I only thought to take photos when the kitchens was going back together. Here Matt is building a new overhead unit to hold a exhaust fan and 3 new lights.
Remodel??….NO WAY! I didn’t intend to ever to go through the mess and upheaval even through I sometimes dreamed of a gas stove top and a more spirited, modern kitchen. But these dreams demanded a concrete plan when structural issues from long ago caused us to go through just such a remodel.
We had hired our son-in-law, Matt Corriere of Coastal Contracting, to the external work on the house while we were out at fish camp. When he notified us that a whole wall of the kitchen wall needed to be torn out, I flew into town (90 air miles) to make some choices. When much had to be destroyed, why couldn’t a new Wild Salmon Kitchen be created? I was off the dreams and into plans for a renewed kitchen.
Pastel chalks are brighter and more intense than school room chalk. Mug up is the old cannery slang for mid morning coffee break.
I felt strong nostalgia for old canneries, wild salmon fisheries, and Alaskans now lost to age and time … I drew upon those themes…. including fish accents, rusty texture, rough hard stone, and copper, my favorite metal. I was delighted that I could now order a gas stove top…. I chose a basic 4 burner GE gas stove top plus a new GE oven and microwave. For the rest of the kitchen, the theme developed with strong dark and light contrast in paint, tile and flooring. The plan seemed waiting and ready in my head because I decided everything before returning to fish camp the next day.
3 inch facing tile inspired me to require 3 inch lip on the solid surface sink counter and butcher block center island.
In the past, I casually explored the possibility of soapstone counter tops but the cost of shipping was high so I now, pressed for time, I chose tile counters and back splash in Midnight Mist Serengetti tile which reminded me of the dark slate rock that makes up much of my island. Like Kodiak rock, this tile was tough and could withstand heat. Matt explained that new grout formulas were stain and germ resistant which made tile counter top even more appealing.
I kept the 20 year old cabinets but chose new heavy rectangular drawer pulls and square knobs (myknobs.com) to echoed the lines of this tile.
Illustrates position of copper sink and waist high dishwasher.
Years ago for another house, my husband hammered out a copper sink from sheet copper. It remained beautiful through the years. For the new counter top around the sink, I chose black solid surface fashioned to an exact fit by Kodiak craftsman, Greg Spalinger. A new oiled bronze faucet replaced the old chrome. After we returned from fishing I sprayed the old chrome water filter spout with Rustoleum spray paint in oiled bronze after carefully cleaning it with alcohol and masking the areas not to be sprayed.
Three inch thick cutting board on the small center island.
The new appliances were stark black which made the older (but not old enough) white refrigerator and dishwasher look out of place so I searched for new coverings. When we built this house, I had placed the dishwasher waist high for easy loading and unloading. In order to blend this appliance into the rest of the kitchen, I ordered two feet of high quality vinyl chalkboard (hhsignsupply.com) which was the right 24 inch width for the dishwasher. I hid the white edges and areas of the control panel by spraying with oiled bronze Rustoleum.
Our son, Erin, installs the photo vinyl on the fan chimney.
Seeing several buses and vans with full color photo signage made for exterior application, I thought it would be perfect for a kitchen. I searched and purchased 2 high resolution photos from Alf Pryor of textured walls at the old Moser Bay Cannery on the south end of Kodiak. My son, Erin, a professional sign maker, carried these digital photos to a auto sign shop where they were printed upon Orajet Digital Printing Media with Air Release.
While waiting for Erin to visit at Christmas time, I cleaned the top, sides and handles of the refrigerator with alcohol and sprayed with oiled bronze Rustoleum. This paint seemed tough enough for the refrigerator handle which was used several times a day. During Christmas vacation, Erin made the installation look easier than unrolling Contact paper. Any bubbles simply disappeared due to the construction of this innovative vinyl.
I sprayed Rustoleum on the center brass light to match the metals used elsewhere. Matt installed 6 inch crown molding all along the top of the old cabinets including the new area surrounding the stove top hood.
New gas stove top, black microwave and stove, new black cabinet replacing trash compactor, vinyl chalkboard on dishwasher.
- Favorite part of the photo vinyl refrigerator….this is the lower door to the freezer….a perfect echo of an old cannery door.
Photo vinyl on the refrigerator resists water and chemicals making it perfect for kitchen applications.