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Before and After: Cramped 50’s Kitchen Gets Major Makeover on a Minor Budget

by on Aug 15, 2014

Zillow Blog

Dark and dated. That about sums up this 1950’s California kitchen. For the budget redo, the cabinets stayed, with a little modification. That being the removal of those separating the working area from the breakfast nook and applying paint (soft green-gray on the bottom and crisp white on the uppers). Ceasarstone “Blizzard” countertops replaced the old tile countertops.

A kitchen has white tiles and light blue cabinets.Zillow Blog

Glass tile backsplash, some wallpaper and (it appears) a new tile floor round out the big stuff. Now, that sounds like a lot of changes to be considered a ‘budget’ makeover, but as the space’s footprint wasn’t change and the cabinets removed/replaced, it probably was, comparatively speaking. Be that as it may, there’s a good amount of inspiration here for the DIYer.

A kitchen window shows green shrubs through it.Zillow Blog

To see more pictures and read about the makeover, visit this page on Zillow Blog.

Before and After: 1950s Kitchen Gets an Affordable Upgrade [Zillow Blog]


  1. Gorgeous! New hardware and light fixtures round off this really nice job. It inspires me to look past older homes because they are dated.