Project Info

Skillman Farmhouse Kitchen

When working on a historic house, many of our clients choose to restore one or two rooms at a time. For our latest project, we transformed a kitchen / dining area, as well as the front room of this nineteenth century farmhouse. The existing cabinets were not old, but the clients did not feel that the style complimented the house or their personal taste. We decided not to throw out the old boxes or change the footprint. We built custom flush mounted style doors in our shop and added period details to give the cabinetry a built-in hand-made furniture look. All the doors are built from poplar with traditional joinery techniques such as the use of tapered sliding dovetails for on the door battens, and pegged mortise and tenon joints for the frames. The woodwork was then finished with natural milk paint. Locally sourced hard maple was milled to replace a laminated countertop. Tile was removed from the floor and replaced with reclaimed antique heart pine to match the rest of the house. Old wide floorboards were re-used to build a custom farm style tabletop in the dining area. In the front room, we uncovered a mid twentieth century oak floor to reveal the original pine. A large area of floor near the door was missing. We used salvaged floorboards to blend in seamlessly and refinished everything with a traditional varnish.

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Cabinet Restoration Detail - pressed tin pie safe doors.
Custom Farm Table - Tabletops was made from three wide reclaimed heart pine floorboards
Sash doors built in the traditional manner using antique glass. A 1930's farm sink was located locally and installed with a specially finished brass faucet.
Traditional joinery - handcut half blind dovetail drawers and tapered sliding dovetail battens fastened with pegs, make the hide glue almost unnecessary. Legs were added to the frames to give the upper cabinets a furniture feel.
Overall view of the historically inspired kitchen cabinets
Front Room Floor- the boards in the foreground are the original floorboards and salvaged boards were spliced into the rear to blend seemlessly with the existing floor.

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