Last Updated on February 26, 2013 by Kristi Linauer
Last year, I showed y’all glimpses here and there of a kitchen remodel I was doing for a client named Julia. The kitchen was finished up last fall, but I never showed you the final kitchen (or even bothered to get “after” pictures) because I lost the “before” pictures. I know that’s crazy, but I just really prefer BEFORE and after pictures.
So when I finally found the “before” pictures last week on an old hard drive, I called up Julia and scheduled time for my photographer (who just happens to be my mom) and I to come get some pictures. I’m excited to finally show these to you!!
The idea for the new kitchen all started with a table and chairs–the quintessential 1950’s chrome/Formica/vinyl dinette set–that Julia inherited from her mom. It wasn’t in great shape, but it had sentimental value, so Julia wanted to have it restored. And then she needed a new kitchen to put it in.
Here’s what the dinette set…and the kitchen…looked like before we got started…
|The dinette set that started it all. It was very faded, the vinyl had worn and torn spots, and the chrome finish was badly damaged.
|The floral balloon shade and floral wallpaper looked very busy in this space.
|I’m pretty sure the appliances were original to the house, and the cabinet doors were very thin.
|One of Julia’s biggest complains about the kitchen was a lack of countertop space.
|Even though the kitchen was a decent size, it just felt small and dark with all of the busy patterns, the dark floor, and the popcorn ceiling.
So basically, everything had to go…except the table and chairs. But they needed a facelift–new Formica, new vinyl, and new chrome. The challenge was creating a new, updated kitchen with new, updated finishes and fixtures in a design that would incorporate a 1950’s vinyl/Formica/chrome dinette set in bright red (per Julia’s request) WITHOUT creating a theme room. I don’t do theme rooms. At all. Ever. (Well, okay…maybe for a kid’s room, but even then, I’m veeeeeerrrrrrryyyy particular.)
So, I used a black, white, gray, taupe and red color palette and created a kitchen that the dinette set seems perfectly at home in, even though it’s not a “diner theme” room. And I even gave a nod to the 1950s black-and-white checked diner floors by bringing in checked fabric on the window.
Here’s how it turned out…
|The new kitchen feels bright and open. No more warning signs for claustrophobics needed!
|The wall above the sink was removed to make the space feel more integrated into the family room.
|On this wall, the built-in oven and floor-to-ceiling cabinet on the far left was removed to give Julia more counter space.
|This dinette set isn’t really a style that I personally love, but I’m actually quite fond of how it looks against the black/white/gray checked draperies. And the $30 warehouse pendant light is one of my favorite touches.
|After looking for artwork for this wall with no success, I decided to DIY some artwork. Click here for the tutorial. And I love those big white mats and wide black frames!
|And another look at the little sand-filled vase and flower arrangement that I did. Click here for the tutorial.
|The china cabinet was originally brown, so we had it painted black with a slightly distressed finish.
|I’m a big fan of black kitchen cabinets! And now Julia’s cat, Snickers, fits right in!
And that’s it! I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It was different from anything I’ve ever done, but I loved the challenge.
And just for kicks (and because this post isn’t nearly long enough yet, nor does it have enough pictures yet), I’ve added a few “quick view” before and afters below. Just move your pointer on and off of the picture to see the before and after of each view.
Quite a change, huh? I’m so glad I finally got to share this remodel with you!! Hope you enjoyed seeing it. 🙂
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