Here's a panorama of the present kitchen.
Shabby Chic on Steroids.
Another coat of paint won't fix it.
The drawers are all wooden and slide on the cabinet framing, not on smooth rollers. They are so worn they don't fit well anymore.
They create sawdust in the drawer below.
Several coats of white paint were also applied and I covered the swirly Kelly green linoleum(!) countertop and backsplash on both sides of the sink with off-white mosaic tile.
I do love the dough and cutting board pull-outs, but I think this bank of cabinets have to be replaced with more workable ones. The sink would remain in the same place, the idea of two drawer units on either side are just too handy to change, but new drawers are badly needed.
I would move the dishwasher (now a portable) to the double-drawer cabinet space at the left of the sink.
In this corner, I want to put a glass-paneled door in the place where the cabinet is. The door would open out to the right.
Yes, it's a Knoll pedestal table and chairs. The table is five feet in diameter, so the center area is large in this kitchen.
I would probably keep the three windows just as they are.
The glass overhead cabinets are built in place. They are not really cabinets at all. The original owner/builder, a Swedish shipwright, built them and probably the base cabinets as well.
The original base cabinets that were on the other side of the room, (sink cabinet unit) are in our basement.
I added new handles for all the cabinets when we moved in.
I like the curved ends on these old cabinets that flank the doorway. They match the high, overhead (and strange) cabinets over the sink.
The glass cabinets hold a lot of dishes are just my height. I'm considering keeping the whole wall as it is even though both the cabinets below the glass ones above are shallow.
This is a bearing wall. A new beam would have to be installed if I took out the cabinet wall. And, even though it isn't fashionable today, I rather like the separation of the kitchen and living area--at least in this house
The antique painting over the door says, "Guds Frid" meaning God's Peace or Peace be with you. It was painted by the original owner/builder of the house.
The tiny pantry in the corner is so small and awkward. I would like to replace it with a floor-to-ceiling, shelved space or a corner cabinet space with an appliance garage.
I want to switch the refrigerator with a new, wider stove with two ovens and put the refrigerator where the stove is now.
The watercolor over the stove conceals an old ventelator fan which must be removed. I want to install a wall of windows from the end of the cabinet on the right to the end of the cabinet on the left, where to the new door so that the entire sink area has no overhead cabinets, just window. The view is wonderful from here.
There is a small porch off this door with antique glass windows on two sides. This is the current back door.
Of course, the old ceiling and light fixtures need to be replaced. I'll find a new place for the round glass one.
And I want to keep the floors, just have them refinished.
I like the idea of engineered stone that looks like marble. It's durable and easy to keep clean. White cabinets, "marble' or steel countertops, stainless appliances, natural wood, a touch of my own tile here and there--a good clean look for the kitchen.
So, what do you think?
Or renovate it down to the nub?
P.S. The walls behind the rack and stove were covered with cracked, wavy plaster and old stick-on copper tiles when we moved in. The sink cabinet top was covered with swirly deep green linoleum (!) and the cabinets were painted cream, tan and pink on the outside; sky blue on the inside. The floor was grey linoleum so old and worn, there was no pattern anymore.
I popped off the copper tiles (still have them somewhere) covered the walls with a mix of spackle and straw. I love these walls; they look so Old French, but a new finish will have to be done, I think. But maybe I could repeat the wall in the new kitchen.