After 55 years this kitchen needed an update. The original kitchen lasted that long. It’s pretty amazing and I’m pretty sure the kitchens put in now will not last that long in good shape. None the less it make sense to do it, so this small two bedroom mid-century modern apartment got a small make over. The goal was to keep the vintage vibe and modernize it with a small budget.
The photos below represent the results.
A new kitchen was the main purpose of the remodel. The kitchen is from IKEA. Compared to the old one there is less storage room, but the drawers, pull out shelves and fixed shelves all add more utility and any space is more usable. Well, and it’s new.
You may notice no kick-boards. The way I like to do things is do the floor all the way to the wall with baseboards and all, then the kitchen cabinets go in and on legs with access to the space below. I’ve seen too many spaces under the cabinets and they are rarely pretty, gathering years of dirt and grime and making the space a prime candidate for bugs and other critters. This way it can easily be kept clean.
I like the kitchen, but I would do some things differently next time. The bathroom, however, turned out more to my liking. It feels luxurious, clean, warm and spacious despite not costing much. Note again the sink cabinet does not sit on the floor, making spills – which are more likely in the bathroom – easy to take care of.
The tile, which is amazingly well done and soid just got new grout, which really brought it back to life.
The brick wall is a highlight for this space. It’s, really, amazing that after about 60 years no one has painter over it. The adobe brick adds so much character and warmth to the space and it’s one of the features that is always like by tenants.
I’m very pleased with the results, especially on the reasonable budget assigned for this space. Since this is an investment property, I’ll note that the payback period from increased rent on this space is 18 months.