In July of 2015, we purchased an old century home, something we always dreamed of doing. I would have to say, the favourite thing about our house is that it was already filled with so much soul and charm from soaring 10 foot ceilings, stained glass windows, and original wide baseboards and trim throughout. Every room in this house has its own story but the room I love the most, is the kitchen.
After weeks of planning the restoring process, we set out to start the kitchen. Initially, we wanted to give the kitchen a total overhaul, like repositioning the appliances, purchasing new cabinets, and new flooring. The thing we really loved about the original kitchen was the old European feeling it already had. We wanted to keep the charm but give it a new fresh modern look by mixing old and new.
We decided to keep the cabinets and have them painted white, in “Simply White” by Benjamin Moore. We replaced the counter tops with white Caesar stone in a marble look but without the maintenance.
We painted out the wooded range hood but had a custom piece made to extend the hood to the ceiling which gave it more presence in the room. We than clad the three walls in a white subway tile to give it an industrial feel.
We disassembled the awkward looking island and installed one section of it to the already existing cupboards which allowed us more space for pots and pans. We re-used an antique harvest table for the island which added beautiful warmth and patina and the black legs grounded the room in an all white space. Above the island, we installed two large pendants which brought the whole room together.
We refinished the floors and discovered they were a beautiful white oak. We than re-stained it, so that it flowed nicely with the other oak floors throughout the house. We love how the kitchen turned out, a real mixture of old and new, a little bit of industrial but in a fresh new modern look. Although our house is always evolving and it is still a work in progress, our kitchen is definitely our favourite room! Thanks to Alair Homes for making it all possible!