Craftsman House Tour – Kitchen
The kitchen might just be my favorite room in the house, which is saying a lot since I pretty much love every room in my house.
It’s also the room that needs the most work. I have plans for this room, but after the renovation we did on the condo last year, neither Mick or I are all that keen on starting another, even a small one. Plus, renovating takes lots of money and we’re in the mood to save a little right now.
But enough of that, let’s start the tour, shall we?
Here’s the view of the kitchen from the far south wall.
Let’s face it: that’s a hell of a lot of knotty pine. The floor stays–it’s reclaimed wood and I don’t want to touch it. The cabinets however…
The cabinets are solid wood and are in fine condition, so they stay too. But what about a nice little paint job? I’m thinking white. This is a job for professionals, however since I absolutely don’t trust myself to tackle it. I’m too sloppy and these cabinets need to be done right.
The stove is Merritt & O’Keefe circa 1950 and it stays too. I used to dream of a high end Wolfe range or maybe even an AGA, but now I only have eyes for my Merritt & O’Keefe.
The other refrigerator resides opposite the stove:
It’s a basic Sub-Zero with “vintage” panels. I think it’s charming, even if it’s not really old.
Of course the kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkling of Catherineholm:
God I love this stuff. It’s not just a collection–I use most of the pieces several times a week.
The other side of the room features a cute little table and chairs, all purchased at IKEA:
Mick doesn’t like the glass table but what does he know? It works with the room.
I used to hate this big, generic armoire until I painted the doors with chalk paint. We use it to record our shopping list, then when it’s time to go shopping I take a photo of it with my iPhone and off we go. We forget a lot less stuff at the store now.
Here’s where we keep the chalk:
I guess when I say “renovate” what I really mean is “paint the cabinets.” But we do have thoughts of opening up the kitchen to the dining/living room, which would be big project, at least a few years down the line. For now, we enjoy the kitchen as is.
Next on the tour, the office/guest room!