Not many homeowners want a new kitchen that looks like it belongs in a barn. But in this case, the sought-after look was the perfect fit.
The home is a converted barn with the original sliding doors and cow pen still in place. Although the rest of the home is decorated with charming antiques and trompe l'oeil artwork, the '70s - style kitchen was overwhelmed with an oversized refrigerator and microwave oven. It also lacked storage space.
The recessed-panel cabinetry was carefully selected to match the color of the cow pen and barn doors, focal points of the adjoining family and dining rooms. White painted bead board, found elsewhere in the home, is used on the backsplash and as wainscot.
Individual furniture pieces were designed so that two large windows and the hot water baseboard heater could remain undisturbed. The sideboard countertop is made of salvaged pine, stained and distressed to resemble the color and character of the kitchen's exposed ceiling beams. The drawer heads of two plate rack cabinets are also finished in this warm color.
The starting point of the renovation was the floor: earthy ceramic tile over concrete that the homeowners didn't want to replace. Thus, relocating electrical, plumbing and heating fixtures was kept to a minimum. The dishwasher was moved out of a tight corner, where it was difficult to unload, to the end of the "L".
This kitchen was a first-place award winner in the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 1998 Design Competition.
Company: Hanford Cabinet & Woodworking Co.,Inc.Old Saybrook, CT