KITCHEN UPDATE…FLOORING AND HARDWARE

Vintage Younstown Steel kitchen.

A vintage Youngstown Steel kitchen ad with the look I am going for. Simple white cabinet doors with boomerang chrome hardware and chrome edging on a countertop that stands out.

We are almost ready to order our kitchen cabinets. We are just taking a day or two to make sure we are comfortable with the cabinet placement and of course, the cost. We also revisited the house renovation budget we’d created when we started this whole process and were reminded that since we originally had planned to just paint the existing cabinets and get new hardware, our kitchen cabinet budget was a mere $2000, plus new appliances. With some help from Shirley, our friendly kitchen designer, we were able to bring the new kitchen cabinet costs to just below $10,000 including installation. I’m confident that we will end up with a great kitchen that we love. We met with her again this week and got the revised kitchen plan you see below. The cabinets will be Thomasville glossy white thermofoil (although they look a bit grey in the plan)… the countertops will not be orange. I am still looking for the right countertop and have recently ordered some larger samples from Formica, Arborite and Wilsonart so I can see them in person so I’ll update countertop and backsplash options once I get them.

Revised kitchen plan.

The most recent updated kitchen plan.

The original kitchen plan.

The original kitchen plan.

We made a few adjustments from the original kitchen plan. We are holding off on the large pantry cupboards on the left side wall for now to save a little money and we were concerned that they might be in the way physically and visibly with the entrance door being at that side. Also, we realized that our kitchen window is larger than we had entered in the original plan so to adjust, we had to replace the cabinet to the left of the window with a small diagonal shelf (perfect for displaying some of my vintage chachkas). The cabinets to the right of the window were extended a little so they could all still be the same width and the uppers are now just going to have regular doors rather than doors that lift up. And we felt that with the style of the kitchen, it looked better without the crown moulding. I am happy with all of the changes that have been made and I’m feeling pretty good. Of course I looked at reviews for Thomasville and Home Depot kitchens which had both very positive and some very negative reviews. Reviews can be helpful but I sometimes think that with the usual mix of good and bad comments they can actually make you more confused with what to choose. Personally, I have been very happy with Home Depot’s service so far and our kitchen designer has been helpful, friendly and informative with great input and has been in no way pushy. So I guess it comes down to the product and installation. I’ll let you know my thoughts on that once we have our kitchen installed in a few months.

We won’t be able to install the kitchen until late spring once the house is put onto the foundation. And the foundation and basement can’t be poured until the weather cooperates…and the 35cm of snow we just got likely won’t be going anywhere soon with the record cold temperatures. That frustrates me a little but weather is one thing that is out of our control so I have decided not to worry. I know everything will come together when it is supposed to. And the extra time allows me to take time to decide on everything like counter tops and flooring.

I am still thinking of putting in linoleum flooring in the kitchen and dining room, and possibly the entry way and living room. I like the linoleum option because it is made mostly of natural materials (linseed oil, cork, jute and natural resins). Here are a few possibilities:

This is a grey called ‘light showers’ linoleum from Armstrong.

Armstrong Light Showers linoleum.

Armstrong Light Showers linoleum.

I do still like the original flooring I had picked a few weeks ago as it has more of a vintage flooring look to it and it has a nice blend of colours however I am worried it may be a little light in colour so wouldn’t hide dirt as well. It is Azrock’s Raw Silk.

Azrock vinyl in Raw Silk SKU V-280 www.azrock.com

Azrock vinyl in Raw Silk SKU V-280 www.azrock.com

I also really like Armstrong’s striations line of bio Based tile. The colour Twilight (below) is a nice mix of dark greys along with a hint of turquoise, which isn’t really too obvious looking at the sample photo. The colours would definitely work in the space.

Armstrong BioBased tile in Twilight Striations.

Armstrong tile in Twilight Striations.

It also comes in a pretty aqua shade that could work for an accent inset somewhere.

Armstrong BioBased tile in Azure striations.

Armstrong tile in Azure striations.

And I just ordered several samples of Marmoleum from Forbo.com. They have some really great grey tone options. I like this Grey Dusk with two toned speckled look:

Marmoleum Grey Dusk 3607 from Forbo.com.

Marmoleum Grey Dusk 3607 from Forbo.com.

 

and this is Comet from their concrete look line:

Marmoleum Comet 3703 Forbo.com.

Marmoleum Comet 3703 Forbo.com.

And this Grey Granite from their Striato line:

Grey Granite from Marboleum Striato line, Forbo.com.

Grey Granite from Marmoleum Striato line, Forbo.com.

I’ll see what I think of them in person when I get the samples.

I have also been checking out hardware options. I have found a few vintage lots of original mid century chrome hardware on Etsy.com which might be an option although a few I really like don’t have enough in the lot and some have rust or dents. If I order new hardware I am still really leaning towards the Boomerang Drawer Pulls from Rejuvenation:

Rejuvenation Boomerang Drawer Pull in polished chrome.

Rejuvenation Boomerang Drawer Pull in polished chrome.

And simple polished chrome round knobs for the cabinet doors, the ones shown are also from Rejuvenation but I’m hoping I can get something similar for a little less somewhere else.

Round Dish Cabinet Knob from Rejuvenation.

Round Dish Cabinet Knob from Rejuvenation.

The boomerang style was in many 1950s kitchens. Similar styles below were offered in a 1965 Beaver Lumber flyer.

Vintage hardware options from a 1965 flyer.

Vintage hardware options from a 1965 flyer.

Back in 1965 you could get the lovely polished chrome boomerang style cabinet pulls (#22 in the above ad) for only 40 cents each and the same style of boomerang pull today from Rejuvenation is $11 each.

Another style of pull I have always loved are these chrome deco door pulls. Our century home has two sets of these on the original built in closet doors in our front room that was once the parlour. I would like to take them to use somewhere in the new place but at the same time I think they should stay where they were installed several decades ago.

Vintage cabinet pulls.

Original art deco style cabinet pulls from a built in cabinet in our 100 year old home.

You can get reproductions of this style at Rejuvenation as well although definitely not as nice as the originals I have to say.

Déco drawer pulls from Rejuvenation.

Déco drawer pulls from Rejuvenation.

I’ll keep you posted on what we end up choosing.

 

 

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