Vintage Kitchen Remodel Tips

Posted on: 6 August 2015

For homeowners with older properties and a limited budget, vintage kitchen remodels aren't just fun, they're also practical because they allow the homeowner to work with the kitchen's original fixtures. These tips will help you remodel your vintage kitchen in a way that is practical, financially responsible and true to the era. 

Keep--but Fix--the Old

Vintage kitchen remodels are good for the pocketbook because this type of renovation allows homeowners to keep some of their old appliances and vintage kitchen features. Sometimes refinishing, painting or applying new enamel is a critical part of keeping the old appliances and cabinetry, but it's always more satisfying to use a vintage item that's been refinished than to buy a new item that's been made to look vintage. 

Work with a contractor who understands and has experience working with vintage materials, and knows how to make appropriate repairs. Although it's good to work with original, authentic materials, leaving your appliances damaged, scuffed or aged-looking in some way can detract from the quality of the remodel when it's finished. 

Pick a Decade, Stick to It

Vintage remodels can be confusing if you aren't going to be thoroughly true to the decade that that you're attempting to replicate. A 1950's kitchen just won't look right with a smooth cooktop electric stove, for example. Each decade has its own preferred appliances, flooring, cabinetry and countertop material. If you can't match all aspects of your vintage kitchen to the proper decade, keep the mismatched aspects subtle as possible. Use materials and appliances that are considered "timeless" for any mismatched items in your kitchen. To use the example from above, although a smooth cooktop electric stove might stick out in your 1950's-era kitchen, a standard gas model will do just fine. 

Color Pulls it All Together

Each decade has it's own associated color schemes. If your vintage kitchen features the wrong colors, this is among the first things that guests and family members will notice. Here is a short breakdown of some of the different colors associated with recent decades in history:

  • 1950s: An era of hope and optimism, the 1950s was a time of sweet, dreamy pastels. Powder pinks, light greens and sunny yellows were all popular at this time. 
  • 1960s: Free spirited hippies were in love with contrasting colors. Think: pinks and greens, teals and reds, blues and yellows. 
  • 1970s: Bold earth tones were popular in the 1970s. For a 1970s kitchen, avocado, dusky rose, mustard and aquamarine are all appropriate.
  • 1980s: This was a decade that celebrated the unnatural, the pretty and the synthetic. Mauve, purple, coral, hot pink, bright blue and sea foam are some of the colors associated with this decade.

For more tips and advice, speak with a contractor, like Wunderlin Builders.

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Everyone Deserves a Little Luxury in Their Home

When I was growing up, my parents worked very hard to make ends meet for my family and we lived in a small, basic home. After I landed my first job as an adult, I purchased my first home. When I got a promotion at work, my salary increased dramatically and I started dreaming of having my bathroom remodeled to give it a "luxury spa" feeling. I felt guilty having a luxury spa in my home when my parents still lived in the same small home they raised us in, so I had their bathroom turned into a "luxury spa" as well! It felt great being able to "pay it back" to them for all the hard work they did in raising our family. I am looking into other home remodeling projects now, and I want to share what I am learning with others who would need the information!

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