This Upcycled Industrial Kitchen Was Built Around A Hot Sauce Shelf

The story behind it is hilarious, too.

An upcycled kitchen designed around a hot sauce shelf, by Dirty Girl Construction
Jesse Stone

Your home is more than just a roof over your head—it's also a place to show off your personality, and sometimes that means taking something unexpected and turning it into the focal point of a room. In this case, a stunning industrial kitchen made with reclaimed wood centers around a shelf full of hot sauce.

Joan Barton, general contractor, designer, and owner of Dirty Girl Construction, tells Natipernavigare that this particular build (which is still ongoing) is one of her favorite projects so far. "Over time, it has become an art piece, a statement, about bringing old and new together, about letting what is 'be' and letting what might be come to life," she says.

    Jesse Stone

    So what's the story behind those fully-stocked hot sauce shelves? The client for this build actually started collecting them after a funny phone call from his mother. According to Barton, the conversation went a little like this:

    "The client’s mom called and said, 'You’ll never guess what I got for you!' He replied, 'I hope it’s not one of those Big Mouth Billy Bass Singing Fish.' There was dead silence for a few beats and then she said, 'I’ll call you back.' When she called back, she said, 'You’ll never guess what I got for you!' He replied, 'I’m not going to guess because the universe might very well implode if I’m right.'"

    It was, of course, the first dozen hot sauces of what would then become this client's growing collection. "He has since set about collecting the hot, the tacky, the political, the silly, and the tastiest of hot sauces from around the world," Barton says.



      Jesse Stone

      While your eye might go right to the colorful hot sauce labels, it'll wander to all of the other fun details in the space—and all of it ties in to the client's personality. The house was gutted, and the wood from the original space was upcycled into the new design to pay tribute to the home's history. And the industrial feel? It's an homage to the client's career.

      "I like my designs to be a reflection of my clients as much as possible so, when selecting the finishes for the space, I took into account that my client is a machinist–[he's] currently a watchmaker who personally designs and fabricates his line, and he also creates custom parts for automotive and bicycle companies—so his love of metalwork is part of his DNA," Barton explains, noting that she chose safety glass for the upper cabinets because they reminded her of a factory workshop. The client then designed and fabricated hardware for the cabinets, and they were painted with one of Barton's custom colors.

      Jesse Stone

      "I selected a heavy-duty KWC Systema faucet for the sink and paired that with Sub-Zero and Thermador appliances to give the space robust lines," Barton says. "The tile is Muro41, which is a series of artisan full body extruded porcelain tile created by Italian tile company 41Zero42. Each piece has subtle intentional imperfections such as an irregular surface and slight variation, for a material that is perfectly imperfect. This touch brought some warmth, whimsy and reality to the room."

        To add even more fun to the space, Barton made the pantry green, since she promised to sneak in her client's favorite color somewhere in the space.

        If you just can't get enough of this cool space, you can see more photos from the build at Dirty Girl Construction.

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