Before & After: Traditional Meets Modern Kitchen

Before & After: Traditional Meets Modern Kitchen

Kristen Lubbe
Mar 29, 2010

The owners of a 110-year-old home in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania needed some help. They weren't in love with the clunky, dark and seriously out of date kitchen anymore. The home owners turned to the help of three local resources and the road to a modern renovation began.

With the help of interior designer Katherine Glendinning, Conshohocken cabinetmaker Jim Arthur, and Flourtown contractor Harry Hansell &mdash the renovation didn't seem so overwhelming and turned out to be quite successful. The only remnants of the previous kitchen are the bar stools that the owner, Arthur built over 10 years ago.

The new cabinets are made from tiger maple and stained very lightly to help bring much needed light into the kitchen. The stainless steel handles on each drawer add a modern touch and help the stainless steel appliances make sense. The countertops are quartz caesar stone &mdash the island top is made from bamboo.

White subway tile was stacked for the backsplash and a neutral tan paint color was used for the remainder of the walls. The open shelving and string course (modern day version of crown molding) were also made from bamboo.

We really love how open and bright the remodeled kitchen became. Ample light is always the first ingredient in any successful kitchen.

Images: Arthur Works, Sam Orberter

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