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Steal This Look: A Modular Salvaged Kitchen in Sonoma

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Steal This Look: A Modular Salvaged Kitchen in Sonoma

February 20, 2024

San Francisco designers Charles de Lisle and Ralph Dennis built their off-the-grid Sonoma retreat by way of salvaged goods and stalwart industrial elements. Case in point: The plywood kitchen de Lisle designed features a steel workbench as countertop, a cast concrete laundry sink, and an industrial faucet. The result has a wood-shop feel but is entirely modular—and, for an unplugged weekend spot, it’s just enough. Here, we dissect the kitchen’s key elements.

small but mighty, the kitchen is made of robust steel, concrete, and ply. photo 17
Above: Small but mighty, the kitchen is made of robust steel, concrete, and ply. Photograph by Eric Petschek from Off the Grid: A Stylish, Low-Impact Retreat in Sonoma by Charles de Lisle. See more of the kitchen in our post Kitchen of the Week: A Designer’s Deconstructed Sonoma Kitchen from Reclaimed Parts.
a repurposed refrigerator is encased in plywood, pulls included, and built into 18
Above: A repurposed refrigerator is encased in plywood, pulls included, and built into a handmade storage unit, also in plywood. Photograph by Eric Petschek from Off the Grid: A Stylish, Low-Impact Retreat in Sonoma by Charles de Lisle.

Furniture

the makeshift countertop is a grainger workbench fitted with a custom butcher b 19
Above: The makeshift countertop is a Grainger workbench fitted with a custom butcher-block top. For something similar, source the Grainger Little Giant Workbench in Gray for $2,063.71 at Grainger.
the chairs are vintage josef hoffmann caned chairs in walnut. the thonet no. 8\ 20
Above: The chairs are vintage Josef Hoffmann caned chairs in walnut. The Thonet No. 811 Hoffmann Armchair in French Walnut Finish is available through Thonet in Australia. Alternatively, the Hoffmann Armchair in Natural is currently on sale for $626.50 at Design Within Reach.

Faucets & Fixtures

the industrial wall mounted faucet seen in the kitchen is a discontinued kohler 21
Above: The industrial wall-mounted faucet seen in the kitchen is a discontinued Kohler model. For something similar, the Chicago Faucets Wall-Mounted Service Sink Faucet with Cross Handles is $298.19 at Build.
the sink is a repurposed cast concrete laundry sink saved from the original cab 22
Above: The sink is a repurposed cast concrete laundry sink saved from the original cabin. Shown here is the Houston Platinum Concretti Designs Gray Bathroom Sink, which could be rigged for a similar look; $400 at Wayfair.
for a similar electric cooktop to what&#8\2\17;s seen in the kitchen, the d 23
Above: For a similar electric cooktop to what’s seen in the kitchen, the Duxtop LCD Portable Double Induction Cooktop is $225.26. 
the breville mini smart oven is \$\159.95 at williams sonoma. 24
Above: The Breville Mini Smart Oven is $159.95 at Williams-Sonoma.

Lighting

similar lights to the old metal pendant fixtures are the barn light original wa 25
Above: Similar lights to the old metal pendant fixtures are the Barn Light Original Warehouse Pendant Lights, shown in Industrial Grey 800; $290 for the 16-inch shade.
for a brass table lamp with a woven shade, the serena & lily larkspur petit 26
Above: For a brass table lamp with a woven shade, the Serena & Lily Larkspur Petite Table Lamp with a raffia weave shade is $248.

Accessories

the sugatsune hjt hook in satin stainless steel is \$9.90 from american builder 27
Above: The Sugatsune HJT Hook in satin stainless steel is $9.90 from American Builder’s Outlet.
the mercer culinary acacia magnetic knife holder is available in acacia (shown) 28
Above: The Mercer Culinary Acacia Magnetic Knife Holder is available in acacia (shown), bamboo, or rubberwood; $19.79 at Webstaurant Store.
the chairs are softened with west african made chair cushions from tensira in b 29
Above: The chairs are softened with West African-made chair cushions from Tensira in brown stripe or black windowpane prints. The Tensira Chair Cushion K.133 is €53.33 directly from Tensira.

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N.B.: This post originally ran on March 7, 2023 and has been updated with new links and information.

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