Our Kitchen Resource Page is dedicated to any and all kitchen resources of interest to Old House owners. So, think of this page as your GO-TO resource for all your Old House needs! Whether you are performing general maintenance, a basic remodel, or going all out for that perfect Vintage Kitchen, check out this page for ideas, information, and inspiration!!!
These are the items that we used in the design of The Eiting House Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel & Blog Series. We spent long hours doing all the research, scouring the internet, magazines, home tours, and home improvement shops to find these kitchen “gems”. They are all here in one place so you don’t have to waste hours finding them yourself. You will surely fall in love with a few of these. Prices are always changing, so be sure to always check pricing.
Enjoy the eye candy!
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The Eiting House (c.1890) Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel Resource & Hardware List
Enjoy the eye candy!
Home Designer Suite 2019. We used it for our kitchen and bath remodels, and liked the realistic results. With the download, you can be up and running in no time, but think about a backup disc for a small additional charge. If really helped us have a firm vision of what we were planning. For $99 it was good insurance, and way cheaper than hiring an architect. After all, who knows your home better than you, right? Check out the Home Designer video tutorial here. If you are familiar with Power Point and, you should be able to catch on pretty easy, but with all programs, some features have a longer learning curve. If you’d like to download the software CLICK HERE.
Daltile (Home Depot). White 3″ x 6″Ceramic Subway Tile from Daltile, featured at the Home Depot. This subway tile rounds out the farmhouse kitchen feel, and has a great look at a great price!
L.A Drouillard & Sons Custom Cabinetry. If you are located around southeast Michigan and need super high quality, custom cabinetry at an affordable price, go see Larry. He is committed to using the highest quality materials and workmanship, while delivering custom cabinetry at competitive prices. To see more of his work over his website click HERE
CABINET / TASK LIGHTING
Superbright LEDs. LED Kit: High Density Warm White 3250K, High Brightness, w/ Remote and Dimmer. Part Number: NFLSK-WW300X3-UC. Length: 16 ft long.
The kit comes with everything you need to mount and install the roll of LED lights – power supply, adapters, dimmer, etc. Its a great option over the mainstream, bulky under-cabinet lighting. For all your lighting needs, check out www.superbrightleds.com
Klise. Wire Mesh Grille for kitchen cabinet doors. Add some accent to open-faced doors, if glass is not your “thing”. Choose from different styles, spacing, and finish.
Lowes. Decorative Sheet Metal for kitchen cabinet doors. This is the style (aluminum) we used with the Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel.
L.A Drouillard & Sons Custom Cabinetry. Black Walnut (Distressed). If you are located around southeast Michigan and need super high quality, custom cabinetry or countertops at an affordable price, go see Larry. He is committed to using the highest quality materials and workmanship, while delivering custom cabinetry at competitive prices. To see more of his work over his website click HERE. A similar version of the Distressd Black Walnut Countertop is available at Lowes – by allen + roth
Fisher & Paykel – from AJ Madison. Model DD24D19N. Fisher & Paykel Fully Integrated Double DishDrawer.
“Panel Ready”. Features 15 Wash Cycles, Smart Drive Technology, Load Sensing, Fold Down Tines and Adjustable Racks: Custom Panels and Handles Required. The top washer is tall than the bottom one, so we actually use the top one the most. From all the online reviews, people seem to be split 50/50 – love it or hate it, so we were very reluctant to buy it. I found a few people that actually owned them, so that put us at ease. We have actually had this DishDrawer for over 2 years now and have had no issues with it. It cleans well and can handle up to 14 place settings worth of dishes. It’s also super easy to fully disassemble (if repairs are needed) and to clean. No more climbing inside your dishwasher or having to remove it for repairs. The only cons – F&P fixed them with this new model (ours is discontinued) – no more remote control and both drawers are same depth now. Would we buy it again…YES!!!
DUAL FUEL RANGE – VERONA CLASSIC
Verona – from AJ Madison. Model # VCLFSGE365DR. The Verona Classic Series 36 Inch Pro-Style Dual-Fuel Range.
This 5 burner (gas), dual convection oven (electric), pro-style range is a beauty! If you are looking for a dual oven range and only have 36 inches of width to work with – this is it! The Verona cooks well, and the small oven (as low as 700 watts) replaced out toaster oven. Hello to more countertop space! The cook top is gas and both ovens are European convection electric. All of the accessories are a must have (roller racks, simmer plate, etc) except for the stainless steel griddle. The center burner is large in diameter (large enough to accommodate a 22″ paella pan , but the griddle is soo big that only the middle 1/3 of the cooking surface is hot enough to cook on. The griddle seems like an afterthought and not actually made for this range. Also, the cut-outs for the handles are so low, grease tends to leak out all over the cook top. I wouldn’t recommend the stainless griddle. For more info, options, and models visit the Verona Home Page.
More Verona Info
- Here is the link to the complete Verona catalog.
- Verona warranty: 2 years, parts and labor.
- Verona available at Amazon and AJ Madison
- Amazon is currently offering free shipping and no tax in some states!!!
- Amazon offers additional 4 year ($118) and 5 year ($248) warranty coverage
- Executive Appliance (AMAZON) is an authorized Verona dealer, so the Verona 2 year warranty is still valid. Executive Appliance will follow up with you for extras and options like the Chef’s Pack, simmer plate, roller racks, griddles, etc.
- AJ Madison home page link for info / purchase
Still on the fence as whether to buy??? I’ve attached a link to the Verona HOUZZ forum thread
*** DUE TO OVEN SIZES, YOU”LL PROBABLY NEED NEW BAKING SHEETS ***
Nordic Ware. The Nordic Ware Prism 43170, Half Sheet. We use these and they work great for baked items like cookies, etc. The bottom and edges brown nicely and the sheets are non-stick.
Large Oven: Tray Size – 13″W x 17 3/4″L
Nordic Ware. The Nordic Ware Prism 45370, Quarter Sheet. We use these and they work great for baked items like cookies, etc. The bottom and edges brown nicely and the sheets are non-stick.
Small Oven: Tray Size – 9.5W” x 13″L
Will That Turkey Fit?
Cleaning Hacks for the Verona Burner Caps
Is there a Trick to Cleaning the Cooktop Aluminum Burner Caps “Flame Spreaders” ?
They can be a chore to clean, as almost immediately they begin to get black spots from burnt on food and grease. This has been a problem discussed over on the Houzz forum. Additionally, don’t make the mistake my wife did, and soak them in ammonia water with the cast iron grates. The ammonia reacts with the aluminum and they turn BLACK! I REPEAT…DO NOT SOAK THE ALUMINUM BURNER CAPS (FLAME SPREADERS) IN AMMONIA WATER! – SEE SLIDESHOW BELOW
- If the baking soda and water “paste” is literally not “cutting it”… here is your last resort to clean the Burner Caps (“Flame Spreaders”). It’s really simple ans easy!!! : Now full disclosure here, as I would save this as a last resort, but is does work effectively and will not ruin or damage the burner caps in any way! Quickly wet sand them with a super-fine 600 grit sandpaper. It basically polishes them back clean, but much faster than scrubbing with soap, etc. It works! The only down side is they dull just a bit, as it does remove that “polished” high shine. But they will become soo dirty, you probably won’t care after a month…like us. Judge for yourself in the picture, and the slideshow below. You can hardly tell the difference. You can buy new ones, as Verona mentioned in the Houzz forum, but they will be dirty again within weeks. The sandpaper method is by far the winner, in my opinion, after 6 months of ownership, otherwise you will drive yourself c r a z y 🙂
Cleaning Hacks for the Verona Gas Cooktop
What About Cleaning the Gas Cooktop Cast Iron Grates?
Without a doubt, the gas cooktop is harder to clean, with all its parts, burner caps, etc. If you are concerned about this, a glass (smooth) cooktop may be right for you.
Make sure your existing sink, or your new sink will accommodate easy cleaning/soaking of the cast iron grates (ammonia water). As previously stated above DO NOT soak the aluminum burner caps in the ammonia water! The ammonia will turn the aluminum BLACK.
Rocket – from Chris’ Coffee Service. The Rocket Appartamento Copper Espresso Machine.
The Rocket Appartamento…its a real espresso, with its copper boiler and polished stainless steel case, it’s made to last. Expect a 15-20 year life, easy! It’s a solid investment if you love coffee…and it makes some AMAZING coffee! I never knew coffee was this good and I will never drink Starbucks again…it’s that good! I have a new reason to get up in the mornings, and it’s because of this machine. We’ve had it for about 8 months now with no issues, and it also fits well on the countertop/beneath the upper cabinet. Would I buy it again…absolutely! It also has a 2-year parts and labor warranty. Check out more coffee related stuff here at Chris’ Coffee Service.
Baratza. The Baratza Vario is a doserless 54 mm ceramic burr grinder with 1/2 pound hopper capacity. It features macro and micro settings to dial in the perfect grind. With heavy duty construction combined with a small footprint, it doesn’t take up too much room on our countertop. The Baratza Vario is the perfect choice if you are looking to avoid the $500+ grinders on the market (which are very common these days). It is recommended as a top choice for a great entry-level grinder! I have no complaints with this grinder!
Where to buy: Amazon.
Rohl. Model # RC3018WH. The Shaws Original 30″ Fireclay Farmhouse Sink in white, single bowl apron front is the ultimate farmhouse sink! This stunner is the center piece that completes the timeless look in our farmhouse kitchen remodel. The single bowl also makes it super easy to wash your pots, pans, stove grates, etc; that just isn’t possible with the standard, shallow, dual-basin sinks. The only downside? There are some known instances of chipping if you bang heavy items against it (to be expected, see the protective below), and I have read of about 6 to cases to date, of “crazing”, a known issue to Rohl where the top white glaze coat (not the fireclay structure itself) develops some “spiderweb”, super-fine cracking on the surface around the drain. It’s superficial, and not even visible with the protective rack in the bottom, but nonetheless extremely frustrating for a sink at this price point – ask me how I know! Yes, ours did this! We sent photos, and Rohl sent us a free replacement immediately, as it was covered under the 1 year warranty. Bottom line: You will see negative reviews on this sink. Could we live with the cracks? Yes, as they are barely visible and cosmetic. Would we buy it again? Truthfully, yes. As difficult as it might be, there simply isn’t another farmhouse sink on the market with “that look“…the Shaws Original Fireclay Farmhouse Sink is an absolute stunner! I have included an actual picture of our sink, below…
Rohl. The Rohl Wire Sink Grid is specially designed to fit the Rohl RC3018 (above), this item is a MUST if you want to protect your investment in a Rohl farmhouse sink. The grid has padded feet that won’t damage the surface of the sink, and the stainless steel grid protects the sink from scratches and chips. This way you can stack the sink with dishes and scrub away without worrying about damaging your new sink! I HIGHLY recommend the Rohl Wire Sink Grid.
Note: I would recommend the stainless steel over the white for the following reasons: 1) the stainless is more durable 2) the white one is basically rubber coated and will melt (from hot pots) 3) The white will start to chip, peel, look dirty and dingy, while the stainless will hold up much longer and look cleaner.
Rohl by Perrin & Rowe. The Perrin & Rowe Bridge Style Kitchen Faucet with Side Spray, Polished Nickel. This faucet is a perfect match when paired with the Rohl Farmhouse sink above. The faucet swivels left to right for ease of use and the high position/arc of the neck allows enough clearance for the largest of pots and pans. It is built very heavy and the fit and finish is very high quality with a mirror finish. The side sprayer is solid brass and has a very strong spray. When you open the box, you will be very impressed with the Perrin & Rowe Bridge Style Kitchen Faucet! Cons – We haven’t found any yet!see additional photos above
- Note: The cheapest price we have found is from Amazon. However, if you are more comfortable with a direct retailer you can also find the Perrin & Rowe faucet at Build.com and HOUZZ.
Rohl. Rohl Luxury Soap Dispenser, Polished Nickel. This soap dispenser matches the Perrin & Rowe faucet above and looks very nice paired with it. If you are looking for a nice, clean look for your countertop, with no unsightly soap bottles and trays, this is for you! Its is easily re-filled from the top (just pull the pump out) or from under the sink (unscrew the bottle).
Rohl Warranty Info: Rohl offers a Lifetime Warranty for many of their products. Rohl Lifetime Warranty info HERE.
FAUCET (Pot Filler)
Signature Hardware. SKU: 267713. The Augusta Retractable Wall-Mount Pot Filler is a beauty and a fraction of the price for other main-stream brands. It is a good value and high quality, with a mirror finish. Cons – The only negative is mounting it. There is no set screw to level it (not a problem for an experienced plumber), so you have to wrap just the right amount of Teflon tape on the threads to have it arrive at the proper tightness to seal AND at the point it sits level – I got it on the first try, so maybe I got lucky, lol!
Glacial Pure Replacement Filter. The Best Deal On EVERYDROP Replacement Filters – Glacial Pure. Does your refrigerator use the Whirpool “Filter 2”, Every Drop filter (EDR2RXD1 / W10413645A)? Don’t pay $45+. They are now available in a 2-pack, from Glacial Pure, for $16 each!!!
Aquasana. Whole house water filtration system from Aqusana. This system drastically improves your water quality and extends the life of your appliances (washer, dishwasher, boiler, hot water heater) by:
- 20″ Sediment Pre-filter (5 micron) – removes sediments, rust, silt, organic particles, and microscopic cysts
- Rhino Water Filter (Copper-zinc and mineral stone, with activated carbon) – reduces 97% of chlorine, heavy metals like lead and mercury, and inhibits bacteria and algae. The activated carbon reduces herbicides, pesticides, and other chemical compounds like industrial solvents
- Simply Soft Water Softener – naturally and safely reduces scale buildup on internal pipes, plumbing,and appliances without the use of harsh salt or chemicals.
- Sub-micron Post-Filter (0.35 micron) – reduces any remaining sediment and organic particles down to 0.35 microns.
- UV Filter (optional) – Mainly for well water applications, it can also be used for municipal water (boil alerts, etc). It further protects against bacteria and viruses that could be present in your water.
We’ve had our Aquasana Whole House Water Filter System installed for 3 years now and have noticed improved water quality in the forms of – filtration, chlorine reduction, limescale reduction (about 80%), and water hardness was actually reduced from a very hard 12 grains, down to 5 grains! And no more chlorine vapor showers and resulting dry skin!!! additionally, I’m sure our new hot water heater, boiler, dishwasher, and espresso machine will thank us too (limescale reduction).
American Standard. Model #ASD-1250. If you are in the market for a well-made, and quiet disposer at a GREAT price, check out the 1 1/4 HP Garbage Disposer from American Standard. We have been using this model since December 2017, it works great, and we love it. Check out all the details over at the MOHF Plumbing Maintenance Blog.
Northstar Decor. Garbage Disposer Air Switch Kit. Now this Kit is cool! Who wants to clutter up their nice clean backs plash with an ugly switch? Not me! Mount this air switch on your countertop and operate your garbage disposed at the push of a button. It is super easy to install – just plug it in a 110v outlet, drill and mount the switch, and plug in the air line…DONE! It is available in a few dozen finishes to suit your design.
Elk Lighting (Build.com). Elk Lighting, Model# 66112-1. Polished Nickel Chadwick Single Light 6″ Wide Mini Pendant with Round Canopy and White Glass Shade. This is a very handsome pendant, that is substantial enough to be the center piece over your farm/basin sink. We used this one over our kitchen sink.
Hudson Valley Lighting (Build.com). Model# 3412F-PN. Polished Nickel Single Light Semi Flush Ceiling Mount from the Petersburg Collection. Due to the stove and sink/pendant being the centerpieces of the kitchen, we chose this semi-flush mount schoolhouse light, so while elegant, it didn’t try to compete or overpower the rest, as it sits closer to the ceiling. It complements instead of competing. We used this light for the main kitchen ceiling light.
RANGE HOOD (Vented)
Z-Line. The ZLINE 695-RS-34 is a 34 inch professional range hood insert with remote blower. This hood is designed to be both elegant and powerful, featuring the industry’s only lifetime warranty motor. This hood is made from 430 grade stainless steel and is a ZLINE classic. Its durable construction, modern design, and lifetime warranty motor – a ZLINE exclusive – guarantee a range hood with a timeless design that will last a lifetime.
This hood contains many unique features, such as:
• Remotely installed motor (not inside hood/kitchen), ensuring silence while in use
• Dishwasher-safe stainless steel baffle filters (2)
• Built-in LED lighting (3)
High performance 4-speed motor with speeds up to 900 CFM
KitchenAid. Model: KRMF706ESS00. The KitchenAid 25.8 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator in Stainless Steel with Platinum Interior. The pros – This thing is a beauty! This 5-door model has storage for everything! A deep drawer freezer, with two top sliding shelves. The two middle drawers are specialty drawers for produce and the other is adjustable for meats, deli, thawing, etc. The main cabin is super bright with many LED lights. The shelves even have wireless LED lights!!! You can see everything! Cons – We have actually had this model for about 2 years now (right after it was released). Maybe they released it a bit too early because we have had two service calls for issues that KitchenAid has now built fixer for 1) you will see some negative reviews for the freezer door not sealing properly and some ice building up. This was resolved with an improved seal (on a new door) and 2) the ice cubes in the bottom of the bin melt away after 3-4 day. They are installing a new door in about a week, so I’ll update again later. All in all, its a nice frige and it seems like KitchenAid has ironed out the few minor issues that it had early on.
UPDATE 4/20/18: New ice door fixed issue#2. Everything is operating fine now.
Kitchen Aid Water Filter: Does your refrigerator use the Whirpool “Filter 2”, Every Drop filter (EDR2RXD1 / W10413645A)? Don’t pay $45+. They are now available in a 2-pack, from Glacial Pure, for $16 each!!! 👍
Anaglypta Wallpaper. We used this type wallpaper to give out farmhouse kitchen a subtle “pressed tin” look, without being too over-the-top, and in your face. It wasn’t terribly difficult to install, just awkward, a little messy (but the glue is water soluble). Just don’t over-wet it or it can stretch. We used a local shop to order it but Home Depot also sells it (but I can only speak for the Norwall brand at this time (Germany). Here is the info;
Norwall Wallcoverings. Item # 48928 (as used for the kitchen remodel). Architectural Inspirations. This vinyl wallcovering is paintable, pre-pasted (a good option), extra washable and peelable. Made in Germany for Norwall Group Inc.