When the owners of this 18th-century English farmhouse set about turning the uninhabitable building into a home, they knew that challenges lay ahead. But when it came to designing their new Kitchen Cabinet Sale, the original beams, the sloping ceilings, and the discovery of an old staircase and even a well figured in the perfect marriage of old and new. The goal was to design “a contemporary kitchen space that was functional, stylish, ergonomic and sociable while highlighting existing period features,” says Sarah Goldsmith, designer at Contour. "Kitchen at a Glance
The space was originally a series of interlinking rooms, which included the old Kitchen Cabinet Sale. The team ripped out the old kitchen, and took down doorways and a large wall, which created an opening that now leads to the new kitchen’s dining space. The opening can be seen on the right-hand side of this picture.
A simple breakfast bar incorporated into the peninsula is a key element of the new Kitchen Cabinet Sale. It is topped with a textured ash to contrast with the suede-finish quartz surfaces elsewhere in the room. The cooktop is on the peninsula so that the owners can cook and chat. The cooktop has built-in ventilation.
This water well, which is behind the breakfast bar, was discovered halfway through the renovation. The owners decided to make a feature of it, so lights were installed and it was covered with a glass top that you can walk over.ContourThis period staircase was discovered during the renovation too. It was originally boxed in behind a wall, which came down during the project. “The staircase couldn’t be removed, meaning the width of the kitchen couldn’t be increased and there wasn’t an option for a completely open-plan layout,” Goldsmith says. “But it’s now a fabulous decorative bookcase and really gives an insight into how the building looked originally.”
Before: This is what the Kitchen Cabinet Sale looked like pre-renovation.ContourAfter: Stripped back to its former glory, an original farm door leads to a new laundry room."
"Photos by Patrick Brickman
Style: “I wanted something different from the stark-white Shaker-style doors and shiplap I see all the time,” says Becky, an interior designer. “I’m more old school, and I love a French Provincial look.” This meant adding beautiful millwork like the coffered ceiling, and details like the beading on the cabinets and vent hood.
Solutions: The cabinets play a big role in the style of the kitchen. “After exploring multiple options, we settled on a full-overlay door with lots of detail, a custom paint color for the base, and a chocolate glaze to add dimension and softness,” Hendrix says. To give the traditional style an Kitchen Cabinet Sale updated look, they opted to avoid distressing, which they felt would have been overkill.
Seamless look: They also paneled the refrigerator and dishwasher to match the cabinets so that they blend in. This is the refrigerator.
Fine details: Hendrix played up molding details on the hood, making it a strong focal point in the room. She also paid attention to the crown and the baseboard moldings. This creates cohesion between Kitchen Cabinet Sale the style of the architecture, like the coffered ceiling, and the cabinetry.
Island: A farmhouse sink adds a soft, casual detail. The island conceals the microwave drawer from the adjacent living room.
Lighting: Ornate lanterns add a warm flourish over the island.
Small appliances: At the end of the room, you can see the appliance garage, which conceals small countertop appliances. This photo also gives us a good view of the baseboard molding.The floor plan: Before we enter the butler’s pantry, here’s a plan to show you the way the rooms flow. You can also see the Kitchen Cabinet Sale breakfast area, which Becky covered in trellis latticework.Classic Kitchens of CharlestonButler’s Pantry
“The butler’s pantry was in the builder’s original plans, but I did not understand the value of it until I had it,” Becky says. “It has gotten so much use for everything from mixing cocktails and setting up a buffet to storing some of our stuff for the pool.”
Function: Another sink, an ice maker and a beverage refrigerator make setting up a wet bar easy in the butler’s pantry. “There are two counters in here so that they can also set up a buffet when they are entertaining,” Hendrix says.
Backsplash: Antiqued mirror with rosette details adds an elegant, traditional touch and brightens the room by reflecting the light.
Cabinets: Glass-front cabinets keep the relatively compact space Kitchen Cabinet Sale feeling open and bright, and they provide display space for china and glassware."