Before & After: A Gleaming 1950s General Electric "Wonder Kitchen"

Before & After: A Gleaming 1950s General Electric "Wonder Kitchen"

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Tamara Gavin
Nov 30, 2016
(Image credit: Letitia Walker)

In the 50s, General Electric made the fabulous Wonder Kitchen—an entire wall unit with all the appliances built right in. The units came in amazing colors: Canary Yellow, Turquoise Green, Petal Pink, Cadet Blue and Woodbine Brown, all under one stainless steel counter surface. Letitia acquired one of these units, along with other matching cabinets, which were salvaged from another kitchen, and she renovated her dark and gloomy kitchen around this gleaming, wondrous wall unit.

(Image credit: Letitia Walker)

She refinished the cabinets like you would a car—with automobile paint—to give them that flawless gleam. The Wonder Kitchen was also re-wired and everything works perfectly now. The unit has a sink, a dishwasher, and a cooktop and oven all integrated. Since this unit required her to relocate the sink to another wall, she was able to design a built-in banquette under one of the windows. She also used Marmoleum Click for the floors, in a unique lattice pattern she designed herself.

(Image credit: Tamara Gavin)
(Image credit: Tamara Gavin)
(Image credit: Tamara Gavin)
(Image credit: Tamara Gavin)

The kitchen, now a cheery yellow, is no longer dark and disjointed, and features one of the coolest kitchen units ever made!

Thank you Letitia!

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