7 Ways This Kitchen Proves "Old" is Better

This reclaimed New York cook space (dating back to 1755!) proves everything old is, in fact, new again.

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Think your kitchen needs a remodel? Imagine how homeowner Daniel Flebut felt when he first laid eyes on the cook space of his overgrown 1700s stone house in New Paltz, New York. Fortunately, the architect-by-day welcomed the challenge of restoring the room to its old glory. Here's how he and partner William Charnock paid tribute to its past while adding a few modern-day upgrades.

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Better With Age
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Imperfect floors. Rather than replace the "flawed" flooring where the fireplace once stood, Daniel embraced the pieced-together texture, leaving the original wide plank boards and stone hearth untouched.

Modern lighting. Sleek fixtures (a mix of large dome pendants and custom swing-arm lamps) provide a contemporary contrast to the rustic space. (Work lights; )

Reclaimed island. William fashioned the island topper, secured to two old sawhorses, from floorboards salvaged from an upstairs bedroom.

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Pop of Color
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The built-ins pay homage to the colorful wainscoting unearthed during the restoration. They couple used Cook's Blue by .

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Aga Oven
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The cream-colored cast-iron cooker—William's favorite feature in the kitchen—sits on the footprint of the home's old fireplace hearth. Next to it, a restored (but no longer functioning) beehive oven serves as a focal point in the cozy space.

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High Ceilings
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Open shelves. Daniel designed the kitchen without upper cabinets, which would have felt clunky next to the hefty beams and low 7-foot ceiling.

Mixed finishes. Cabinets with blue-gray undertones (built by local furniture maker and finished by ) balance the warmer hues of the original wood.

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