My house was built in 1930. The previous owners did a little renovating but kept all original features. The kitchen was updated (new cabinetry, benches, stove-oven) but retained the original beadboards (is that what they're called here? Or is it dado board?). The original cooking alcove area is still there (the stove is in there) and frankly I hate the alcove because my very tall husband and I can't see contents of pots on the rear burners, and we bang our heads on the overhanging bit! So, a renovation is due...
The kitchen is TINY, two people can not stand side by side in front of the sink. We are going to knock a few walls down and we'll have a large open squared area to play with.
I still want to remain true to the 1930 period. If you can imagine: walk in to the kitchen area. On one side you will have the new kitchen area. On your other side is the 1930 dark wood panelling on the walls, original dark skirting boards and architraves, and lovely old dark doors.
I love Caesar stone benches but feel they're too modern looking for my house, where I prefer a more traditional, 'soft', cosy feel. I don't want laminate and even though wood would be the perfect match for the original wall panelling, I'd be too nervous about the wood getting scratched (which is what happened at our old house when a visitor cut up some bread without using a chopping board...).
The kitchen walls are currently white painted wood panelling and this is disgusting behind the sink because it's mouldy and rotted and generally gross. I definitely don't want that again, but I'm not crazy about tiles and I think a glass splashback would again look too modern. I live in a family where people don't clean the benches after they've used the sink so water would be left all over the place. My timber bathroom vanity top has been damaged by people leaving things on there so I'm hesitant to get wood in the kitchen, I just know others in the house would be careless
Although my house is from the 1930s, there aren't any curvy art deco lines anywhere, so I don't feel the need for curved cabinets. But I still want a traditional feel.
one thing I definitely do not want is any overhead cupboards, I will just have one short wall with a fancy pantry/cabinet.
I'm now looking around for old looking appliances but the 1950s retro styles don't suit, and I'm not really sure about those AGA etc styles, with the 4 ovens under the stove, from a usage point of view.
Has anyone here renovated a kitchen in a 1930s house and stayed true to the rest of the house's feel/look?
Sorry for all the info but I wanted to provide a bit of background