Vintage Meets Modern... A Kitchen Story / by Tasha Tyler

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Construction is officially underway on this vintage + modern kitchen remodel, and I couldn't be more thrilled... YOU GUYS, THIS IS MY KITCHEN!  Saying that I am excited is truly an understatement! I hope you'll follow along on this #tchotchremodel, estimated completion is Christmas week. Please santa all that we want for Christmas is our brand new kitchen. 

My husband and I purchased this home four years ago, and we've shown love to many of the rooms. The kitchen however has received NO LOVE, and for a good reason. While the 1940's cabinetry is beautiful (from the outside and only the outside) the interiors were beginning to chip away and leave paint chips in our dishes...  talk about YUMMY!

The game plan for this kitchen is updating it to be stylistically more modern while paying homage to the vintage charm. We're reconfiguring it quite a bit considering, its size. We're moving the fridge, range, sink, window and dishwasher... all while staying within the original footprint of the house. We are VERY excited to get rid of the disgusting brick patterned linoleum flooring and brown laminate countertops. We're having custom cabinetry built by our friends at BUILDERS BY DESIGN. I cannot recommend them enough, they're a honest, hardworking family run buisness and their work is impeccable. They have a beautiful state of the art custom cabinetry shop, which I've had the privilege of touring. 

Without further ado...  Here are some (very ugly) before pictures and a peek into our game plan.

Before
Before 2
 We had the refrigerator against the side wall and an IKEA metal shelving system in between for more storage. We also installed two metal shelves over the range when we moved in for additional storage (not pretty but it was functional). 

We had the refrigerator against the side wall and an IKEA metal shelving system in between for more storage. We also installed two metal shelves over the range when we moved in for additional storage (not pretty but it was functional). 

Our major changes to the structure of the space include, widening the doorway (ALOT) and moving the window so we can have a some symmertry on the window wall.


Did I mention the husband and I are doing most of the work ourselves!?! FUN FACT ABOUT ME- I was in a couple of pageants when I was younger. I really only liked pageants for the talent competion (Don't tell my parent's, I know pageants aren't cheap on the pocket book$$).  Anyways, I was on stage speaking on what I wanted to be when I grow up.  What I wanted to say "I believe there is always room for improvement, that's why someday I hope to pursue a career in the field of interior design." What actually came out of my mouth "I believe, I believe... I want to BE A HOME IMPROVEMENT, thank you." Tears rolling down my face as I ran off stage... needless to say that was my final pageant.  Here I am being a home improvement, dreams do come true!


The New Plan-

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Progress-

 In my mothers words... "BOOM". Look how much larger the kitchen already feels, and how nicely it flows into the dining room. 

In my mothers words... "BOOM". Look how much larger the kitchen already feels, and how nicely it flows into the dining room. 

 Moving the window 12" to the left to allow for symmetry between the refrigerator and wall. Also, making the window taller, the existing one was very squatty. 

Moving the window 12" to the left to allow for symmetry between the refrigerator and wall. Also, making the window taller, the existing one was very squatty. 


Game Plan-

 Cabinet Profile Inspiration

Cabinet Profile Inspiration

 Materials- Cabinetry will be a soft black (although it appears grey here..it's not), beveled matte subway tile and a quartz countertop

Materials- Cabinetry will be a soft black (although it appears grey here..it's not), beveled matte subway tile and a quartz countertop

That's all for the sneak peek, a few other things to note... Panel ready appliances, black hardware (that's right black on black). We're also going to match our original oak floors and run those throughout the kitchen. A vintage french pendant will hang over the apron sink with an antique rug at my feet :)


Stay tuned for updates and follow along on instagram @tchotchkesdesignstudio and #tchotchremodel.  

 

Cheers!

Tasha