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Modern Kitchen in a 1917 Home: Ideas for “Downdating”?

Brianna Williams
3 years ago
last modified: 3 years ago


Our new home is from 1917. It’s eclectic - Victorian, Edwardian, Bungalow-ish. Not very ornate or fancy. But leaded glass windows, high ceilings, beautiful woodwork and tall trim throughout.

Then there’s the kitchen. It was renovated in 2014. If I had the money, I’d gut it. Realistically, it will be many years before we fully renovate it.

I am going to do checkerboard vinyl flooring. That I know. But the countertops are completely throwing me off. They are off white. Appliances and walls are white. Ideally I would replace them with white, black, or butcher block counter tops. But alas.

I want to bring in some period-ish appropriate color. I love an earthy mint green color. I am thinking of painting the cabinets mint with a white (or any other ideas??) backsplash. OR cabinets white with a mint tile backsplash. Adding black hardware to cabinets.

Would the off white totally detract from all of this? What would you do?! THANK YOU!!!

Inspiration below

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