Hagerstown Kitchen: Blending the Old With the New

Hagerstown Kitchen: Blending the Old With the New

This week I was able to finish painting the cabinets! This was an important milestone not only aesthetically, but functionally as well.

I still have quite a few projects left to do, like refinishing the kitchen sink.

Not to mention completing the built-in cabinet with a zinc countertop and bead board backsplash.

One of the things that I have discovered with renovating a vintage kitchen, is that there is a balance between antique and modern when it comes to making it functional.

As much as I want to restore the original character to the space, I also realize that things like modern appliances are important as well. Lovely though 1920s stoves and ice boxes are, I really do enjoy modern conveniences. Not to mention that I cannot live without a microwave or Keurig!

Besides appliances, where do you draw the line with new versus old? And do you stick exclusively with the period of the house or do you add slightly more “modern” items? I decided that for me, I like to be a little open minded to allow the kitchen not just to represent the decade it was built, but also me.

One of the more modern items in the kitchen is the ceiling fan.  However, it’s light fixture and fan blade arms give a nod towards the Arts and Crafts movement.

I did pick a Tiffany reproduction for the other ceiling light to balance it out. Love those dragonflies!

Since I kept the original hardware on the built-in, I chose to replace the (over)painted wooden knobs with ones that had the same oxidized copper look.


The kitchen table is a vintage piece from the 1950s, but the wooden legs give it an older feel. The three chairs around it are actually mid century, but they work beautifully with the table and give it some added interest.

I picked up this small metal spice rack a few months ago and the color works well with the rest of the greens in my kitchen.

All of the hooks in my kitchen are period appropriate, but they are reproductions.

The biggest challenge I have in keeping this space appropriate for the time and style of the home is simplicity. Our modern kitchens are on “overload” with details; from the amount of molding to the sheer expanse of cabinets, counters, kitchen islands, huge appliances, and woodwork.

And this is what I’ve gotten used to. But historically, kitchens were a lot simpler and the details more modest. So I’ve kept the original architecture that still exists and try to limit what I add. Not only does it make the space feel clean and light, but it has saved me quite a bit of money!

As the final projects in the kitchen are completed, I will update you on their progress. I just love seeing this space finally start matching the vision I had for it when I first fell in love with this house!


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