Sunday, November 29, 2009

elizpiz' Kitchen

Century Home Arts and Crafts Sage Green Kitchen with Vaulted Ceiling

Posted by elizpiz on Sun, Oct 11, 09
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  • Cabinets: custom made by Melo Woodworking, a local Toronto company (no web site!). Maple wood stained, painted, distressed and glazed by Homestead House. Colours used were Tapestry for the perimeter cabs and Cartier for the island. They did an amazing and painstaking job.
  • Countertops: "Java Black" soapstone counters by N&G Soapstone . The island countertop is made from reclaimed red oak planks.
  • Backsplash: Walker-Zanger Antequera Random Mini Brick
  • Appliances:
    • Liebherr RBI 1400 24" all-fridge with Biofresh
    • TurboChef double ovens, with custom RAL 3011 red oven door
    • BlueStar 36" cooktop with centre grill
    • Custom Modern-Aire hood, 1000 cfms
    • Miele Excella full dishwasher
    • Fisher Paykel single Dishwasher Drawer
    • Double SubZero freezer drawers
  • Sinks:
    • Main sink: apron front farmhouse soapstone sink from N&G Soapstone
    • Prep sink: Franke BBX160 Beach sink
  • Faucets:
    • Wall-Mount potfiller: Kohler K-7322
    • Main sink faucet: Kohler K-8761
    • Prep sink: Kohler Vinnata K-691
  • Hardware:
    • Perimeter cabinets: Whitechapel Hardware, based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    • Island and fridge: Architectural salvage from Olde Good Things in NYC
  • Bar stools: America Retold. Last place I saw them was at
  • Floors: radiant heated limestone from Marble Trend; it’s Jasman.
  • Paint: Wall colour in kitchen is Plaster by Homestead House; stairwell to basement and up to second floor is Benjamin Moore Buckhorn
  • Art: We have some great pieces, including my beautiful roosters from local contemporary folk artist Pey Lu, and a couple of pieces from my best friend and amateur artist, Vera.
Background Info:
Here’s what we did:
  • Knock it down and build it out. Our house is almost 100 years old and as such, the original kitchen was quite small – about 9x10. We have an unusually shaped lot, and the shape allowed for us to be able to knock down an exterior wall and build out.
  • Make it look unique and up to date but fitting with the rest of the house. The objective was to make the kitchen look like it was always there, with more up to date appliances. To achieve that, we had the cabinets hand-painted and distressed and chose heritage colours. We used reclaimed oak planks for the island countertop; the hardware is a combination of hand-forged cast iron from England and finds from architectural salvage. Countertops and the main sink are soapstone.
  • Find room for the "library"! An imperative was to find a home for my 300+ (and counting) cookbook collection. We achieved that through clever cabinetry and the acquisition of a beautiful old hutch.
Apron Sink
Base Cabinet>24in Deep
Wall Cabinet>36in High
Dish Drawer
Dishwasher Drawer
Full Extension Drawers
Garden Window
Gourmet Professional
Hood Custom
Induction Cooktop
Island with Seating
Knife Drawer
Lighting Recessed
Prep Area Multiple
Prep Sink
Pullout Pantry
Unique Hardware
Unique Window


I'm in awe. That is absolutely incredible. Whatever you spent and however long it took ... it was worth it. I love so many things (that fridge! the mini hob! the ceiling! THAT OVEN!) but I think my favorite thing is the show nook under the stairs ... best use of "dead space" I've maybe ever seen. Well done!

Gabrielle said...

I must say, I dislike about 90% of the kitchens I see on this site. This is totally my style - absolutely beautiful job. And I am DROOLING over the double Turbo Chefs! Congrats on a great job.

ncamy said...

I think this kitchen is one of the most understated upscale kitchens I have ever seen. The details are amazing. I love everything about it.

Eliz said...

Thank you for all your nice compliments. We love the new kitchen, and Gabrielle, our Turbo Chef rocks! :-)


Basia said...

Beautifully done! I also have a prairie-style inspired home and am considering a similar slate treatment as a backsplash. It was great to see yours in use. I hope that you are enjoying your beautiful new kitchen!

Lynda said...

What an absoultely fabulous kitchen makeover! Wow!

Jen said...

I love your kitchen. Thanks for posting it and allowing us to see it too! said...

I am curious as heck where you got your beautiful windows??? Who is the manufacturer? Thanks for sharing.

Eliz said...

Cappi, the windows are Anderson; our GC stained the intertiors and the exteriors come in a variety of colours. Email me at if you need more info.

Karen said...

This kitchen is a poem. It cannot be duplicated--it is so...unhouzz.