John and Anthony, from America's Most Desperate Kitchen, took a small, outdated kitchen and opened it into the living room to create an open, contemporary space that is perfect for cooking, dining and entertaining.
Neutral, Hexagonal Tiles Create Unique Kitchen Space
To create a unique for this America's Most Desperate Kitchens Renovation, John and Anthony used black, white and gray hexagonal tiles to create a striking floor and ceiling height backsplash. The tile floor spills into the living room, where wood cutouts connect the kitchen to the renovated living room.
There is no question this Boston penthouse's powder room salutes the eye-popping styles of the 1960s, with its large-patterned, floral wallpaper in yellow and brown. Yet, the white pedestal lavatory, lighted mirror and cone-shaped wall sconces present the look of today. All in all, it's a wonderfully designed room!
A retro wet bar with cosmic accents sits outside the entry to a Star Trek-themed pinball arcade, turning this finished basement into a fun party spot. A curved soffit mirrors the lines of the curved, quartz-topped bar.
A brass and glass Lindsey Adelman chandelier is the crowning achievement in this stunning dining room that also includes a striped fabric wall covering, green mohair chairs and a gorgeous custom dining table by FLO Design Studio. The walnut wood slat ceiling was engineered to hide every nail used.
This retro-style lounge area offers plenty of seating for entertaining. Wood paneling extends up the walls and covers the ceiling and features a contemporary light pendant. Brown leather arm chairs are paired with a large sectional couch which boasts a funky colorful pattern.
Everything is fair game as a design motif, including these vintage leather flyswatters ornamenting a wall in Smithfield's downstairs bedroom. Mannequin heads perched on small antique chairs complete the idiosyncratic statement wall.
Star Trek-Themed Basement Pinball Arcade
The game room of this finished basement features a Star Trek-themed pinball arcade complete with cosmic lighting and slick, retro floor tiles. Vintage games line two facing walls.
Floating shelves store bar supplies in this finished basement that's built for entertaining. A curved soffit mirrors the lines of the red quartz countertop, both custom touches that add interest and maximize space.
Wood Details are Stained to Complement Contemporary Kitchen Design
The shelves and frames for the custom barn doors in this kitchen have been stained to match the cabinets and the base for the kitchen island. The natural color of the wood is infused with a hint of charcoal to coordinate these details with the cabinets and the gray and white tile floor and wall. As seen on America's Most Desperate Kitchens.
In small spaces, keeping some furniture pieces up off the floor can go a long way to making a room appear larger. This retro bubble chair brings the fun AND helps make this bedroom feel a tad more spacious. The round shape of the chair and side table are a nice counterpoint to the all the squares found throughout the room.
A curved soffit defines the full-service wet bar in this basement game room. A poker table fills out a nearby corner, and vintage pieces like an old-fashioned wall phone add whimsy throughout the space.
The eclectic game room layers on the texture for a plush vintage vibe. An animal skin rug is layered on top of a sisal and patterned rug and the fur ottoman and balloon chair amp up the cozy feel of a room you just want to hang out in.
Retro DIY Kitchen with Low-Budget Vintage Lighting
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.