Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Early Farm Kitchens

from: Old House Journal, 1998

During one of my antique mall stops last week, I ran across this 1926 bulletin  printed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.  I've collected many of these booklets over the years, but I've never run across one on the subject of kitchen lay-outs.

"The first step toward remodeling an old kitchen is to think out a plan that considers the work to be done, how space and equipment be efficiently arranged, and the relationship of this room to the rest of the house." 1926 Bulletin

"A convenient kitchen is one in which the necessary work
can be done with the least possible effort."
1926 Bulletin

The primary goal of these farm kitchens was convenience and economy--
a concept that was true in our 1930s tenant houses. 


It isn't hard to create a 1920s-30s farm kitchen using today's modern conveniences.
As I described in the post, My Kitchen's Hidden Secrets
dishwashers, microwaves, coffee pots can all be hidden. 

In early farm kitchens:
--Cabinets often resemble furniture pieces
--Cabinet doors are flush with the cabinets
--Most cabinet doors are frame-and-panel
--Lower cabinets normally don't have a toe kick
--Cabinets are painted an off-white or varnished
--Hardware is simple--bin handles, simple knobs, or sometimes glass
--The most common counter top material is wood
--A soft yellow, soft green, or off-white 
are popular color choices for the walls
--Wood for the floor or an appropriately patterned vinyl 
--Vintage or reproduction stoves 

from: Old House Journal, 1998

The key to creating period kitchens is to keep it 

I can't wait to use some of these ideas on our
shotgun house kitchens. . .

This little booklet will come in handy. . .
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