When I stepped into the entranceway of the last house I would visit that day, a winding staircase with an elegant, harpsichord-like bannister lassoed my heart and pulled me into the kitchen. And the spell was cast! That central room, which had lots of wainscoting, an island with a butcher-block top, a large dish cabinet, and two pantries, was simply charming, and I knew Joe and I could be happy there. Spacious and bright, the Greek-revival-style kitchen was probably added in the 1850s and updated in the 1920s. The appliances were dated (the handles were held together with duck tape), the countertops were Formica, and the floor was covered with red linoleum, but the space was brimming with potential. Joe and I were not naïve. We had bought and sold more than one old home, and we knew home renovations always took more time and money than expected, but we started to think about this one particular old house a lot! In fact, our thoughts and our heart kept returning to its 1823 staircase drenched in afternoon sun. Four months later, on June 14, 2013, we closed on our historic home in Bath. And first on our to-do list was to update our kitchen without sacrificing its charm! We promised ourselves that we wouldn’t rush; we would do it right!
|James Stewart's office|
|The Kennebec Company's showroom|
And then we had to decide on the best stone for the countertops. That was the hardest decision of all. But my experiences have taught me that the best way to make a good decision is to seek the advice of experts.
|Tim Mosher, our finished carpenter|
|Morningstar's backsplash by Kevin Pontbriand|
|John Ater - the painter!|
It’s only fitting that John Ater literally put the last brush stroke on our fresh, new kitchen. When Les Williams came to refit the original cabinet doors on our island with new nickel knobs and hinges (our kitchen island was only slightly modified), he noticed John’s crew had missed a spot, and John insisted on touching up that spot himself! In 2013, John was the first one we called to help us make our antique house feel like home; in 2018, he answered our call again and helped us finish our kitchen revival! There are many craftsmen (and women!) in Maine, and Joe and I believe we have met some of the best. This blogpost is my way of thanking them. XOX