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Keep Vintage Steel Cabinets or Add Cherry Cabinets in Kitchen?

13 years ago

We are moving soon and the 80 year old house has Vintage Steel Cabinets. But we are really going to miss our favorites: Cherry Wood Cabinets! We can repaint the Vintage Cabinets or maybe we should sell them and find some new Cherry Cabinets! We have at least twelve Vintage Cabinets to replace. Does anyone have Kraft Maid Cabinets, we saw them at Lowe's, are these any good? Or do you like some other brand of Cherry Cabinets? And are you pleased with your Cherry Wood Kitchen? Also, Need New Dishwasher, do you like your Bosch or can you recommend a good and an affordable Dishwasher? Thank you for any Ideas, we are moving in about six weeks! Rose

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  • 13 years ago
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    roseofblue - Do you have a photo you can share? I love the old metal cabinets and as much as I love natural wood cabinets, especially cherry, I have found that everything that I have taken out of my 100 year old house I have been sad about and all that I have left I have loved. Unfortunately our kitchen had been updated in the 80s - I had no problem replacing the poor condition oak cabinets.

    Do you like the metal cabinets? Have you considered keeping some of them and getting a beautiful wood hutch (or installing a cabinet style hutch) or having some of the cabinets replaced with wood as furniture or furniture style feature? A beautiful old pie safe like the one below?

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    Hello, bmorepanic & spaeklekitty - THANK YOU for your great ideas...the antique cabinets are lovely! We are checking out the Omega Kitchen Cabinets, that paulines suggested...we are having serious doubts that we will ever be able to adjust to crawling around on the floor, searching for our kitchen items if we keep the Vintage Steel, YOUNGSTOWN Cabinets! With my bad knees, I think that we need more user friendly, pull-out shelves and lots of drawers! So, we will sell these vintage steel, YOUNGSTOWN beauties, in really excellent condition with Original Handles! Do you think that Craig's list is the best place to sell these Cabinets or can you suggest another avenue?
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    Sounds like the steel cabinets are not of interest to you, so I do suggest selling them. Take good pictures of their current status and configuration before you move them.

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    If you have a sink cabinet, I'd be very interested in that. I don't know if anyone buying yours will want less than a full set though...What state are you in?

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    If you do decide on more painted cabs, you could always do butcher block counters if you want to add more wood feel to the room.

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    These are the pictures of our Kitchen with the vintage Steel Cabinets in our new, old house!





    Added this picture of the foyer from the hallway, just outside of the Kitchen - house is over 80 years old.
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    Rose, have you thought about putting your cabinets up for sale on the RetroRenovation website? There are a ton of folks there who just wait for such goodies to be posted. Link below.

    Here is a link that might be useful: RetroRenovation Steel Cabinet Buy/Sell Forum

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    Thank you, dianalo, marlene & circuspeanut, Great suggestions about our vintage Steel Cabinets, we are very near Cincinnati, Ohio, probably best to keep these beauties, all together. Good idea about the butcher block but we will probably keep the Stainless Steel Counters and Sinks. Really want Wood floor, have had a tile floor for a long time and my knees are longing for a more comfortable floor! roseofblue

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    Hi Rose,

    Your picture of your entry hall made me homesick for our old house outside Cleveland -- clearly the same vintage as the one you are buying. Enjoy!

    Is that little access door under your window a milk door? We had one in our kitchen.

    What is the current kitchen floor? There is almost certainly wood under there somewhere... I would figure that out before assuming that you need to get new. Of course, the cost of refinishing might be the same as getting new...

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    Rose, others on this forum have added a wood floor to their kitchen and had it blended/matched to an adjoining wood floor. Would that work for you?

    I think the backsplash depends on whether you put cherry or creamy white cabs over the sink. I would definitely take out the stainless tiles, but what they would be replaced with would depend upon the aforementioned cabs. I think subway would go nicely with the period of your home.

    As far as recommending a 36" stove, it might help to give a price range you're considering--are you looking for a top-of-the-line range with max BTUs or something more conventional (I don't mean that in a bad way)?

    Good luck selling your steel cabs--I'm sure there are people out there who will give them a loving home. :)

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    Re: floor. A couple thoughts.

    Have you considered Marmoleum? It is a "new" TRUE linoleum (not vinyl) made from linseed oil and wood pulp. Gorgeous colors. Soft and leathery feeling underfoot. I had it in my old kitchen (in a 100 yr old house), and I loved it so much. It is period appropriate for your home.

    Personally, I would hesitate on engineered wood floors given the gorgeous 80 year old floors you have in the house. Of course, this is just my opinion, so do what you'd like with it. We considered putting in "new" wood floors in our current vintage kitchen. We were going to attempt to copy the original floors in the house (matchstick red oak). But we knew that 1. it probably would always look like "the new floor," and 2. it wasn't even really appropriate to the age of the house to have those "fancy" wood floors in the kitchen.

    So we were going to do Marmoleum again until the floor people uncovered the amazing douglas fir subfloor. These floor people were quite passionate about old wood floors and basically said it would be a crime to cover them with Marmoleum. So we refinished them, and I am so, so glad that we did. They are amazing. You might have an original wood floor under there worth saving as well.

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    You can see in the part where cabinets were removed just how awful the floor looked, and right next to it a bit of the refinished floor showing. Amazing! A lesson in not believing folks who say the wood isn't worth refinishing!

    We recently built a little fridge nook just off the kitchen, and it had no useable floor. So my husband put in one of those floating wood floors. It only really shows when you open the fridge door, but it doesn't look right next to the fir floor at all. So I'm gently suggesting that your beautiful home deserves better than engineered wood. (Note to folks with engineered wood: your floors can be beautiful! I'm just speaking about putting them next to 80 year old floors.)

    Hope you don't mind my saying that. I'm not usually one to stick my strong opinion out there. But I have a deep fondness for both old wood, and real linoleum, so I just couldn't keep quiet.

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    ps I also vote for painted cabinets. I love, love, love painted cabinets. Especially in an old home!

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    Francy, I just looove the color of your cabinets--it's perfect in your kitchen. I also love your backsplash--is that the vintage copy paper line? ;^) Very clever.

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    The Range will be SS, great looking, reliable, self-cleaning, nice baking oven with convection, easy to use and clean the burners (we have not used Gas in so many years!) should the burners be sealed or not? AND Affordable - is it possible to find all of this for $999. or less!? We do not know enough about a Gas Stove to begin to find the right one - on our own!! We do use the GE Advantium, everyday for one thing or the other - had to use this Speed Cook Oven because we have been living in the Country with ALL Electric and that gets expensive! So since we use this GE Advantium so much, for just the two of us now, we just need the regular Gas Oven for when the children and their family are there for Pizza, Turkey, Roast Chicken & for Baking...my Husband likes to bake (real from scratch) Cookies and Cakes for them! And we do not understand the Burner choices...do not use a Wok or make candy, so I guess that we do not need high BTUs, right?
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    francy, shelayne is right...your Kitchen is beautiful and now I want Your Floor! Originally, I wanted a real Heart of Pine floor, but everyone discouraged me and do not know much about them except that they are lovely! Does anyone have Heart of Pine floors and where was it purchased....affordable?
    I am willing to keep the stove and use the money for the floors, up to a point! Cause, we can save up for the stove after we learn how to use the Gas! But we must put the floor down, NOW, before the cabinets, right!
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    francy, what is that gorgeous color on your amazing cabinets and who made these for you....are these available or affordable!? We had white porcelain knobs, years ago, forgot about those, beauties! roseofblue

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    Rose, I have the same douglas fir floors as Francy (funny, since we are about as far apart geographically as possible in this country!) throughout my entire house, including bath. We have used mainly salvaged boards to repair ours.

    If you google 'salvaged' or 'reclaimed' wood, you'll find lots of outfits, but they are fairly expensive as you probably know.

    There is a local guy here in Maine who sells cvg fir flooring for less than the spendy places; if your son is an installer he will know what to do with it. I'll link the Craigslist ad in case you're interested in shipping from the Northeast, but I'm betting there is someone in Ohio who produces something similar.

    Also: here's an ad for a local Heart of Pine flooring that's pretty reasonable at $3.50 - $4.00/sf.
    Keep an eye on your local Craigslist and ask around at lumberyards and local small hardware stores for independent millers who might give you a bargain.

    Here is a link that might be useful: Fir flooring

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    Congratulations on your new/old home...it is beautiful. Those are great cabinets, exactly like the ones that used to be in my Mom & Dad's home in San Diego back in the 50's (I think they are still there). Their cabinets were actually manufactured in SD and the style was called the San Diego cabinet with that built-in stainless steel top and double-sink (washed many a dish there as a kid). I am sure you will find someone that will want them, they are gorgeous.

    Love your front entry way....very classy. :-)

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    Your vintage metal cabinets are gorgeous -- I'm sure they will find a loving owner if you post them on Craig's list. (I actually love your kitchen just as it is -- but understand that you may want to make a change if you don't feel that it is functional for you.)

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    Thank you for the compliments, Rose and Shelayne.

    Alas, that backsplash had to go. It turned out not to be waterproof! ;-D (Still working on getting subway tile put there, which was the original tile in that location.)

    The cabinets were made by some local guy that I basically got through an internet link. They LOOK nice, and match the existing cabinetry perfectly, but are cheaply made (with warped wood, that kind of thing). The unit is one continuous piece (not separate cabinets), and about 7 feet long, I think. He charged us something like 3200 for it. I have no idea if that is a good price, but we were desperate for cabs and couldn't seem to find what we needed. they are painted (by me) Benjamin Moore Barley. I was going for what I called a "vintage drab yellow." They actually turned out a bit "cheerier" than I wanted, at least in sunlight. I love yellow kitchens. And blue ones. And green ones. And gray ones. And even pink ones!

    Douglas Fir is normally a very soft wood. However, with an 80 year old floor, you have old growth fir that was much harder than what we have today. So my floor guys told me it was more like a "hardwood" floor than a softwood floor. Floor guys told me it is now one of the most expensive floors they offer. As peanut said, it is often recommended to use reclaimed fir because of hardness. If you drop heavy stuff on it, it will dent. I have 2 little boys, so I have a lot of dents. But in my own kitchen, dents and scuffs don't matter because I'm fine with everything looking old and loved. That wouldn't work for everyone though. I get giddy over the fact that the old wood planks are so long, they used single planks to stretch across the entire floor.

    hope that helps!

    francy

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    After seeing pix again, I would urge you to try your new "old" cabs for a few weeks before deciding to scrap (or sell) them.
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    and I definitely agree about considering marmoleum. There is so much you can do with it and it is so cheerful.

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    Just realized jagarner did subways. It was one of my inspiration pix that did 4 x 4s, yet I can't find it. Jgarner's is so nice so I am posting another like hers with subways too.

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    Oh my goodness, I love jgarner's kitchen! It is sooo charming! I love that look--so homey and inviting and unpretentious! I'm going back to look at more of it! That tile--all of it- is darling!

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    Roseofblue - Regarding mixing natural wood (cherry) and painted (white), here are some thoughts based on my kitchen. I mixed natural red birch (as the primary cabinet run) and a slightly grayish white for the island, separate desk and pantry area that extends a bit from the main cabinets. I think it works because (1) all the areas that are white are distinct from the main counter run and (2) I choose a white paint that complimented the natural wood which had some gray undertones. My kitchen is only 13' x 12'

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    I would be careful of what color you choose and have a sample of your cherry around to make sure it compliments and is not too stark of a white with the rich cherry. I would hazard to suggest leaning toward a white-yellow but only if you like yellows (love bayareafrancy's yellow kitchen.) Or you could go with a white with a hint of gray/green, which could be stunning with the cherry.

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    White cabinet to left and you can see the white desk

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    Ay yi yi dianalo you're keeeeeeling me. That is the style of kitchen and bathroom (tile and cabinets) I grew up with in San Diego. It pings my heart every time I see it. I really do need to do one of my bathrooms like that so I can live in the past a little...LOL

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    There is just something about the simple ceramic tile back splashes (but not the tile counters) that just speak to me. I am a real estate agent and see so many of the current look kitchens (bo-oring) and dated looks ('70s, '80s & '90s)= ugh, yet the older well kept homes look classy despite their older ages. They have unashamed kitchens with identifiable appliances, garbage pails, etc.... They look like they were built and used by families here and not faux Old World, Tuscan or high end penthouse.
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    Yes, we still are giving very serious thought to selecting the Cherry Cabinets for the upper & lower cabinets on both sides that will have a counter-top! You are right, since the Pantry Cabinet and the Frig. Built-ins are already white, trying to match those does not look too great...we tried this week-end, again but were not happy with the white Cabinets that we found at three places!
    DH really likes the Adel Cabinets from Ikea but we have to try and figure, a layout using their non-custom sizes? Should we just remove the Soffit above our Sink Wall - will the Kitchen, Look Better without the Soffit? And then we can use the 39" Ikea Cabinets, right?

    Here is another picture of the last corner in the Kitchen - See where the Counter and lower Cabinet is recessed about 6" ? This allows the large old door to close, where the back hallway comes in? We do not want to take down any of the original wood doors, they are just too beautiful to us. And the powder room is across the hallway. You can See the Soffit above and this only goes across the Sink side of the room.
    Has anyone used Ikea, lately - are these any good, we went to one of their large stores near Cincinnati, today, never been there before, lots of walking and looking! We have always wanted the very simple lines, like you see in the Adel shaker style and this may be the answer to the budget! These are not real Cherry Wood, which we really love - does anyone have any suggestions for finding simple Cherry Wood cabinets at the Most reasonable cost, that have a descent looking finish? We would be happy even if they are nearly natural and even with the lightest of stain - since we have had Cherry many times before and we know that they will darken on their own, in time!
    Forgot to share that we are going to try and finish the 3 season Sun Room, into an insulated 4 Season Room with new windows and floor - before the weather gets cold here!! So we really need to save money on the kitchen cabinets, we feel that the windows are just as important and we will really miss our Sun Room when we move in less than a month! Every time I think about the count down - I get giddy, scared and excited, all at once! Just like all of you, we are afraid of making a mistake on a big ticket item! This G W and All of you, really keeps our sanity and we are so grateful for ALL of the Ideas that keep us thinking - too easy to get frustrated and we want to stay positive! Thank you all, again, this help is really appreciated -
    Does anyone think that we should try to Open up the Wall above the Range, how much and how far above the back splash on the Range is good! As you can see from the pictures, there is no Hood above the Range and maybe we can keep it that way since we mostly bake or use the GE Advantium? We will be able to hang the GE Advantium under the cabinet to the left of the sink.
    Is it better to have the new Opening that will look out to the South or to have the Range hood and extra Cabinets? Cannot figure out how to do both on the same wall - guess we can take the Tall white Pantry Cabinet out of the corner and use in the hallway since it is finished on 3 sides! Then we may be able to make more room for a new Opening - but should the Range be centered on the Kitchen wall? Will try to add these Pictures, Thank You All for looking and helping us to decide! roseofblue

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    I did see you mention way above that you were considering rosewood...please reconsider...it is often illegally harvested from the rain forest and I hate to see people participating in the cutting down of the rainforest when there are perfectly good home grown alternatives.

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    krycek1984, Thank you for sharing, your right, forgot about that. Is it OK to use the Flooring from Lumber Liquidators, called Hand Scraped Teak? We are looking for a pretty hard wood with our two adorable Miniature Poodles, that may accidentally scratch a soft wood floor. And it must be affordable for our tight budget, your suggestions are welcome, Thank you so much. roseofblue

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    I absolutely love your vintage cabinets. Could you let us know what website you list them at when you're ready to sell?
    Thank you! :)

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    nolasaints, Will let everyone know, just as soon as we select the new Cherry Wood Cabinets, then we will be ready to offer the vintage Steel Cabinets for sale, pretty soon.
    Does anyone have Natural Cherry Wood with no additional stain? How much darker did your Cherry Cabinets become after 6 months? If you have any pictures of your Cherry cabinets, that will be great....we think that they will look good with the other white Wood Cabinets that are already in the Kitchen, what do you think?
    Please make suggestions for details on the Cabinet design that may influence the room to look like it has been there for many years. What little detail or important features did you add to your design that you think really makes your Kitchen special?
    Has anyone found a custom carpenter that builds kitchen cabinets....please share the information, with us. We are still getting bids....do you think that the custom builder is better or the same as the name brand Cabinets? We only found one Amish Cabinet maker, so far....does anyone have info that they will please share with us....we live very near to Cincinnati, in Wyoming Ohio.?
    Any suggestions for what kind of hardwood floor will look good with the light Cherry Cabinets? Any pictures will be very welcome, Thank you all for your Ideas.


    Here is a picture of the Kitchen that I designed for the house that we just sold. We like the way the feet are curved on the bottom of these custom Cabinets. Wish that we did not have to hang the GE Advantium over the range in our new Kitchen, we prefer to match the wood for the range hood. But this is the only place to put the GE Advantium in our new, old house! And it does have the vent on the bottom, so this will take care of a vent for the stove top. We have decided to use an Electric Smooth Top Range because I am sensitive to the gas and we are so used to the Electric that we just do not want to switch to the gas stove. Has anyone else used a good quality and affordable smooth top range, that you can recommend?
    In this picture of our old house you will see that we installed a Wolf Smooth Top, it is really great! The oven is an electric Fischer Paykel that bakes really well. The cabinet with the 2 knobs that are very close together, is the pull-out cabinet - we used this as our baking center, is very convenient to the mixer that is on the Granite counter. We could not decide on a back splash, so we did not install one...but I hope to add one to our new kitchen! Any more suggestions for our back splash, will be so helpful. Does anyone have their large mixer inside of a mixer cabinet...is that working well for you....never had one of those cabinets? The Sub Zero has the cabinet front but in our new house we have selected a Dacor Epicure, french door Frig. - still prefer the freezer on the bottom. Thanks again for all the suggestions, so many decisions right now and we are moving in less than one month, just can't believe that it is so close at hand, exciting and stressful, right! roseofblue

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    Well, after much discussion, we have decided to DIY and replace these vintage Youngstown Steel Cabinets AND the Stainless Steel Counter-tops with their Built-In, SS Sinks! Do you think that Craig's List is the best place to offer this complete Kitchen, for sale or do have a better suggestion? Since the Stainless Steel Counters are a perfect match and are custom fit to these Youngstown Cabinets, it makes perfect sense to offer them together, right? We are also selling the Youngstown Steel cabinets and SS Counters that are next to the Stove.
    Of course, there will be people who want to mix them up and design their own Kitchen. We have been told that the SS Counters may be cut by anyone with the tools and these will be wonderful for a new space!
    We are going to take out the wall between the Kitchen and Dining room, so we will be using white wood cabinets, that will match the ones already built-in around our refrigerator. Now the FUN begins - this may take a bit longer and be a lot more work for us!
    But just as soon as we find a new home for these Steel Cabinets & Stainless Steel Counters, we will begin to dismantle the wall, we are so excited and nervous, too! Has anyone removed the wall between their rooms, to make the Kitchen more open? Please share your Pictures and expertise? Thank you all for any advice! roseofblue

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    Roseofblue, I would post them on Craigslist AND post them on Retrorenovation (see link, or here's the URL:
    http://retrorenovation.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?fid=5).

    Here is a link that might be useful: Retro Renovation - place to sell steel cabinets

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    Hello All - we have moved to our new, Old House, very difficult move and it may take many months until everything is even Near Normal! If I missed any of your new finished Kitchens, Congratulations - I have not been able to find the time for the computer, this week! I know that you must be thrilled and relieved to have your kitchen completed, I sure will be!
    We did remove the wall between the Kitchen and Dining Room, such a plaster mess - wanted this taken down before we moved in and our Son did most of this dirty work, very grateful! And he did all of the wall paper removal & the Painting, he is a Saint and a Pro!
    Thank you ideagirl2 and everyone else for your continued suggestions and support! Yes, the vintage Steel Youngstown Cabinets and the Stainless Steel Counter Tops with Double SS Sinks are listed on CraigsList and on RetroRenovation - great suggestion. Still not sure how much to Ask for this rare SET, open for an offer! Even had questions from Canada about these Cabinets & SS Tops! This SET is in great condition - the previous owner, rarely cooked and she traveled a lot.
    We did order the White Fireclay Farmhouse Apron Sink. And are still designing the Kitchen layout with new white wood Cabinets.
    Please help us with the layout - Do You have a Peninsula OR do you prefer an Island? We want to make good use of the new area between the two rooms - about 76" in length.
    And do you have flush, completely flat Counter on this space OR do you have a slightly raised, Bar area with stools on one side?
    We still cannot decide if we should use a slide-in, Electric smooth top range in this new counter OR put the range on the same wall as the Sink - do you have a favorite, any pictures? The room is only 13' x 10', so we need to maximize the space - We are all trying to do that, right? Of course, with the old wall removed, it is already a more enjoyable, light-filled space!
    Still thinking about using some Soapstone or possibly Marble. But do you like the END GRAIN Wood Counter Top on any of our new Counter? If you have any Wood Tops, please describe how you like them and how you Take CARE of the Wood Tops and where you purchased yours - brand? Any pictures are always so helpful! Thank you all for any encouragement and advice, roseofblue

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    Hi Roseofblue!
    Hope you're enjoying your new home and getting settled in. Sounds like you made some great progress already in getting that wall taken out, very nice of your son to do that!
    I prefer an island if one side of the room is open, especially if there is room for seating on the open side of the room. Many people love their peninsulas but in a more open layout, it does a little too much in terms of directing traffic, sometimes even creating a bottle neck area if not done carefully. That's just my opinion though, I'm by no means an expert!
    I don't know if I read your question right but if you're considering a range or cooktop in a peninsula or island, don't forget to factor in the ventilation, there are some really cool pop up vents. I don't know much about them but someone else on GW is sure to know. Best of luck, keeps us posted!

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    Thought you guys might like this article:

    Here is a link that might be useful: A short history of steel kitchen cabinets