After the renovation the marble backsplash, distressed white
cabinets with inset doors and classic trim made a convincing case
for enduring style.
The starting point was a tired kitchen with dated 1980s cabinets
and a vinyl floor.
The new cabinets were designed and made in the shop at Enduring
Charm, which allowed for ultimate dimensional flexibility and the
creation of genuine details not found on factory cabinets.
One unique feature is the incorporation of shelving with
handmade baskets, which are used to store commonly accessed items
like teabags and morning vitamins. The exhaust fan over the
range is concealed by a well proportioned wood enclosure.
The countertops are soapstone from Virginia and the stainless
sink is undermounted. Note the base moulding creating feet
over the toe kick area as well as the beaded frame inset doors.
The distressed white finish allows some black to come through on
The floor to ceiling pantry contains soft-close pull out drawers
so that locating an item is easy and quick.
A pull out spice rack and another pull out cabinet to store
cookie sheets and cooking wrap is part of the design.
A built in bench seating area was modeled after the lines of
an antique chair, and the farm table was custom made by Enduring
Charm with hand-turned legs and locally harvested wood.
The pull out sink faucet is placed off center to give more
room for soaps and to allow better views out the window.
This kitchen was overdue for a renovation, and the new design was
modeled after farm style kitchens of the past. The idea was to
use classic features and finishes with all the conveniences of
modern kitchens. So, there is a marble backsplash, soapstone counters, vintage
pulls, dovetailed drawers and inset doors, but also soft-close
hidden hardware and a pull out spice rack.
--John Painter, Owner