Maple Furniture Kitchen

custom glazed maple cabinets with furniture detailsFor natural wood, glazed kitchen cabinets, it’s the grain and detailing that matters.

It’s rare to come across a maple kitchen with a vintage American furniture look and not find it just a trifle staid. But when the cabinets are exquisitely made, proportioned and glazed, the result is as timeless and as classic as this custom wormy maple kitchen in Chicago.

Perhaps most surprising is the lack of contrast. From the honey-glazed maple cabinets to the granite counters and the tumbled marble backsplash it’s much the same tone. Even the stone-tile floor blends in.  For me, the most-handsome area is the SubZero refrigerator and freezer armoire [top] with arched paneled doors that close against an intricately detailed refrigeration cabinet. That cabinet goes to the ceiling in one piece and the usual soffit cabinet space is opened up for display. A matched pair of tall, library style cabinets feature wire-mesh inserts backed by shirred fabric with drawers below and additional, larger display openings on top. At each end of the island there is space to sit down.

custom glazed maple cabinets with granite topped islandThe island is a bi-level affair with a raised, granite-topped sideboard-style cabinet facing the dining area. It blocks the view of the main stainless steel sink behind it.

range niche with Wolf dual fuel in custom maple cabinet kitchenAcross the aisle, a 60-inch Wolf dual fuel range is built into a niche that conceals a vent hood and is backed by tumbled marble tile inset with a trio of raised grape cluster motif decorative tiles and a matching smaller scale border. The area also provides raised spice storage shelves and narrow ledges for setting down bottles and utensils.

secondary marble apron front sink in custom maple kitchenThe mix of materials travels a bit at the secondary sink where a panel of glass mosaic tile is framed with the grape cluster relief behind a stunning marble panel-front apron sink. The panel reminds me of a Roman bath floor (and the sink is definitely tub size) while the surrounding cabinets feel like Philadelphia Main Line. Yet it’s a mixed marriage that works.

corner breakfast bar in custom maple cabinet kitchen Kitchen corners that sit between two doors are notoriously tough. Designer Pauline Laner finessed this one by linking cabinets above the doorway within the kitchen area and having two adjacent cabinets built like co-joined hutches with elegant closed, curved side panels that finish them exquisitely. This becomes the breakfast bar with a handy plate rack, coffee maker and toaster oven contained in a charming space.


(Source: BH&G Kitchen and Bath Ideas).

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5 Responses to Maple Furniture Kitchen

  1. laxsupermom April 8, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    Love that corner breakfast station! And I love the way it was joined to the cabinetry on the other side of the doorway. Really interesting details. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Allison April 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    I love the wood in this kitchen. It has such warmth and a great patina.

  3. Karen April 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous. I could possibly rethink my white kitchen cabinets if I could get a look like this.

  4. Jane F @ Atticmag April 19, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    I’m a painted wood person. 99% of the time I’d paint almost any dark wood but I wanted to show this kitchen because the cabinets are so exceptional. I agree Karen. It’s really more than cabinets, it’s elegant furniture IMO. The owner is one very lucky person to find these craftsmen (they are outside Chicago and I tried to look them up to include their name but couldn’t find them).

  5. Karen April 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    See, and I love marble. I do not care that it etches! I was pleased to read that the sink is marble, but not the usual white marble. I could see doing the counters in the same marble as the sink.

    My kitchen faces south and gets a lot of bright light, this look would make it feel so comforting and cozy. Wonderful craftsmanship. Thanks for posting Jane!

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