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.
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.
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.
The counters are original 1960s with gold speckled laminate. The 1960s canisters and toaster were estate sale finds.
The wallpaper was put up sometime in the 1990s, we believe. Underneath it is avocado green paint.
Antique wood crates give us extra storage space for items we buy in bulk.
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.
We can afford to replace the groovy floors to something more current, but for now we’d rather save the money for retirement or our future travel. 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: