The kitchen is the heart of the home and the new kitchen at 4820 Washington Boulevard certainly has my heart. Tripled in size from the original kitchen here, it is pleasing to the eye and pleasing to the busy cook.
The original kitchen was a postage stamp size flashback to the 60’s, when I think it was remodeled. I think this because when we demolished the space, there was a doorwary or cased opening leading out to the hall (see prior post). Also, the former owner remembers the carpenter building the cabinets on site when he was a boy. The closing of the door to the hall left only one entry to the kitchen and that was through the Dining Room and the Breakfast Nook and into the kitchen. In all fairness, there was a door leading outside through the pantry area so groceries did not have to be hauled through the entire house, but it was still discombobulated. It must also be noted that many women, at the time of the design of the kitchen space, had “help” and having the kitchen tucked away from the rest of the house was the norm. I know at one point there was “help” in this house, as the hole for the server’s buzzer is still in the Dining Room Floor.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I tried and tried to figure out a use for the angled walled original Breakfast Nook. I can be pretty creative, but ultimately I was designing the Heart of the Home, so it had to be just right. The decision was made to slice off the entire Nook and rebuild the space as a section of the kitchen.
Before the Demolition of the Breakfast Nook.
Literally Chopped off the house.
Squared out and featuring two original leaded glass windows, this section houses the sink, which I call “the most used appliance” in the house. My sink is a large, deep, single bow, stainless steel model made by Vigo. The faucet is also Vigo and looks rather industrial. Perhaps a bit trendy, but since the whole wall of cabinets is devoted to clean up, I thought it was fitting.
Sunlight beams through the two re-purposed leaded glass casement windows.
There are no uppers on the sink run. Instead, the lower cabinets featuring many drawers, provide storage and convenience. The furniture like open shelf cabinet to the left rests on the Carrera Marble counterop and holds the small television and the glasses we use every day. The wall in this area is covered in a medallion Natural Linen Cartouch wallpaper. The large round medallions are a subtle contrast to the diamond panes of glass in the windows.
Yes…….I have two dishwashers. A luxury, turned necessity, as I have quickly gotten use to the power of two! The panel front Bosch dishwashers on each side of the sink make clean up easy.
The little window facing the front was original to the house and is actually half of the set which was above the sink in the old kitchen. This is the space where we house our coffee station. I believe that things you do every single day should be made special. Since drinking coffee is part of our morning routine, I have placed two silver trays, one keeping the maker and one keeping the accoutrements conveniently in the corner near a shelf with hooks for mugs.
There is always room for our permanent coffee station because the countertops on the sink run are 9 inches deeper than standard.
In order to get an island in the center of the kitchen, we moved the wall separating the kitchen and the dining room toward the dining room by about 42 inches. This allowed space for an ample island. 9 x 3 feet to be exact. The island is handsome, painted a medium grey called Fawn Brindle. It houses the silverware, a double trash station, measuring cups, cake pans and all my pots and pans. The GE Advantium convection microwave is built in the center of the island and it is a convenient and often used appliance.
The island holds the convection microwave oven, trash, and many drawers for storage.
Since Carrera Marble can read somewhat cold, I knew I wanted a warm top for the island. Wood was the natural choice, as that is what worked for us in our last kitchen. Originally, I dreamt of finding an old table top which could be used as the countertop, but I realized that the size of the island I had designed was ruling out many options. Then I came up with the bright idea to create a top in a chevron pattern, made out of strips of wood. What I landed on was actually a herringbone pattern made out of Hickory boards. The best part is that it was made by my very own dad! He found the hickory, which is hard as nails, planed it, cut it into strips and put together the puzzle of angled boards to create the perfect top. It looks as if it could have been an old, long French table top.
The Hickory top in a herringbone pattern is distressed, stained, glazed and sealed.
There was a spot carved out by removing the hall closet between the stairway and the kitchen. This space was perfect for another furniture like piece which features two more of those old doors, plus a specially designed wine drawer. The doors and drawers are all inset and the inside of the cabinet holds all my glass serving pieces. To have them out and on display makes using them very easy. Underneath, the large deep drawers can hold heavy items. When I entertain, this cabinet is my go-to spot.
I got the idea for these wine drawers from an antique wine cabinet I saw online.
This useful cabinet features wine drawers, heavy items storage and a beautiful view of my collection of glass serving pieces.
There is a walk-in pantry in the kitchen which extends to the back hall. On the kitchen side, the bomber door which was orgininally between the breakfast nook and kitchen swings both ways. To the back hall, another original door allows access from that area of the house. It is a busy area, where I store many food items, but also small appliances, buffet plates and the master list of needs. Before I leave for the grocery I snap a picture of the list and I have it on my phone for reference. I also put motion detecting lights in the pantry so switches don’t need to be touched while cooking. I also have an entire floor to ceiling wall of pegboard and hooks for those much used, but sometimes hard to find items such as tape, measuring spoons, extra keys, bottle openers, flashlights, etc. Junk drawer-esq stuff, but now easy to locate.
The original bomber door allows easy access to the walk through pantry.
I placed a sixteen inch round sink with both a pot filler faucet and a reverse osmosis spicket to the left of the 36 inch range. I wash vegetables here and also fill it with drinks and ice for parties. Two large upper cabinets flank the simple range hood. I store the most used dishes in these uppers, with the exception of the top shelves, which are simply for display.
To warm this wall up, I chose a beautiful honey, white, cream and grey marble for the backsplash. It blends perfectly with the Carrera Marble tops and adds a welcoming warmth to the kitchen.
The details in this space seem to go on and on, but rather than describing, I will end this post with pictures.
Howard, Jenni’s and Charlie’s silver baby spoons serve as art in the kitchen.
A must at any busy sink!
Separated drawers make organizing a breeze.
A chalk message board is placed between the kitchen and the side door.