Updating vintage appliances


There weren't any kitchen islands, only worktables, though many had built-in storage.Most historic kitchen cabinets around the Bay Area were made of vertical grain Douglas fir, an inexpensive wood at the time, now more expensive than oak or cherry.And of course, the hoosier cabinet (now a generic term, Hoosier was one of many manufacturers) was prevalent in many households.Meant to be a complete food preparation center, hoosier cabinets are the Swiss Army knife of kitchen cabinets, with built-in flour sifter, canisters for sugar and spices, pull out work surface and utensil storage.more All kitchen showrooms, home improvement stores and shelter magazines feature endless arrays of the contemporary kitchen accoutrements we have been convinced to lust after: restaurant stoves, built-in stainless steel refrigerators with Internet access, granite counters and so forth.I'm here to tell you that if your house is historic -- from Victorian to World War II -- you will be doing your home a serious disservice if you give into that lust and install the latest kitchen.The demands placed on it in earlier times are nothing compared to the demands placed on it now.



True, the top shelves can't be easily reached, but that's why they're used to store things that aren't used often.

Custom storage abounded, with tilt-out bins for 50 pound bags of flour and sugar (a popular modern usage for these bins is pet food or recycling storage), corner cabinet lazy susans, sliding shelves and so forth.



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