This 1926 Spanish Revival home once sported a yellow linoleum floor and brown plywood cabinets lined with sticky shelf paper. With a modest budget and a few modern amenities, the homeowners created a timeless look that preserves the original design. Shaker-style cabinets, an apron-front sink, and a bridge faucet create a classic look in this kitchen.
An efficient floor plan makes this kitchen highly functional. Upper cabinets between the kitchen and eating areas were removed to make the space feel bright and open. The peninsula offers plenty of extra counter space and houses the apron-front sink. The butcher-block table, a find from a local butcher, provides a much needed workstation near the range.
With the cabinetry above the peninsula removed, the kitchen feels more open. While the homeowners considered squaring off the curved edge of the peninsula, they kept the shape because it echoes arched doorways throughout the house. Molding was added to the peninsula's plain sides to reflect the Shaker-style cabinets.
The oven was broken when the couple moved in, so they purchased a professional-grade range and ordered a hood to match. But to make them fit, surrounding cabinets had to be demolished.
The dual-fuel range includes a second, smaller oven that enables the homeowners to bake dessert while dinner is cooking.
In the breakfast nook, a built-in buffet provides storage for extra sets of dishes. The round table was a thrift-store find that the homeowners refinished and paired with new chairs.
The prep-room countertop, which is slightly lower than standard height for easier food prep, was cut from the same piece of marble used as a backsplash by the range in the kitchen.
The homeowners worked with a cabinetmaker to create classic Shaker-style doors. They refurbished what they had by removing the doors, then sanding the cabinet frames and giving them a fresh coat of white paint. Glass fronts on some of the cabinets were created by combining two stock designs. White tile on the countertops was replaced with gray soapstone accented with subtle white veining for a sophisticated look that didn¿t darken the room.
To add a vintage touch to the room, a detailed, bridge-style faucet in a brushed-nickel finish was selected to dress up the sink area. The chandelier over the breakfast nook was a gift from friends.
The homeowners got a great deal on the marble tiles they used as a backsplash in the kitchen and prep room when they found a discontinued pattern and bought every box.