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.
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.
Green and White Kitchen with Vintage Step Stool and Subway Tile
Find a new use for old and unused items. In this kitchen in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques," a vintage step stool, repurposed as a table that now holds a bowl of lemons, fills an empty space leading into the pantry. To further the retro aesthetic, the walls are painted a light shade of green, and subway tile is used as the backsplash.
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.
John and Anthony, from America's Most Desperate Kitchen, took a small, outdated kitchen and opened it into the living room to create an open, contemporary space that is perfect for cooking, dining and entertaining.
Large Kitchen Island with Seating for Four Replaces Formal Dining Room
This kitchen redesign, as featured on America's Most Desperate Kitchen, features new, ceiling height cabinets and a large kitchen island. The island is four feet deep, leaving plenty of space for storage, and twelve feel deep, adding an informal dining space which removed the need for a formal dining room, so designers incorporated the former dining room space into the kitchen to make it larger and more functional.
My grandmother's hutch has been (like so many objects in my home) chalk-painted and given new life as a cocktail station in my dining room. Some of her collection of retro barware is also prominently displayed, and I think she would be pleased that her beloved objects are still being put to good use. The black crow silhouette to the left of the cocktail station is a metal cut-out by Atlanta artist Matt Haffner and the print to the right is by the film director David Lynch.
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.
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!
Pantry Created from Closet in Contemporary Kitchen
As seen on HGTV's America's Most Desperate Kitchens, a closet at the opposite end of the kitchen was converted into a pantry and is concealed by a custom barn door. The sink remains in the same place, but it the old, lackluster sink was replaced with a stainless steel apron front sink with a brushed finished. All the appliances in the space, including the sink, were upgraded to pro-level appliances, creating a chef's kitchen out of an outdated, cramped space.
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.
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.