we plan to put in place of a window (it has an unscenic view of the side of the garage) and an oddly shaped short cabinet that we never use.
I will miss my retro “Rae Dunn” cabinet, but I really think the built-in will be a stunner in this spot. I will be moving the cabinet to my craft room and I will find some other spot for my Rae Dunn pottery. When we first moved in, I gave the dark 1980’s oak cabinets a “make-do” makeover with chalk paint. I loved the chippy-distressed look for a while, but the cabinets have been long overdue for for a real upgrade. In this photo you can see the difference between the old cabinets with the handles on the short cabinet that we will be removing, and the updated cabinets with new trim and fresh paint to the right.
My husband recently finished the first step of our kitchen renovation, which included a complete cabinet makeover. He also filled in the useless space above the cabinets by extending them to the ceiling using beautiful trim.
Here’s just a sneak peek of the “after.” I am loving the new (old) look!
Our house is coming up on it’s 100th birthday in January! With every renovation or refresh we try to uncover a little more of its historic character, or add some more 1920’s period charm. One of my favorite projects so far was our 1920’s Tiny Powder Room Revival that we completed for the Fall 2019 One Room Challenge. I can’t wait to bring out the historic vibe in the kitchen too!
Our kitchen was obviously renovated several times over the years, so there was nothing original left in the kitchen when we purchased our home six years ago. However, its long galley style is the one thing that does “scream 1920’s.” In researching and visting other historic homes, I found that built-in china cabinets, hutches, and “butler pantries” were commonplace in the kitchens of homes built during the late 1800’s-1930’s.
With our vintage style cabinet ugrades including the built-in, and new period-style tile backsplash and brik flooring choices, I think it will be hard to tell what is original and what it not.
In searching Pinterest, blogs, books, and magazines, I found several examples of different kinds of built-ins. Not all of them have that 1920’s look I am going for, but I have been using the photos for design inspiration as we try to figure out a configuration that will look best in the space we have to work with.
Like the rest of our kitchen cabinets, our built-in will also extend all the way to the ceiling with beautiful crown molding and trim.
The nearly 6 foot long cabinet and drawer unit that is currently our kitchen island will become the base for the built-in, so we are mainly concerned with the upper cabinets and shelves. We are going to install a new 4 foot long island that is a better fit for our kitchen.
Our built-in will mainly be used as a display cabinet for my ironstone and china collections, so we definitely want to incorporate glass cabinet doors.
Since we are covering up the window, I want to incorporate some kind of lighting inside the cabinets to keep that area light and bright.
I love the look of taller glass cabinet doors. These might be nice on each side of the built-in, with smaller open shelves in the middle.
I would love to find vintage cabinet doors, but it might be easier and less expensive to just purchase two of these glass cabinet doors from Ikea.
I really love the configuration of the cabinets in the photos above and below. I would like to have a plate rack as well as the little drawers at the bottom of each long side cabinet.
Sweet Something Design
Beadboard is another must-have component for our 1920’s style built-in!
I am getting so excited as things are moving right along! Well, sort of… it isn’t as easy to shop and get the supplies we need to zip right through a kitchen renovation during quarantine! Oh well, we have waited six years to for a new kitchen, so what’s a while longer? Hopefully lockdown will only last a few more weeks and things will get back to normal for us all.
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