Before and After: 1970s Kitchen Update by Carol

September 1, 2008 | by Fred (email) |

This week’s (belated) Before and After is brought to you by Carol.  Carol didn’t send a blog address for us to link back to her, but I think you’ll agree after seeing her submission that she ought to have one!  Carol’s kitchen remodel really brings the space out of the disco era…

As with every week, Carol’s submission earns her an entry into our contest at the end of the Summer for a $50 home improvement gift card.  OPC will also make a $25.00 donation to Habitat for Humanity in Carol’s honor.

1970s Kitchen Gets a Lift by Carol

We moved into our 1930’s house in Dec ’07.  The kitchen was remodeled in the 70’s and definitely was stuck in that era!.  We removed the ceiling tiles with fluorescent light fixtures, scraped away brown floral, glued-on carpet and installed self-adhesive tiles, painted cabinets, replaced the countertop, sink, faucet, updated the hardware, and tiled a backsplash.

Before & After Pictures

Thanks from OPC

Carol, on behalf of the four of us here, thanks for the submission… It was short, sweet, and quite the transformation! Congrats on your new kitchen!

Habitat Quick Fact

From Habitat’s Web Site: [bolding added]

With Hurricane Gustav barreling toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, Habitat for Humanity is mobilizing for response to long-term affordable housing needs.

In the aftermath of this disaster, Habitat will work in collaboration with partner organizations to help the victims of Hurricane Gustav recover and rebuild based on their specific local needs. You can help by donating now.

There’s no question that the clean-up and rebuilding effort this year is going to be significant.  Please consider making a Gustav-designated donation in the next few days as they plan their response.

What do you think? Has Carol’s kitchen transformation inspired you?  Leave a comment here and let us know!

11 Responses
  1. Carol says:

    Thanks for featuring my kitchen! I have started a blog now where I have chronicled more of the updates on the house.

  2. Jeff says:

    Carol, I can really feel the hurt in that before picture. I’m so glad you fixed it up as you did, leaving a little bit of ’80s charm with the floor choice. One change I might have done differently would have been the paint color for the walls, a bit darker green would have gone better with the cabinets and countertops. The lighting for the picture looks a bit odd, do you have a fan/light fixture in a nearby room on slightly crooked?

  3. Anita says:

    This remodel is very inspiring. It makes me want to get started on my own kitchen. I disagree with Jeff and think that the green of the walls was meant to be–it seems like the house would have desired to be that color over its previous embellishments 🙂

  4. why S? says:

    Nice makeover. The idea of carpet in the kitchen makes me embarrassed for my generation.

  5. Jennifer says:

    What a fabulous redesign! It is so much better!

  6. Kat says:

    I enjoyed every step of this fabulous remodel. You had the vision to see what the kitchen could be. That in itself is amazing because that kitchen was scary! You have created a beautiful kitchen to enjoy for years and years!

  7. Jim says:

    Oh how nice those cabinets look now! The wall color looks great also. Nice work…

  8. Lyndy says:

    It looks fresh, light, bright and c urrent! Stellar job!

  9. Joanne says:

    I’ve been debating painting my mom’s seventies era cabinets–these look great!

  10. Lou says:

    Great job. Can you tell us more about how you redid the cabinets? I’ve been thinking about tackling mine but am not sure they will turn out well.

  11. Carol says:

    Here ya go, Lou.
    I went ahead and posted this on my blog- since it’s kind of long.
    Hope this helps. Feel free to drop in and ask questions.
    Like I say, I’m no expert- but I’d be glad to share my experience with you.

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