Kitchen of the Week: Dark Bungalow Rooms Get a Bright, Retro Redo
-Photography by Mike Kaskel
The original layout consisted of the laundry and back service porch area, a small room for the kitchen sink, [The original said “a kitchen sink room,” which was a bit awkward sounding. Is the rewrite accurate?] and a separate room that held the range, refrigerator and dining table. Removing the walls that divided the kitchen and laundry room was the first step.
The solution: The water heater was hidden inside custom shaker-style cabinetry that matches the pantry and broom closet for a harmonious look.And by tucking the washer and dryer under a countertop, designer Joy Wilkins created a laundry area that can do double-duty as extra serving space during holiday meals. Countertop: Polished Dreamy Marfil by Caesarstone. Washer and dryer: Whirlpool
“Because the house has so much original wainscoting and hardwood flooring, cherry wood cabinets and new hardwood floors were chosen to help continue the look and feel of the home as you transition from the dining room into the new kitchen,” explains Wilkins. Cabinetry: R.D. Henry Company (formerly Custom Cupboards) in Wichita, Kansas
“The function of the space is always the most important, and knowing that the homeowners enjoy working in it is really rewarding,” says Wilkins. “The finishes and aesthetics are the frosting on the cake and generally the most fun!”Backsplash: Subway tile in Manhattan Cream by Tile Shop of Berkeley. Microwave: GE Profile. Refrigerator: Big Chill, Retro line [Is this accurate? Your original text – which was included with a photo that did not show the refrigerator, but I moved the info here – said “’Big Chill’ Vintage-style refrigerator.” But on Big Chill’s website they appear to have a Retro line, but not a Vintage line. I think it should probably be Retro. Can you double-check?]