A Kitchen for Cooking and Sitting

Taste of Home reader Carolyn N.

Taste of Home reader Carolyn N.

Our ranch-style country home showed the wear and tear of raising three children, so my husband, Max, and I had to make a decision: update or build a new one.

StoveMaybe it was the thought of boxing up almost 40 years’ worth of “stuff” that convinced us to stay put. Instead, we’d make some changes, most significantly in the kitchen.

Our old knotty-pine kitchen had been small but adequate. Still, I dreamed of a roomy but cozy kitchen that welcomed everyone—those who wanted to help cook as well as those who preferred to “sit and visit a spell.”

Kitchen IslandInstead of adding on to the house, we chose to transform our two-car attached garage into the new kitchen space. It required bricking in the open end of the garage, raising the level of the floor to match the house and creating arched doorways in the wall that separated the house from the garage.

Natural Break

One of the most noticeable design features was born of necessity. Because of the size of the room, the kitchen needed supports in the center to keep the roof and ceiling from sagging over time.

Roomy Country KitchenTo disguise the two pine supports, we built an island around them. It not only provided a natural break between the kitchen and visiting area but also a place for a second sink, an ice maker and extra storage for my well-used iron skillets.

Those pine posts came from an old barn, as did much of the barn board we used for the walls and cabinets. Adding to the country look is a ceiling with a punched-tin look and pine floors.

There’s even a screen door on the walk-in pantry, which has three walls of shelving. I no longer have to search dark cabinets for supplies.

Well-stocked PantryA wall of built-in china cabinets finally allows me to display my glass collection. The lighted cabinets, with mirrors on the back and glass doors on the front, really show off the Depression, carnival and Vaseline glass.