Reader Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Before & After: 1970s Orange Explosion Is Reborn as Farmhouse Chic

updated May 1, 2019
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(Image credit: Laura LaVacca)

When the photos of this kitchen renovation hit our inbox, we were shocked by the transformation. Especially given that the reader, Laura, who sent them isn’t an interior designer (although she tells us she is in her dream life), but an English teacher at a university.

Laura and her husband took this incredibly dated (have you ever seen an oven that color?) kitchen and gave it a whole new life. Take a look at how this kitchen went from 70s Tang to farmhouse chic.

(Image credit: Laura LaVacca)

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. That is the same kitchen! But not only did it get an update, it also nearly doubled in size. Laura writes that the renovation took about seven months to complete and that they extended the kitchen, added four windows and the island, which has both the counter and the bar heights. Plus, all new appliances.

Here’s another look at just how 1970s this kitchen was before:

(Image credit: Laura LaVacca)

We just can’t get over that wallpaper! And here’s the same angle of the after:

(Image credit: Laura LaVacca)

Kudos to Laura and her husband for seeing the potential in this kitchen, and for making it such a welcoming place for family and friends.

Thanks for sharing your kitchen with us, Laura!

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