CARRIAGE HOUSE: Part 8

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In a previous post I detailed the circa-1950 kitchen which was torn out of the carriage house shortly before I purchased the Cross properties. I also detailed how I wish the kitchen had been retained, as I could have made it look great by restoring and gently enhancing its distinct period charms, and pre-Atomic Age styling. A few who read the post later told me that there was no way the above kitchen could look good, my talents notwithstanding. Well, the gauntlet has been thrown down!

 

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On Retro Renovation I just came across a post on this kitchen. It is quite similar to the now lost carriage house kitchen, and, like the carriage kitchen, it is also less than impressive. 99.9% of people would not hesitate to tear out this kitchen. But, look what can happen…

 

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…zounds! It is hard to believe it is the same kitchen, and with the same cabinets. Amazingly, the owners are not restoration-crazed maniacs, and had initially planned to put in a new kitchen. But slowly, slowly, they came to the realization that their grim kitchen actually had certain inherent qualities. People like this are heroes to me.

6 Comments

  1. KellyD on August 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Wow, what an inspirational before and after! Love they decided to keep the cabinets and the changes they made to the counter, floor, paint and hardware made for such a charmer!

  2. [email protected] on August 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Well if this is a show and tell, in that case I humbly submit MY first kitchen restoration (and please, forgive the boob light, at 23 I hadn’t quite started my descent into insanity)…

  3. Miriam Righter on March 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I love cabinets like this! I cry when I hear of people tearing them out! I feel a bit like Bad Ross… I WANT!

  4. Clare on March 21, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    That looks like a zinc countertop on the restored version! That’s a great look for vintage cabinets and so durable! I love it on these cabinets and it would look just as good on an older vintage, or maybe on a worktable!

    • Rick S on August 11, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Ross,
      that is the story I was hoping you would see. They used budget friendly laminate with a metal T edge and corner pieces where countertop meets back splash. Countertop Bling.
      Check out the articles on Hudee frames too.
      rick

  5. Linda M on January 31, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    this was a little sad for me. Picture #2 with the green and white cabinets is exactly like my kitchen in my 1920 house that I lost in a divorce. The only difference was that my cabinets were red instead of green.

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