Updating a 1950s kitchen
It will encourage you to be more creative with what you have, and you can decide what really matters to you and put the money on what’s important.
Don’t get caught up in the hype of the home improvement stores and the TV shows they sponsor.
But have you noticed that after a while, they all look exactly the same??? Of course, the article is right – you should not rush into anything, but keeping something for the sake of it that doesn’t really please you is a mistake.
I have those knotty pine cabinets which are mentioned in the article, which you find an almost religious reverence given to in a lot of the Mid-Century modern community.
Get to know your house and put all that energy into gardening and decorating before embarking on any major renovations. If you have an old house and you bought it because you love old houses — then embrace it. ) Get to know your house and don’t jump into anything without lots of research.
There are so many shows on TV that do show lovely, new, sleek, open-concept (Oh, my, what an over-used term) kitchen and living areas. This sounds really woo-woo “out there” but I think a house will tell you what it wants. Your house should not actually be talking to you.)As someone in the process of refreshing a family home (it originally was built by my grandparents), the best advice I can give from what I have learned thus far is not to let anyone (friends, family, even websites, LOL) “guilt” you into keeping anything you really don’t like.
My kitchen is dark to begin with, and after repainting everything else in the kitchen they continued to keep it feeling like it was dark and never going to have a clean look.We knew when buying that statistically, the plumbing was about at the end of its life, but we were glad that the immediate need to spend that money showed up before we had committed it to anything else.Many people don’t seem to like to put the money into what doesn’t show, but it does make a difference in your standard of living and your resale value if your house’s structure and systems are good.Personally my style moves more toward the black/white Art Deco classic vein.I also have been staring at them for all of my 35 years and have never really cared for them, and I certainly have lived around them long enough to know that.