Kitchen#3: 1950's Kitchen Upgrade

Kitchen window side before upgrades.
Kitchen window side after upgrades.

Existing 1950's Kitchen

This kitchen had solid wood cabinets that we did not want to lose. We considered stripping and refinishing them to show the beautiful grain of the wood, but the cost was prohibitive. The countertop was a dated formica with metal edging, and the windows had outlived their lives.

Facelift and Modernization

Jim decided adding trim to the cabinets for depth and painting them a light color would brighten up and update the room. He also wallpapered the walls and backsplash to add character. He replaced the slider windows, the countertop, and the sink, and added a dishwasher which up to that point did not exist.

Cabinets with no organization.
Cabinets with paint, trim, and built-in plate rack.

Lack of Organization

Before the kitchen remodel, this double cabinet up and down was not functional because the kitchen door swung in both directions forcing the bottom cabinets to be only as deep as the wall cabinets. The lack of depth made this a hard-to-utilize area.

Custom Built-in Plate Rack

Jim masterfully utilized this space by creating a custom plate rack with beaded board wainscoting at the back. He also recycled the cornice from the kitchen window as a decorative piece at the top of the plate rack. Jim's eye for design and his architectural background enabled him to see uses for things that perserved quality, thus saving the homeowner money without sacrificing design and quality.

itchen stove side before upgrades.
Kitchen stove side with upgrades.

Existing 1950's Stovetop, Wall Oven, and Eating Nook

This side of the kitchen was old and poorly used. The table and chairs had to be navigated to sit down, the drapes were too heavy to hang in a kitchen, the wall oven did not work, and the stovetop was permanently stained. To the right of the stovetop were three open shelves which were unsightly when used for storage. Finally, what is unseen to the viewer was the 12 x 12 vinyl floor tile that was dark and dated.

Is This the
Same Kitchen?

To fully utilize the kitchen, Jim turned the table 90 degrees and added benches instead of chairs. The window was replaced with a new wood window which Jim stained to match the custome plate rack. The cornice was removed and recycled in the plate rack above, and the drapes were replaced with a Roman shade that provided decoration when down and light when up. At all times, the beauty of the woodwork was seen. The harlequin wall paper served to provide decoration and easy clean up should there be a splash or spill. All bottom cabinetry and appliances were removed. To the left of the new oven, Jim recycled the cabinet from the opposite side of the room removed to make room for the dishwasher. Above the recycled cabinet, Jim built cookbook storage in wood to match the custom plate rack. This minimized any loss of countertop space which was at a premium. To the right of the oven, Jim purchased a new cabinet which matched the style he had created by adding trim and hardware. This cabinet replaced the three open shelves which were useless except for bric-a-brac.



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