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Vintage? This Kitchen Proves "Old" is Better.

Thursday, September 3, 2015   /   by Client Care

Vintage? This Kitchen Proves "Old" is Better.


This reclaimed New York cook space (dating back to 1755!) proves everything old is, in fact, new again.



Think your kitchen needs a remodel? Imagine how homeowner Daniel Flebut felt when he first laid eyes on the cook space of his overgrown 1700s stone house in New Paltz, New York. Fortunately, the architect-by-day welcomed the challenge of restoring the room to its old glory. Here's how he and partner William Charnock paid tribute to its past while adding a few modern-day upgrades.

Better With Age



Imperfect floors. Rather than replace the "flawed" flooring where the fireplace once stood, Daniel embraced the pieced-together texture, leaving the original wide plank boards and stone hearth untouched.

Modern lighting. Sleek fixtures (a mix of large dome pendants and custom swing-arm lamps) provide a contemporary contrast to the rustic space. 

 

Reclaimed island. William fashioned the island topper, secured to two old sawhorses, from floorboards salvaged from an upstairs bedroom.


Pop of Color
The built-ins pay homage to the colorful wainscoting unearthed during the restoration. They couple used Cook's Blue by Farrow and Ball.


Aga Oven
The cream-colored cast-iron cooker—William's favorite feature in the kitchen—sits on the footprint of the home's old fireplace hearth. Next to it, a restored (but no longer functioning) beehive oven serves as a focal point in the cozy space.

High Ceilings
Open shelves. Daniel designed the kitchen without upper cabinets, which would have felt clunky next to the hefty beams and low 7-foot ceiling.

 
Mixed finishes. Cabinets with blue-gray undertones (built by local furniture maker Josh Finn and finished by John Cox of Re-Fab studios balance the warmer hues of the original wood.

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