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Transformative Vintage Kitchen Design

January 15, 2016No comments

1970s kitchen and dining with peek-thru peninsula, oak cabinets and maple dinette

1970s Tennessee home badly in need of an update.

This Tennessee home was overdue for a functional and stylistic update, yet my client wanted to incorporate some of the vintage treasures she had acquired over the years. I think we did a great job of achieving all three goals. The 1970s design separated kitchen and dining room by a peek-a-boo peninsula, ineffective for communication and unattractive as a divider. We needed to open up and lighten up the space, giving it room to breathe without losing storage or countertop space.

vintage kitchen design based on white shaker cabinets and reclaimed island, painted dining table and eclectic decor

Kitchen and dining room are connected by a long wall of cabinets, creating a bright and open space.

The new design unites the kitchen and dining areas with a long wall of white cabinets in a classic Shaker style. A more decorative cabinet would have competed with the vintage decor, while the simple Shaker cabinets provide a neutral backdrop for an eclectic assortment of elements including a vintage ceiling fan and chandelier. A bank of glass-door cabinets provides a neat and trim display space for china and dolls, preserving the counter below for prep and serving. The peninsula is gone and the wide span of ceiling supported by a single turned post.

Tennessee kitchen has white shaker cabinets and unique vintage island with solid wood slab counter

The new kitchen incorporates that must-have cabinet, a drawer base for pot and pan storage, as well as a pull-out spice cabinet and lazy Susan. The island is composed of a recycled glass-door display case with a thick solid hardwood slab top. The dark tones of the island countertop are reflected in the granite countertop on the kitchen’s perimeter.

portrait of kitchen designer Rachel Brune, a young woman with short red hair and glassesOne of the things I enjoy most about my work is helping each customer create a uniquely personalized space, one that works well and projects their personality.

Kitchen Designer Rachel Brune

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