The KitchenAugust 5, 2008
Ta-da: here’s the first photo series of the house. A lot of things still aren’t done (or clean, or unpacked) but at this point I figure it’s a lost cause. So I’ll put up everything but pics of the two bedrooms, which are awaiting curtains (our room) and unpacking/furniture (D’s office).
Here’s the kitchen. The layout and cabinetry isn’t original to the house, though it’s a fairly early remodel. The cabinets are built-in-place solid wood circa 1939, according to the permit on file with the city. The unfortunate granite counters and paint are courtesy of the realtor who was cleaning the place up to get it ready to sell. (To his credit, we’re pretty sure based on the paint swatches on the cans that he didn’t *mean* to paint the place pink!) I’m secretly hoping the countertop cracks when we install the dishwasher, which will take out the bank of drawers on the left… (We’re hoping to replace them elsewhere, but putting the dishwasher on the right just got way too complex with the stove and furnace chimney in the way.)
The floor is ceramic tile, though there’s definitely a douglas fir subfloor underneath (you can see it from the basement). We have no idea what kind of shape it’s in, but if it’s salvageable, I’d love to rip the tile up and refinish it. But first we need enough money to put in a new floor in case it turns out to be in terrible shape.
This is our beautiful O’Keefe and Merritt stove—a 1955 High-Vue model that has a periscope to check on your cake as it bakes. Sadly ours has seen better days, but I’m slowly restoring it (know anyone who has the short handles for the left-hand side??) Someday when we have this wall wired, I’m hoping to get the light and clock working again, too. The spice racks are Ikea. They’re not vintage, but they sure are useful.
We’re also lucky to have an intact California cooler, which were common in Arts & Crafts homes from the 1910s through the 1930s. The cooler cabinets were designed to hold fruits, vegetables, and other staples that needed to be kept cool but didn’t need to take up critical space in the era’s tiny ice boxes. The coolers were open to the basement to draw in cool air, which then wafted up and out a chimney or (in our case) a wall vent. Ours has had its bottom nailed in (possibly to keep critters out) so it’s not quite as cool as it could be, but still does an amazing job at keeping things like potatoes and onions fresh.
And on to the breakfast nook….