Updated 1960's Kitchen Reveal

If you've been around LVC for long then you know I've been working on updating my dated 1960's kitchen and today I'm super excited to share the final reveal with you!

You better get a cup of coffee or tea and make yourself comfortable because there are LOTS of beautiful after pictures and some before shots too!

1960's kitchen makeover

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Let's first have a little reminder of what it looked like when I moved in.

While it doesn't look too bad in this picture, in reality, it really didn't look that good... that's a whole lotta wood cupboards and they weren't in the best condition in some places!


And here is what it looks like now (ignore that little wooden pull in the top left corner... that's the ceiling fan pull and that fan is next on the chopping block)!


For the remodel portion I hired a contractor to do the hard work that I am not comfortable with... moving a bank of awkwardly placed drawers, installing a new dishwasher, new farmhouse sink and gooseneck faucet, and counters). You can see much of what happened in this post: Kitchen Makeover - The Before and My Inspiration.


Sorry for the poor picture quality, this is from the real estate listing for the house.


After the contractor was done I painted the cupboards. I used Olympic One brand paint which is a paint and primer in one. The uppers are Arctic Cotton and the base cabinets are City Storm.

If you look at the picture above you can see that where the dishwasher used to be there are now drawers. Both the dishwasher and the drawers were in awkward places so they were switched out.


I'm not so sure that most people could see my vision for an open shelving look when I took the doors off! 😂


Honestly, I doubted myself a little bit too but I love how it turned out!


I painted inside the open cupboards with the same grey from the base cabinets.


I took out the old backsplash and created a shiplap backsplash. See that post here: DIY Shiplap Kitchen Backsplash.


Once that was done I installed a new magnetic knife holder.


I also tiled the area behind the stove. See that post here: How to Tile a Backsplash.




My new farmhouse sink is such a dream, I can wash the largest pots and pans and even the dog gets a bath in here now!


I made the macrame kitchen curtain here: DIY Macrame Kitchen Curtain.


I shared how I like to decorate my open kitchen cupboards with a fun little slideshow here: Decorating Open Kitchen Cupboards.

Notice where the dishwasher is now... this is where the bank of drawers was. So it was difficult to stand at the sink and load the dishwasher when the door was open and hard to open two drawers at the same time in this corner!



I created more open cupboard storage here with some pretty baskets. The grey handles match the cupboards perfectly!


The baskets hold small kitchen appliances.



I  hung my cutting boards on the end of the cabinet and added some Moroccan details to one in this post: DIY Moroccan Cutting Board & How to Display Your Cutting Boards.


This is another listing picture.


And here is that side of the kitchen now!



I wasn't planning on getting a new refrigerator for awhile but the old one was leaking and to be honest just looked so ugly with all the newness and white cupboards around it!


I got this one on sale for a great price!



I love these belly baskets for snack storage!

I replaced the dated lighting with these cute upcycled colander lights here: How to Replace a Light Fixture.


I added some adorable tassel magnets and a llama notepad to the fridge... because every fridge needs cute magnets!



I relocated the microwave above the oven. I am tall so this works for me. I just cut down the cupboard door and added a dividing board at the same level where the shelf inside is.





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29 comments

  1. It looks beautiful Tania! Waiting a long time to see this, and I'm sure it's refreshing for you to wake up to and come home to after a busy day! Such an improvement over the other one, and great for resale value too.

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  2. I know, sometimes it takes me quite awhile to get through a room redo... since I'm working alone most of the time and I have A.D.D.... squirrel!!

    I am really happy with how it turned out!

    Tania

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  3. You did a great job! I love that big sink and all your baskets. Congratulations on a beautiful kitchen.

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  4. Janie@Pineconecottageretreat.cSunday, January 07, 2018

    Wow Tania. What a great kitchen! I love the color combination and I am envious of that farmhouse sink. You really did a wonderful job making over your 60's kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Your kitchen looks fabulous! It's been a long process but the results are stunning!

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  6. Thanks! It did take quite awhile but I love how it has turned out!

    Tania

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  7. Thanks so much Janie! That farmhouse sink is a little splurge for myself!!

    Tania

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  8. Paulette Witman MoyerMonday, January 08, 2018

    Wow! What an amazing transformation! Love it!

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  9. WOW! It is gorgeous! I love everything you did! I went through a bit of a kitchen remodel (new lights, fridge and white painted cabinets) so I know a bit of what you went through. Your backsplash is awesome. Honestly, it looks like something out of a magazine:) Congrats on a job well done! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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  10. Thanks Kathleen, you're so sweet! It definitely was a lot of work but well worth it in the end!

    Tania

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  11. I think it looks amazing - Love it!

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  12. Aww, you're so sweet! Thank you so much Christine!

    Tania

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  13. I love how everything turned out! So much work, but so worth it! Your tile backsplash is almost the same as what I used on my bathroom floor, only ours is only black and white. Great job!

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  14. Thanks Lora! It was a lot of work but you're right, it's so worth it!

    Tania

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  15. Stephanie AbbottMonday, January 15, 2018

    Love what you've done. Really good idea to paint the inside of the cabinets to match the lowers. Thanks for sharing at our link party.

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  16. And thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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  17. Wow, Tania! It looks great! I love your open shelves, backsplash, well, honestly everything! Huge difference. It is very inviting. :)
    Cecilia

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  18. Not sure how I missed your kitchen reveal, but I just have to say a big giant WOW!!! It's really an amazing transformation, and I love that you're brave enough to do open shelving. You did such a fabulous job. My gosh! There's so much to love, but that sink is my absolute favourite thing.

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  19. Thanks Tuula! I love that sink too!

    Tania

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  20. You've probably already seen it but I forgot to notify you last week that I chose you as our Vintage Charm Feature of the Month for January! Congratulations!

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  21. Congrats!You've probably already seen it but I forgot to notify you last week that I chose you as our Vintage Charm Feature of the Month for January!

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  22. Thank you Kathleen! Yes, I did discover it and I am honored!!

    Tania

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