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Retro Kitchen Revamp: Design Plan

One of the ugliest rooms in our home was the kitchen! I loved the retro feel of the cabinets, but I detested the colour. I usually love yellow and would not mind incorporating it in a kitchen design, but this kitchen had way too much mustard & orange for it to be stylish.

Retro Kitchen Revamp - Before |

A total kitchen remodel is not on the cards yet as it can get costly. So we opted for a quick fix using paint to transform our kitchen. But first, let’s take a look at what we had before.

An Ugly Mustard Kitchen

We had mustard-yellow cabinets with beige frames, beige floor tiles, an orange countertop and orangy wall tiles. It is a dark room, so maybe they wanted to bring the sun inside?

Retro Kitchen Revamp - Before, view of sink |

These first two pictures were taken of the previous owner’s setup. Do you see the orange mosaic tile counter in the centre? The one with the grimy grout? Yup, I tried everything, even letting a bit of bleach sit on it for a day and scrubbing like crazy, nothing happened. We tried removing the grout to re-grout and paint the entire counter – no success.

Retro Kitchen Revamp - New counter top |

So we installed a solid Meranti wood counter. We had it custom-made and installed it ourselves. We also spray-painted the stainless steel counter legs with Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze to update them.

Here are some more before photos with our accessories and already showing the new counter. Amazing transformation – it now looks clean and modern instead of grimy and outdated.

Retro Kitchen Revamp - Yellow cabinets |
Retro Kitchen Revamp - Before |

We had magnets for the kids to play with on the metal doors – the aeroplanes have since “disappeared.”

Design plan for a Retro Kitchen Revamp.

Retro Kitchen Revamp - Design Plan |
  1. Design Inspiration: Light grey cabinets with dark handles. (Photo Source).
  2. Our colour palette from Plascon. I wanted to keep the retro feel of the two-tone cabinets and frames but opted for a darker frame – Fynbos Leaf, and lighter doors – Nomadic Dream.
  3. We will paint the wall tiles in Plascon’s Frozen Limeade.
  4. Our solid Meranti countertop.
  5. The handles will get a coat of Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.
  6. This is our existing (40+-year-old) oven, the microwave also has the black glass. This is why we will use black & Oil Rubbed Bronze for accents in the kitchen, to tie everything together.
  7. DIY Track light with caged pendants above the island counter. I could not find what I was looking for, so we will build one ourselves!
  8. I have no options to improve the beige tiled floor. We’ve considered so many options, but in the end, decided to do nothing to the floor. This is the room in our house that has constant heavy traffic, so painting is not an option. Sheet vinyl will be too difficult to place in this space with all the nooks and crannies. We do not have descent peel-and-stick vinyl options in South Africa. So I will be adding either the Boom Night or Grey Herringbone runner from Airloom in front of the sink. I’m hoping the beige blends with the tiles and the black ties in with the other dark accents.

This design plan is so pretty to look at, but I can’t wait to show you the progress in our kitchen.

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Retro Kitchen Revamp |

What do you think of the Retro Kitchen Revamp Design plan? Have you also been brave enough to revamp your kitchen with paint, or do you still need some courage? I would love to hear from you in the comments down below.

Junette |

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  • Conny

    Hi, I have actually painted my ugly brown kitchen and it looks soooo much better now. I love your design plan, looks great.

    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. For more information please go

    Have a great weekend.

    May 10, 2019 at 4:18 pm Reply
    • windmillprotea

      Thank you Conny! I really appreciate it!

      May 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm Reply

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