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I like all your cabinet choices. The one I like the least – but still like – is the beadboard one. I love beadboard and batten board too. (I will be putting batten board up in my dining room if I ever get a nail gun.) But, if there is no other beadboard in the house and especially in the kitchen, it might look a little out of place. If you are thinking of adding beadboard wainscoting it would work.

All the other cabinets are very similar if you are planning on white. I lean towards simpler drawer styles – in part for simplicity and part for cleaning – but again, not that big a difference. Some people are using more large drawers instead of lower cabinets because they can be easier to access – then you might want the drawers with more design.

Maple is a good choice. If you are going with white, maple paints up well. Some woods, like oak, show a lot of grain when painted and some people don’t like that.

Since your kitchen is small, you want to lean towards simplicity to avoid too much going on, especially as kitchens tend to end up with stuff on the counters along with dishes and decor – all adding to potential business when you want clean and calm.

Use the kitchen elements that you love - that pop out at you over and over in the pictures and showrooms you use for inspiration. Use your decorating to bring out your personality and vintage feel. If you do a glass upper - upper cabinets, like in the Arlington house, or a set of glass doors, or even on some shelves, you could display some vintage 1940 -50 dishes, teapot, house wares, canisters or whatever to bring in some of that vintage feel. Add a couple vintage / retro light fixtures along with your chrome hardware and maybe something vintage in art (if you like it – only put up stuff you like) - then I think you will get the feel you are looking for.

Re: Kitchen in a 1949 red brick colonial

I think I am going with Central Park West. At first I thought about going with a slab but I think that may not be the best option. I am pricing both just for fun.

Since I do not have any other beadboard I think your comments are correct and it would look out place.


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