ROOM BY ROOMThe kitchen, is still as close the original kitchen that I found when I bought my home 21 years ago. There are a few small things I would like to do to the kitchen, but a major modernization is not in the plan. I see no reason to update my kitchen, it worked when the house was built in the early 1920's and it still works today. I don't have much counter space, but it is an eat in kitchen, with ample room for a good size table; and in the past that is where much of the food preparation would have happened. I also have a generous size walk in pantry to hold the counter top appliances and offer a little more pep-space.
This tile top table is over 25 years old and although I have seen other kitchen tables I like, I have no plans to replacing it. I have not come across any really nice tile topped tables and I really like the durability and easy clean up of the tile. The American flag quilt on the table is hand made and I found it at a little store several years ago while up in The Forks, Maine for white water rafting.
I mentioned in the past I like to change all the textiles in the house every 5 years; I currently decided to go with a large black and white gingham. I had a great toile and gingham combination last. I also prefer a full treatment over a traditional "kitchen" style set. And sisal roller shades similar to the bedrooms to keep out the hot sun in the Summer.
I still have the cast iron apron sink and I used cafe curtains for the skirt. I added the oak cabinets and I had them built to match the built-in in the hallway.
A spice cabinet holds cook books, teas and cleaning supplies. And I also added the simple shelves above the sink and the stove.
Next to the refrigerator I added a cabinet to work as a home office area.
I don't have a radiator cover for the kitchen so I just added another simple shelf for a bit more space.
I always wanted a tin ceiling in the kitchen but decided on a simpler option; I had the ceiling papered with a paintable textured wall paper and painted in with a glossy paint.
And another change was to remove the small old light fixture and replaced it with a stained glass Hunter ceiling fan.
And on the floor I decided to go with a retro style vinyl. This house did not have hardwood in the kitchen when it was built, it had linoleum. I had thought about removing everything down to the wood, but I liked the idea of the vintage vinyl that coordinates with the white tile wainscoting.
The built-in in the hallway is painted a glossy white inside.
And on the opposite walls I have some of my favorite pictures. The top is an Amish girl holding a cat, I found it in Lancaster, PA; the middle is from Salem, MA and is of the memorial to those who lost there lives in the Salem witch hysteria; and the lower one is called "The Thing in Mr. King's Bird Bath."
And on the other wall is a print from Martha's Vineyard of the Black Dog.
It may not be for everyone, but I love my simple country kitchen.