See how a kitchen makeover with beaded board, antiques, and vintage details create a kitchen full of country charm.
The homeowners wanted to give this home the Folk Victorian-style feel of the homes in historic Tennessee. But the kitchen posed a problem. Folk Victorian calls for 10-foot ceilings and their new kitchen had 8-foot ceilings.
In order to compensate for the kitchen's lack of height, the homeowner's used elongating remodeling techniques. They gave the 8-foot ceiling more prominence with coffered beaded board. The builders removed the upper cabinets and added high wainscoting, capped by 1-inch molding. A few old upper cabinets were used to construct the maple-topped island.
Arched doorways also draw the eye up. This arched doorway leads to the butler's pantry where the couple keeps heirloom china and crystal ready for entertaining. An arched alcove houses the refrigerator and freezer.
Tip: After seeing how much a 60-inch refrigerator-freezer cost, the homeowner bought separate but identical 30-inch units and put them side-by-side with the handles in the middle.
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In the past, this antique hutch would have stored everyday dishes and dry ingredients in its lower bins. Today, it's the focal point of the kitchen. It's a great place to display collectibles such as antique tablecloths, greenware, and other china.
The 264-square-foot remodeled kitchen holds an informal dining area and the vintage hutch. They unified the space with white paint and trim. The doorway leads to the back porch where the homeowners spend most of their time.