Before: Stuck in the 1970sHomeowners Aimee and Jordan live in a 1930s house with a 1970s kitchen. The couple used to love to cook — but not in this kitchen. They want to be inspired again; they long for a kitchen where they can create some culinary masterpieces. They would also like the kitchen to match the classic 1930s style of the rest of home.
After: Vintage CharmWith the help of host Joan Steffend and carpenter Jeff Meyer, designer Lesley Beha turns back the clock to give this 1970s kitchen a vintage 1930s look for less than $500.
Colors and CabinetsThe makeover starts by sprucing up the walls with a light beige paint. Next, the cabinets are freshened up with a coat of bisque-colored paint. The new antique-brass hardware on the cabinets work perfectly with the era of the home and the rest of the fixtures in the room.
Paint — $69
wall paint: Benjamin Moore's Quincy Tan, eggshell finish
cabinet paint: Benjamin Moore's Monroe Bisque, eggshell finish
Hardware — $54
antique-bronze knobs: Knob Hill — 30mm Ridge knob/0922, Home Depot
Stove BacksplashA focal point for the wall over the stove is created to tie together the existing elements in the room. The frame for the backsplash is built with plywood and crown molding and then the tiles are glued on and grouted. A crown-molding shelf breaks up the pattern. For a punch of color, the homeowner's drink coasters are glued onto the tile in a diamond pattern.
Materials — $37
tile: Beige 2" x 2" mosaic sheet tiles, Home Depot
wall shelf: Target
Lighting and WindowsA new vintage-style sconce that was made to look old is hung over the sink. The color stripes on the Roman shades add visual interest, while the rust stripes pick up the color of the metal on the light and the hardware on the cabinets.
Lighting — $75
exterior antique fixture: Hampton Bay's brick patina, 447-706
Window Treatments — $33
striped cotton window fabric: SR Harris
seamstress: Drapes by Janice
Asian ArtThe homeowners like to study Eastern languages, so Lesley creates a wall plaque with a handpainted Korean phrase. The phrase means "eat tastefully" or "bon appétit." Before painting, the tiles were cleaned and sealed with a clear-matt sealer and then glued on a board. The characters are first etched out in pencil before being painted.
Materials — $2
Rolling CartAn old bookshelf is transformed into a rolling cart and placed underneath the window. The shelf is cleaned up, crown molding is added, then it's painted a deep red. Casters are fastened to bottom to make the bookshelf mobile.
Materials — $57
vintage bookcase: Hunt and Gather
casters antique finish: 2" casters, Shepard Hardware, 9346
paint: Ralph Lauren's Townhouse, TH48
Open ShelvingOpen shelving is added in the corner. Antique-chocolate stain is used to tone-down the bright green brackets.
Materials — $40
antiqued green wall brackets/tulip bracket: Anthropologie
Spice Rack and AccessoriesA magnetic spice rack is fashioned from a piece of sheet metal, round tins and some magnets. A mix of old and new accessories are placed around the room, and the homeowners' original artwork is hung on the walls.
Accessories — $135
tins for spices and magnets: Ax-Mas Surplus SLP
burgundy ramekins, cotton tassel rug, and copper trio pot set: World Market