Kitchen renovation – it’s time for me to begin thinking of how I’m going to redo my kitchen.

Granted, it’s more of “making” a kitchen, since we currently live with one lower cabinet and assorted Metro shelving. There won’t be much to demolish!

I ran across this great guide by Houzz today — I’m going to start collecting ideas and visiting showrooms soon. This article has inspired me!


Our Foursquare is traditional 1908 – not exactly Craftsman – not MacIntosh –it’s considered “Transitional”, according to Thom Green of Greene & Proppe. Our highest priority is to make the kitchen as “historic” as the rest of the house, so it should include  traditional style – inset cabinets. We have to work within a 14 x 13′ space, so we’re limited in our options.

Cabinet Options


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The Southampton Kitchen with antique white stain looks more like a butler’s pantry – I’m a big fan of this one (forget the island – that’s NOT part of the look I’m going for!)




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The Oak Park Cabinet is too stylized for us.





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I think the Craftsman kitchen is too stylized, too.





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The traditional cabinet doesn’t look right, either.





Tom and I have been fans of this cabinet for a long time! We started our journey by touting the quartersawn cabinet, but I think it’s not “soft” enough for us.

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These kitchens are just gorgeous!





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The cherry cabinet just might be the way to go…



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I just love this Kennebec White Cabinet!






What’s your favorite historic kitchen renovation?

What cabinets are in your kitchen?


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