Small Kitchen Remodel: Blending Old and New

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Combining rooms, purposes, and periods was a tall order, but smart style and storage bring the remodel in this 1920s kitchen together.

Small but Mighty

At 230 square feet, this kitchen remodel required smart planning and plenty of storage. Not wanting to stray from the home’s 1920s roots, the owner created a space where new conveniences and character coexist. Modern stainless-steel appliances and cabinetry hardware, white backsplash tile, and a light marble countertop contrast with the warmth of the dark cabinetry.

Charming Details

The backsplash is a tiled twist on classic beaded board, adding vintage charm to the brand-new room. The horizontal lines visually enlarge the space, and the light color offsets the dark espresso-hue cabinetry.

Go with the Flow

Adding an island provides more counter space and divides the hardworking room into cooking and dining zones. The raised back on the island hides kitchen messes from the adjoining living space. With three entrances to the kitchen, traffic flow was important, so the range was moved to the back wall closest to the dining room.

Clever Cabinetry

Nearly every wall incorporates storage, yet the space maintains a clean, streamlined appearance. To take advantage of the cabinetry depth needed to surround the refrigerator, the owners included custom walnut doors to conceal a stacked full-size washer and dryer, which had been located in an old porch that was annexed in the remodel.

Contrasting Counters

Dark granite tops the peninsula, a stark contrast to the light-color marble on the opposite wall. The raised backsplash protects the island from splashing water and hides dishes in the deep sink.

Expanding the View

While keeping the home’s footprint intact, the homeowners combined the old kitchen with the tiny front porch to gain more square footage. Now the kitchen boasts a bright breakfast nook and an open layout.

Beautiful Banquette

Like the other remodeled spaces, the new breakfast nook blends form and function. The banquette is a nod to old-style seating, but the molded-plastic chairs, striped upholstery, and rectangular light fixture give it a modern kick. The cozy nook is the perfect place to catch up at the end of the day, pay bills, or chat with the cook.

Savvy Storage

Shallow cabinetry disguised with wainscoting is as subtle as it is handy for housing bar supplies. Built-ins add valuable storage while respecting the essence of an older home. The back of the banquette creates a ledge that continues around the corner, perfect for displaying pretty glassware and art.

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