Renovated & Restored Classic Kitchen: Get the Look

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When Kristen and Kyle renovated their Portland kitchen, they went with custom cabinetry, schoolhouse lighting, and classic Benjamin Moore colors. The result is a comfortable and functional space that can be updated and personalized with colorful accessories.

Paint, Cabinets, and Counters

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Kristen and Kyle used these Portland-based carpenters to build their cabinets and a butcher block-topped island. Kristen says, "I think it’s the custom built cabinets" that "make the kitchen look spiffy aesthetically."

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The kitchen walls are Rockport Gray HC-105, while the cabinets are painted in White Dove OC-17 — a decorator favorite. Benjamin Moore's paints are available in Aura (low-VOC) and Natura (no-VOC) lines.

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The sink counters are honed absolute black granite cut to fit the space. It's a classic look that helps dark appliances (like the induction cooktop) blend in. The butcher block counters are from Dovetail Custom Woodworks.

Fixtures and Tile

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Kristen and Kyle's faucet is a discontinued model, but you can find a similar look by searching for "bridge faucets." We found this Belle Foret Kitchen Bridge Faucet with Matching Spray - N11001 for $279 at online renovation resource

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The sink is a basic stainless steel single basin model by Kohler, similar to this Staccato Single-Basin Self-Rimming Kitchen Sink, $314, although she says, "we wish we had splurged and gone with a deep farmhouse sink." For other good fixture/sink sources, see this post.

5093f388d9127e2f1c0004b4. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop The ReBuilding Center
Portland has one of the best salvage shops in the country — The Rebuilding Center continually makes our national best of lists. Kristen and Kyle found their classic white subway tile there. They also stock cabinets, flooring, and fixtures.

Lighting & Accessories

5093f388dbd0cb034f00051c. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Rejuvenation Hardware
Portland-based Rejuvenation is another one of our go-to sources for period-authentic lighting, hardware and house parts. Their products are handcrafted in the USA, and prices are reasonable. Shown: Rhone Classic Schoolhouse Pendant, $177.

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Yellow accessories give this kitchen its sunny personality. Kristen says her favorite is the tea kettle: "It gets used every morning and night — we love tea!" Shown: Le Creuset Classic Whistling Tea Kettle, $68 at

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Kristen uses trays to organize supplies like water bottles, flowers, and cooking tools. This Bambeco Soleil Serving Tray Yellow 2-Piece Set is made from 100% recycled materials and finished with polyurethane.

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Photos: Leela Cyd Ross