September 25, 2013Better Homes and Gardens – November ’68 – Outstanding Kitchen Remodellings
Today’s post should probably be subtitled Gutting a perfectly good kitchen to put in something trendy is not a new idea … Although there are some elements of late ’60s/early 70s decor I can appreciate, this is around the time that decor trends started getting a little bit out there. BH&G felt that these remodellings were “outstanding”, but they made me weep a little on the inside. Take a look.
Some more after shots. Not a very big fan of the panelling they put over what is describes as an under counter refrigerator, it seems at odds with the rest of the design. I will gladly take that fondue pot though …
Our next before shot. This one I am going to cut them a bit of slack on. The description for this one mentioned that it is the kitchen in a 150 year old house (and let’s keep in mind, that’s 150 years old in 1968!), and the kitchen layout doesn’t appear to be very functional at all.
Here’s the after. I get what they were trying to do here, I believe all of the wood is trying to make it fit with the age of the house. However, those chairs look like instruments of torture – my back hurts looking at them!
Another after. The stained class cabinet fronts I think are a bit more successful in making it look like it is a kitchen that belongs in an old house. The curtain print rather seems at odds with everything else in the room, though!
And our final before shot. This is another one that is making me weep a little on the inside. The description of this one suggested that the issues with this kitchen are remedied by removing the kitchen table! That lovely chrome and Formica kitchen table! It also claimed that the 1940 kitchen was “worn out”. *Sigh*
Here’s the after. Somehow, this bulky island was supposed to solve the kitchen table “problem”. I suppose it’s fine – if you never plan to seat more than two! This kitchen design as a whole isn’t too bad, but I am still weeping a bit for the kitchen they tore out.
No wonder it’s so hard to find a time capsule home – questionable renos have been all the rage for years!