Before & After: A 1950s Kitchen Enters the 21st Century

updated May 30, 2019
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We’re all for vintage kitchens. They can be beautiful and charming, but they don’t always have everything the modern cook needs. This kitchen hadn’t been touched since it was built in the 1950s, including the 1949 stove and pineapples painted on the cabinets.

But the homeowner, Amy, decided it was time for an upgrade. Take a look at the remodel she completed with the help of Inspired Kitchen Design.

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What a bright new IKEA kitchen! They used the AKURUM system from IKEA to completely rework the space and brighten it up. Starting with removing the wall that was previously next to the refrigerator, and creating a U-shaped counter layout with a breakfast bar, the space has a lot more functionality now.

We’re especially loving those built-in wine shelves above the breakfast bar.

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The sink and dishwasher stayed in the same place, but the oven and refrigerator moved around in the new kitchen rearrangement.

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While Amy wanted to set up a work triangle to make her kitchen more functional, her desire for an eat-in kitchen trumped that.

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We love the expanded counter space and all the storage offered by the tall pantry cabinets. A great modern update!

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