The home’s former dining area finds new life as a gourmet kitchen, complete with cottage-style maple cabinetry and natural quartz countertops.
A light-filled cooking space pops to life with solid maple cabinetry, inspired by coastal cottage design. Beaded, reverse-raised-panel doors and oil-rubbed bronze hardware complete the look. “The kitchen was on life support,” says I Hate My Kitchen host James Young. “Now it’s breathing.”
The chalkboard wall, painted by James Young and the I Hate My Kitchen crew, is an ideal spot to jot to-do lists, recipes and important notes. A pot rack, crafted from galvanized steel pipe, keeps pots and pans at the ready.
Cabinetry that faces the kitchen island provides more storage opportunities: glass-front shelves to display stemware and canned goods and solid drawer-front cabinets to stow kitchen-essentials better left unseen.
Wavy window glass, reclaimed from a barn a short distance from Blog Cabin 2011, is fashioned into cabinetry insets. Slight distortions, pits and imperfections complement the kitchen’s casual, cottage style.
Designer Victoria Lesser approached the design of Blog Cabin interiors as one would assemble a classic wardrobe: She focused on quality, not quantity. “This isn’t a movie set that will then get knocked down,” she says. “Someone will live in this house. So it just can’t look good for TV, it has to feel good.”
Frosted mosaic tile, fashioned from recycled glass, forms the kitchen’s backsplash. A vent, installed under cabinetry, mimics the look of a custom hood. A gas range, pot filler and stainless steel shelving are among the room’s amenities.