April 30th, 2011
After over 1 year without a kitchen, it sure is nice to finally have it done. In the above photo is a 1949 Kelvinator fridge, which we got for $20 bucks– and i rebuilt and painted it. The stove is a late 1940′s Wedgewood (built in the Bay Area.) Above the stove, i hung a AllClad stainless steel pot rack to hold the matching pots/pans. Behind the stove, i did the cement backer board and then Anissa installed the white subway tile. I installed the flooring– which is 0ld style Marmoleum, and redid all the trim work. Next to the fridge is a pass that opens up into a built-in in the next room.
Walls are painted yellow and all the wood trim is white. The final drywall “body work” and wall paint is the only thing in this project i hired out. I did the rest, with Anissa doing the tile work and my dad came up and during the electrical and plumbing phase. We redid 100% of the electrical, plumbing and gas piping. I took out all the windows and had them rebuilt– then recorded them and put back.
We found our late 1940′s kitchen set at an estate sale for a good deal, and it’s in pretty darn good shape. Has a leaf if we ever need to make the table bigger. Still need to find the right napkins for the dispenser.
This was a lot of work. We got the steel cabinets off ebay, and i had to fully strip them to bare metal and repaint them. I built the counter top from two layers of plywood and laminated with old styled “dogbone” Formica. Then i applied stainless steel trim. The sink is also stainless steel and the faucet is an old Kitchenmaster– which is cool cause it has a pot scrubber wand w/ soap squirter built in. I’ve got my dishwasher hidden away as much as possible to the left, below. Found the cool old German wind up clock (ebay,) seasoning rack (estate sale,) toaster (estate sale) and flour/sugar/coffee/tea canisters (hawaii antique store.)
This is a rear counter i built in the kitchen– to put use to the area, which has stairs going into the basement from the rear porch underneath. Old fan and blender is estate sale. Found shake maker at Alameda Antique Fair. Espresso machine is new.
I restored the built in and it’s in the original location. We’ve got a cool glassware collection– and some of it is in the built in. I still have to put doors w/ leaded glass on this section. Our dishware the old Iroquois collection from Russel Wright.
I relocated the built in ironing board from another wall to here. We found the stool at the Alameda Antique Fair.
This is a neat US WWII era recruiting poster to encourage women to go work in the factories, while the men were away at war. We had this framed.
This picture, above the counter, is 1940′s patriotic hand embroidered (signed by person who made it on the back) that we had framed. Late 1940′s was a patriotic era, with WWII not easily forgotten.
Above the stove i mounted this cool old NuTone kitchen exhaust fan.
By the way…… Here is what the kitchen looked like BEFORE:
Lot’s of work. I dig it. This room is the newest era room in the house. Did it late 1940′s style, as earlier (house is 1907) would have been impractical for use. Yes, i do have a new dishwasher and a microwave hidden away– and as out of site as possible.
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