Wednesday, May 8, 2019

MCM Kitchen Reveal (One Room Challenge)-Week 6

So here we are in the final week of the One Room Challenge...the long awaited REVEAL! If you are new here, I am a guest participant in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling It Home and this week all of the participants are showing off their finished spaces. I want to say a special thanks to Linda, official ORC media partner Better Homes and Garden, and my sponsors for making this possible! I have made new friends through this challenge and gained tons of inspiration for future projects, so make sure you head over to the ORC blog and check out the amazing Featured Designers as well as some of the Guest Participants.

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

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This One Room Challenge has been a bit of a bear, with all of our ambitious goals and old house challenges, but it is all worth it!  To refresh your memory, here is what our kitchen looked like when we started...orangery cabinets from the 70's and burgundy accent tile from the 90's.

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

Now on to the best part...the REVEAL of our new and improved Mid Century Modern Kitchen! 


(Spoiler Alert...We did not finish the cabinet doors because my husband built new ones and we just ran out of time, but check back because I will update this post once we finish)

The wood cabinets had good bones so we kept them and decided to just update the doors. To save money, my husband decided he would make them instead of purchasing new doors. The new doors are shaker style with a frosted insert in the upper cabinets.

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

The biggest expense and biggest change in the kitchen is the custom butcher block counters we installed! It makes the room so much brighter and cleaner.

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge


We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

Can we also talk about the back splash? I can't stop staring! The Aspect Peel & Stick glass tiles in Morning Dew add a little bit of glam to the kitchen. We went with the classic subway pattern to keep the lines clean. I will have a tutorial up soon for installing the tiles, so make sure you subscribe to my email list before you go!

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We replaced the bronze strap hinges and hardware with modern pulls and hinges in brushed nickel. We went with two sizes from D.L. Lawless Hardware, a 3" pull for the drawers and small cabinet doors and a 9" pull for the larger cabinet doors and pantry doors.

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge


We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We replaced the range hood, microwave, fridge, and sink with stainless steel. For now, our oven will stay because it works, but eventually we will replace it as well. We went with a counter depth fridge to give us a little more room at the entry, since it is a tight fit between the entry door and cabinets and it really makes a difference!

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

Speaking of the sink, we went with Sterling by Kohler's single-bowl, top-mount style which has a modern feel. We also replaced the faucet with a commercial style single-handle pull down faucet by Glacier Bay. My husband picked it out and at first, I was not sure if I would like it, but it really adds a funky modern look to the kitchen!

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

I spray painted and recovered the existing bar stools. I would have loved to just go buy new MCM style ones, but there were nothing wrong with these, so I decided to update them. Initially, I planned on keeping the leather cushion top, but felt like it was too dark for the new space once I painted the legs red, so at the last minute I decided to recover them. I had leftover fabric from recovering our outdoor cushions so I just used that. We are looking for some kitschy fabric, so stay tuned to see these get another update in the future.

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

Lastly, we replaced the hideous "boob" lights with funky MCM fixtures. My husband DIYed the tri-color light using mini metal buckets that I painted. We found the one in the entry way at a thrift store recently and I painted it light teal to match the tile.

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

Even though we are not quite finished, we are already enjoying our new kitchen and will be showing it off this weekend when we host Mother's Day lunch!

Special thanks to my sponsors: 
Aspect TileD. Lawless Hardware, and  Rust-Oleum, for providing products used to achieve this fabulous transformation!


We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge


We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge

Here were the projects we completed in the MCM Kitchen:

  • Replaced tile counter top with butcher block and extended bar height counter
  • Replaced tile back splash with Aspect Morning Dew glass peel and stick subway tiles
  • Painted cabinets and pantry
  • Replaced handles and hinges (with D. Lawless Hardware)
  • Replaced roman shade on door and made cafe curtains for the kitchen window
  • Painted and recovered bar stools
  • Replaced sink/faucet
  • Replaced both ceiling lights
  • Replaced range hood, microwave, and fridge

Here was my inspiration board for what I wanted to accomplish, and I think I came pretty close! What do you think?

We gave our 70's kitchen a Mid-Century Modern Update on a Budget - One Room Challenge










16 comments:

  1. Such a great transformation! You guys worked hard, and it shows! Congrats!

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    1. Thank you! I wish we would have got the doors up, but life.... It will be finished soon though!

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  2. So excited for you, Mary! What a fabulous new kitchen. Yall did a great job. Super congrats.

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    1. It does not seem like the same space! I love it so much!

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  3. You did such a great job! I love the painted light fixtures. Such a cool touch!

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    1. Thank you! I used so much spray paint in this kitchen project!

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  4. Such an awesome transformation! Love the butcher block. I’d love to do that in my kitchen! <3 Jamie

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad we did it! It really warms up the space!

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  5. I love the custom butcher block you guys installed in the kitchen. Love the new paint color & I can't wait to see the cabinets installed. So impressive that your husband built new ones! Great job, Mary!

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    1. Thank you! We really love how it has turned out so far and my husband did an outstanding job on the doors for his first time! I can't wait to show you!

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  6. Mary! I love how your kitchen turned out. The butcher block is amazing and those light fixtures you DIY'd very cool. I have loved following along. xx

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement and kind comments! I am proud of what we accomplished!

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  7. The counter tops look so, so good! The lights are a really fun touch to the space. I love it.

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    1. Thank you so much! We love the countertops and how it turned out!

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  8. My wife works like John Henry - I'm blessed!

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