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The kitchen, office and laundry rooms are at the back of the house all in a line. All have strips of '70s brick-printed vinyl on the floor, which we hope to replace with painted wood or checkerboard linoleum.

The kitchen was our first major project in the house. It had outdated cabinets, counters, appliances, lighting and flooring - not that we mind outdated so much. We kept most of it but just prettied it up. I wanted to get a refurbished antique gas stove, but our lack of space killed that idea. A pink 1960 stand mixer will have to do for now in the vintage appliance department.

Our plan:
  • Add flat, simple trim to the cabinet faces.
  • Paint the cabinets off white with green insets.
  • Replace '70s hardware with new oiled bronze hardware from Rejuvenation Lighting. (kinda looks like cast iron)
  • Replace the countertop with black and white hexagon tiles and backsplash with subway tiles.
  • Add a dishwasher, microwave and garbage disposal (read more and see pictures of our appliance installation here).
  • Replace the stainless steel sink and faucet with a cast iron sink and oiled bronze faucet.
  • Sand and paint peeling walls and woodwork.
  • Add new lighting from Schoolhouse Electric.
  • Remove the vinyl floor and the particleboard underneath.
  • Install tin ceilings.
  • Sand the original pine floor and paint in a checkerboard pattern, or install Marmoleum lineoleum in a checkerboard pattern.

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In progress:

In the process of renovating the kitchen, we discovered that the woodwork in the kitchen was formerly bright pastel blue ... practically neon. The mantel in the dining room was the same color, and the one in the living room (which we found in the attic) was seafoam green, which - based on our observation of other houses in the neighborhood - was a popular paint color around here at some point in the mid 20th century.


Adjacent to the kitchen is the office. It has solid pine paneling and three large windows letting in lots of natural light. This part of the house was added on, but we're not sure when. I'm inclined to believe it was before 1941 because the PPOs (previous previous owners) were a little old lady and her bachelor son, who died in 1941. Why would an old gal living alone add on two rooms to her already-large house?

Update: A blog reader contacted me whose friend lived in this house when she was in high school (the girl's dad was the original homeowners' grandson). If Mary Julia's grandson's family lived here between MJ and the Parkins, it's possible they added on this room.

Laundry Room

The laundry room at the back of the house was also added on. It's small but adequate and has a convenient sink and cabinets. It used to have a door leading to the outside, but the opening was blocked when aluminum siding was put on the back of the house by previous owners.

E-mail: kristin (at) 1902victorian.com