Kitchen Seating = Must Have!

This house and I had an instant connection. I was on a mission to preserve as much as possible and thankfully the house had a lot of great details and original materials to work with. However, it also came with a front family room addition that left an awkward kitchen transition. A window shelf above the kitchen sink separated it from the front family room. The space also offered cabinets suspended from the ceiling that made sitting at the raised bar nearly impossible.



This needed to be changed. The cabinets were removed and the window shelf opening was expanded in order to make the raised counter bar functional and maximized. I loved the original wood spindles that flanked the living room, but their existing locations made it feel very closed off. The solution was to relocate three of them to the opposite side of the room to balance the others, but also to create a visual separation between spaces.

With the suspended cabinets gone, a new modern exhaust hood was dropped from the ceiling to help give a modern vibe to this retro space. I loved the original teal appliances, but a dishwasher needed to be added to this kitchen for increased functionality. Thankfully, Big Chill Appliances offers amazing retro appliances and dishwasher panel was installed an a Bosch unit to compliment the original teal color! It’s incredible what a huge comeback 1950’s style appliances, furniture and décor has made and how accessible reproductions have become.

16The cabinets and counters were saved and restored, but we added a new quartz bar counter top that wrapped around both sides doubling the amount of kitchen seating with six beautiful Bertoia barstools. This is one massive change since the 1950’s because at that time, nobody gathered in the kitchen… But today, it’s where everyone comes together and it’s important to have a space that accommodates that. Kitchen seating is a must have!

Interested in one of the items you see in the AFTER photo?  Check out the product resources below! Questions about this project: E-mail me at for details!


Ceiling Light:

Exhaust Hood:

Bertoia Style Barstools:

Dishwasher Panel from Big Chill:

Chrome Cabinet Hardware:

Cabinets Painted: Dark Pewter PPU18-4 By BEHR

Door Painted: Pencil Point PPU18-2 by BEHR





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