A 1920s Kitchen Gets a Bright, Modern Makeover

Sometimes, all you need is a fresh coat of paint to completely change how a space looks.

Kitchen Renovation: Before and After
Photography by SCOTT RICKELS

Undergoing a complete kitchen renovation without changing the layout of the space sounds daunting when the kitchen in question is dated and dimly lit. But if this dramatic makeover of a West Los Angeles home is any indication, it can be done.

Designer Jessica McClendon of Glamour Nest was tasked with blending 1920s architecture with the more mid-century modern personal style of her clients. Of course, there was one other challenge in place: “They didn't want to add on to the house or open up walls, so I used what was there and made a few tweaks to give them more storage and counter space,” says McClendon.


Before and After images of Kitchen Makeover
Photography by SCOTT RICKELS

Using the layout provided as well as some of the pre-existing fixtures, McClendon worked with her clients to create a kitchen that utilized the 15-foot by 13-foot space more efficiently. Depending on simple, inexpensive materials—her clients requested durable, low-maintenance products—McClendon transformed the kitchen into a bright and sunny area that’s miles away from the previously dingy-looking room.  

She stuck with timeless materials like quartz and porcelain to accent the kitchen and made the windows white to give the feeling of more light. Swapping out the old yellow wall color for chicer subway tiles and updating the floor to a lighter option further modernized the space.

blue kitchen cabinets
Photography by SCOTT RICKELS

But the biggest change (and one of McClendon’s personal favorite things about the space) is undeniably the bright teal cabinetry. “Painting the lower cabinets teal made all the difference,” says McClendon. “They add a fun pop to an otherwise simple and classic kitchen.”


Before And After Kitchen Makeover
Photography by SCOTT RICKELS

One thing McClendon did keep from the old kitchen: the antique oven and stove. Paired with more modern and vibrant pieces, it lends a unique charm to the kitchen. It’s the perfect way to incorporate some of the original vintage character of the house.

Before And After: A Midcentury Modern Kitchen Makeover
Photography by SCOTT RICKELS

Source list:
Cabinet hardware: Top Knobs Polished Chrome Hopewell 5” Center to Center Bar Cabinet Pull purchased on Build.com
Subway tile: Arizona Tile H-Line Cotton Glossy 3x6
Floor tile: Arizona Tile Metalwood Argento 12x24
Counter: Caesarstone London Fog
Sink: Whitehaus WH3018 Duet Series Fireclay Farmhouse Kitchen Sink purchased on vintagetub.com
Faucet: Kohler Purist  
Dishwasher: Bosch SHX3AR72UC 24" Built-In Dishwasher White purchased at Sears
Vent hood: AGA Vintage White Wall Mounted Range Hood
Refrigerator: Frigidaire Model #FFHT1814LW4
Rug: Vintage Moroccan purchased on Etsy
Cabinet color (uppers) and wall color: Benjamin Moore Super White
Cabinet color (base): Benjamin Moore Oceanic Teal

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Published on April 30, 2017

Published on April 30, 2017 - 5:00am EDT

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