My husband and I bought this shabby 101 year old house and have been gradually fixing it up. It's been a huge project and it's far from being completed. Major tasks like fixing the foundation, replacing the drainage system and rewiring have taken up most of our time, so I am just now starting to plan a new kitchen.
A picture of the kitchen the day we moved in.... the guy on the floor is part of the cleaning crew. The house was literally so filthy it took half a day just to clean this one room.
The kitchen has 7 layers of flooring; cheap fake wood laminate over 70s vinyl, over various layers of lino, over the original pine boards. The ceiling has also been lowered with the original ceiling approx 2 feet higher.
Originally I thought I could save the old cabinets... just strip and repaint and replace the hardware and counter tops, but after living with the kitchen for awhile we've come to the conclusion we really need to gut everything and start from scratch. It has a tiny, single pane window which is not centered, no stove vent / fan at all, scary plumbing and walls that look like they have a disease. Big job!
I am still undecided about layout, but I really want a functional yet fairly simple kitchen that will fit in this funky old house.
So far this is my preliminary wish list:
- white cabinets with simple unfussy lines and glass fronts on upper cabinets
- some open shelving for all my vintage kitchen stuff
- a big window with a window sill for my plants.
- a big vintage (or vintage style) apron front sink
- yellow walls
- some kind of seating area; small table area or breakfast bar.
I really like some elements of these kitchens:
Tall cabinets with glass fronts allow display of collectibles yet has a pantry area on the right.
Ultra simple cabinets with apron front sink.
I like the open shelving and white painted floor boards. We have no idea what condition our original pine floor is in... probably trashed like the rest of the house!
Anyway, this is just the beginning of the process and I have got to do quite a bit more research before we can proceed.
XOXO Empress Jade