House Stalker: 1950’s Kitchen Remodel

I’m so glad you all enjoyed my friend Colleen’s beautiful bathroom renovation, and I know you’re waiting to see the kitchen remodel.  It’s a good one, so grab your cup of coffee and cozy up for some kitchen goodness.  What I love even more about this remodel is that she essentially worked with the existing footprint, while making it beautiful and functional.  Not always an easy task, when you’re dealing with a home built in the 1950’s, when “open concept” wasn’t a thing.

Kitchen Remodel BEFORE

And a peek at it now, in all its glory.

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

Notice again, that the basic footprint is the same!  But all of the details – the molding, the fixtures, the seeded glass front cabinets – it adds to the “Wow” factor, and takes the whole space up a few notches.  I love that Colleen was able to create such a high end look without taking down walls and starting from scratch.

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

You can see that there was an adjustment to this wall to make the kitchen more workable, and because it just makes sense.  Although if memory serves, I think there was a legitimate reason that this wall was there – ductwork or HVAC maybe?

1950's Kitchen Remodel BEFORE

Amazing how such little changes can make such a big difference, isn’t it?  In our second house, we took out a pony wall, and I was blown away at what a difference it made!

1950's Kitchen Remodel AFTER

Galley Kitchen Remodel AFTER

Now let’s take a look at the wall opposite of the window wall.  Here it is before the remodel.  The before photos don’t get much better than this, do they?  Thank you Colleen for your blogger-like thinking on this project!

1950's Kitchen Remodel Before and After

I told you it was good, didn’t I?  

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

Again with the beautiful details!

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

But the original footprint remains.

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

And now a new angle – as if you’re near the sink.

1950's Kitchen Remodel BEFORE

Kitchen Remodel Before and AFTER

Isn’t this a great little nook that makes use of space that was previously unused and wasted?  I love the color of these cabinets too.  So pretty.  And who doesn’t love a cute chalkboard in a kitchen?  

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

Here’s another before and after look at this functional little nook.

Kitchen Remodel BEFORE

It’s cracking me up looking at these photos with the cat in them, but refusing to look at the camera.  Cats are such divas, aren’t they?

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

Before, the fridge was like the homely girl at the dance – hidden away in the corner, looking lonely and sad.

Kitchen Remodel BEFORE

Now she’s had a complete makeover and is all dressed up for the dance, with wine at the ready!  My kind of girl.  I love the look of an enclosed fridge – it just really adds to the custom factor for me.

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

Again, the cat.  I swear, it’s a real cat.  You guys might start thinking it’s a stuffed, prop-cat or something with the same pose in every photo.

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

And here is the before photo of the area from the kitchen that leads back to the bathroom.

Kitchen Remodel BEFORE

With that wall opened up just enough, we now have this gorgeous cabinet that looks like it was made to be here from the beginning.  Cutting back the wall and adding a full glass paned door really brings in some more natural light too, doesn’t it?

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

You can see how the space leading outside looked before the remodel – the glass paned door that’s in place now is just a great addition!

Kitchen Remodel BEFORE

It just felt dark going back here with the previous layout.

Bathroom Remodel BEFORE

Furniture Style Cabinetry in Kitchen

Lighting is from Restoration Hardware.

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

Wall color is a custom color tweaked from French Gray and Light French Gray. 

Kitchen Remodel AFTER

Thanks again Colleen for opening your home and allowing me to share it with the world!

Jenny

13 Comments

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    Lisa
    February 1, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Such a clever use of space all over this kitchen! I love that slim nook that totally optimizes that wall, and how the counter is extended to accommodate a couple of barstools on the end! So smart and pretty too!

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    Patricia
    February 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    What a beautiful make over ! They really made great use of all the space – and everything looks so bright and open. Really lovely kitchen…..

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    Rosie
    February 1, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I kept flipping back and forth from before and after. Amazing the transformation. I love the color. Do you know the brand name? Thanks for sharing. Great job

    • Reply
      Colleen
      February 2, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Hi Rosie. Like most of our house colors, it’s custom b/c we can never decide on a premixed color. Here’s the formula. It’s based on the paint can formula sticker: Sherwin-Williams Satin Interior Super Paint, B1/Black – 2 in OZ column, 11 in 32 column, R2/Maroon – 7 in 32 column, Y3/Deep Gold – 44 in 32 column, 1 in 64 column.

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        Colleen
        February 2, 2018 at 8:15 am

        Oh, and THANK YOU for the compliments!

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    Paula
    February 1, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Beautiful transformation….thanks for sharing!

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    Debbie B.
    February 1, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I have flipped back and forth between the before and after pics. Maybe I have missed something in this lovely remodel. I am confused about what might have taken place with the cabinet doors. Noticed the after pics show hinges so I am assuming the original doors were preserved??? If so how was the mounding changed out? If new doors were installed I am curious why hidden hinges were not used?

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      Jenny
      February 4, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      Completely new cabinets – new everything!

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    Shannon
    February 2, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Where did the lights over the sink come from? Love them and the whole kitchen transformation.

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      Jenny
      February 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      The lights are from Restoration Hardware.

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    Rebecca
    February 4, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Such a stunning transformation! The combination of paint color, cabinet finish and granite is beautiful and the details with glass doors, lighting and faucet are lovely together. I am just starting a kitchen renovation and would love to know which granite was used.

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      Jenny
      February 4, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      Colleen said it’s called Alaskan White – but bear in mind that these names seem to be somewhat arbitrary, and that different slabs may have the same name, but look a lot different from one another.

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    Christine
    February 8, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    This is amazing! I love all the details!

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