Our original cabinets have copper hardware added by my folks in the 1970s, and the cabinets were refinished by my brother in the 1980s. I am told they are in wonderful shape. Otherwise the kitchen is all original.
Here is the kitchen 'work space' when we inherited it:
Ideas for making better use of a small kitchen in 1962:
This kitchen was made into an "L" shape with everything easily reachable for one person, obviously the lady of the house ruled the roost in this department. NO ONE ELSE was allowed in! I mean, where would they fit?
I lived in a house with this arrangement: corner sink with dishwasher and range flanking it, fridge next to the dishwasher. It was horrible to work in! Thankfully the parsonage underwent a remodel.
The next kitchen added a free standing range behind the half wall partition behind the seating area.
Except for the curtains. I don't see these little geometric prints right now. But I do have four or five pieces in my stash!
We will move the sink to the side where the stove is. The refrigerator has already been replaced and is against another wall. The new range will go in it's place. The pantry will go, and the cabinets will run the length of the wall. Here is that wall as it was a few years ago:
Retro Renovation fans would hate me for tearing out this original kitchen. We will have slab doors and Formica counter tops, keeping to a "retro" feel.
We have made many upgrades and repairs and improvements over the last six years, but now the best part comes: major remodeling for our needs!