The 1970s kitchen was garish before we got serious about restoration.

By Rosalie Wampler and Michael Gill | Photos by Blackstone Edge Studios

We tried to make the best of a really bad remuddling in the kitchen of our 1909 Craftsman Bungalow in Portland, Oregon. Dark-brown particleboard cabinets and a chipped sink that was impossible to clean had been installed in the late 1970s. The printed asbestos-tile floor was also damaged. The room did have one saving grace: its wall of original built-in cabinets. They sagged and the doors wouldn’t stay shut, but they indicated that the room had once exuded period charm.

We (Michael) redid the roof, attic, and basement, but we couldn’t figure out what to do with the kitchen. So at first, we amused ourselves. Given the late-’70s cue, we painted the kitchen electric pink and turquoise, and then hung posters of Farrah Fawcett and Lionel Ritchie. Eventually the “mod” kitchen had to go, and we felt that the kitchen should get a simple treatment in keeping with other rooms in the house. Read more

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