Friday, January 30, 2009

My Vintage Kitchen

I'm starting to move some of the photos that were over on my website, to my blog.  Here is my vintage, 1924, bungalow kitchen.  One of the reasons I bought my house.

Imagine my first walk through....me swooning over the  original cabinets and wall sink......my realtor going on about how I could pull all of "that" out and "modernize" it ;-)

If you look carefully, you will notice the countertop is linoleum (the real stuff) and there is an old flour bin right next to the refrigerator. The hardware is off some of the cabinets in the photos and was being restored.

The pot rack over the window is from the PO, but has kind of grown on me.  Of course, I wish all of my pans were copper.  I think I have lost touch with reality whether it is really tacky or not because I have lived with it for so long.

The peach paint and odd lighting are on their way out shortly......


15 comments:

Shane and Casey said...

I love those cabinets. We are in the process right now of picking out new cabinets for our gutted kitchen (in a 1928 home) and these are great to get ideas from. Looking at the picture, has the flour bin been converted to a cabinet? If so, do you have plans to convert it back and actually use it?

Are those made out of pine? I'm having a hard time telling from the pictures.

Nice call on not listening to the realtor :)

Derek said...

Is that the original finish on the cabinets? I've tried to figure out what our late 1920's cabinets looked like, I'd like to look at my neighbour's house one day. I imagine they would have looked a little like yours, only maybe not as nice. What kind of wood are they?

Ranty said...

OMG I am SO JEALOUS!!! I *love* vintage kitchens. Yours is gorgeous and I would KILL for a sink like that.

(I keep trying to tell my fellow Realtors that vintage is the new stainless/granite... not sure if it's working though.)

Sorta like when I tell them that original muntin-bar windows are a selling point.

Sigh.

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

I am so jealous. The kitchen is awesome, what a find! I have been threatening to re-do ours that way (particularly the huge crazy sink) but I think my wife would leave me. I think she can handle the rest of the home going back to 1916 but she draws the line at the kitchen.

Just A Girl And Her Craftsman Bungalow said...

i adore this kitchen! My kitchen is a bit of an eyesore but I am starting to get used to it. My living room is about to receive a makeover from one of those design shows-- we shall see what they do??? I had hoped they'd do the kitchen but no luck.

StuccoHouse said...

It was kind of funny when I first saw my house. I walked into the kitchen and knew. You don't find many kitchens now-a-days that haven't been mucked up. If you look at the next post, you will see how closely it matches the kitchen of the condo I had just sold.

The cabinets are made out of birch. The floor is maple. The two woods are virtually indistinguishable except for the grain....birch is clearer. The finish is amber shellac. Anyone that is thinking of using shellac needs to chat with me first. Not good. However, I am a purist, so the shellac stays. I am restoring the shellac as it's in bad shape and it will get a top coat of paste wax.

The window trim is old growth pine and you have to look long & hard to tell that it is not birch.

If I get some time, I'll add a photo of the other corner of the kitchen. There are two doors. The doors are right next to each other and allow you to leave the kitchen in the the "formal" part of the house or the "private" part of the house without being seen.

I know from the friend of mine who was in this house back in the 1980's that there was still a vintage stove in the house then.

Josh said...

Thanks for posting these great pictures! My original cabinets are long gone, but I know a kitchen project is somewhere in my future. When the time comes, this is what I'll be aiming for.

Ryan said...

I have that same tall bin in my kitchen, but it is being sacrificed to the dishwasher god. As is the 2nd door to the private part of the house sacrificed for more counter space. If the space were larger than 9' square (+ eating nook) I'd leave the door. I'm actually only going to board up the once side and on the hall side leave the door as a shallow (very) broom closet.

M'elle said...

This post makes me miss my old 1950's stove, Ol'Bess. We had to completely gut the kitchen in the foursquare because it had been gutted in the 70's. It's great to see that you are not gutting yours.

Design Ties said...

I so enjoyed the pictures of both of your vintage kitchens - previous & current. I can't blame you for not wanting to change a thing... even your fantastic sink! Unfortunately the kitchen in our 1939 bungalow wasn't nearly as nice or functional and so it had to go.
Thanks for sharing!
Victoria (one half of DesignTies)

Mitzi said...

Oh, I envy your cabinets! Our kitchen was last redone in the 40s or 50s and is nothing fancy. Your curtains, on the other hand, show great taste (we have the same ones!).

StuccoHouse said...

Mitzi - I laugh about the curtains, because I used to sneek into KMart.....go directly to the Martha Stewart stuff...and buy my curtains. I'd get all shifty whenever anyone asked where I got them. The designs were sweet, price was nice and the quality was amazingly good. Too bad you can't still get them....I snagged some really cute lace panels, cafe curtains for my upstairs and those in my kitchen.

Anonymous said...

I just saw your blog and looked at your kitchen. Your kitchen is soooo like ours, tight down to the amber shellaced cabinets! I would love to show pics if I could. We are also in the Twin Cities.

StuccoHouse said...

Anonymous - If your kitchen is like mine, I'd be particularly interested in knowing what was in the corner of your kitchen near your stove (where I had the custom cabinet built. I haven't been able to figure that one out...

veggiegirl216 said...

If only all Realtors could be like you-as a buyer, I can assure you, old house buyers WANT the original windows, cabinets and fixtures .....the more original, the more I will pay:)

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