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