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New kitchen revives one's spirit

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The hickory wood cupboards are now the star attraction in the French's kitchen. Julie French loves working in her kitchen, and enjoys the ease with which she can keep it orderly. Photo By Nancy Hohbach
After noting that one of the kitchen cupboard doors were starting to come apart, Bruce French noted that perhaps is was time to update their kitchen as they had already done quite a bit of the rest of the house. Julie was up for that and they wasted no time in going to Marcus Lumber to take a look.

"Upon my first glance at their cupboards on display. I spoke up right away and said, there's what I want. It was clear to me that those cupboard would make me a happy woman. I didn't even want to look at anything else. The cupboards are make of hickory and includes all of the natural knots found in hickory wood. It's the imperfections grained right in that made me want them," beamed Julie. She added she was ready for many of the bells and whistles that one can order up in new cupboards.

They yanked out the old cupboards and the very old green plaid vinyl flooring. They had installed a wood burner fireplace towards the center of the north kitchen wall which really sends out heat. she noted that they have even cooked hot dogs in it and the wood smell is delightful.

The French's picked out many features to be included with the new cupboards such as a good-size pantry with all roll-out shelves. She can't believe how handy it is and combed through the dates of all canned goods to eliminate any which were out-dated. The pantry sits just east of the fireplace on the north wall where the dishwasher once sat. On the other side of fireplace. The cupboard start in again and run south along the west wall. French likes having a lazy susan in the lower level cupboards and again in the upper level. She also has an appliance garage where she stores her bread making machine and a couple other large appliances. The dishwasher is now on the south end of the west wall.

The contrast between the white appliances and the hickory wood really sets off the kitchen. The countertop comes up in the back and along with the white tile, makes for ease of cleaning. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
Julie noted, "There is a place for everything. Thats why I am so thrilled with my new kitchen."

Inside one of her upper cupboards, she chose to have a spice rack included. It really makes all of her spices and ingredients so accessible. Right in front of her sink is a couple of short tilt-out drawers where she can file her scrubbers and cleaning tools in a stainless steel holder.

The new sink was another big plus for her as she had been dealing with an old white porcelain sink with all the scratches to struggle with. She now has a sandstone composite sink in light earth tone flecks. They have a separate faucet for their drinking water and a larger faucet which she can lift out of the holder for spraying the sink.

The cupboards are highlighted with round knobs on the doors and matching handles on the drawers. The space above the cupboards sport a 4-inch height soffit which is hickory as well.

The Frenches went with a back-splash using 4 inch cream color tiles for ease of wiping up and over by the stove, she went with eight inch tiles. It took just slightly over a week to get it all done. The flooring looks like ceramic tile but it is really DuraCeramics made by Congoleum. The large earth tone squares feel good on the bare feet. They also extended the flooring into the adjacent bathroom.

The French's appreciate their heritage and love old things. They value what was and what is and they have used that thinking into making their home a place they want to be and share with others. Hickory cupboards certainly does that them.

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