The upstairs was a place to live and cook while working on the downstairs. I had at this point started to strip the single board width wainscoting that ran around the room but wasn't ready for the doors or casings yet. Later, when it came time to remove the added top layer of flooring, narrow pine, on the second floor to get back to the original, I chucked 'em out these kitchen windows and into the back yard. I didn't even BEGIN to think of planting anything back there until these floors had been pulled up. Out of sight is the sink and the cabinets that were still in the room.
This was the downstairs kitchen when I bought the house. The wainscoting was from a later date. The back wall had been rebuilt at some point. The area around and under the sink had rotted so had to be replaced. I'm not sure what my father was thinking as he surveyed the situation.
But it would eventually look like this even if not always decorated for Christmas. I needed shelving space so while there is no evidence of anything in that corner this was copied from shelving at Old Sturbridge Village. The back is just the plaster painted brown.
Until after the chimney was rebuilt, I could not put a ceiling up in this room, due to the upstairs hearth reconstruction. There was no sense in calling in a plasterer twice. I lived with walls and a ceiling of insulation overhead, plastic work lights on extension cords and wires for the stereo showing. I entertained ONLY at night and then by candle light. Having only a few candles lit hides a multitude of sins. Or should that be hides the restoration project in progress?
My carpenter copied the mantle that remained upstairs for downstairs. The wall got plastered.
The final step was to get a door to cover the bake oven.
And so the old kitchen downstairs was returned, more or less to it's original condition.
Even though I returned the kitchen to it's original appearance I had to have a few modern conveniences. The TVs. is in the blue cabinet. The door to the right of the cabinet goes into the bedroom, to the left into the back hall.
At the opposite side of the room are the doors, on the left to an originally unheated bedroom, now my modern kitchen with a sink, stove, refrigerator-- yes a refrigerator and NOT an ice box, microwave and even dish washer. On the right the door is to the only closet I have. It was originally the pantry, located in the cold northeast corner of the house.
The door on the right is into the original bedroom/now kitchen and the door on the left goes into the parlor.