Beautiful cabinetry, mullioned windows and richly refinished floors refresh this kitchen in an 1879 Pennsylvania home.
Size: 183 square feet (17 square meters)
Location: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Designer: elizaBeth Marcocci of Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry
Prior to its renovation, this kitchen in an 1879 Pennsylvania home lacked counter space and had no range hood, and the finish on the cabinets was peeling off. There was a large window-like opening in a wall that ate up space without serving a real purpose. A full renovation fixed the layout and took care of the cosmetic challenges.
This photo also shows where the refrigerator was before the remodel. Just past it you can see the top of an opening.
The cabinetry style is inset Shaker, which fits with the traditional feel the homeowners wanted. “We tried to make it up to date but with that older feel that she likes,” Marcocci says of one of the homeowners. Traditional cup pulls and knobs honored the home’s history, while undercabinet and recessed can lighting gave the room proper illumination.
The peninsula contains two deep drawers where the homeowners store pots and pans. The tall, skinny cabinet on the window wall holds trays. The wide cabinet on that wall has rollout shelves, and the corner cabinet contains a lighted Lazy Susan.
The homeowners chose this dark granite because it had the inky rich look of soapstone, which they loved, but it was less costly and easier to care for.
Cabinets: Signature Custom Cabinetry; counters: Negresco honed granite, Classic Rock Fabrication; wall color: Hearts of Palm, Sherwin-Williams; cup pulls and knobs: Top Knobs
The farmhouse sink has a spray faucet and a sink-top garbage disposal switch to the right of the spray. The dishwasher is to the right of the sink, hidden behind a cabinet panel.
Faucet: Tresa collection, Brizo; sink: Whitehaven, Kohler
Marcocci added a clean white subway tile backsplash that runs all the way up the 9½-foot ceiling. While the original glass-front cabinets end 15 inches above the countertop, Marcocci raised these 18 inches above the counter to allow for countertop appliances. (Both distances are acceptable under National Kitchen & Bath Association standards.)
The homeowners like to eat quick breakfasts or lunches at the new peninsula. Marcocci used the space on the island back to tuck in some extra storage.
The homeowners were able to refinish and save the existing pine floors.