Kitchen Before & After: A Kitchen Goes Back to Its Mid-Century Roots

Reader Kitchen Remodel

Although Kitchn reader Aria's Austin home was built by a noted mid-century architect, a previous owner had done a few "unfortunate updates" to the home in the 1980s, and stripped it of its original charm, particularly in the kitchen.

The solution was a complete remodel to "bring back the home’s amazing charm while modernizing everything so the home functioned for our growing family," as Aria wrote to us. Check out what this kitchen looks like now!

What a transformation! This is clearly more in keeping with the home's mid-century design. Here's what Aria tells us about the renovation:

The kitchen was the centerpiece. The main challenge was finding more room for the kitchen and staying within budget (we did the entire project for under $25k). We incorporated the laundry closet (moved the laundry room elsewhere) and a closet accessed from the carpet into the kitchen and expanded the island into a banquet to use the space more efficiently. We splurged on countertops, but saved by using paint-grade cabinetry and floor model appliances.

As Aria notes in this 2013 House Tour on Apartment Therapy, the countertops (Rainforest Gray marble) were a major investment:

You’d think [our splurge] would be our master suite with the "party shower" and enormous closet, but we spend more time in the kitchen. We had another counter material selected, then our countertop contractor called and said "You HAVE to see what I just brought back – you are going to LOVE it." We did and splurged!

See more of Aria's home (and kitchen!) in this 2013 House Tour on Apartment Therapy → Aria and Jason's Austin Oasis

Thanks for sharing, Aria!

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(Image credits: Aria K. via The Kitchn's submission form)