Util­ity Spa­ces

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS - by Donna Pizzi

A 1914 kitchen is tweaked to re­flect its Crafts­man roots.

O ne rea­son why Ge­orge Cran­dall bought this mod­est Crafts­man Bun­ga­low near Port­land, Ore­gon, was for the un­painted Dou­glas fir wood­work that had sur­vived in the din­ing room, liv­ing room, and sun­room. “It was a house that hadn’t been messed with a lot,” Ge­orge says.

The orig­i­nal leaded-glass win­dows with beveled di­a­mond panes still cast art­ful shad­ows on din­ing-room walls. The built-in fir win­dow seat could be opened for stor­age; tall wain­scot­ing was topped by a deep frieze that would be per­fect for Ge­orge to hang Wil­liam Mor­ris-de­signed ‘Wil­low’ wall­pa­per.

The kitchen, how­ever, needed ten­der lov­ing care. Its cheap elec­tric range, dated lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops, 1950s vinyl floor­ing, and tip-out lower cab­i­nets stood in stark

con­trast to the beau­ti­ful crafts­man­ship found in the rest of the house.

“I’m pretty good at restor­ing things,” says Ge­orge, who has re­stored sev­eral vin­tage cars. Ge­orge teaches wood­work­ing and owns Crafts­man Arts, an an­tiques busi­ness spe­cial­iz­ing in Arts & Crafts through Mid-cen­tury Modern fur­ni­ture. He de­cided to un­der­take restora­tion of the house him­self.

The elec­tric range was oc­cu­py­ing the space where the orig­i­nal wood­stove had sat. To hide the hole in the wall where the stovepipe had been, Ge­orge de­signed and built an up­per cab­i­net, em­u­lat­ing the orig­i­nal built-in pantry cup­boards. He re­placed the ex­ist­ing cab­i­net to the right with a taller one. To make bak­ing eas­ier, he in­stalled a wall oven in that cab­i­net. He added a trio of half-round shelves to the up­per cab­i­net, on which are dis­played Arts & Crafts pot­tery and an old

toaster. The up­per cab­i­net was out­fit­ted with a stain­less-steel range hood to ac­com­mo­date his newly pur­chased vin­tage stove, a pris­tine mid-1930s Wedge­wood gas range with oven, broiler, and two stor­age draw­ers. He was ex­cited when he saw the clas­si­fied ad ad­ver­tis­ing it, more so when he re­al­ized the old stove would fit per­fectly in the space.

The 1935 G.E. Mon­i­tor Top re­frig­er­a­tor was a classifieds find as well. He re­fur­bished it and re­fin­ished it us­ing au­to­mo­tive enamel. He found a source for restora­tion parts, “so I re­placed the gas­kets and one of the re­lays that was a lit­tle dicey,” he says. “It works beau­ti­fully. You can’t keep ice cream hard in it, so I have a freezer on the back porch, but for most things the Mon­i­tor Top works fine.”

After un­earthing the badly patched orig­i­nal fir floor, he de­cided to lay black and white, 12-in. square li­noleum-like tiles. He started at the most no­tice­able area—the tran­si­tion be­tween rooms— and car­ried on from there.

The tip-out cab­i­nets were largely orig­i­nal, but im­prac­ti­cal, and were trimmed with a plas­tic lam­i­nate sur­face. “So I built con­ven­tional base cab­i­nets and kept the area under the sink open, cov­er­ing it with a coarse linen cur­tain, which I sten­ciled,” Ge­orge says.

A used stain­less-steel in­dus­trial sink mar­ried well with the pre-lam­i­nated maple butcher-block coun­ter­tops he in­stalled and trimmed with a capped maple back­splash.

With room now for a small is­land, Ge­orge de­signed and built one topped with the same butcher-block wood used for coun­ter­tops. The is­land de­sign matches the cab­i­net de­sign, but with­out doors. “If the stuff is pleas­ing to the eye, I like to see what I have and know where it is,” he says. “Things hid­den be­hind doors are for­got­ten and never used.”

Paint­ing was the fi­nal step in cre­at­ing a charm­ing Arts & Crafts-era kitchen: the for­merly white walls are now a pe­riod green, crowned with a stencil mo­tif. a

LEFT A sten­ciled border near the ceil­ing adds color and a pe­riod mo­tif. Cafe cur­tains ad­mit light and are easy to laun­der. The bowl on the is­land is Fulper.

ABOVE The 1930s Wedge­wood gas stove fea­tures salt and pep­per niches, burner covers, and a lamp. The din­ing URRP EH\RQG KDV LWV RULJLQDO 'RXJODV ƬU EXLOW LQV DQG ZDLQVFRW LEFT The He­len Foster stencil is one of her rose pat­terns. The owner used stencil brushes and quick-dry­ing oil artists’ paint sticks to ap­ply the dec­o­ra­tion.

ABOVE The owner built the hang­ing cor­ner cup­board, pick­ing up de­tails from win­dow and door trim. The painted in­te­rior show­cases Rook­wood, Weller, and Mun­cie pots and a Red Wing Pris­ma­tique piece at the cen­ter.

TOP RIGHT The 1914 Crafts­man Bun­ga­low may have been built from a plan book. ABOVE Butcher-block coun­ter­tops ac­com­pany a stain­less-steel sink bought used. Pot­tery in­cludes a Fulper vase and a Dan­ish Ib­sen piece. Note the stain­lesssteel switch and out­let covers.

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