In their hometown of Moulton, Texas, Diana and Harvey Kloesel bought a 1903 Queen Anne Victorian house. Like most old-house owners, they made necessary upgrades and improvements over time. One big project was the renovation of the kitchen.
“The old kitchen was divided up, so there was very little space,” Diana says. “At holiday meals, we couldn’t all fit around the table.” At 15 by 20 feet, the room was big enough, but an awkwardly placed pantry (which gobbled up one window) made the layout choppy. A brick chimney, vestige of days when the house was heated by a wood stove, took up valuable real estate. A two-level island was too big, yet lacked storage. Appliances and countertops were outdated and unsightly, and the floor was covered with uninspiring sheet vinyl.
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Earthy Colors, New Layout
Textured tile and quarter-sawn oak make it a handsome revival kitchen.
Deep Clean to Save Big
After we got a $50,000 estimate to gut and renovate the bathroom in our 1946 modernist house, I figured I’d tackle the 8' x 8' room myself.
Fancy Painted Floors
Borders and checkerboard designs are DIY favorites; you might also try your hand at stenciling or faux effects.
And Now, The Kitchen
Using original bits and vintage pieces, making the kitchen functional was a high priority.
new KITCHEN for an old house
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reclaiming the attic
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displaying collections ARRANGE TO INSPIRE
Ideas, inspiration, and tidbits on the beautiful and safe arrangement and display of collectibles both traditional and eccentric.
A Home Full of Character
Smaller homes like this 1920s Dutch Colonial so often get overlooked as worthy of restoration. Owners don’t think they’re special . . . or they add on or remodel until the original is unrecognizable. This owner saw the potential.
A Furnished Bath
This elegant bathroom has fixture panels fabricated from parts of a Victorian armoire.
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HE CLIMBED TO THE TOP IN HOLLYWOOD, BUT HEARTBREAK MADE HIM A BETTER MAN
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SMALL INTIMATE MOMENTS
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The Georgia progressive has big ambitions for the party (and for herself)
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Mexico's Two-Track Recovery
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