Today I'm excited to show you the work I have done in our 1950's kitchen. Now before you ask why I didn't redo the counter tops and floors, I will tell you the reasons. First off, I love the vintage floors (they don't make them like those anymore), and secondly, this is a rental. Yes!! I'm a Real Estate Agent who lives in a rental. There is a reason for that too. I'm saving money so I can purchase a property out of state in cash (preferably Kentucky) to live in part of the year. That way I can have the best of both worlds, the city and the country. Ok, back to the kitchen. So luckily our landlord is nice enough to allow us to paint whatever colors we want, so I took that a bit further and painted every surface in the kitchen. Now because I got all paint happy, I didn't take pictures immediately before the redo, so here are a few from when we first moved in almost 4 years ago.
As you all know, I heart vintage houses and love when some of the original character is brought back to life. Unfortunately this kitchen had seen years of navajo white (a landlords favorite), over more navajo white. I just couldn't do it anymore, I needed some color and pizzazz. So here is where I went with it.
To me, nothing says more 1950's than mint green. So I chose to paint the walls and upper cabinets a bright white using Benjamin Moore's Cloud White, and paint the bottom cabinets and the custom benches I made mint green using Benjamin Moore's Van Alan Green.
I'm absolutely in love with the faux brick backsplash. This is just one of those brick panels that you can buy at Lowes. I just screwed it onto the wall and added a white wash to give it a more aged look. The Grocery sign was made by hand using MDF, a stencil, and spray paint. Thank goodness I have a friend who knows photoshop and was able to hook me up with the lettering.
This kitchen cart was made out of 3 vintage windows found out on the street. I basically just added a top and bottom and some casters. Then I added 2 shelves using strips of wood and decorative shelf supports. To top it off, it now houses my microwave and wine fridge. Yay! for more counter space!
For some seating, custom benches were made using Ana White's Plans and seating pads were made out of 1" foam and some leftover MDF that I had. and yes, that is plastic over my seats, I do have kids. The table was also made out of some 1 x 8 boards and legs from Ikea. The other side is attached to the wall using simple shelf L-shaped supports. If you are curious as to what the actual bench looks like, I've included a picture below. The bench offers great storage below as well, since I have no place to put extras after a major Costco haul.
The other side of the kitchen houses our utility closet and our water heater. A small command center was made to hold the kids homework, our grocery list, and our monthly calendar. Oh and that picture you see, its a poster from Portland, OR brought to me from my bestie on her last trip there. I love how the white frame looks on it, so simple and chic. The lamp is a fixture from Ikea, modified to be hard wired.
A simple double dish rack as well as a hanging bar across the window help store wet dishes to dry. This kitchen doesn't have a dishwasher so haven't a convenient place to dry my dishes makes my life easier. After all did they have dishwashers in the 1950's? I'm also kind of obsessed with succulents right now, so I have a few in the window sill.
The last issue I had to deal with was the floor. Over the years it had gotten very dull and sticky and was very hard to clean. I was fortunate enough to get the hook up from the guy who cleans our floors at the office. He did an old fashioned strip and wax and the floors were as good as new. This is a true testament of "they don't make them like they used to".
Well, I hope you enjoyed my Vintage Kitchen. Now lets talk budget. I spend roughly around $400- $500 to give this kitchen a new life. So if you are in the market for a new vintage home that might be a little rough around the edges, I can help you brighten it up for a few hundred dollars while you save up cash for a major renovation.