A few months back I did three posts about how to create a new kitchen for an old house.
No original fittings remain in the kitchen of the Cross House, although the room is architecturally intact.
The butler’s pantry, and main pantry, are also mostly intact and will be fully restored.
The other day I came across a kitchen on Old House Dreams which made me gasp.
You will, too:
The house is a 1931 French Eclectic, in Saint Louis, MO. The kitchen is thrillingly, amazingly, breathtakingly original. S W O O N. And the walls are — drum roll, please — green Vitrolite. How cool is that?
I am currently working on creating a kitchen in the adjacent carriage house, and this would be my dream realized.
I found this same sink a few blocks away from the Cross House, but in green! GREEN! I did a post about the adventure. And what an adventure it was! I almost did not survive the Forces of Evil!!!!!!!!
My lust is scarily large for this room. This wall is where the refrigerator rested. You know it must have been fabulous. What makes me a bit queasy in looking at these images is the awareness that a new owner will likely, likely, tear out everything. I will never ever understand this kind of thinking. Never.
The bathroom has lilac Vitrolite panels. I am swooning all over again.
In America, a kazillion dollars are annually spent on new kitchens. And most of these kitchens are, in my opinion, ugly.
This baffles me. We used to do gorgeous kitchens in America, as shown in my previous posts on the subject. And, don’t get me wrong, I do not think that all kitchens need to look like old-style kitchens. I also like a modern-styled kitchen:
The rare new kitchen I like.
Back however to The Gorgeous Beauty. I do not understand why people don’t create kitchens like this anymore. Even people who own old houses, and who want a new kitchen to replace their 1978 “updated” kitchen, do not create kitchens like this. They normally do a very modern layout, and with every possible convenience, but with “classic” detailing. The end results though look NOTHING like the above image. Creating such a kitchen (and, yes, a dishwasher can be easily figured in) is not rocket science but we seem as a nation to have suffered a collective aesthetic amnesia during the last couple of decades, at least when it comes to kitchens.
This is the style kitchen one commonly sees today. This is SO not what the green kitchen is. SO. NOT.