Plus the story of a marble table that has been in my family since the 1940s
I kind of like the charm of the open shelves, displaying all the dry ingredients in the various jars and canisters. Of course you have to keep them a little neater than closed cabinetry. I don't recommend glass doors though. I went that route a number of years ago with my kitchen remodel, and it is not a look I like. Open shelves also show off beautiful Italian ceramics.
Really fun to think of renovating. Best kitchen tip I’ve gotten was from my sister: keep what you use, Ditch or store away what you don’t use often. It goes like this, if you can store things elsewhere for a bit, for a month or two, do. only move back the basics at first like utensils, a few plates and bowls, glasses etc. as you need to use items (large pot, sauce pan, grater...) grab them from the storage area and if you use them more than once a week find them a home in your kitchen. If you use it but don’t need it again for a month it goes to storage (a closet, storage area, not sure what you have, I converted an entry that wasn’t be used into a storage closet - my cake decorating things, and a few appliances are kept there) the items you don’t end up grabbing in the 1-2months gets evaluated (if it’s June and you know you’ll use a cookie cutter set at the holidays, store it, but the whisks, spoons, gadgets and appliances you don’t use, seriously consider giving them up) I got rid of half my stuff and realized the things I kept were things I loved and used and it all made my kitchen life easier. The things I stored are out of the way but available to me and the rest found homes where they get used. Have fun dreaming and executing this renovation!
I fully support the full cabinets instead of shelves. Shelves can be gorgeous, but I feel end up being wasted space or require extra unnecessary cleaning. However, if you do feel that the cupboards create a sort of "wall of wood", one thing you can do is have some of the doors have glass fronts, or even partial glass fronts. I did that on the upper third of my upper cabinets, just so it felt a little more airy.
2 practical tips for your kitchen redo — double check your cabinet order before signing off. It’s not a good thing if your special order cabinets finally arrive and you discover that one was inadvertently left off of the original order that was placed months ago 🙃. And when ordering countertops, it’s worth it to pay the extra $ to have them do the measuring.
My kitchen has stainless steel countertops. I love them. I think they might harmonize nicely with your heirloom slab of marble.
And thanks sooo much for the history of your beautiful table!❤️
Definitely the centerpiece!
I think full cabinets are a good choice.
Shelves look nice but for me (and all my stuff” are not practical.
I do like my glass doors. Also putting a light in the cabinet with the glass door is nice.
Depending on the wood choice, I think can give a warm feeling to the kitchen also depending on the other colors in your kitchen (wall color etc). Deep golds, Sunflower yellow and Sage green are some of my favorites.
Although my kitchen has 3 off white/lt grey walls and 1 accent wall of rustic clay red.
Can’t wait to follow your progress, decisions and big adventure!
Excellent idea or save it for polenta and eggs the next morning!
Thank you for the link. I will do a trial run before Friday when we have friends coming for dinner. I am making lamb shanks with tomatoes and olives and thought polenta would be perfect to serve with the lamb. I will let you know how it works.
What a story about the table! Such memories! I am wanting to build a farm table for us using cedar trees from our land. It could one day tell stories too. So exciting about your kitchen remodel! I will be following along. I too dream of renovating our small space as well but we are in the middle of finishing an outdoor kitchen so that will need to wait. Thanks for including us in your life! ♥️
In the same way that we made risotto in the pressure cooker is it possible to make polenta? If so what are the proportions and the timing for a serving for 4-6 people? XE
Terrific. He is happy to help. When you are ready let us know. He will need the dimensions of the room and your wish list.
The kitchen is the heart of the home Loved your table story it has earned its place 😍When we planned our kitchen a good few years ago I had few non negotiable items We had to have a round table around which friends could sit and chat whilst we cooked , a range cooker with substantial hood Lots of marble workspace Plan your cupboard space leave empty wall if you can for those pictures / photographs (Tommaso’s naturally )to enjoy whilst stirring waiting for deliciousness to be created and of course a bookcase to fill with your books for inspiration It’s your creative family space Keep us posted
Love the table and its history! I'll look forward to seeing the various stages of transformation of your kitchen in the coming months.
I really need to try the Chickpea Cacciucco!! Thank you for sharing it!
This is one of Josh’s specialty’s. He is happy to help you figure out a plan. He would need to see a layout of the current kitchen and then arrange a Zoom call with you and Tommy to discuss options and make suggestions. XXE