Updating 1950s kitchen cabinets
Caned backs have a pleasant texture, and give a sense of lightness and airiness.Nevertheless, the total effect is firm and substantial."With its built-in refrigerator, cooking top, and dishwasher, this kitchen is a miracle of compactness: The counters make an uncompleted square around a 5' x 7' working floor space. The color scheme that runs throughout, beginning with the Versailles-inspired black and white Hausmann tile, nods to the San Francisco home's history: "The intent was for a classic black and white kitchen, like sea salt and black pepper. I chose Cornforth White and Off Black from Farrow and Ball for the walls, which gives the timeless combination a slight patina that fit the 100-year-old house," says de La Cruz.
Cabinets of the same wood contribute to this impression." in 1959, this kitchen had "furniture that makes itself at home anywhere," designed by Schoen Furniture in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
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"The idea is to use as many four-burner tops, ovens, and storage drawers as space and need demand, in whatever combination is most appropriate.
This flexibility of choice means you can have what you want, exactly where you want it, to cater to personal convenience." editors back then.The kitchen boasted a cooking range bisected by a work counter, a hooded ventilator and grille to control cooking steam, odors, and grease built into the wall cabinets, and a washer and dryer in their own corner.