Our pal Ivette’s English style, cherry counter kitchen has it all. And, it’s a DIY too!
Cherry has just enough color to warm up this elegant white cherry counter kitchen, which was a DIY labor of love by a talented couple, my friends Ivette and Joel. The counters were stained, sanded and repeatedly oiled by Ivette to give them a satiny sheen, then set off by big English-style cherry knobs (from Lee Valley) also stained and oiled to match. Those add a classic look to the unfinished Crown Point cabinets, which Ivette painted herself (with Fine Paints of Europe ECO Satin #7430 Select).
Ivette ordered her Crown Point cabinets with bracket feet. To emphasize those and lighten the visual load, she cleverly coated the toe-kicks with Farrow & Ball’s Off Black so they essentially disappear and almost make the cabinets float on the floor. The island is fitted with shallow cherry drawers on the sink side and a SubZero wine refrigerator on the front, facing the dining room. A pair of Sub Zero refrigerator drawers, disguised behind panels, sit next to the dishwasher on the window wall. The 36” Rohl fireclay farm sink is fitted with a Barber Wilson’s bridge faucet.
The color of couple’s Lacanche French Blue Cluny range was a tough decision. Joel wanted blue and Ivette gave in. That sits against a wall of 6-inch tongue and groove paneling with a custom hood overhead. There’s a shallow utensil drawer to the right of the range and deeper pot-storage drawers to the left. Cherry shelves, flanking the range, help keep a light open feeling. The kitchen has no upper cabinets.
The couple chose a 700-series Sub Zero refrigerator which is fully integrated in a cabinet with side panels finished to match the ends of the island. On the island, there’s a Franke Euro Pro stainless steel prep sink with a hooked-spout Herbeau Valence faucet. Powell pendant lights are from Rejuvenation. White oak floors were finished with Waterlox.
Ivette spent more than a year collecting ideas for the kitchen and I’ve had the pleasure of visiting and seeing it in person. It’s a beauty and one that I know has inspired many visitors here at AtticMag.
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