The first thing you notice about Caroline and Jose's Austin kitchen is everything they didn't change. The space retains much of its vintage charm: the cabinets and countertops are still the 1969 originals, as is the popcorn ceiling and tile floors — all things the couple worked around to make the kitchen loved and livable. See more photos below:
In fact, the couple's proudest DIY, as they tell Apartment Therapy in this House Tour, is the openness they were able to achieve by removing the walls and doorways between kitchen/dining and living room. "We were able to change the flow of the house while leaving structure in place and avoiding costly/labor intensive changes to the floors and ceilings," they say. They may not be crazy about the popcorn ceiling and the tile floor, but because "it is so characteristic of the age and style of architecture [in Austin]" they "choose to focus on other details instead." We love the spirit behind that!
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(Images: Chris Perez)