Sometime in the late 1960s, the kitchen in this 1920s Southside Tudor was remodeled and hadn’t been touched since. Soffits had been constructed and wallpapered to accommodate the stock cabinets, and brick was used as a backsplash. Although brick is back, this particular style was very dated and had to come down. The kitchen appliances were also old and dated, and the cabinets needed to be reconfigured to create a better flow. Everything needing to be lightened up.
This is a very small kitchen with four doors, two windows, and limited wall space, so creativity was key to making it a function space you’d actually want to cook in!
The cabinets are now a bright white in a traditional Shaker style, counters are quartz with some gray veining, and the backsplash is a nod to subway tile, but in an updated shape. Large black honeycomb tile adds a little more texture to the room. The window overlooking the deck is now a slider, bringing in the view and creating a nice flow to the outside, with a full-glass back door adding even more light to the kitchen. With the new configuration of the appliances, we were able to create even more cabinet space. Custom cabinets made it possible to fabricate a shallow pantry and coffee station. We even turned the old drop-down ironing board into a spice cabinet.
A complete transformation of this kitchen not only brought it into the current century, but also kept some of the traditional feel so it blends with the era of the home. It’s now a kitchen that would make any cook happy. As you can see, anything is possible!