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002 Carolees Kitchen Finished

This project was a challenge to partially replace an original kitchen's lower cabinetry and plumbing with drawer boxes, while keeping the vintage look of the original upper cabinets with their scroll work.

To achieve this I installed a modern apron front sink, granite countertops, and a new range hood with built in exhaust fan, all pulled together by natural marble 3"X 6" subway tile on the backsplash.

The owner already had enough storage space available, and wanted to retain a type of retractable breadboard like the old kitchen had. I utilized a cutoff from the large butcher block counter I installed on the other side of the kitchen, and I turned that piece into a retractable breadboard which is really quite sturdy and makes a great cutting block.

It retracts into the cabinetry on the same soft close rails that the drawers travel on. The owner says that it is quite handy to be able to temporarily slide what you're working on out of your way if you need to get in the cabinets below - as long as what you're working on isn't too tall that is.

Now that it's finished, the overall looks and efficiency of this old kitchen are greatly improved, and the owner is thrilled!

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