This is something I’ve been so excited to share with you… this is only one part of the kitchen that belongs to the young couple that just restored their antique craftsman bungalow style house this winter.
Of all the rooms in this house when they bought it, the kitchen was for sure the worse. It had unfortunately been re-done in the 1980’s and had the lack of character and details to prove it… well that is except for a few really questionable things, like this for instance:
This set of very shallow cabinets with lights, and glass doors. We can’t figure out what the previous owners would have stored in them… they’re only about 4” deep… perfect for a soup can, but that’s a lot of soup cans, and would you really want them on display like that? Honestly, to me it sort of looked like something in a doctor’s office. Whatever its intended use was, it wasn’t working so well for our couple.
I will do more posts to show the whole kitchen later, but today I’m going to show you the amazing transformation they did to this display cabinet.
One more pic of the before though. Here’s why the cabinets were built to be only 4″ deep, as you can see in this picture, these display cabinets were right next to the glass door and sidelight… it just felt like a lot of glass… and with all white cabinets, except for the navy blue strip details and navy blue floor, this room seemed really, really cold.
First they took off all the doors, filled the holes, primed and painted the plastic/laminate navy accent running across the top of the cabinet, (as well as the stripe running along the front edge of the countertops, you can just barely see it on the bottom right of the above picture)
I love how they installed the beadboard backing horizontally. As you’ll see in future posts showing the rest of this kitchen, they replaced all the cabinet hardware with dark, oil rubbed bronze so the hooks they bought for the pots they got in the dark finish as well.
And see the clever way they keep the pot lids? Yep, that is just standard plumbing fixtures: copper piping and fixtures. I had some chemical tarnish liquid that I had bought 15 or 20 years ago, they tried it on the copper pieces and after rubbing it on for a while, it darkened it beautifully.
Here you can see the simple plumbing fittings and not only how great they look, but how great they work for this purpose!
By sweating the joints holding the pipe caps on the ends of the pipes adds to an authentic look… which is really great looking.
Even the baking pans and colanders with handles are stored here… really saves a ton of cabinet storage too.
So far, this is my favorite pot rack display I’ve ever seen! I love that it looks so absolutely wonderful, but how great that it actually adds to the function of the room, and used what was a sort of strange configuration to start with, but now it’s perfect. It’s that amazing combination that makes it so attractive!
I still have a lot more to show you in this kitchen and more rooms of this darling antique home, so stay tuned!!
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