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.