Before & After: 1950’s Kitchen Renovation Gets A Modern Update

published Jan 4, 2015
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(Image credit: Lizzie Ford)

This summer, my husband and I embarked on our first renovation project — a 1950’s terraced house with what we like to call “potential.” It has been a long, hard slog with a tight budget but we are beginning to see progress. You may have seen the results of our efforts in the living room here recently.

In the kitchen, the long-term plan is to extend the room to make a big bright kitchen diner with glass doors out onto the garden and a little bit more room to swing a cat. Hopefully we’ll find the funds and energy to crack on with that over the next couple of years, so for now we just wanted to pimp up the existing kitchen space (I secretly love the original 50s units anyway) to make it usable and more cheerful in the meantime.

(Image credit: Lizzie Ford)

It’s amazing what a lick of paint (Shirting and Cupboard Green by Little Greene), new tiles (super cheap from, cheerful light fittings ( and a couple of ikea worktops can do! The whole thing cost around £600 (about $920).

(Image credit: Lizzie Ford)

Now we just need to find the energy to finish off the rest of the house!

For more photos and information regarding the renovation, visit my site Mabel’s Log.