I last left you in the coffee bar, an annex from the kitchen leading to the dining room.
The coffee bar is in the background, and on the right is the pantry we built separating the kitchen from the living room. We used a vintage door and antique glass creating a transom on this pantry.
From this vantage point, the kitchen is behind, to the left, so, spinning around:
Yes, in my quest of lightening up, I have left a few splashes of red, this old desk is one. I’ve had it for years and there’s just something sweet about the now chippy, but unfinished painted detail, plus it’s such a convenient place to keep the phone and desk supplies in the kitchen.
Beyond the kitchen you can see the opening to the sunroom that visually leads out to the river in the back meadow behind our house.
All the ‘main’ cabinetry I’ve painted a dark black/green/brown color, including the cabinets in the coffee bar, I think the paint name was something like ‘old porch’.
On the island that I designed in the kitchen, however, I wanted it to look like a piece of furniture, so I not only painted it light to contrast with the dark surrounding cabinets, I put a dark granite slab on it with an ogee edge, as opposed to the rest of the counters that are a lighter shade of granite with a simple edge, I also put different hardware on it from the rest of the kitchen.
Then by detailing the island to incorporate the look and feel of a freestanding piece of furniture I adding these carved brackets from Van Dyke’s Restorers, along with the feet.
I took advantage of this corner by designing and having a cabinet maker build in this 2nd pantry. Behind the lower doors are huge pull out shelves, where we keep all our canned goods and cereals. Then on the uppers you can sort of see the serving pieces I keep in the top behind the etched glass doors.
HOLD IT! We must see a little peek of the before… right?
Here’s how it used to be:
This picture was taken about a year after we bought the house. It shows the kitchen after I painted the cabinets, (the 1st time :), since then we added different upper doors and ‘egg and dart’ carved tim on the top of the cabinets).
This pic also shows the beadboard we installed. But that’s about it. The old vinyl floor is still there and the island isn’t present yet, as the table used to sit in the center of the room, and see that icky popcorn ceiling…
and the pet peeve of mine shows in the pic too… The fridge sides, I can’t stand seeing the sides of the fridge!
We just, finally, after living here over 15 years, slightly re-did the layout of the fridge placement to be able to create enough space for a wider fridge that accommodates an ice and water dispenser in the door.
In doing so, it created enough space to allow my favorite carpenter to build a ‘case’ for the fridge. Now, even though this new fridge is a lot wider than the old one, it actually feels less intrusive in the room because the cabinets visually flow with the fridge sides covered.
Notice too the etched glass doors I had a carpenter make to lighten the heavy feel from before, and that ‘egg and dart’ cornice trim adds so much to the cabinets. The cabinets are very good quality, but were just a little boring at first, but with a few added details they’re great.
We had this extra large, one basin sink installed when we had the granite counters installed a few years ago.
I love, love, love, and would always choose, a large one basin sink. I don’t own a pan that’s too large to fit in it. It’s so convenient. I cook a lot and have prepared many large family meals in this space and let me tell you, I totally prefer to have a sink like this… have I sold you yet? Seriously, though, I can’t rave enough of the advantages. Especially considering we have a 2nd sink in the bar area.
This particular one I got at Home Depot, it’s their Pegasus brand, and it’s in a black quartz composite material… I think similar to the material Cambria counters are made from. We’ve been super happy with both the quality and look of the sink.
There are tons more details in this wonderful space and I’ll feature them in other posts in the future, but for now, let’s leave this gathering space, and move out to that sunroom I keep telling you has the killer view…
I appreciate you stopping by.