50s Kitchen, revamped: Before and After

I had the pleasure of helping my Mom and Stepdad with a complete renovation of the main floor of their 50s home. My grandfather built it in 1956. He was a master carpenter and took great pride in designing and building a beautiful and functional home for his family. My Mom moved back into her family home 6 years ago, and while the home functioned wonderfully, it was certainly in need of some updating. We wanted to create an open space for them to entertain family and grandkids with ease, and use a classic palette to breathe some life into the space. Following are some pretty stunning before and after pics!

I will concentrate on the kitchen in this post and I will share their main bathroom transformation in the coming weeks.

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

A walnut coloured laminate floor was installed on the entire main floor and Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Grey was used throughout. Two of the biggest changes came from taking down the wall between the family room and the kitchen and removing the peninsula in the kitchen. This enabled us to bring in a beautiful solid wood table that can accommodate 8 comfortably. Don’t you just love that built in china cabinet? I’m thinking we might wallpaper the back of it to make my Mom’s beautiful antique dishes pop!

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

Here you can see into the living room featuring their new built-in entertainment unit. It gives the space a great focal point and provides excellent storage. We’ve asked the cabinet maker to come back and add another shelf above the television for balance.

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

The original kitchen’s footprint worked well and the boxes were in great shape, so we hired a cabinet maker to change all the doors to a simple shaker style in Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White. My Mom’s main request was to incorporate a dishwasher, and we were able to accommodate that by removing the under-utilized desk and peninsula. The beautiful Bianca Antiquo granite counter adds a little sparkle and ties in the warm grey on the walls.

They are thrilled with the result and both say that the renovation has changed the way they live in their home.

Click here to read the testimonial!

I can’t wait to share the rest of the transformation with you!

 

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