Sunday, October 04, 2009

Save this Retro Kitchen!

As seen on Rate My Space: Retro Must Go, here is a perfectly lovely retro kitchen that the owner wants demolished and overhauled. Here are her comments:"You might call this kitchen retro! Really, it is an outdated, striped kitchen with very old appliances. The looks of this kitchen isn't the only thing wrong with it! It might be original to the 1950's house! "

Here are visitor comments to the pictures:

"You're looking at a throw back to the 60's kitchen with the beautiful lime green, the groovy stripes and the hide away stove. The best thing for this kitchen is to be gutted and start over."

"I hope somebody helps you soon."

"Yikes, This is like the kitchen my grandmother thought was wonderful when she updated hers in the 40's......Give this poor family a new more functional, up to date kitchen."

"I had a kitchen like this.....40 years ago!!! There isn't anything I see that I wouldn't get rid of. She needs a complete gut and startover. This would be a good kitchen for hgtv to makeover."

"Oh My Gosh! The green has to go! This kitchen is stuck in a time warp! Help this family so they have a working modern kitchen!"

"Is this out of the 60's or 70's. It's worse than the kitchen I grew up in. Lots of potential though!!! They need an update like now!!!!"


While I agree it may be too green and striped right now, there is soooo much to love about the 1950s cabinets, scalloped cornices, drawer pulls, and built-in ovens. With paint and groovy curtains, a black and white tiled floor, original vintage or modern retro-look appliances, and the right retro furniture and accessories, this could be a diamond in the rough. After all, can't you see Betty Draper in such a kitchen? Along with the Save the Pink Bathrooms campaign, we should have a "Save the Retro Kitchens" campaign. What do you think?



~~Carol~~ said...

Yeesh! I guess they wouldn't like my scalloped cornices either! I agree, there's so much potential here, but not everyone has our great taste! And I LOVE that oven!

Shelia said...

I agree with you! I love the olden look and it could be spiffed up and still look marvelous! I love that built in range!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lidian said...

I love that kitchen SO much, I feel sick thinking that someone wants to get rid of it.

I hate to think of it just disappearing. It could be fixed up, leaving the original stuff. I would do that!

Love it. OK, am going to try not to feel frustrated and upset all day about this ;)

Forever your girl said...

I am with you on this one! Lets have a sit in to save the kitchen. My brother now lives in the home that we grew up in - in the kitchen there was this totally groovy black and white floral print paneling (most famously seen in a background shoot on Boogie Nights - the paneling, not the actual kitchen but I digress...) I stopped by this weekend and it had been replaced by his girl friend with white tile!
I almost cried.

Dad.. said...

I'd be in heaven with a kitchen like that! I wouldn't change a thing.

I can just picture my bride rolling her eyes at me. LOL!!

Swiss Avenue said...

Oh wow I love that oven. You are right, it could be so perfect! So sad to see what people had to say about it.
P.S. I love pink tiled bathrooms too!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Just two weeks ago I tried to talk my brother-in-law out of tearing out the pink wall oven and pink stove from his 1950's home which he now rents out. Sad to say he won but did he? Wish he would have listened!

Miss Madeline said...

Nice walls

Gretchen said...

That is the first mod garbage disposal I've ever seen. WANT!

Retro-luxe said...

It's so sad! I want the chandelier!

Legacy Kitchens Calgary said...

Very cool retro kitchen, but I don't know if I could handle looking at it everyday. It's something I could enjoy in moderation though - that is, at someone else's house ;)

Mad Men Girl said...

I agree with you about losing the wallpaper but keeping the cabinets. You would be truly amazed at the difference in the room if you had a nice cool retro-aqua on the walls and some bright white cabinets. Then add splashes of bright retro red (dish towels, throw rugs, counter appliances) and maybe even a retro floor of some sort. Stick with your dream and do one thing at a time... start with the walls!


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Bruce Martin said...

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