Lori's Cottage Kitchen: Before & After
This 1920's old home in Oakwood, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, needed more than a simple face lift. Everything had to go, including the plaster and lath walls....and 3 layers of flooring. The homeowner had always wanted a charming white cottage kitchen so she first consulted Kelly Zamonski of The Kitchen Place in Xenia, Ohio to help her design and build the kitchen of her dreams. Lori chose Plain & Fancy Cabinetry for her ktichen with a beaded inset, beadboard doorstyle on the lower cabinets and a simple recessed panel above. A closet in the adjacent mudroom was removed to create a pass-thru and allow more light to filter through to the kitchen and give the illusion of more space. Taller wall cabinets were installed to also make the small room feel larger. Period fixtures by Hudson Valley Lighting (Petersburg Collection) were installed instead of can light lights. Pendants were used over the windows and one wall sconce was used in case the table was placed back in the room. LED undercabinet lights by Richelieu were also installed. Small 4" can lights were used in the lower ceiling of the pass-thru area. The homeowner did not want granite or marble and the acrylics and quartz materials did not excite her either. She saw a kitchen in a magazine with darker wood tops. The Kitchen Place, a Craft-Art dealer, was able to offer Lori several species and options of wood tops. Lori chose Bubinga for it's darker (unstained) coloring to contrast with her white cabinetry. Its tung oil finish will repel water and water stains for years and the finish is renewable.