Kitchen design inspiration with a stylish 1970s kitchen remodel.
With the rising cost of real estate, an increasing number of homeowners are choosing the option of remodeling instead of relocating. One of the most popular house projects to update your space is by remodeling a kitchen.
View the remarkable transformation of one 1970s kitchen through before and after pictures. Whether you're looking to bring an outdated kitchen into the 21st century or just want to be inspired by this incredible remodel, you'll find the highlights here. Get ready to be amazed by this 1970s kitchen transformation!
I don't often remodel for other people. But since my stepdad is a general contractor and this home belongs to one of my good friends, I decided to take on the job of remodeling their 1970s kitchen. I have enjoyed it so much I might even take on some other jobs in the future.
This was the perfect time to help with this remodeling process. We were waiting on contractors for building our home so this job helped to keep me occupied in the meantime.
This home was built in the 1970s and has some very cool retro elements in the rest of the house. A large window in more than one room also provide excellent mountain views. A new kitchen was on the agenda for giving this older home a much needed update.
Here is the kitchen before. We will center the sink with the window, move the stove to the other wall and create a beautiful, large kitchen.
Open Concept for 1970s Kitchen Remodel
Part of the problem of this home was having functional space that wasn't closed off. Though the kitchen and dining room weren't incredibly outdated, it makes more sense to change out the old kitchen with an open floor plan. This provides a larger open kitchen and more functionality that is conducive to family living.
We removed the kitchen wall in between the hearth room and existing kitchen. Our plan is to expand the kitchen and include a nice big island and butler style pantry.
Open floor plans are perfect for eliminating separate rooms and creating a lot of space that is more usable. I also love that by removing interior walls you can let in a lot more natural light. See how much space is gained by pushing the kitchen into the other living room area.
To provide more of an attractive focal point that would blend into the newly remodeled kitchen space, we also opted to change up the fireplace on the other side of the kitchen wall.
This fireplace is true 1970s style with lava rock. While we anticipated that removing the lava rock would be the best way to achieve the desired modern style fireplace, this prolonged demo project was hard. This fireplace ended up being my worst enemy and took weeks to remove it all.
The excited face wore off fast upon realizing how difficult it is to remove the lava rock from this entire space.
Luckily, my husband is a buff dude and came to the rescue to make sure our 1970s kitchen remodel was a success.
This space is so much cleaner and appropriate for the style choice for our kitchen remodel. I didn't get a chance to get an after picture before my client moved in.
To finish the space we added white tile around the fireplace insert. We then dry walled over the cinder block for a nice clean finish. We added a floating wood mantle to finish it all off!!
1970s Kitchen Remodel Reveal
The finished kitchen is so beautiful and bright with white walls, lovely kitchen cabinets and stylish open shelving. Open shelves are great for displaying nice dishes and decor. By taking the wall down and expanding the kitchen we were able to add a nice big island and lots of additional storage.
This new layout is much more user friendly. I love the large kitchen island and how much storage was added to the space. An island is also a great way to achieve more seating. And look at all that counter space!
The white cabinets look so stylish against the dark wood accent of the island and flooring in the kitchen. Plus, those larger windows are definitely more noticeable now with their black trim that pops against the white walls and kitchen backsplash tile.
Looking for some inspiration to remodel your own kitchen? This 1970s kitchen remodel has great ideas for providing a kitchen with enough space that is user friendly with a functional island. Get started on your kitchen makeover today!
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