Transforming a Small 1970s Kitchen

Transforming a Small 1970s Kitchen

Marcia Prentice
Mar 3, 2010

A 1970s kitchen is transformed into something more modern. Since the budget was limited, the resources used were from Lowe's, Home Depot, and a discount flooring showroom. The challenge was to create a designer aesthetic using moderate-cost materials.

Walking into the kitchen, the first aspect you notice is the small enclosed area with only one light fixture. The kitchen is closed off to the rest of the house and in particular the living room. There are only two entrances to the kitchen and one is blocked when opening the refrigerator door. There are many others practical and aesthetic issues to resolve as well. To say that the kitchen needed some work is an understatement.

After the final renovation was completed, the kitchen walls were extended 1' by 1'. The wall was removed between the kitchen and living room with the addition of a 6' snack bar. The soffit was extended over the kitchen cabinets and a soffit was added above the snack bar. The existing heat runs and plumbing pipes were redirected. European style cabinetry and solid surface countertops with new stainless steel appliances were installed. The lighting was enhanced with the addition of recessed lights and hanging pendants over the snack bar. Finally, the tile flooring was replaced with Bamboo flooring.


  • Flooring: Lumber Liquidators
  • Facet Fixture: Home Depot
  • Cabinetry: Lowe's
  • Countertops:
  • Lighting: Home Depot
  • Cabinetry Hardware:

Other Before/After Kitchen Renovations:

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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