Black & White Cottage Kitchen: Get the Look

Black & White Cottage Kitchen: Get the Look

Sarah Coffey
Nov 29, 2010

Architects Steve Schappacher and Rhea White (of SchappacherWhite) painstakingly renovated a 1904 fisherman's cottage on Shelter Island. While their black and white kitchen benefits from custom designs and the keen eyes of two talented architects, other renovators can achieve a similar style if they know where to look. Here's our brief guide to getting a kitchen like this for yourself.

Architecture

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For the tailored, custom look that Steve and Rhea got, it doesn't hurt to have an architect. Their firm, SchappacherWhite Ltd., is a New York-based architecture and interior design business that specializes in renovation and historic preservation.

Cabinets

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For semi-custom cabinetry, try Kraftmaid, sold through megastores like Home Depot and Lowe's. Prices vary according to the customer's choice of wood and finish, and cottage beadboard styles come in oak, maple, hickory, cherry, birch, or thermofoil (MDF).

Chalkboard Paint

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One of the most distinctive parts of Steve and Rhea's kitchen is also one of the most affordable. Chalkboard paint creates an accent wall that can be newly personalized every day. Benjamin Moore's Studio Finishes Chalkboard Paint is erasable and washable.

Countertops

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For a solid black countertop that's super durable, try good old-fashioned laboratory surfaces. Made from epoxy resin, they're heat, flame, chemical, and stain proof. Laboratory Tops — based out of Taylor, Texas — is a good resource for custom orders for kitchens.

Island

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Steve and Rhea's island is a custom piece that fits their kitchen perfectly, but if you're looking for something off-the-shelf, this French Kitchen Island ($999) from Crate & Barrel is a traditional, solidly constructed island that would feel at home in a cottage kitchen.

Lighting

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For semi-custom lighting, check out this Portland-based company, which specializes in period fixture reproductions. Their lights are available in a wide range of finishes, styles, and colors — this is the Skidmore, $150.

Shelving

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Beadboard wall shelving isn't difficult to locate. In fact, IKEA has a few versions of classic cottage shelving, including this Liatorp Wall Bridging Shelf for $140. There's also a matching line of Liatorp cupboards, glass-door cabinets, and freestanding bookshelves.

Stools

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The stools Steve and Rhea chose add a modern element to their classic kitchen. Similar saddle stools (named for their slightly curved seats) can be found online through retailers like Amazon.com, where we located this 24-inch Counter Height Saddle Seat Stool for $41.

To see the full tour of this home, click here.

Photo: Laura Moss / SchappacherWhite

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