Kitchen Tour: White Cottage Kitchen
This 1940s kitchen gets an update with antique-look appliances and rustic materials.
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An updated 1940s kitchen reveals its retro roots. Vintage-look appliances and cabinetry, along with warm and rustic wood, generate old-fashioned cottage appeal.
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Instead of an island, a table made of cerused teak -- the wood is washed with white lead -- serves as the prime gathering spot. The piece combines a period-appropriate patina with picnic-table informality.
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The cottage's beachy setting inspired a light, natural color scheme. The soft shades of ivory provide a great canvas for different textures. Cabinets and moldings form a quiet contrast against marble countertops and a subtly patterned wallcovering. The cabinet between the windows sits high atop the modest range hood.
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Gleaming metal appliance trim and handles recall an era when autos sported real steel, big tail fins, and copious chrome.
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Traditional-style cabinets incorporate recessed panels of beaded board, as well as beaded detailing around the full-inset doors and drawers. Glass-front doors on upper cabinets add to the period feel.
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The appliances, the inspiration for the kitchen remodel, are one of the first things guests notice when they enter the room. The reproduction range faithfully copies the lines of a 1950s model while offering features a modern cook expects: sealed gas burners, a self-cleaning oven, an electronic timer, and a warming drawer.
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Though retro in style, the kitchen is set up to meet modern cooking and entertaining needs. Moved from the opposite side of the home, the kitchen now opens to a family room. The efficient L shape includes a pantry hidden behind a pocket door -- another 1940s and 1950s feature -- yet close to the refrigerator.
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Open Light Fixtures
A glassless lantern hangs from the ceiling to provide low-level ambient light in a high spot. Without glass panels, the fixture is easier to clean and appeals to the vintage feel of the kitchen.
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The sink, a classic apron-front model paired with old-fangled faucetry, assumes the honored window position. A natural-fiber roller shade controls light coming in. The sink is flanked by two dishwashers -- a modern luxury disguised as 1950s-feel metal-front cabinets.
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Fabulous '50s Fridge
Like the range, the refrigerator boasts a vintage-shape body and a contemporary chassis. The large-capacity, energy-efficient unit includes adjustable shelves and bins, plus a bottom-mount freezer. A white enamel finish adds to the calm, inviting ambience.