Maintaining the historic feel, we wanted the kitchen to feel open and approachable. We had a pretty clear sense of the style — something between Japanese tones and French touches. When choosing the color palette, we wanted bright surfaces that would reflect the light yet dark undertones that grounded it. Think sage green and marble.
Again, Travis took on the project of renovating the kitchen and did a spectacular job. Just like in our bathroom, he did the same plastering on the walls which gives it a very warm feel. With just the help of the plumber to set the sink and hardware and the counter installation, he finished the rest. Hours spent refinishing the original cabinets hinges and inserting the floating shelves were some of the bigger tasks in here. I couldn’t believe how it all came together!
Here’s a look at some the parts of the kitchen renovation. As we were trying to sort out how to maintain the character yet make it very functional, we went back and forth. The major decision was to keep the old cabinet boxes inside the kitchen which meant hours of work to sand down, paint, and fit with a mix of restored, original hinges and new pulls and knobs. The floors were another fun yet tricky decision. We originally wanted to put in terra cotta but since it’s so thick it’s challenging to do in an older home. Ultimately, we decided to match the original wood floors.
- Removed all flooring
- Added in recess lighting
- Matched the wood floors to the rest of the home
- New sink and faucet installed
- Chose a smaller fridge to keep the room feeling more open
- Kept the old hinges to maintain a historic style and matched with antique brass pulls
- Honed marble counter top (sealed) so that it feels matte and not too shiny. Kept extra marble as a cutting board
- Installed shelves into the frame behind the plaster so you don’t see any brackets and maintains the look of a floating shelf.
- Removed cabinets on range side and replaced with a French worktable
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Countertops: Honed Marble
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