Need help for 1950's kitchen!
lizamclean1
October 18, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We're not doing any structural renovation; need help on flooring selection. Thinking we're going to leave the kitchen cabinets; they have bronze/gold pulls. Ordered a great 1950s light to replace the florescent light in there now. Appliance, stainless steel?

- Flooring Selection
- What to do with the walls
- Appliance - White, Black or stainless steel
- Paint cabinets?
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apple_pie_order
Looks spacious, nice floor plan. What's the distance between countertop and upper cabinets? What's the interesting structure over the cabinets?

On flooring, visit a good flooring shop to see the options. Take a drawer with you if you are keeping the cabinets. They look like good quality birch. You can borrow samples overnight with a small deposit. Get the new lighting in before you make a decision on flooring.
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lizamclean1
Thank you for your comment!

It's storage with sliding cabinets, covered in a brown fabric. :) I'd guess 16inches between counterop & upper cabinets. What do you think about wall color? Would you pain the cabinets?
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apple_pie_order
I would probably not paint the cabinets, but I would also want to take a close look at a drawer or two outside in broad daylight because the fluorescent lighting makes photos look quite unrealistic in color. Scotts Liquid Gold is excellent for cleaning and rubbing down old cabinets. I've had professionally painted cabinets: the paint finish get dinged and scratched, so you do have to do touch-ups every few months or so. Natural wood finishes are much easier to live with.

Perhaps the fabric covered sliding cabinet doors could be recovered in a new printed fabric. The paint color could be taken from the new fabric. It'd be easy to tack up some fabric samples or even gift wrap to see what scale print looks good up there.
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hazeldazel
what a fabulous retro kitchen! If you're keeping the retro style, I would suggest white appliances and an upscale linoleum flooring (marmoleum?). Then just paint in a light cheery color of your choice.
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victorianbungalowranch
I highly recommend the websites Retro Renovation and Atomic Ranch to help you figure out what to do with your kitchen. The cabinets look great and I would leave them. Retro Planet has a lot of d├ęcor items, although most of them are on the diner/kitchy side.

I am having a hard time envisioning what fabric=covered cabinets look like. Can you just take the fabric off?
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If you dont want to paint the cabinets, simply changing the hardware can have a dramatic impact on the complete look.
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lizamclean1
White or Stainless Steel appliance?! Need help on this as our fridge needs replacement
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Meghan
Ok check out this awesome blog I found on Pinterest! http://www.beautifulmatters.com/2013/02/diy-inexpensive-cabinet-updates/ you can really bring life to your cabinets with a little trim work :)
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Denise Chapman
Hey, you must see what I did to our ancient kitchen~! It turned out awesome... I still have to paint the backsplash white and the trim on the window to match cabinets... new fridge coming... but the white appliances and white backsplash will make it clean and bright.. new countertops coming, too... but a cheap reno that turned out great. We also had those half wood walls and painted them white and that just makes a huge difference. Paint will transform your place.
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andymeg
I have a 1948 kitchen with very similar maple cabinets. I just had them refinished and changed the hardware. I also removed my upper sliding doors and left that space open for decorative items, since they're too high to be very useful and I have plenty of other storage, as it appears you do, too. I also kept my scallopy board over the sink. Maybe remove the short backsplash and put in a tile one?
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Allison Ruggles
I was thinking hard wood floors or something that look like hard wood. It will warm up the kitchen with painted cabinets. I. Think stainless Steele would look good.
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apple_pie_order
Any photos of your new light fixture?
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krissyser
My kitchen had some similar features before I did a small cosmetic Reno. I found painting the bulkhead area above the cabinets the same colour as the wall made a huge difference. Also removing the wavey trim detail above the sink goes along way.
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krissyser
Also remove the bulky under cabinet appliances.
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quercus2
What is your goal with this project? Do you want to keep with 1950s mid-century style or do you want to change to another style, and if so, what? Can you post a picture of the 1950s ceiling light you ordered?
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brickln
Keep the wavy trim! I vote form linoleum or cork on the floor, and a pop color on the counters.
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wendyfraser
Try marmoleum click flooring, painting the cupboards, new hardware and if the bulkhead is empty how bout glass fronted cupboards with up lighting.
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des1gnchick
If you are headed in the retro direction the checkered floor suggested above is great. Sees smeg or Elmira fridges for possibilities. Also updating hardware on cabinets, adding some glass panels to upper cabinets and a built in banquette on the wall opposite the window would change the look. Add a seat cushion and pillows to match the color you choose for walls - maybe a subtle green or blue? Remove fabric above upper cabinets & paint same color as walls. I prefer stainless appliances but just personal preference
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