At some point, our kitchen cabinets defied gravity by floating to the ceiling. This is clear to me now, but had puzzled me for quite a while.
Ever since we bought the house I've been pondering if the kitchen cabinets are original. There were several things about them that made me think they could have been original, but a few things just didn't seem right. First off, the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling. It is impractical to have cabinet shelving ten feet off the ground. We frequently have to stand on a stool or on the counter to reach the top shelves.
Midway on the cabinet doors are holes where old cabinet hardware was attached. This is seven feet off the ground. Either the people who lived here previously were giants, or something just isn't right.
We also found blue wallpaper behind the cabinets when we had to repair the ceiling when our plumbing leaked.
Then the mailman made a brilliant suggestion. Perhaps the overhead cabinets sat on top of the current counter. It makes absolute sense. It puts the old handles at the right height. The tops of the cabinets line up with the top of the window sills. The top shelves would be accessible from the ground. And it explains the wallpaper behind the cabinets. Stylistically it makes sense too, as it matches the cabinetry I've seen from the period.
I suggested to Ms. Huis that when we remodel the kitchen (someday), we could put in a center island (for prep space) and move the cabinets back down to where they originally were. I don't think she properly understood the brilliance of my idea, because before she even thought about it, she said "No". Fortunately, we're a long way from remodeling the kitchen.