Kitchen of the Week: Creativity Shines at Seattle

Despite its modern patterned floor and bright crimson backsplash, this kitchen includes some amazingly traditional roots. Built in 1917, this Seattle residence formerly had only 1 owner, who had completed minimal updates over recent years. Although the clients didn’t need to maintain the rusted metal cabinetry or barely functioning stove, they still wanted to honor the house’s history. Designer Laura Zeck used sterile stuff, dressed up that the original flooring and framed discovered art to unite the past with the current in this hot and beautiful layout.

Kitchen at a Glance
Location: Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington
Size: 200 square feet

Zinc Artwork + Interiors

The kitchen had a massive 1950s-style stove, with the burners at a drawer. The clients were not able to salvage it, but they wanted to honor the kitchen in some manner. During demolition, they discovered a bunch of old papers in the cabinets, and framed a few pick clippings as wall art. The colours in the framed advertisement next to the stove motivated the bright orange of the new $3,000 Blue Star range and glass-painted counter tops.

The first hardwood floors have a beautiful honey color, but there were some very damaged sections. The homeowners liked the floor’s patina but wanted to divert from the destroyed parts. After the first coat of finish, Zeck painted large stenciled sections on the ground at exactly the same light grey as the walls, then put on two coats of finish.

Range: Blue Star; hood: Vent–a-hood

Zinc Artwork + Interiors

The kitchen bar area — complete with a zinc counter — had been an adjoining sunroom. The custom maple ply cabinetry layout, fabrication and installation cost about $11,000. The cutouts on the kitchen storage dividers replicate the cutouts on the shelves.

Faucet: Karbon Articulating Faucet, Kohler; sink: Franke;cabinetry: custom by Mike Miller Construction; dishwasher: Fisher and Paykel

Zinc Artwork + Interiors

The wood to the open shelving was discovered in the house’s basement — another tribute to the home’s history. Before refrigerators became dwelling mainstays, the cellar held a bigger refrigerator with individual lockers and shelves to the members of the little fishing community that the house is in. These open shelves once sat within the lockers.

Zinc Artwork + Interiors

Next to the L-shaped counter, a brief hallway with a swinging door helps separate the kitchen’s mess from the rest of the house. The floral wallpaper inspired the stenciled pattern on the kitchen floor.

Zinc Artwork + Interiors

The pantry shelf to the right of the refrigerator makes use of the refrigerator doors found in the cellar, also.

The zinc bar price $850, hence the clients opted for a more palatable choice on the opposite countertops. Salvaged slate chalkboards, found at Seattle’s ReStore for about $ 5 per square foot, were sterile coated, match with a custom stainless steel edge and finished with linseed oil.

Refrigerator: Liebherr

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