This Retro Kitchen Transformation Will Make Your Jaw Drop

It's quite the upgrade.

Dustin Walker for Laurel & Wolf

In a competitive real estate market, it's important to look for the diamond in the rough. That's why when Aisling Mittman, VP of Design Marketplace for e-design service , came across an she knew there was plenty of opportunity lying within its walls, and decided to work some renovation magic. Here's how she totally transformed the home's outdated, retro kitchen.

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Before: Non-Functional
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Renovation began the day Aisling closed on the fixer-upper, located in a quiet Los Angeles neighborhood. After the kitchen was gutted, Aisling brought in interior designer to help transform the space from retro to modern.

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After: Open and Airy
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The kitchen's dark, red brick wall was completely concealed and the dated tile floors were covered with slate, for a look inspired by Aisling's honeymoon in Scandinavia.

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Before: Retro Colors
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Pre-renovation, the cabinets, paint colors, and tile felt like relics from the 1970s.

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After: Scandinavian Feel
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An old half-wall that closed the kitchen space off from the dining room was knocked down and replaced with a large marble peninsula, for a better flow.

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Durable Design
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Aisling wanted to use materials and finishes that would last a lifetime (read: no super trendy stuff), like the stainless steel sink and classic white tiles.

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Creative Cabinets
Dustin Walker for Laurel & Wolf

Semi-custom, Shaker-style cabinetry was brought in from to complement the Callica marble used for the countertops. For additional storage, floating shelves were installed for quick access to dishware and cooking essentials.

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Fresh Features
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"Our previous kitchen was nonfunctional, so having all new appliances and a proper prep space has made cooking more enjoyable," said Aisling. "As a housewarming gift, my mom got me a vintage copy of her favorite cookbook and together, we made my favorite family recipe, dolmades!"

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Quick Bite
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The open floor plan made a breakfast bar essential for dividing the kitchen from the dining space while still keeping it accessible. Plus, it provides a place for Aisling's son Ryder to grab breakfast before rushing off to school.

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A Timeless Look
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"I didn't want the kitchen to feel trendy," Aisling told Laurel & Wolf's blog. "I feel like the all-white kitchen with white subway tile and farm sink is getting tired, and I wanted something that fit with the house. The house is a mid-century traditional ranch, and our kitchen has some traditional elements, but also feels modern."

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