Peggy’s Kitchen – finished! Posted on March 8, 2011 By hello kitchen


I am so thrilled to share photos of Peggy’s finished kitchen! I’ve updated periodically about this project here, here and here, so you can read the history of the project and see how the design developed, including some ‘before’ shots. But enough looking back… let’s get to the goods!

I think my favorite thing about this kitchen is seeing how each and every item found a special place, whether on an open shelf, in a neatly organized drawer, or on the countertop. Peggy’s travels have resulted in a collection of metallic vessels and brightly colored ceramic ware, both of which inspired the finish materials. I love how the copper works both as a countertop and a decorative accessory.

The quality of daylight in the kitchen dramatically improved with the addition of a window by the bar area. The soapstone countertops are oiled to deepen the natural black and highlight the veining.

The copper bar top extends behind the sink and beyond to the baking area, providing a window ledge and easy-to-reach shelf for dinnerware just six inches above counter-height.

The upper shelves are all reclaimed from the felled pecan trees at Shady Grove (for any of you Austinites!) Vintage Material Supply fabricated and finished them, and we installed them over these Restoration Hardware Arc brackets.

The bar walls were finished with pine wood siding and painted a glossy ‘Buttercream’ from Farrow & Ball. It was a nice way to finish off the end of the cabinet and transition to the white walls of the sitting room.

Peggy is really enjoying all the drawer inserts, especially this sink drawer! It’s made of heavy duty aluminum and is adjustable to fit around the plumbing and disposal below. It’s a great spot for all the sponges, dish soap, trash bags and cleaning supplies that usually get lost in the dark corners.

Most of the drawers are outfitted with these Blum Orga-line inserts (which I installed in our kitchen this year too!) The cutlery trays are removable for handwashing, and the frame is adjustable so it doesn’t slide around in the drawer.

The photo below shows a drop in the soapstone – this 33″ high countertop functions as a more comfortable work surface.

Another great cabinet insert is the Hafele Tandem Pantry – I wish I had a video of its operation. The rear shelf slides out smoothly while the door-mounted shelf adjusts its position accordingly. It’s all very fluid – I love good hardware!

The Viking range and vent hood serve the hot side of the kitchen quite well. Spices and on-hand cooking items are located on the open shelves to either side, and pots & pans are stored in deep drawers below. The pot-filler is quite handy, as the kitchen is pretty wide and could make for a long walk with a full pot of water!

It was such a joy to help Peggy transform her childhood home, adapt the kitchen for her everyday needs, and find some lovely finishes to complement that beautiful roman brick and bright Texas sun. Peggy, we make a great team!

Project Team:
Contractor: Shayne Holland
Cabinetry: Richard Throgmorton of Panther Creek Cabinets
Pecan Shelves: Vintage Material Supply
Soapstone: Architectural Tile & Stone
Appliances: Kiva Kitchen & Bath

Photography by Valarie L. Campbell

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