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Kitchen Reno

I live in a house that was built in 1965.  The builder decided on a cross between mid-century modern and traditional, so needless to say, it is a strange mixture of elements.  The kitchen was very hip for 1965 with teak cabinets on chrome legs and a countertop stove but it was odd looking by today’s standards.  We lived with it for years because it was very functional but we finally decided to spend the money and do a complete gut job.  Here are some of the before pictures:

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The photos give you an idea of what we were living with.  Behind the white louver doors were shelves that were only 9inches deep, essentially the depth of the wall itself.  This room is long (19ft ) and narrow ( 9ft) and although the island was very handy and provided good counter space and storage, it was in the way all the time.  It was not possible for 2 people to be on either side of it comfortably.  We opted to do away with it and we moved the fridge and stove.  The biggest change was the area behind the louver doors.  By removing the door frame we gained a few inches and now the area is deep enough for plates.  The kitchen designer did a remarkable job on that wall and it now looks almost like furniture or a dining room cabinet.  We put a pale slate-like tile on the floor from the back door, through the kitchen and all the way to the front door.  The counters are quartz in a mocha colour and the back splash is a stone-glass mix.


Where the louver doors once were

Where the louver doors once were



We used to have a large table in the dining area of the kitchen but I refinished that table and sold it ( I wrote about it in an earlier post).  We thought we would try a smaller round table.  I bought one for $20 and refinished the top and painted the base in AS Provence.  I also bought some used cane back chairs and painted them in old white.  It looks very pretty but we probably will sell the round table and get a larger one since we miss the old table.DSC_0021(2)DSC_0072

The wall colours are Benjamin Moore  Majestic Blue and Putnam Ivory.  In spite of choosing creams and beiges for the kitchen, I am really a blue person.



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18 thoughts on “Kitchen Reno

    • Thanks. I sold the teak island to a young couple who were going to refinish it and put granite or something on the top. I was a well-made piece that stood up to 50 years of use in the kitchen.

  1. Wow! What a transformation. Your designer did a great job with the cabinets in the area where the louvered doors were. Love the glass front doors, the wine bottle cubbies, and the recessed counter. Functional, yet very pretty. Great color choices, and I really like the pastel slate flooring. A great kitchen all the way around. Thanks for sharing it at Every Room In The House. Cheers ~ Nancy

  2. Happy February! I’ve featured your wonderful kitchen in this month’s Every Room In The House party. Thanks for sharing with us, and I hope you’ll continue to join in the fun. This month we’re partying in The Living Room. All the best ~ Nancy

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