Vintage Elements Revitalize White Kitchen

With some of this and a little of that, a white space becomes an eclectic and fanciful kitchen.


A coral, white and minty green color palette gives the room a lively vintage vibe.

From: Design on a Dime

A coral, white and minty green color palette gives the room a lively vintage vibe.

Susan Cho loves color and mixing modern and vintage design elements but has been unable to achieve this look in her bland kitchen. With lots of color, whimsical touches and a $1,000 budget, the Design on a Dime team creates an eclectic kitchen with a vintage flavor.

The kitchen has a lot of character; it's just missing color and embellishment. The windows are unadorned, and the chandelier is from the wrong era. Even though she has a teacup collection, there's nowhere to display it. The table in the dining nook is too large for the space, and the seating is uncomfortable. The area is further complicated by the cabinet doors and drawers that open into the space. This kitchen needs an infusion of personality and style.

The round pedestal table and custom banquette seating creates a cozy nook for entertaining and leaves a space clear for the cabinets. Curtains made from a vintage looking fabric bring the focus to the far wall of the room. A shelf rail tops the windows with a cute little display area for old-fashioned dishes. The new garden motif pulls the style together into an eclectic, cozy kitchen where Cho can cook and entertain.

Design coordinator Abraham Hopkins builds a cabinet surround for the refrigerator that will add bulk to her undersized refrigerator. It also creates a place to store her microwave, freeing up useful counter space elsewhere in the kitchen. Abraham carries the wood detail from the cabinets and other display shelves onto the cabinet to create a custom piece. The shelves add more display space for collectibles and an old-fashioned memento board.

With a light kit, rice paper and a birdcage, designer Kahi Lee fashions a whimsical overhead light that reflects the garden theme in the kitchen design. She paints it green so it stands out against the white ceiling and coral walls. The rice paper hides the light bulb, diffuses the light and still provides plenty of functional lighting.

This butcher block provides an extra workspace, a little storage drawer and more display area. The butcher block cutting board is also removable for washing. Lee found this piece at a garage sale; a little sanding and paint makes it look like a natural part of the kitchen.

Kahi paints the cabinet doors a minty green that matches the color of the kitchen counter tiles. A yellow border creates depth on the flat surface, and the bird stenciling ties in with the garden theme. Layering color creates dimension in any room.

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