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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" -


  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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