Before & After: New kitchen has vintage character

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 2, 2013 - 8:55 PM

A kitchen addition combines yesterday’s vintage vibe with today’s amenities.


A back-of-the-house addition on a Minneapolis colonial created space for a new kitchen and a light-filled eat-in area with an L-shaped bench and corner windows.

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The challenge: Expand the size of the kitchen and ramp up function, while remaining true to the 1923 colonial character of the Minneapolis house.


The designer: Katie Jaydan, Castle Building and Remodeling, Minneapolis, 612-877-8375,


New and improved: The existing compact kitchen was last remodeled in the 1960s and had dark-stained cabinets and floors, poor lighting, small windows and plaster falling off the wall. “It had seen its day,” Jaydan said. Castle Building and Remodeling built a two-story addition on the back of the house to create enough room for a mudroom, powder room and family room — as well as a bigger, brighter modern kitchen with an eat-in area. They also added a guest bedroom on the second floor.


Period flavor: Jaydan took cues from the 1920s house when choosing the oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and hardware, lights, wood stain and millwork. She even matched the Shaker-style flush-inset cabinets to the original ones found in the basement. Of course, a 1920s home wouldn’t have had a big kitchen with a center island. “But it has both vintage character and modern-day functionality for today’s busy families,” she said.


Triple play: Jaydan chose three different cabinet finishes, including the deep-red tone used on the tongue-and-groove paneled center island with a butcher-block top. “You have to find a good balance to pull it off, so it’s not overbearing and too busy,” she said of the finishes.


Sunny breakfast nook: The cheery space, painted spring green, contains an L-shaped built-in bench and corner windows that let in lots of sunlight.


Day brightener: “We painted the upper cabinets buttercream yellow because the homeowners wanted something different than white to warm and freshen up the space,” she said.


Hidden command center: To the right of the refrigerator, a cabinet with a pull-up door holds a mini-office for mail, keys and charging and storing electronics.


Multi-functional island: It’s outfitted with storage cabinets, a built-in microwave, bookcase and wine rack.

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  • From top: Katie Jaydan matched the new kitchen cabinets to an original set found in the basement, and the homeowner chose fresh buttercream yellow for the upper cabinets. A cabinet with a pull-up door serves as a mail and electronic charging station next to the refigerator. The island is outfitted with a wine rack, bookcase and built-in microwave.left: The “before” compact kitchen with dark stained cabinets and poor lighting.

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