Sunday, November 4

A Kitchen Makeover for My Son's 1920's Home - Or Should I Say His "MANsion"

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If you have an old house that you are fixing up,
then chances are - I read your blog!
I heart old houses
especially this one . . .
probably because it belongs to my son & his friend.

They are living in it, fixing it up,
& renting out some of the rooms to other students.

Hunny & I helped them with a little
Kitchen Makeover
& I wanted to share it with you.

Here's the before . . .
As a designer, if I had one good tip, it would be to
be true to the era of your house.
This little gem was built in the 1920's.
I feel the kitchen tile choice
{installed before my son bought the home} is unfortunate. 
It has that "mountain lodge" look -
not "adorable 1920's house". 
But, tile is a pain to replace, so they're 
working with what they've got.

I'm pretty sure the cabinets are original to the house
& I LOVE them. The paint was tired & I wasn't a fan of the
two-toned yellow-doors-on-greyish-white situation.
{It looked a lot worse in person!}
We chose a pleasing creamy white to freshen them up . . .
{The guys helped too - they're taking the photos!}

For the walls, I picked a nice neutral hue that looks good
with the white cabinets & doesn't clash with the busy floor tile.

Here's what it looks like now . . .
We cleaned the handles & replaced the hinges.
The new kitchen is fresh & clean.

The guys wanted red walls, but "their designer" 
was worried that would clash with the busy tile floor.
So we bought them some red accessories instead.
{While I was shopping, Jeff & I texted back & forth A LOT with my photos attached to a message that said, 
"Is this too girly?"}

I wanted items that look at home in a 1920's house. 
Most of these accessories are from Target or Walmart with the exception of the "Coke" sign - which was from a local antique store. My favorite is the striped pitcher from 
Home Goods {only $7}. 

I asked the guys if the fruit bowl was masculine
{since it's stainless steel}. Their response? 
"Yeah, because what's more manly than a fruit bowl?!"
{Followed by snickering.}

- Eating the manly fruit from the masculine fruit bowl -

Linking up to these fabulous parties:
The Sundae Scoop at I Heart Naptime
Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative
Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes
Sunday's Best at My 1929 Charmer


  1. After you painted the kitchen cabinets white, the kitchen looked just like my Grandma's kitchen--same hardware and everything. It made me feel all warm and nostalgic. You did a great job.

    1. Thanks so much Julie! So glad you like it.

      Warmly, Michelle

  2. Michelle, I love old houses too.....and old house makeover blogs are my very favorite! You did a darling job with the makeover. Wait, I can't use the word 'darling' for a guys about, Dude, that makeover is BOSS!

    1. Thanks Cindy! Always a pleasure to hear from you.

      Warmly, Michelle

  3. Great job! Love the red accents! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Christa, Thanks so much for stopping by & leaving a comment. I'm following you on Google+.

      Warmly, Michelle

  4. Fantastic job! I love the red accents too~ And love that you kept the original vintage feel of the kitchen intact.

    1. Thanks so much Valerie. Great to hear from you! Hope you are well.

      Warmly, Michelle

  5. I clicked on your link via My 1929 Charmer because of the red and white striped pitcher. I love red and white. I also love Home Goods, but the closest one is a drive. I love what you did with the kitchen and I agree that it is important to try to stay with the era of the house. Mine was built in 1928.

    1. Thanks for your sweet comment, Carol. I stopped by your blog & I absolutely love the house. Kudos on your fearless use of color!

      Warmly, Michelle


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