Though I secretly pine for a brand new Ikea kitchen, I can't deny that an old-fashioned vintage kitchen is also mighty appealing. The vintage metal green sink was purchased decades ago from an Atlanta salvage shop that has since been turned into a gastropub.
A red refrigerator and vintage canisters pop against this retro kitchen's otherwise monochromatic color scheme. Black wood shelving lines the space and the stainless steel sink, while metal geometric wall panels serve as a backsplash.
A brand-new, retro-inspired stove is the centerpiece of this sunny kitchen. The center island is lightweight and easily moved to create easier access between the refrigerator, sink, stove and food preparation areas.
As seen on America's Most Desperate Kitchens, designers Anthony and John created a separate bar area just off the kitchen. To delineate the two spaces, designers used bold, blue cabinets and a gray countertop, creating visual separation from the adjoining kitchen space. Then, they added a three dimensional backsplash and two long shelves for storage. A final bit of decorative flair is added with the sliding barn door that matches the one concealing the pantry.
The homeowner wanted a retro kitchen with modern conveniences, and Jackson Design and Remodeling delivered with a sunny, yellow space that straddles both the 19th and 20th centuries. Buttery yellow appliances, tile and flooring recall the past while providing all the function of today.
The homeowner wanted a retro kitchen with modern conveniences, and Jackson Design and Remodeling delivered with a sunny, yellow space that straddles both the 20th and 21st centuries. The traditional concept of a checkered floor is given a modern update with an irregular pattern, and brand-new, vintage-inspired appliances complete the space.
To create a polished look in this remodeled kitchen, designers added a stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and sink. A stainless steel range hood is suspended just above the center of the kitchen island, its geometric design complementing that of the hexagonal tiles. On the back wall above the sink, open shelving creates functional, convenient storage for easy access to dishes.
Sleek brown and white cabinets set the scene for the contemporary kitchen. A retro-style tile backsplash adds a graphic element to the space, while a large kitchen island with light blue pendant lighting provides plenty of space for family gatherings.
Mod open shelving, a freestanding island and a professional-grade range turn the kitchen of this early-1900s home into a functional space for the 21st century. Butcher block countertops are functional but casual. White-painted, original cabinetry with black handles, along with the black-and-white tile floor, add to the retro-chic design.
For a quick update to an existing basic wood island from Ikea, DIY blogger Dena Stormer simply painted the base and legs of her island white to match the rest of her kitchen. Then she added a vintage metal file cabinet for her recipes to the shelf below, along with retro kitchen accessories.
A mix of neutral tones create a fun mosaic tile backsplash between the white cabinetry in this contemporary kitchen. The tile appears again in a little built-in office nook beneath a glass door cabinet. Two orange pendant lights add a pop of color above the small island and set of tall bar chairs.
Being thrifty also can help you find fixtures with a history. DIY blogger Dena Stormer snapped up this ceramic light fixture, from a Luby’s cafeteria, for just $40 at a flea market in Texas. All it needed was a gloss white paint to freshen it up. She made the calendar/diner sign and crafted curtains using vintage chintz fabric.
That's no optical illusion: This kitchen really is shaped like a wedge. Rather than fighting the odd shape, the design embraces it with an acutely angled island and banquette. The space is decorated with a funky '50s vibe that matches its quirky shape.
The Kitchen Cousins liked the look and color of the old kitchen cabintes in the Mai home. But the kitchen needed to pop and come alive. The Kitchen Cousins added sky blue retro looking appliances by The Big Chill to give the kitchen the edge and look that it needed. They also got rid of the old tile on the walls, and the old wallpaper on the ceiling. The kitchen is now brighter and more colorful than the original and has a hip new look.