Plain & Fancy Teams Up With This Old House

Plain & Fancy was approached by This Old House in early 2018 about an opportunity to partner with them during Season 40 – The Net Zero House in Jamestown, Rhode Island. How could we not accept? We were excited to meet homeowners Donald and Dana Powers and hear their dreams and aspirations for their next project.

The ultimate goal for the Jamestown Bungalow was to keep its original century-old, New England Cottage charm, while focusing on energy efficiency throughout. Mr. and Ms. Powers knew from the start that they wanted Plain & Fancy Cabinetry throughout the entire home and found plenty of uses for it.

Keeping The Charm

While the process was long and full of decision making, the Powers were able to bring to the table ample experience. This was not their first kitchen design and was in fact, their 4th design that they’ve done for themselves. They knew they wanted to take the traditional elements of the Bungalow Style, retaining as many of them as possible but bringing it into the modern world.

From Donald’s architectural drawings, Robert Kane of KI3 Design, a long Plain & Fancy Dealer, was able to create beautiful renderings that brought the kitchen design to life.

To keep a traditional feel, the Powers decided on Plain & Fancy’s Transition Door Style throughout. They loved the traditional rails and panels that would normally be seen on a cabinet door, but also the flush and crisp lines that created shadow.

Choosing A Finish

When it came to finish, they combined two neutral options with a splash of color. The Upper Cabinets in the kitchen featured our beautiful White Enamel. For the base cabinets, the Powers chose the ever popular Rift Cut White Oak. To add character and upgrade the look, they chose our custom finish, Narvik, which is a cerused finish. This is created through a traditional 2-step process utilizing subtle white washing and glazing techniques. Outside of the kitchen, there’s a mixture of Triton Blue, our take on the trendy navy blue, and the same White Enamel and Narvik finish from the kitchen.

As with most bungalows, the kitchen is modest in size and features ample natural lighting. The rustic island became the centerpiece, with seating at the end to allow conversation to flow between the kitchen and the living room.

Working with the Powers was an extraordinary experience. We loved being able to bring Donald’s drawings to life while allowing Dana to express her creative take on the finishes. If you’d like to see Plain & Fancy featured on This Old House, follow the links below or look out for Season 40 on your local listings.

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/jamestown-net-zero-house

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