My Outdated Vintage Eat-In Kitchen

We live in a culture of RENOVATE! UPDATE! BE ON TREND! with the specific dictates changing frequently. We’re confronted with TV shows where a perfectly serviceable kitchen is perceived as some sort of ugly moral failing followed by gleeful smashing it to pieces (instead of salvaging and donating it) to make room for whatever their sponsor/producer/unchecked budget is providing them. Online “influencers” show off their HGTV-worthy homes that are often renovated with a high frequency.  It can be easy to feel like there’s something wrong with good enough if it’s not fashionable.

vintage 1960 kitchen

Ten years ago when I bought my mid-century home, my 1960s vintage kitchen’s original cabinets (which I love!) and floor were in wonderful condition and it’s still true today! I’ve cleaned and polished the floor regularly since then. 

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I learned from my childhood that you don’t need to have something  new, expensive or “cool” to value and take good care of it. I have fun coordinating newer pieces with our vintage kitchen, like our braided wool rugs and colorful cast iron cookware.

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The counters are original 1960s with gold speckled laminate. The 1960s canisters and toaster were estate sale finds.

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The wallpaper was put up sometime in the 1990s, we believe. Underneath it is avocado green paint.

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Antique wood crates give us extra storage space for items we buy in bulk.

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We have cathedral ceilings in our living room which you can see starting here. This is also where our house’s “new” addition was constructed in the 1960s. Our kitchen was originally quite tiny in the 1950s unlike the large, spacious room it is now so I’m definitely not against renovations in general.

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We can afford to replace the groovy floors to something more current, but for now we’d rather save the money for retirement or future travels. I also happen to love the 60s and yellow!

Added/updated May 21st, 2019: I switched out the 1960s white metal and chrome freestanding cabinet with the antique primitive farmhouse jelly cupboard I had been using in my office:


17 thoughts on “My Outdated Vintage Eat-In Kitchen

  1. “We’re confronted with TV shows where a perfectly serviceable kitchen is perceived as some sort of ugly moral failing followed by gleeful smashing it to pieces (instead of salvaging and donating it) to make room for whatever their sponsor/producer/unchecked budget is providing them.” Yes times a million! I love your attitude. Your kitchen is adorable, and I bet you rest easy knowing you’re being thrifty, green, and true to your sense of style.

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    1. Thank you, Heather! It does feel good. 🙂 It feels even better to show my floors on my blog and not worry about people being mean to the floor (lol). I know my taste isn’t everyone’s so some will think “oh ew” or whatever but I hope to at least inspire others to be content with living within their means and liking what they like.

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    1. Awww, how lovely of you to say! We do love tea, toast and jam! What I love most about this kitchen is how it feels. Having met the original owners of 41 years (they even showed me the receipt for when they had the floor put in!) and hearing about the elderly lady who lived here after them, I know there were many happy meals and cups of delicious hot beverages enjoyed here.

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  2. I love it so much! I have a vintage table from the 50s and it’s still going strong. You can’t buy quality like that anymore. What a great and peaceful space for the two of you to enjoy your morning cup of coffee.

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    1. Thank you, Melanie!! I agree that tables from the 50s and 60s are great and the chrome dinettes are so colorful, too. Besides out 50s kitchen table I’m using a 50s or 60s turquoise wrought iron and chrome table in my office as a desk!


  3. This is so refreshing to look at/read. My DH and I have a guilty pleasure of watching one of the HGTV programs just to look at the creative endings. I do cringe at the so-called “demo days”, when they cheerfully rip perfectly good cabinets off the walls and kick holes in the wallboard. I’m also more than a little tired of “farmhouse” as, while it was charming at first, seems to be wall-to-wall everywhere. I love your colorful vintage kitchen.

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    1. Thank you, crunchycon! “Wall to wall everywhere” is a great way to describe the current “farmhouse” kitchen trend. The thing is, I’ve never seen an actual old farmhouse or Victorian New England rural kitchen that resembles the current whitewashed subway-tiled interpretations.

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  4. I’ve always loved your kitchen but now I get to see more of it that I haven’t seen before! My husband likes retro but after I mentioned the chrome tables of that era he said he didn’t care for them. I am going to have to try and change his mind! I love your floor, too. We moved into our house 4 years ago and it has a marble floor in the kitchen with sort of a dull reddish vein throughout. So ugly and tough to stand on for long periods of time which is why I put area rugs down on it.

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    1. Aileen, thank you! I think any kitchen is wonderful when it’s truly loved and utilized versus a staged photo op or props to stay “relevant”. Given my opinion, I bet your kitchen is awesome, even with those floors!


  5. I get teased all the time about not renovating my kitchen! Frankly I don’t give a ****. I like it just the way it is, and I love yours! I remember you did a nice article about it on your old site, Outdated by Design (which I loved.)

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