File this one under B for better late than never — but since I’m on a remodeling-post roll, I’m inspired to share a couple of before-and-after photos from our 1930s kitchen remodel… which we completed two years ago.
I can’t overstate how much I loved this house when we first saw it. It felt so right. It was like that magical Say Yes to the Dress moment. Is this the one? Oh yes, gurrrl, this is the one. But I’ve said a hundred times before on this blog, the only thing not ideal about this house is its size, at about 1,350 square feet. (Fine for a couple, but not so much for growing into as a family.) The kitchen was among the rooms in particular that did not feel large, but part of the problem wasn’t actually the size itself, but rather the dearth of storage. There seemed to be just a few cabinets willy nilly, but nothing that maximized the space.
Further, what we call the kitchen is actually a series of three adjoining spaces: breakfast nook, kitchen proper, and service porch. We considered busting through some walls to make one connected space, but decided against it for the reason that we thought those special little spaces kind of held the vintage charm we love about our house overall.
So, working with my mother-in-law decorator Linda Rosen of Linda Rosen Interiors, what we did is added custom cabinets to high heaven, maximizing storage in every way possible. In the breakfast room, we added floor-to-ceiling corner cabinets against one wall, and a banquette with bench-storage seating against the opposite side that is pretty much now my favorite little place to sit in the house.
We replaced the sad linoleum and tiled the floor in those hexagonal black-and-white tiles that to me scream “bistro,” and used a black Caesarstone counter- and bar-top (that would foreshadow the same material in our new bathroom!), as well as used it to create an enclosure for the existing stove so it looks (and is) more built in — and even that decision yielded more cabinet space around it.
So do we have a massive kitchen in the end? No. (We just travel when we want islands.) But we have something sweet and special and in keeping with the vintage spirit of our 1930s home — and it works for us.
Ready for a little tour?
1930s kitchen remodel: before
1930s kitchen remodel: …during…
1930s kitchen remodel: after!
So that’s it! What do you think?