Kitchen Before & After: A Yellow 1970s Kitchen Gets a Crisp, Clean New Look

Reader Kitchen Remodel

Kitchn reader Erin recently completed a cosmetic overhaul of her 1970s kitchen, and she was kind enough to share her project with us. The original kitchen, as seen above, was "not a functional or warm space to work in," says Erin. But unlike a lot of kitchen projects, Erin didn't gut the space. Instead she made "every possible cosmetic change [she] could" all while staying within the room's existing dimensions, and within her budget! See the transformation below:

Yay Erin! What a lovely, bright change. In case you're wondering, that pretty blue wall color is Behr's Pale Sky, and the white trim is Pure White, also by Behr. Here's what Erin says about the project:

After stripping, sanding and priming the walls, we applied pale blue, stark white, and dark chocolate tones on the wall. We cleaned and repainted the grimy cabinets, and updated the hardware on them. The old formica was updated with a new countertop, and we bought a new dishwasher to replace the old one.

Erin also moved the refrigerator and replaced it with a wooden chopping block, then hung a pot rack, a magnetic knife strip, and a spice rack! "I am amazed at how sanding and color can impact a space, giving it an entirely new look and feel," Erin says. She also says she hopes she never has to remove wallpaper ever again!

See more photos of Erin's kitchen at her blog → Olives for Dinner

Thanks for sharing, Erin!

(Image credits: Erin Wysocarski)