Vintage Modern Style for a Downtown Kitchen and Bathroom

Picture this:

A husband and wife along with their two “littles” (and one on the way), who have an affinity for older, historic homes purchase one in Downtown Fredericksburg to call their own. It just happens to need a wee bit of love, but they are up for the challenge. Problems with plumbing then lead to an entire kitchen renovation and remodel that includes converting space in the downstairs into a laundry room and full bathroom. BUT the end result is completely worth it.

Say hello to their new kitchen and bathroom!

Wanting to keep to the 1930’s style look while giving a vintage modern airy feel to the space, the kitchen was renovated with classic white subway tile from the countertops and up to the ceiling around half of the room. The open shelving helped to open up the small kitchen in order to make it appear larger than it is. The homeowners love the feel of dark cabinetry with the light granite counters that modeled the look of marble. Brass fixtures and hand pulls not only created contrast but gave updated style to the space.

Wanting to stay budget-friendly, the wife sourced many of the design elements. She used a general contractor for the plumbing, refinishing the floors, widening a doorway and for the cabinetry. Using open shelving instead of upper cabinets helped to keep the cost within their budget.

The granite countertops have just the right amount of movement in them to make the space interesting without being over the top, while the farmhouse sink speaks to the age of the home.

The brass pulls are just little jewels!

An open pantry is a fabulous place to organize canned goods. Use of piping continues the vintage modern style while adding in a touch of industrial look to the space.

The hanging racks are great for housing all the cooking needs such as spices, oils, etc. And the stove!!!! WOW!!! It is a showpiece in this kitchen, complete with a sweet copper kettle ready and waiting to boil up some water for a cup of tea.

Across from the stove is a sliding barn-style door that leads to the laundry room and bathroom.

As you enter the bathroom, the first thing that you can’t help but notice is the insanely beautiful tile that adorns the walls.

The shower head was crafted and built by the homeowner’s plumber. Instead of keeping the copper pipes behind the wall, the homeowners decided to bring more of the vintage industrial look in by showcasing the pipes. It is an addition that gives more interest to the small space.

The vintage style sink adds an additional unique element to this small bathroom.


The homeowners did an amazing job on their historic kitchen and bath restoration project in this home. It truly adds so much to the vintage modern feel of the home. Thank you for sharing it with the Fredericksburg Living readers!

To see more photos of this stunning transformation head over to aquinasdesign on Instagram.


Iron Shelf  Brackets – Amazon
Hanging Baskets & Rods – IKEA
Brass Cabinet Hardware – Lowes
Sconces – Amazon

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