Open Shelving: Mid-Century Bungalow Kitchen

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Versatile brings this Mid-Century bungalow home into the 21st Century all while embracing its iconic look.

Cradled in Northeast Portland’s Concordia neighborhood lies a modest and unassuming Mid-Century bungalow that has recently undergone an extensive remodel. Modernizing the interior of the home while retaining its intended aesthetic. In collaboration with Arciform designers Jeffrey Kelly and Bianca McKelvy, Versatile Wood Products had a unique opportunity to be a part of this transformation.

Mid-Century bungalow

What were the goals of this project?

The main goal of this project was to achieve an updated Mid-Century Modern look. New drawer & door faces on two of the existing cabinet walls. And creating a new, full-height cabinet next to the refrigerator to create extra storage space. Using a combination of paint and stain grade material helped to complete the aesthetic.

What were the challenges?

We faced many of the typical challenges that come with Mid-Century remodels. This project called for custom face frames and continuous horizontal grain for stain-grade lower cabinets. These can be tricky to execute well.

The design for this kitchen also called for three unusually long floating shelves. At nearly five feet per shelf, this presented a challenge.

What were the uniquely Versatile solutions to those challenges?

For the custom face frames, we created a complete overlay, which achieved the intended look. We sourced continuous grain Birch for the lower cabinets, which worked out beautifully. In order to support the 55″ floating shelves, we used hidden steel brackets which were embedded in the shelves themselves. Then concealed behind sheet rock by the installer.

The combination of paint grade upper cabinets, stain grade lower cabinets with beautiful horizontal grain and open shelving helped to bring this Mid-Century bungalow home into the 21st Century all while embracing its iconic look. If your Mid-Century Modern kitchen could use a breath of fresh air, let Versatile Wood Products help you!

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