In a previous post I detailed the circa-1950 kitchen which was torn out of the carriage house shortly before I purchased the Cross properties. I also detailed how I wish the kitchen had been retained, as I could have made it look great by restoring and gently enhancing its distinct period charms, and pre-Atomic Age styling. A few who read the post later told me that there was no way the above kitchen could look good, my talents notwithstanding. Well, the gauntlet has been thrown down!


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On Retro Renovation I just came across a post on this kitchen. It is quite similar to the now lost carriage house kitchen, and, like the carriage kitchen, it is also less than impressive. 99.9% of people would not hesitate to tear out this kitchen. But, look what can happen…



…zounds! It is hard to believe it is the same kitchen, and with the same cabinets. Amazingly, the owners are not restoration-crazed maniacs, and had initially planned to put in a new kitchen. But slowly, slowly, they came to the realization that their grim kitchen actually had certain inherent qualities. People like this are heroes to me.


  1. KellyD on August 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Wow, what an inspirational before and after! Love they decided to keep the cabinets and the changes they made to the counter, floor, paint and hardware made for such a charmer!

  2. on August 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Well if this is a show and tell, in that case I humbly submit MY first kitchen restoration (and please, forgive the boob light, at 23 I hadn’t quite started my descent into insanity)…

  3. Miriam Righter on March 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I love cabinets like this! I cry when I hear of people tearing them out! I feel a bit like Bad Ross… I WANT!

  4. Clare on March 21, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    That looks like a zinc countertop on the restored version! That’s a great look for vintage cabinets and so durable! I love it on these cabinets and it would look just as good on an older vintage, or maybe on a worktable!

    • Rick S on August 11, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      that is the story I was hoping you would see. They used budget friendly laminate with a metal T edge and corner pieces where countertop meets back splash. Countertop Bling.
      Check out the articles on Hudee frames too.

  5. Linda M on January 31, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    this was a little sad for me. Picture #2 with the green and white cabinets is exactly like my kitchen in my 1920 house that I lost in a divorce. The only difference was that my cabinets were red instead of green.

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