We've done so much work in there, that I can't share it all in one posting, so I'll pare it down to one important corner, the pantry.
Briefly, we tore out the old, and installed new floors, cabinets, and ceiling, plus all the necessary accoutrements, like appliances. It took a very long time, but the cabinets are finally in. We chose a painted shaker style with this black hardware. I know, I know, brushed nickle is all the rage now, but we decided to keep the original built-in pantry with it's vintage spade hinges in black wrought iron. We thought we'd have to go with aged bronze, then I found these black handles, and think they really reflects the older hardware from the 50s better. Plus, they add a bit of POP to the gray/green cabinets.
Now that the contractors are (finally) out of here, I've been repainting the old pantry (as well as the walls, ceiling, and trim). All the shelves were lined with old linoleum tiles which I had to chisel off. Then I sanded, filled the holes and gaps with caulk, and painted the whole thing with white semi-gloss enamel.
Here's a picture of the pantry cabinet without the doors. Can you see the ecru door next to it? Yep, that's the color the pantry used to be, too. This door was later painted the same white, I'm happy to say. This pantry isn't very deep, but it holds a surprisingly large amount of canned and boxed goods. We're so glad we chose to keep it, and the added space has been golden.
Sidebar....Now, here's the snag....yup, the paint started to peel off the outside of the pantry, just like the closet doors in our bedroom. So far the damage is only where the doors meet the stiles. Well, repainting it will just have to wait. The tile guys are here right now, and we have so much work to do in other rooms. We need to just put a period in this room and move on for now.
So, after the tile is installed, I'll take some pictures of the final product and post them next time. Even though we had issues with the fit and finish of the cabinets, we are overall pleased with how the space works and feels. It's such a bright and cheery spot that greets us in the morning.
Next installment: the rest of the kitchen
Paint colors: Rope (Valspar) lacquer on cabinets
White (Olympia) semi gloss enamel on trim and pantry
Gypsum (Behr) semi gloss enamel on base and crown molding
SWW Reserve (Behr) flat enamel on walls
Cherry stain by Minwax on the oak floors